Director’s Corner— Joni Ragle
Undergraduate Degree: B.A.Spanish, University of Illinois Graduate Degree: Masters of Education with a specialization in Spanish, University of Mississippi
Hi! I want to introduce myself to all of you as the Director of Operation Achievement. After retiring from teaching Spanish for 28 years in public schools and serving as an adjunct professor of Spanish at Southwestern during the academic year 2004-5, I became the Director of OA in 2005—what a privilege it is for me to work with such an outstanding student staff, volunteer SU mentors and GISD middle school students! We are so fortunate to have very talented Staff Supervisors and Lead Mentors who will help run and coordinate the program this year. Serving as Staff Supervisors are: Ali Berner, Dani Green, Emily Greene, Elizabeth Grendadier, Kristen Heg, Morgan McReynolds, Melissa Nelson and Kara Shapiro. Staff Supervisors who also serve as our Lead Mentors are Mason Harper, Angie Klemm and Elise Riggs. The Staff is awesome and along with our mentors will make OA a truly outstanding and enriching activity for your children.
Staff Supervisor - Emily Greene
Hey, I’m Emily Greene! I’m a senior Psychology major who has always had an interest in working with adolescents. This is my fourth year with OA and third year on staff. I’ll be working with Benold as the school liaison this year!
Staff Supervisor- Kristen Heg
Hello! My name is Kristen Heg and i am a junior double major in Business and Economics. This is my third year with Operation Achievement and my first year as a staff supervisor with the title of Database Coordinator. I will be working on Wednesdays and am super excited to spend some time with the kids of Benold Middle School!
Staff Supervisor- Morgan McReynolds
Hi! My name is Morgan McReynolds and I am a psychology major. This year is my fourth year in OA and third year on staff. I will be in charge of the OARS reward system and can’t wait to see what this next year brings!
Staff Supervisor- Dani Green
my name is Dani Green and I am a sophomore Education major at Southwestern university. This is my second year with OA and my first year on staff. I will be serving as the school liaison for Forbes Middle School. I am excited to begin the year!
Staff Supervisor- Elizabeth Grenadier
My name is Elizabeth Grenadier and I am a junior here at SU studying secondary History education. This is my third year with OA and my second year with the OA staff. 2012 kicks off my first year in the position of School Liaison to Tippit Middle school. I can’t wait to get going! let’s make this school year a great one together!
Staff Supervisor - Kara Shapiro
My name is Kara Shapiro and I am a senior Psychology major and Sociology minor. This is my fourth year in OA and my third year on staff. I just returned from a semester abroad and am excited to be back in OA!
Lead Mentors- Mason Harper, Elise Riggs, Angie Klemm
Mason Harper is a junior Communication Studies major at Southwestern. This is his 2nd year in OA and his first year on staff as the lead mentor for Tippit.
Elise Riggs is in her final year at Southwestern University as a History major and Religion minor. This is her fourth year with OA and first year on staff. She will be serving as the lead mentor for Benold.
Angie Klemm is a senior Psychology major and Spanish minor. This is her third year OA and she is excited to start her first year on staff as the lead mentor for Forbes.
Ali Berner and Melissa Nelson are in their final year as education majors at Southwestern, and will be serving as consulting staff supervisors as they complete field-based and student teaching!