The Hittle House philosophy emphasizes ABILITY: Stability, Predictability and Accountability
The Hittle House philosophy emphasizes ABILITY:       Stability, Predictability and Accountability


Our mission is to cultivate healthy futures for children, families, and their communities through the consistency of providing a safe, stable, child centered, and family like environment. 

Our Vision

Our vision is a continuum of care for children and adolescents focused on core values and commitment to quality.

Our Core Values

 Child focused - we practice an uncompromised commitment to the needs of children.


 Safety and security - we work every minute of every day to create a safe, predictable environment. 


 Staff - They are the foundation of our success and our most valuable resource.


 Relationships - We focus on building, maintaining, preserving, and teaching healthy relationships.


Leadership - our goal is to inspire and develop more leaders through unbiased accountability. 


Reputation - we value our established reputation of integrity, honesty, and transparency.

Contact Us

Hittle House

774 Internet Dr

Columbus, OH 43207


Phone: 614 443-5454

Fax: 614 737-5248

Alt: 614 214-8840

Our Services:

  • Individual Therapy (minimum of 2 sessions per week)
  • Group Therapy Daily
  • Life Skills Groups and Assessments
  • Family Therapy
  • Aggression Replacement Therapy
  • Psycho-Educational Groups
  • Robust Physical Education/Wellness Programming
  • On-Site Educational Services
  • Clinical Polygraph Testing
  • Affinity Assessments (visual reaction time)
  • Psychiatric/Medication Management on site with Registered Nurse, Pyschiatric Nurse Practioner and Psychiatirst 
  • Community Service
  • Creative Arts/Music  and Martial Arts Therapy
  • Daily Yoga/Relaxation classes
  • Registered Nurse on Staff
  • Parent Support/Education Groups with family dinner provided monthly
  • Relapse Prevention Plan
  • 4 In-house Licensed Social Workers with a ratio of 10:1
  • Trauma Informed Model across the milue 

Our therapeutic services utilize Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Threapy and strengths/needs based practices.


On site education is provided by Hittle House and Westwood Preparatory Academy.  Highly Qualified Teachers (HQT) provide hands-on, differentiated instruction in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  WPA offers an on-site Director/Principal, a Special Education Coordinator, an Intervention Specialist, a Career Technical Education Program, a Transition Coach, Speech and Occupational Therapy Services, and a Martial Arts Program.
Please visit the following website for additional information.
WPA Education Staff:
Tamara Rieser, Director of Education
Mrs. Rieser holds a Master of Education degree from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Education degree from Ohio Dominican College.  She worked as a teacher from 1993 - 2017.  She became the Director of Education at WPA and has been in her position at Hittle House since 2018.
Heather Hayden-Carey, English Teacher
Mrs. Hayden-Carey holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State Universtity.  She has been educating students from 1998 - present.  She has been teaching at Hittle House since 2015.
Jodi Johnson, Math Teacher
Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from The Ohio State University and obtained her teaching certification from Ohio Dominican College.  She began her teaching career in 2004 and has been teaching at Hittle House since 2019.
Justin Lemmermen, Science and Social Studies Teacher
Mr Lemmermen holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree and an Associate of Arts degree from The Ohio State University.  He joined the teaching team at Hittle House in 2020.
Ken Ehrman, Special Education Coordinator
Mr. Ehrman holds a Master of Educational Leadership and Administration degree from Ashland University.  He holds a Master of Education, Intervention Specialist degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.  He holds a Bachelor of Elementary Education degree from The Ohio State University.  He has been educating students from 1989-present.  He has been working with the education team at Hittle House since 2019.
Christian McCloskey, Intervention Specialist
Mr. McCloskey holds a Master of Education degree and was certified in Special Education from Ohio Dominican University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comprehensive Social Studies, and Sociology from the University of Mount Union. He holds a Five-Year Licensure Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist (K-12) and five-year licensure in Comprehensive High School Social Studies (7-12). Mr. McCloskey has been teaching since 1999 and has been with Westwood Preparatory Academy since 2017.  He joined the Hittle House team this year, 2020.
Stephanie Leasure, Career Technical Education Teacher

Ms. Leasure holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and is currently completing a Master of Education at Bowling Green State University.  Ms. Leasure joined the Hittle House teaching team in 2020.

Jennifer Randle/Sensei, Martial Arts Teacher

Ms. Randle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Ohio University in 1993 and has worked in academic publishing since 2001. She continues to work as a copy editor for scientific journals. She holds belts in multiple martial arts disciplines, including kung fu and Brazilian jiu jitsu and has competed internationally. She has been teaching Therapeutic Martial Arts at Hittle House since 2016.



Jennifer Ketzer, Transition Coach
Ms. Ketzer holds a Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies from Miami University. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. She has been a part of the school team at Hittle House since 2013.    
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