If you are considering teaching for us, please visit our online teacher portal. You’ll be put in touch with one of our Teacher Coordinators who will be happy to answer all of your questions!
Above all else, teachers must be excited about teaching their subject matter to gifted children. Our teachers have advanced degrees in teaching or have degrees/experience in their subject area. Some of our teachers are gifted themselves; all are passionate about teaching gifted children. All teachers are required to have background checks in place prior to teaching.
Lisa Bacu is the owner of Scientific Mayhem, LLC and has been working with students and teaching science classes for over six years. Born and raised in Ohio, she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in biology from Muskingum University and her Master’s of Science in environmental science from The Ohio State University. Lisa has worked as an analytical chemist at Battelle Memorial Institute and as an environmental scientist with Pfizer, Inc.
Janet Bockey, a University of Cincinnati graduate, joined The Super Saturday Program eight years ago and has been teaching/coaching LEGO MINDSTORMS classes for 10 years at after-school programs, scout groups, summer camps, parties, and a First LEGO LEAGUE team. Originally drawn into robotics by her oldest son, she lives in a house full of LEGOs in Liberty Township with her husband and sons. Her family “pet” is a NXT robotic alligator named Fred who sometimes visits her classes!
Dr. Kenneth Brown is a retired research chemist from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health with 50 years of professional work using science, technology, engineering, and math industries. He is interested in mentoring young scientists toward their careers in science through The Super Saturday Program. On his website, NaturalBornScientists.com, he provides step-by-step instructions for a number of science projects children can do at home.
Mia Burnett has a bachelor’s degree in forensic chemistry from Ohio University, a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida, and a master’s degree in chemistry from Wright State University. Mrs. Burnett worked at the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office for 12 years and is currently working as an independent contractor presenting community outreach programs. She is pursuing a doctorate in Environmental Sciences and Toxicology at Wright State University. The article she co-authored, Probing the Interaction of Aspergillomarasmine A with Metallo-β-lactamases NDM-1, VIM-2, and IMP-7, can be read on the American Chemical Society website.
Ryan Cheng graduated with an associate degree in electro-mechanical engineering technology (ABET accredited) from Sinclair College. He won the National Association of Rocketry Scholarship and is currently an undergrad from Miami University double majoring in robotics, electrical and computer science engineering. He has Solidworks CSWA, National Association of Rocketry Level 2 High Power Certification and enjoys mentoring student teams for FIRST, VEX, TARC, and Ohio 4-H in rocketry and science projects. Ryan believes getting students excited about STEM at an early age is the key to giving them the skills to be critical thinkers.
Kevin Coleman has been a chess coach in the Cincinnati area for the past ten years and is a former officer of the Cincinnati Chess Club. He leads our fearless “Super Saturday Knights” each spring at the Queen City Classic Chess Tournament where we would love for you to join us.
Aidan Gallagher is a computer science undergrad at Miami University of Ohio and a member of the varsity Overwatch team. He has been a webmaster resource for The Super Saturday Program since 2015. Aidan participated in the HackHarvard 2017 and is proficient in Java, Python, front-end web development, and other programming languages.
Jessica Hamilton has taught K-5 gifted education in Kentucky public schools and is raising two gifted children of her own. She holds a master’s degree in gifted education from Northern Kentucky University and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Cincinnati. She hopes to be a resource both as a parent and an educator for the families of the Super Saturday Program.
Steven T. Harm, P.E., S.E. is a registered professional engineer in eleven states, with over 20 years of experience in structural engineering of buildings. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Ohio University. Steven is an owner and managing partner at Advantage Group Engineers, Inc. He is the Structural Engineer of Record for numerous buildings in the Cincinnati Area including the Indian Hill/Madeira Firehouse, the Bellevue Waters Edge Condominiums and the Rhinegiest Brewery renovation.
Barbara James, M.Ed., NBCT has worked as a science specialist and teacher in both the public and private sector for over 30 years. Her teaching accomplishments have earned her both state and national awards including Time Warner Cable National Teacher, Dr. Lawrence C. Hawkins Educator of the Year Award 2011, Who’s Who Among Teachers, just to name a few. Along with being featured in news articles for her work with science and children, Barbara has presented seminars on college campuses, at national conferences and to a wide variety of audiences on early childhood literacy, outdoor education and topics in science. A gifted musician, she is also a national award winning song writer. Teaching with Super Saturday since 1999, she says, “I look forward to Super Saturday mornings with joy because I love teaching and the children come excited about learning.”
Korin Mattei is the daughter of both a professional artist and inventor, grew up not only thinking outside of the box, but questioning the existence of a box. Korin has raised gifted children of her own and helped The Super Saturday Program for many years. Her idle hours are spent singing, building strange things, and following her auto-didactical whims.
Priscilla Oehlschlaeger is the owner of Costumes by Priscilla and the author of Make Costumes: For Creative Play (North Light Books 1992.) She has also taught for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center, Cincinnati Public Libraries, UC Summer Camp, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, Cincinnati Art Museum, Children’s Museum of Cincinnati, and at several local schools, nursing homes, and special events.
Mousumi Sinha (pronounced Mo-shu-me) creates a fun-filled learning environment. She is a musician and author of The Gang Learns All About C Major and The Gang Learns All About G Major. She is a mom to a boundlessly curious 11-year-old, and volunteer at a local non-profit organization. She studied mathematics in India before moving to the U.S.A. and studied software engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas before moving to Cincinnati.
Andrew Speno was an elementary school teacher for 20 years and has taught classes at The Super Saturday Program since 2009. During the week, he substitutes for five local districts. He has published two books for middle grade and young adult readers, The Many Lives of Eddie Rickenbacker and The Great American Foot Race. He enjoys cooking, playing Go, and attending performances at any one of Cincinnati’s many arts organizations.
George Whitaker is an Eagle Scout and earned a teaching degree from Miami University. He enjoys all of the typical geeky pursuits and believes that this all stems from and can be enhanced by an enjoyment of literature.