A native South Carolinian from Orangeburg, Vanity Jenkins is buoyed by her deep ties to her native state and Midwestern roots. Vanity spent her formative years in Coralville, Iowa while her father was in school pursuing his MFA at The University of Iowa. She has been guided by a lifelong commitment to equity for children in underserved communities. A graduate of Rutgers University, she has served as a classroom teacher, 5th-8th grade level reading specialist, teacher coach, and senior leader for the South Carolina region of Teach For America during which she led her teams to outpace national goals by over 30%. Additionally, she holds an M. Ed. in elementary education. Vanity is bolstered by the hope that the work she does will one day lead to the dismantlement of systems of oppression and that there will exist a world in which all children and communities thrive. Vanity Jenkins previously served as the Senior Managing Director of Culturally Relevant Design for Teaching Trust, an organization that works to develop school leadership teams, principals, and executive directors in Dallas, TX.
Dr. Amy Crouse
As a veteran public educator, Dr. Amy Crouse has enjoyed serving students and families in a wide variety of settings in Illinois, North Carolina, and Ohio. She earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education in her home state from Indiana University. She also holds a M. Ed. in educational leadership and an Ed. D. in urban educational leadership from the University of Cincinnati. She taught everything from first grade to middle school before becoming a school administrator. Dr. Crouse has been both a building level principal and a central office administrator with a focus on teaching and learning. In addition, she has been a featured conference presenter and contributing author to multiple publications. Dr. Crouse is thrilled to join the CWC Cincinnati team as the founding principal and looks forward to building a school culture based on the values of excellence, diversity, authenticity, community, and change.
Director of Operations
Ashley Felts has lived in the Cincinnati area for the past six years. She started her career in education as an AmeriCorps member during her tenure at Hampton University. She currently holds a Master’s Degree from Northern Kentucky University and is in pursuit of her Ed.D from the University of Dayton. She has experience working in K-12 and Higher Ed spaces to focus on youth development and equip students with the knowledge and resources to reach their full leadership capacity. Ashley considers herself to be a lifelong learner and continuously seeks opportunities to expand her worldview to help build equitable education systems for under-resourced communities. She enjoys traveling to spend time with her friends and family.
Director of Family Engagement
Deaunna Watson was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. As a first-generation college graduate, Deaunna firmly believes the words of Maya Angelou: “Education helps one cease being intimidated by strange situations.” It is no surprise that Deaunna started her professional career in the classroom, cultivating and facilitating learning environments that empowered her students to be critical thinkers, independent learners, and agents of change in their communities. Her initial commitment to Cincinnati came by way of Teach for America where she served as a 5-6 English Language Arts teacher from 2016 to 2018. Deaunna returned home to her alma mater where she taught English Language Arts for three years while completing a fellowship with the National Equity Project and earning a M. Ed. in Health and Wellness. She is excited to recommit to Cincinnati and looks forward to engaging with families and community members within the Madisonville community.
Tania Boh is a first-grade teacher who loves to share her passion for education with children. Tania earned her bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in pre-law at the University of Dayton. She was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon and her first language were French. She loves spending time with her family, including her one sister and three brothers. Some of Tania’s hobbies include finding new foods to try, listening to podcasts, and drawing. She looks forward to being involved in our students’ journey during their time at Citizens of the World.
Ellie Downs recently moved to Cincinnati from Bardstown, Kentucky. She has taught third-grade and fifth-grade. Ellie graduated from Bellarmine University with her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Learning and Behavior Disorders. She is excited to grow as a teacher at Citizens of the World!
Jennifer Jensen is excited to be back in the classroom after spending several years as an administrator at Cincinnati Country Day School. She received her undergraduate degree in Child Development at Sacramento State University and her Master's in Elementary Education from Walden University. She believes every child is shaped by the world they live in and the people who surround them. When inspired, taught, loved, and mentored children have the potential to become their best selves.
Ambria Giles is excited to join the CWC family and meet new smiling faces this school year! She had been in the bank industry for 3 years with U.S Bank as a Head Personal Banker and is ecstatic to return back to her passion of working with youth and being a role model citizen for the community. She is a mom to 4 wonderful children and also has experience as a lead toddler teacher and an all-ages preschool educator.
Shambrion Treadwell is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She started her teaching career through Teach For America, where she was placed in Las Vegas and has taught K-2nd grade. She was also allowed to create an Elementary Theatre Arts specialist position. In which she started art programs for two elementary schools. Shambrion has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance and a Masters in Elementary Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Shambrion is dedicated to giving students access to quality education that meets their individual needs. She is honored to serve the students and families of Citizens of the World Cincinnati.
Barbara Charlton is a native resident of Cincinnati and comes to us with a myriad of experiences. She grew up in the Avondale area and attended Hughes High School. She spent the majority of her career in the nursing industry and has always had a passion for helping others. Serving in multiple roles her patients described her as compassionate, warm, funny, and loving. Ms. Charlton’s love for children extends beyond her home and into the classroom as she nurtures and educates the whole child- focusing particularly on character development, foundational skills, and inciting a love of learning.
I have been involved in education for twenty years in varying capacities. I started out in early childhood classrooms and eventually became involved in Montessori education while living in San Diego. After having my son, I started doing administrative work for a nonprofit in Covington Kentucky. There we served a number of child care centers focused on providing high quality care to underserved families. We also ran a teacher training program preparing adults to become Montessori teachers. My most recent experience was running a small Montessori school in Cincinnati.
Over the years I have developed a passion for serving children and families and believe that in many ways, educating children is one of the best ways to enrich people’s lives. I have a nine year old son who attends Sands Montessori. In my free time I enjoy running, reading and socializing with family and friends. I am a resident of Madisonville and couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining the team of Citizens of World charter school. I am excited to learn, serve and grow right in my own backyard!