Staff Chaperones

The Sycamore Community Summer Singers is proud to have with us our amazing Staff Chaperones: Paul Alexander, Victor Harris, Kevin Kreiner and Lee Pittman.

Our Staff Chaperones go above and beyond their ‘call of duty’ to assist our Director, Linda Gartner on these demanding performance tours.

Each of our Staff Chaperones are or were members of the teaching staff at the Sycamore Junior High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. As trusted personnel of the SCSS, our Staff Chaperones contribute greatly to the success of our tours.

Kevin Kreiner, Lee Pittman, Victor Harris and Paul Alexander

Kevin Kreiner, Lee Pittman, Victor Harris and Paul Alexander

Lee Pittman has been part of the Sycamore Junior High School staff since 1976. She began instructing in science and health and physical education. She retired from teaching in 2014. During her term of service, she took a short hiatus to be with her sons Eric and Bryan (now 33 and 31 years of age, respectively). Besides spending time with her family and two grandchildren, Mrs. Pittman loves to travel. Mrs. Pittman also coached tennis and sponsored Sycamore Junior High Ski Club. As with the other Staff Chaperones, Mrs. Pittman has travelled with the SCSS since its first tour in 2003. Her favorite cities in past tours have been Rotherburg, Rome and Venice. Among the best of her memories on these tours have been the singing in the Melk Abbey, “marching” through the Ice Caves in Salzburg, savoring Lake Bled, exploring Plitvicka National Park, serenading tourists in Diocletian’s Palace in Split, kayaking in Dubrovnik and listening to the SCSS choir perform!


victor-familyVictor Harris has taught Social Studies at Sycamore Junior High School for 25 of his 26 years in education. He is the Social Studies Department Supervisor and he teaches 8th grade American History. Mr. Harris attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and received both his undergrad and Master’s degrees from Miami. In addition to his teaching responsibilities he coaches baseball, basketball, and football at the junior high and high school.

He has chaperoned every European trip with the SCSS and he also chaperones the domestic choir trips with Mrs. Gartner and the other staff chaperones. His favorite memories from these trips include canoeing outside of Dubrovnik, many touching and beautiful concerts and being able to travel the world with some of his favorite people.

He resides in Symmes Township, a suburb of Cincinnati, with his patient and lovely wife Meghan, and his 11-year old son Ty and 8-year old daughter Paige. Both children are enthusiastic singers who are both looking forward to singing in the Junior High choirs. Mr. Harris enjoys sports, reading and spending time with his family.


paul-alexanderPaul Alexander retired in 2009 after thirty-six years of teaching science and mathematics at Sycamore Junior High School. He is still active as a coach and substitute teacher at both Sycamore High School and Sycamore Junior High School. He participates in various musical endeavors and can be seen all around town singing and playing guitar, bass, or sax in his son’s band– Waiting on Ben. He recently became hooked on America’s fastest growing sport–pickle ball.

Paul enjoys traveling with his wife, Sally, and they just returned from a 2015 spring break trip to Iceland! After Paul came home raving about the very first SCSS trip, Sally made sure she accompanied him on the five subsequent trips! They have two sons, Ben, who you may hear playing guitar all over Cincinnati, and Scott, who lives in California and recently joined a small entrepreneur company specializing in hi-tech internet marketing.

Mr. Alexander has accompanied Mrs. Gartner on all six of the previous SCSS European adventures, as well as countless domestic trips with the junior high choirs.

“These trips are always magical — I can hardly wait to see what adventures are in store in 2015! Since this is the last of Mrs. Gartner’s SCSS trips, it is incumbent upon us to make it the best!”


kevin-kreinerIn 1991 Mr. Kevin Kreiner was selected to chaperone the first Sycamore Junior High domestic choir trip. Since then he has chaperoned many of the domestic trips. He also has been lucky to chaperone every SCSS trip to Europe.Each trip has its own memories that make it special. Memories like, photo shoots in Prague, the Melk Abby, the Vatican, carrying an electric piano through Lucerne in the rain, the Eiffel Tower, just to name a few. What really makes these trips special are the people. Many life long friends have been made through these trips. This year should be no different.Mr. Kreiner retired from teaching and coaching in 2011, after 31 years at Sycamore Junior High. He has been fortunate to have his wife Seretha accompany him on the last six SCSS trips. They are the proud parents of Ben 33(wife Emily), Joel 29, and Kelly 27 (SCSS member trip 2, husband Ky).