Principal & Teachers
Megan Warnock | Principal
"It is my privilege to be a part of the educational opportunity at Portsmouth STEM Academy!
My passion is watching children and teachers connect and learn through innovation and experience in a positive learning environment."
Ms. Megan Warnock, from Portsmouth, Ohio, has a Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s degree from Shawnee State University in Middle Childhood Math, Science, and Reading. Ms. Warnock has taught 8th grade science for ten years, and has led the development of many programs that benefit children academically, socially, and behaviorally. Ms. Warnock loves Science and Math! She also loves animals, sunshine and being outdoors!
Kenny Livingston | Teacher
Mr. Livingston is from Portsmouth, Ohio. He has a Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in Educational Leadership, a Bachelor’s degree from Shawnee State University in Early Childhood education, and his Reading Endorsement K-12th. Mr. Livingston has been a reading specialist for K-1st, 2nd-4th grade language arts teacher, Toddler teacher, Preschool Teacher, and a 2nd-4th Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher. He also served in the role of Preschool Director for Portsmouth STEM Academy. Mr. Livingston loves Reading, geography, and social studies! He is happily married and has one young son named Abraham.
Kelly Fraley | Teacher
Kelly Fraley, of Rosemount, Ohio, is a 2012 graduate of Shawnee State University with a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education. She is also a member of Green High School’s Class of 2005. Kelly has been in the field of education for over 10 years and has worked at Portsmouth STEM Academy for 5 years. She loves to read and her favorite book series is Harry Potter. She volunteers in the toddler classroom at her church and has a love for Disney movies and children’s books. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her friends and family including her daughter Macy.
Julia Houck | Teacher
Ms. Houck, of Fleming, Ohio, is a 2014 graduate of Marietta College where she obtained a B.S. in Early Childhood Education with an endorsement in Reading and 4th/5th grade. She has taught 5th grade math for 1 year and kindergarten for 4 years. "I am so excited to start my adventure at Portsmouth STEM Academy," says Ms. Houck. "I love getting the chance every year to meet a new group of students. I truly believe that education is a journey and that every day is an adventure. I am humbled to be able to watch your children learn and grow every day! A little bit about myself—I am a Type 1 Diabetic for over 20 years. I love reading, puppies, and hiking!"
Amy Barnhart | Teacher
Mrs. Barnhart is currently the middle-school Social Studies and History teacher at Portsmouth STEM Academy in Portsmouth, Ohio. Previous to her teaching career, Amy had a career in marketing and graphic design, working in the corporate business world for over fifteen years.
When Amy moved to the Portsmouth area, she decided to go back to college and pursue a new life as a teacher so that she could help make a difference in the lives and education of children.
Amy Barnhart is President of the Portsmouth Area Arts Council and Children’s Theater, and serves on the Educator Committee for Placemaking in Scioto County, Ohio’s curriculum development initiative through Ohio State University.
Amy lives in Portsmouth along with her husband, a Professor at Shawnee State University, a son who attends the University, and a daughter in high school at Portsmouth STEM Academy.
Monica McKnight | Teacher
Mrs. McKnight, of Minford, OH, is a 2018 graduate of Shawnee State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She is also a member of Minford High School’s Class of 2014. Monica worked at the Children’s Learning Center for 3 years and was employed as a preschool teacher at CAO Head Start.
Monica is married to Austin McKnight, and is a dog-mom to Lexie-lou. Monica enjoys the outdoors, and loves participating in activities such as sky diving, kayaking, hiking & running. When she isn’t playing with her dog she is probably immersing herself into a new D.I.Y project or spending time with family & friends. She has a passion for building genuine relationships with her students and their families, and finds that when you really get to know a person you can figure out the way in which they learn best, and then mold your teaching style to fit their needs! She believes that her favorite part of teaching tiny humans is that they are normally the humans with the biggest hearts, and she hopes to instill in them the drive and excitement to continue to love, learn & grow into the best version of themselves that they can be!
