Staff

Mr. Carner Principal

Mr. Carner

Principal

Education
  • University of Dayton
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Ursuline College
  • Masters Degree
Philosophy

Each fall I look forward to another great year! I am proud that at St. Mary School we are able to live our mission: As followers of Christ, we live as a Catholic community to learn and teach in ways that will help us to educate our minds and nurture our souls. I wish all of you a great school year. If you have any issues throughout the year, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Mrs. Ziegler Program Director

Mrs. Ziegler

Program Director

Education
  • BS in Elementary Education, Five Year License
  • Provisional Catechist

Undergraduate Degree

Philosophy

I am thrilled to be working at St. Mary School. I love our students and staff tremendously. I love teaching the students about God and caring for one another. It’s why I choose to teach in a Catholic school. I hope to pass on my love for God and my religion in my role-modeling and in my interaction with the student body. My philosophy is simple: Treat others the way you want to be treated. Attitude is everything. Respect one another. I hope the children will drop in and visit to say “hi” and let me know if I can help them with anything. I’m here to serve them. After all, isn’t that why all of us were put here on earth – to serve one another?

Mrs. Sambenedetto Pre-3

Mrs. Sambenedetto

Pre-3

Education

Associate Degree, Early Childhood Education

Philosophy

I believe play is so important. I encourage the children to use their imagination and their creativity while learning the skills that will lead them to the next level. Come and visit our wonderful facilities.

Mrs. Lake Pre-4, Pre-K

Mrs. Lake

Pre-4, Pre-K

Education

Cuyahoga Community College
Associate Degree, Early Childhood Development

Philosophy

We provide a happy, safe, nurturing environment where your child can grow emotionally, socially, academically, and spiritually. We share experiences in all Early Learning Content Standards set by the State of Ohio. Our staff offers over 30 years of teaching experience. Visit and grow with us.

Mrs. Dober Kindergarten

Mrs. Dober

Kindergarten

Education

Cleveland State University
BS in Early Childhood Education

Baldwin Wallace College
Graduate Courses

Philosophy

Teaching at St. Mary is a great joy and privilege for me! My Catholic faith is very important to me and I love sharing that faith with my students. I enjoy teaching young children because everything is so new and exciting to them.

I believe in encouraging them to explore and experience the world around them and to help them love learning. I think it is important to nurture all aspects of their development including physical, emotional, social, academic, and spiritual. Young children have an enormous capacity to love and I try to help them realize the great love God has for them and how they can share that love with others I believe a kindergarten classroom should be filled with questions, ideas, experiments, solutions, wonder, excitement, faith and joy.

Mrs. Schiele  Kindergarten

Mrs. Schiele

Kindergarten

Education

University of Dayton
Magnum Cum Laude Honors in Early Childhood Education

Philosophy

I aim to create an atmosphere that promotes curiosity and determination. I encourage my students to ask questions, to learn from their mistakes, to be creative and to take risks. Each student’s success is celebrated, and they are inspired to be the best they can be. My classroom is a place where students feel important, are respected, and believed in. Teaching is a passion of mine and together I hope we can work collectively and communicate with one another to allow your child to reach his/her potential.

Ms. Aversano Grade 1

Ms. Aversano

Grade 1

Education

UNLV
B.S. in Elementary Education
Regis University
Masters in Education

Philosophy

I believe in four key parts to a child’s education. This includes rigorous academics, social, emotional, and spiritual situations and growth. These four key parts of an education will help to lead my students to be happy, well-rounded, contributing members of society. My job and privilege, is to lead your child along this path.

Mrs. Giblin Grade 2

Mrs. Giblin

Grade 2

Education

Cleveland State University
B.S. in Early Childhood Education

Philosophy

I am so happy to be teaching second grade. It is a special year as your children grow closer to Jesus and prepare for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. I hope that each student will enjoy coming to school and feel loved in our classroom. Each day will be a new adventure in learning and I can’t wait to see the children grow in their Catholic faith and academic knowledge.

Mrs. Dedrick Grade 3

Mrs. Dedrick

Grade 3

Education

Baldwin Wallace College
B.S. in Elementary Education, K-8

Philosophy

Third grade is the best place to be! It is a magical year where learning possibilities are endless! Students are encouraged to challenge themselves in their learning and take ownership of he classroom by leadership as well as participation. Song and prayer set the tone for the day. I want students to feel secure in my classroom, able to take risks, and be ready to move ahead. I am confident that by working together your child’s success will be assured.

Mrs. Jokilehto Grade 4

Mrs. Jokilehto

Grade 4

Education

Cleveland State University
B.S. in Elementary Education, 1-8
Severe Behavior Handicapped K-12
Specific Learning-Disabled K-12

Philosophy

During the course of the year, children in grade 4 develop into organized independent learners. With the mastery of each new skill, the children magnify their sense of achievement and confidence. What excitement this brings to them and me! Using the gifts and talents the Lord has blessed them with, the students are continually encouraged to be the best that they can be at school, home and play. I believe and open line of communication between parents and teachers will ensure that each child will reach their greatest potential.

