Program Contact Information

The Montgomery County ESC Hearing Impaired Preschool Staff are available to answer any questions you may have. To schedule a tour of our program, please contact Beth Pendergast. 

Jessica Davies
Director of Student Programs
(937) 225-4598

Beth Pendergast
Program Supervisor
(937) 224-8087

Dr. Pat Skidmore
Educational Audiologist
(937) 236-9965

Kris Jones
Administrative Assistant
(937) 225-4598

Program Staff

Lynn ClaytonLynn Clayton
Speech-Language Pathologist
(937) 499-1450

Lynn received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The College of Wooster and a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from The University of Cincinnati. During her time in Cincinnati, she served on the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities team through the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics gaining experience with an interdisciplinary evaluation team assessing children with hearing loss and other potential educational deficits. Lynn also collaborated with families and completed a thesis analyzing the impact of intervention settings on children with cochlear implants. Lynn previously served as the National Education Director of Adventures in Movement (AIM) in Dayton.



Angie HayashiAngie Hayashi
Education Assistant
(937) 499-1450

Angie received her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education at Sinclair Community College. She has over 15 years experience working with preschool-aged children in a variety of settings, including early intervention, inclusion classrooms, and programs to promote school readiness of children under 5 years of age from low-income families.



Christina Barr, Teacher – has a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Illinois State University with a certification of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Intervention Specialist PreK-12. Christy taught for 3 years as a Hearing Itinerant teacher in Illinois and has attended and presented at the ITHI conference (Illinois Teachers for Hard of Hearing/Deaf Individuals). Christy is also a Board Certified Behavior Analysis with 6 years of experience working with children with autism. She is fluent in ASL and brings to the classroom her personal experience of a bilateral high frequency hearing loss with BTE hearing aids.


Kathleen Wagner, Teacher – has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Intervention Specialist from Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. Katie brings 3 years of experience in preschool settings. The past two years she taught in an integrated preschool classroom and her first year she taught in a hearing impaired preschool classroom that used a listening/spoken language approach. Before that, Katie covered two long-term substitute positions in preschools, one integrated classroom and one hearing impaired classroom, where she was first exposed to the listening/spoken language approach to teaching children with hearing loss. This sparked an interest in her to pursue this area further. Katie has also done in-home care for families with children with special needs. 


Dr. Pat Skidmore, Educational Audiologist and Spoken Language Specialist - She has worked as a school audiologist for 20 years in Texas and Ohio. Dr. Skidmore works with families and IEP teams to identify and implement communication plans and educational systems that will provide the most benefit for Deaf and hard of hearing students from preschool through graduation.


Tonya Flory, Paraprofessional - has worked at the MCESC for 24 years.  Tonya has been working with children PreK to Adult in a special education classroom serving children with multiple disabilities. Tonya attended Sinclair Community College and received an associate’s degree in Handicapped Services.  She also took several sign language classes at the college level.


Emily Allen, Sign Language Interpreter - has an Associate's degree in American Sign Language Interpreting with a certificate in Deaf Studies from Columbus State Community College. She also has a Bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Toledo. Emily has 3 years of experience as an interpreter with the majority of work being in schools.