Clay Massie | Teacher
"Teaching is not a job, it is a gift. Building relationships with students is what pushes me as a teacher everyday. I want to be the teacher that the student remembers for being there for him/her. If I can help them overcome the obstacles they thought were impossible, that is the best gift I could ask for. I believe every student should be given the most appropriate education for them individually. Every student learns differently and some students may think it is impossible to learn things that others can, but 'everything's impossible until somebody does it' (Batman, The Dark Knight Trilogy)"
Mr. Massie grew up in Wheelersburg, OH and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Special Education from Shawnee University. Clay is happily married to his wife Hannah and they both love to travel, ski, ride roller coasters, and cheer on their favorite sports teams. Clay began his teaching career at West Portsmouth middle school as a full-time tutor in math and the language arts. This year Clay will be a full-time intervention specialist for middle school & high school at the Portsmouth STEM Academy, and cannot wait for the upcoming school year to meet all the students and parents.
Dustin Schneider | Teacher
Mr. Schneider, of Lucasville ,OH, is a 2011 graduate of Shawnee State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Science. He is also a member of Lucasville Valley High School’s Class of 2004. This is Dustin’s 2nd full year here at Portsmouth STEM Academy. Dustin is married to Meagan Schneider and has two daughters, Madison and Makenna. He is a sports fanatic and loves the Buckeyes, Bengals, and Reds. Dustin says that he came to the Portsmouth STEM Academy to help develop and encourage young adults to prosper in both the classroom and in life.
Lesley Jones | Teacher
Lesley Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in education (orthopedically handicapped, learning disabilities, emotionally disturbed & cognitively impaired students) from the University of Kentucky as well as a master’s degree from Morehead State University and a supervisors certificate in general education & special education from Ohio University. She developed a resource room in Lexington, Kentucky for learning disabled students, taught orthopedically handicapped students in Portsmouth, Ohio, served as the special education coordinator at Scioto County Career & Technical School for 32 years, and is currently completing special education compliance forms to ensure student success at STEM.
Lesley believes that a teacher’s classroom should be a “full-service center” to fulfill the needs of “at-risk” and “exceptional” students, and is committed to maintaining a professional, secure, and protective environment to enhance learning opportunities and provide a positive educational experience for each student with special needs.
Evelyn Scott-McMullen | Teacher
Evelyn Scott-McMullen is a 2012 graduate of Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) where she majored in Secondary English Education and minored in Classical Humanities. While there, Evelyn had her writing published in an on-campus literary and arts magazine, and studied abroad in Scotland, taking classes in Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Stirling.
Evelyn grew up in Lucasville, Ohio, where she returned after graduating to marry her partner, Michael. Together they are the proud parents of two pugs, Ziggy and Zappa, and a very distinguished Italian Greyhound named Quincy. Evelyn is a Ravenclaw, loves the creativity of cooking, and reads - all of the books - in her spare time. Currently, she is National Honor Society advisor and GSA advisor.
Samantha Watts | Teacher
"I am a 2009 graduate from Shawnee State University. My husband, Alex, and I have two great children, Rylie and Owen, who attend school here at PSA. We live in Wheelersburg with our black Labradoodle Claire-Belle. We enjoy traveling and visiting our family. My husband and I teach a young adult Sunday School class at our church and love spending time with them.
'I am thankful for the privilege to be teaching your student math and science this school year. When PSA opened their doors in 2014, I knew that I wanted my family to be a part of this unique opportunity. I love that our students are learning the Design Process at an early age. They are growing a passion for science and technology and are encouraged to be innovators."
"If we teach today as we were taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow."
