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Our Team

Kim Wade

Kim Wade

Principal

Kim Wade has been part of the Lakota community since 2003. She became the first assistant principal of Plains Junior when it opened its doors in August 2003. Her four sons attended Lakota schools from kindergarten until they graduated from Lakota East in 2017.

Kim served as assistant principal at Plains 2003-2007, moved to East High as assistant principal from 2007-2010 and opened Lakota's first ever centralized registration location in 2010. Kim accepted the principalship at Plains Junior in 2011 and has been there since. She truly enjoys the interaction with the students and staff at the junior high level and working alongside the Plains community to make Plains a premier school. 

Mrs. Wade is available to hear your concerns about all matters relating to Plains students, staff and the school community.
 

Brian Wallace

Brian Wallace

Assistant Principal

Brian Wallace returned to Lakota and rejoined the Plains staff in fall 2021 as an assistant principal. Brian previously spent 15 years at Sycamore Community Schools as an assistant principal, principal and HR director. Prior to that, he was a junior high health teacher and athletic director at Ridge and Plains Junior.

Mr. Wallace's primary roles at Plains include working with the special education department, overseeing discipline, attendance and athletic eligibility and serving as building test coordinator. He received his bachelor’s degree from Wright State University and his Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Cincinnati.

Mr. Wallace has returned to his passion of working with junior high-age students and looks forward to helping them navigate their seventh and eighth-grade years. 
 

Dana Auer

Therapist

Dana Auer is a licensed social worker in the state of Ohio. Dana received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Science at Ohio State University. She then earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at Case Western Reserve University, as well as her certification in school social work at Baldwin Wallace University.

Dana has been working with children of all ages for over twenty years in a variety of diverse settings. She began her career in Lakota Local Schools serving the East side of the district as a school social worker for students in grades K - 12. Dana subsequently continued her career working at Brightview Health as a clinical counselor serving individuals in substance abuse recovery. Dana then went on to work for Catalyst Counseling where she continues her professional career at Lakota Schools as the Lead School-based therapist for the district.

Dana works with children, adolescents, and families and utilizes a strength-based, client-centered approach.  Dana believes that every client has the potential to be successful and will work to empower her clients and help them identify the tools they need to achieve their individualized goals. Dana is sensitive to cultural differences and the influence it has on relationships and interactions with others.
Dana is especially attuned to family dynamics and how it affects a child's behavior and ability to cope with stress and anxiety. Areas of expertise include: anxiety, depression, LGBTQ, substance abuse issues, parenting, social skills and trauma.

In Dana’s spare time, she enjoys being with her husband, two children and their family cat and dog. Dana is a frequent volunteer at her children’s respective schools and in animal rescues. Dana is a Cincinnati native and is a die-hard Skyline lover.

Brian Liston

SRO

Deputy Liston is a retired police officer from the Marion (Ohio) Police Department. He relocated to this area with his wife in 2018. Deputy Liston's job as a school resource officer is to assist students and staff in any way possible. He also helps to oversee lunch periods and some academic support sessions.

Deputy Liston’s goal is to establish relationships with students and staff to ensure they easily approach him when they have a concern. He enjoys talking and joking around with students in order to put them at ease and is approachable at all times for students needing assistance
 

Jamese Montgomery

Data Specialist

Jamese Montgomery is the Data Specialist for Plains Junior School. She is your point of contact for absences, records requests, withdrawals, scheduling conferences, HAC password resets and schedules.

Brenda Paget

Guidance

Brenda Paget has worked in public education since 1989. Her undergraduate degree is from Purdue University, and she has graduate degrees in mathematics, school counseling and school administration from Miami University and Xavier University respectively.  

In 1990, she began a seven-year stint at Liberty and Ridge junior schools as a mathematics teacher for seven years. She decided to pursue a degree that would allow me to help children become more successful students, work with them to help them effectively deal with a variety of problems, and inspire them to do their personal best in their lives.

Mrs. Paget completed her school counseling degree from Xavier University and then moved to the Lakota Freshman School, where she served as a school counselor for five years and assistant principal for three years. She then worked at Lakota's Central Office as an administrator for special education and student services before returning to school counseling at Plains in 2015. 

Parents should contact Mrs. Paget to discuss academic, social/emotional concerns and behavioral issues. She is available to offer family support, discuss individual student needs and make appropriate referrals to community resources.
 

Ashleigh Thomas

Office Manager

Ashleigh Thomas can assist with questions about fees on students’ accounts and with all payment fees except for athletic fees. She deals directly with OneLogin username/password troubles.

Please feel free to send her an email when you need assistance.