Mrs. Reinstatler Grade 5 Science and Reading, Grade 7 and 8 Math

Mrs. Reinstatler

Grade 5 Science and Reading, Grade 7 and 8 Math

Education

University of Dayton
B.S. in Education, Middle Childhood Science and Math

Philosophy

I am thrilled to be teaching at St. Mary School. We will explore the curriculum in a hands-on, minds-on manner, infused with catholic values. I have an enthusiasm and love of learning that I hope to share with my students while helping them make discoveries about themselves and the world around them. I take pride in providing the best positive learning environment for my students, which supports them in achieving their personal best.

Mrs. Smith Grade 6-8 Science and Health, Grade 6 Religion and Art

Mrs. Smith

Grade 6-8 Science and Health, Grade 6 Religion and Art

Education

Baldwin- Wallace College
B.S. in Education, Middle School Math, Science and Reading

Basic Catechist Religion Certification

Philosophy

I believe that every child is a unique individual that needs support, guidance, and a chance to succeed in a stimulating environment. As a middle school teacher, understanding all of my students’ diverse needs is paramount to their success as well as mine. Understanding that my adolescent middle school students need a consistent and fair climate will help to maintain a safe, respectful, and caring atmosphere and will aid the students as they grow and mature, emotionally, intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially. Children are the future and individually they each bring something distinctive and special to the world which will be recognized and celebrated within my classroom.

Mr. Blum Grade 4-5 Social Studies, Grade 6 Math

Mr. Blum

Grade 4-5 Social Studies, Grade 6 Math

Education

Baldwin Wallace University

Bachelor Degree

Notre Dame

Teaching Certification

Philosophy

I believe that a teacher is morally obligated to enter the classroom with only the highest expectations for each and every student. I aim to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to the classroom everyday so I can inspire the students to learn these traits and live their lives accordingly.

Mrs. Patena Grade 6-8 Reading, Religion and Art

Mrs. Patena

Grade 6-8 Reading, Religion and Art

Education

Kent State University
B.A. in Psychology
Notre Dame College of Ohio

Teaching Licensure

Philosophy

I strive to promote a classroom atmosphere filled with positive learning experiences. I also encourage opportunities for social growth with a loving rapport toward my students. I emphasize open and meaningful communication as a tool in the educational process. Above all, I feel that development of faith is crucial and at the root of the catholic school experience.

Mr. Jones Grade 6-8 English, 7-8 Social Studies

Mr. Jones

Grade 6-8 English, 7-8 Social Studies

Education

Baldwin-Wallace College
B.S. in Social Studies and Language Arts
Cleveland State University
Master’s in Education

Philosophy

I entered St. Mary School as a student teacher fourteen years ago, and I have been here ever since. I believe that it is my calling to help every child in my class to achieve to be a learner and not a student. The difference for me is that a student attends class and listens. A learner is an active participant in their own education, never says no to a question, and attempts to think through problems before giving up.

Mrs. Barendt Technology Integration Specialist, Discovery Hall Facilitator

Mrs. Barendt

Technology Integration Specialist, Discovery Hall Facilitator

Education

Baldwin Wallace College
BS in History
Basic Catechist Certification

Philosophy

I am passionate about technology. Technology is constantly changing and therefore changing the way we live our lives. It plays a prominent role in everything we do each and every day. While we are exposed to and use technology every day, my goal is to focus on enhancing and enriching the students’ learning experience by exploring the ways they use technology. Along with enhancing their learning experience, technology also provides an opportunity for students to develop 21st century skills. They become more than just consumers of content, they learn to demonstrate their knowledge to a vast, but connected world. Students need to be prepared for the future. Being creative, innovative learners will help them adapt to a future world where, quite possibly, the technology they will be working with has yet to be designed.

Mrs. Roman Music Education, K-8

Mrs. Roman

Music Education, K-8

Education

Kent State University
BGS
Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Music Settlement

Philosophy

I am happy to be a part of the St. Mary School community. I teach musical concepts through a variety of activities including singing, dancing, and performing. I enjoy a creative environment, so my students may freely express themselves. I work to instill a basic knowledge of rhythm, harmony, and tone color throughout the school year. I am excited to be teaching your children. Please contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Devey Physical Education, K-8

Mrs. Devey

Physical Education, K-8

Education

Ursuline College
BS in science; BA in Education, minor in English

Philosophy

Promoting physical education is an important part of Catholic education and lifestyle. Instructing in team sports is important, but getting the opportunity to teach life skills to children for a physical activity for them to carry on past their time at St. Mary's is a wonderful thing.

Mrs. Kleem Spanish, K-8

Mrs. Kleem

Spanish, K-8

Education

University of Puerto Rico
Double Bachelors in High School Education and Elementary Education and Linguistics
Caribbean University in Puerto Rico
Master’s Degree in ESL, Curriculum Development

Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Philosophy

Teaching languages is my passion! Knowing one language can help you communicate with others like you but knowing more than one language will help you communicate with an unknown world! Knowing a foreign language and culture is one of the most useful things in life. A different language is a different vision of life!