~ John Dewey
Instructional Aides & Support Staff
Amy Neace | Instructional Aide
"I have a CDA in Preschool Education and have worked with children for seven years now. Once I started this career I quickly developed a passion for children and their individual learning styles. I have had significant amounts of training in Conscious Discipline which helps children feel safe and cared for while redirecting common behavioral issues. I couldn't imagine doing anything else for a living now. I currently live with my husband and two daughters in West Portsmouth, Ohio where I enjoy the outdoors, photography and family trips to the beach!
Amy Connally | Instructional Aide
Amy Connally is from Portsmouth, Ohio. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and is a 2003 graduate of Portsmouth High School. Amy is a passionate about caring for others. Before joining her STEM family she was employed at Southern Ohio Medical Center and Florida Hospital, in Orlando Florida.
Amy has been married to her husband, Emmanuel since 2011 and together they have two STEM kids, Isabella and Emmanuel II. She attends Life Point Church in Portsmouth and is a vocalist on the worship team. She comes from a large family and enjoys spending time with them. She also loves to travel, especially to warm places, and prefers to be outside!
Kirstin Smith | Instructional Aide
Ms. Smith is a 2015 graduate of Portsmouth West High School, and since then her passion of caring for children and shaping their educational experiences has been her main focus. Ms. Smith was an aide at Shawnee State’s Children’s Learning Center and this is where she realized her calling, and dedicated her career to helping students grow into the independent critical thinkers of society. She is very excited to continue working for such a great school and serving her awesome students!
Debbie Stevens | Instructional Aide
Mrs. Stevens feels it is very important that children of all abilities are able to develop their social, emotional and educational needs. She believes having a safe and loving place to go to school is important. Mrs. Stevens resides in West Portsmouth with her husband, Paul. They have a blended family with 4 children (Matthew, Kirstin, Levi, and Rebecca). Her son Levi has attended PSA since its opening in August of 2014. He will be graduating in 2020. Mrs. Stevens loves animals, volunteering, attending church, and spending time with her family and friends.
Founder, Board Member at Large
Francesca Hartop is the organizing founder of Portsmouth STEM Academy. A life-long entrepreneur, she was an early advocate for the economic and cultural revitalization of downtown Portsmouth. Her three boys, now 15, 12, and 9, were part of the school's opening day enrollment in 2013.
Krista Putnam, of Portsmouth (via Dayton), Ohio, is an Environmental Engineering Technology student at Shawnee State University and a graduate of the University of Dayton, where she received a B.A. in English Literature. She is currently employed at YEI Healthcare as a Healthcare Data Specialist, and has also been a freelance makeup artist in the area since 2006. Krista has spent a great deal of time doing volunteer work in Portsmouth, both for the Portsmouth Little Theater and as a volunteer assistant coach at Shawnee State University, where her husband is the Head Cross-Country & Track Coach and Assistant Athletic Director. Her two boys, Charlie and Ian, both attend Portsmouth STEM Academy.
Dr. Andrew Feight teaches American history at Shawnee State University, where he serves as Director of the Digital History Lab and President of the University Faculty Senate. His nine year old son, Henry Ulysses Feight, enrolled as part of the Portsmouth STEM Academy's first class. "When I first heard of the plans for the Portsmouth STEM Academy I was immediately interested in getting involved in such a forward thinking, innovative alternative to the existing public and private schools in the Portsmouth area. The Academy fills a void and offers a bright path forward for area children and their parents. The fast pace of technological development of our day and age will now be matched by the Academy's dynamic curriculum of project-based learning."
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Michael Barnhart teaches music and technology courses at Shawnee State University and serves as vice president of the faculty senate. At the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music he created an award-winning rural multimedia studio with support from the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund. Barnhart sees his involvement with the Portsmouth STEM Academy as a continuing step in his 20-year commitment to project based learning.
George White is a semi-retired ENT head and neck surgeon, who practiced for 32 years in Portsmouth. "The new STEM school in our community is a welcome addition to academic opportunities for the highly motivated student and family. The United States sadly lags far behind most nations is math and science and STEM schools are excellent options for reversing that trend.”