Support Staff

KATIE BODNOVICH

READING TUTOR

Katie is the full-time, in-house reading tutor. The native Ohioan graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in English.  After a year in Texas doing volunteer work, Katie moved back to Cleveland and worked in newspaper advertising.  Returning to West Texas, she decided it was finally time to listen to her “gut feeling” about wanting to teach.

She discovered Montessori in her first teaching job at St. Mary’s Central Catholic School in Odessa, TX where she taught kindergarten while working towards Montessori certification at the Southwest Montessori Training Center.  Receiving her certification in 2003, she returned to Cleveland and began working at the Cleveland Montessori.  Always eager to share her love of language and reading, in 2008 Katie completed an intensive certification program in the Orton-Gillingham method of reading tutoring.

She is currently enrolled in a graduate program working to achieve her Academic Language Therapy certification.

KATE COMELLA

ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER

Kate is a native Clevelander having grown up in the nearby suburb of Kirtland. In 1992, she graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in psychology.

She pursued her Montessori education and is credentialed through AMS (American Montessori Society) at both the Primary and Elementary levels. Kate also continued her education in the path of religious formation through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and is in process of becoming a National Formation Leader.

Kate’s first post-graduate job was at Ruffing Montessori in Cleveland Heights as assistant in a Primary Classroom for 3 years. Kate has been involved in Montessori ever since! She and her mother began their own Montessori School which she owned and worked at for 9 years.

Kate has been at the school since 2003, with her first 3 years as an assistant.  After serving several years as the Director of Admissions and coordinator of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, she spent three years leading a Primary classroom. Kate is now back in an administrative role serving the students and families in a variety of ways.  After school, you may find her with some of the elementary children as the director of the Montessori School Drama Club!

Kate’s favorite past-times are spending time with her amazing sons, Jerome and Evan, reading, acting, singing and organizing! She is involved in the Geauga Theater both on stage and behind the scenes.

Email: kate@clevelandmontessori.org