Ms. Kovacs Music, Instrumental, Children’s Mass Choir

Ms. Kovacs

Music, Instrumental, Children’s Mass Choir

Education

Seton Hill University
BM in Sacred Music

Philosophy

I strive for a positive, focused environment where singers and musicians can grow in their musicality, cognitive thinking, focus, time management and other important skills for their futures.

Mr. Hickey Music, Instrumental, Band Director

Mr. Hickey

Music, Instrumental, Band Director

Education

Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music
Bachelor’s in Music Performance
University of Akron
Masters in Music, emphasis in Music Theory

Philosophy

It is important for students to explore the world of music. Music allows one to express emotions through what words sometimes cannot describe. It also allows students to experiment with their creative side (how to interpret a passage of music) and play a piece with that idea in mind. When someone creates music out of nothingness, there is a sense of surrealism that makes that performance unique to the student. I like to encourage continual learning and as long as my students are willing to learn about his or her craft, I will never give up on him or her. Music allows us to experience emotions and thoughts through a mental scope that transcends the physical world. That is why I teach and have such a passion for music.

Mrs. Meehan Intervention Specialist, Right to Read Coordinator

Mrs. Meehan

Intervention Specialist, Right to Read Coordinator

Education

Ashland University
B.S. Special Education Licensed in Developmentally Handicapped Learning Disability, Behavior Disorder and Reading

Philosophy

All children are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. I strive to create an atmosphere where students can meet their full potential both in the inclusion classroom and in the small group class. I provide a safe environment where students are invited to share their ideas and take risks. Every school day I strive to fulfill the 4 C’s: collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking. Students work together to solve problems and discover new ways of learning through collaboration. Both creativity of lesson delivery and creativity in student output provide opportunities for all students to learn and grow. Lines of communication are always open within the classroom and with parents since we all strive for the common goal of educating the students’ minds and nurturing their souls. Lastly critical thinking is fostered through creating a school and classroom environment where we develop 21st century learners through technology, project-based learning, hands on learning, and problem solving. My students are well prepared for the next educational level and for living in the 21st century.

Mrs. Moffat Remedial Reading Specialist, Preschool - 8

Mrs. Moffat

Remedial Reading Specialist, Preschool - 8

Education

Ohio University
B.S. in Education
Cleveland State University
Reading Endorsement
Lake Erie College
Continuing Education

Philosophy

I believe that God has made each child for a unique and special purpose. It is my job as an educator to provide all that I can to support students on their journey to fulfill that purpose. Catholic Education is the integral process of teaching and learning through social, physical, intellectual, and spiritual development to help children reach their God given potential.

Mrs. Henninger SMILES Coordinator

Mrs. Henninger

SMILES Coordinator

Education

Bowling Green State University
BS in Education

Philosophy

SMILES is an acronym for St. Mary Improvement of Learning Skills and is a tutoring program offering support to Kindergarten and 1st grade students. Trained volunteers, under my supervision, work one on one with kindergarten students on basic learning skills such as visual and auditory discrimination and memory, gross, and fine motor and language development. First grade students receive help with phonics, reading, math and writing, as needed. Games and activities are used to reinforce these skills, so it is a very positive experience for the children. The SMILES program was awarded the “Excellence in Education” award by the diocese.

Mrs. Palombo

Registered Nurse

Philosophy

At. St. Mary School our clinic is a warm, friendly, safe environment for students, families, and staff. We strive to provide compassionate care whether it is scraped knees, stomach aches or serious medical issues.

Mrs. Schmitt Health Aide

Mrs. Schmitt

Health Aide

Mrs. Stepanek

Mrs. Stepanek

Cafeteria Manager

Mr. Winner

Mr. Winner

Maintenance

Mrs. Habian

Mrs. Habian

Preschool Assistant, Cafeteria Assistant

Mrs. Bodamer

Mrs. Bodamer

Grade 3 Assistant

Mrs. Buehrer

Mrs. Buehrer

Grade 3 Assistant, Library Volunteer

Mrs. Zjaba

Mrs. Zjaba

Kindergarten Assistant

Mrs. Wetzel

Mrs. Wetzel

Grade 4 Volunteer

Mrs. Ruszkowski

Mrs. Ruszkowski

Grade 4 Volunteer

Coming Soon

Mrs. Stafford

Jr. High Volunteer

Coming Soon

Mrs. Schaedler

Library Volunteer

Mrs. Kathy Jarzen

Mrs. Kathy Jarzen

Mrs. Barb Hofelich

Mrs. Barb Hofelich

Ms. Chelsea Sambenedetto

Ms. Chelsea Sambenedetto

Mrs. Rosanne Stepanek

Mrs. Rosanne Stepanek

Mrs. Sarah Prentice

Mrs. Sarah Prentice

Mrs. Abby Zwick

Mrs. Abby Zwick