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Meet Our Teachers

Ms. Bridget Lyons - Kindergarten, K1

B.S., Early Childhood & Intervention, University of Mount Union

3 years teaching, 3 at SRS

Ms. Lyons loves being a part of Girls on the Run at St. Raphael School.  She enjoys sharing her love of running with the students and teaching them how to be strong, positive young women.


Mrs. Paula Ritzler - Kindergarten, K2

M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, Cleveland State University

B.S., Education, Youngstown State University

21 years teaching, 16 at SRS

Mrs. Ritzler believes that the kindergarten classrooms are the happiest places in the entire school! She enjoys seeing her students smiling faces and love of learning!  Along with teaching, Mrs. Ritzler is active on School Advisory Council and is the LPDC representative for our teaching staff.


Mrs. Ellen Simoson - Kindergarten, K3

M.Ed., Middle Childhood Education, Ashland University

B.A., Elementary Education K-8

13 years teaching, 9 at SRS

Mrs. Simoson loves to share her Catholic faith with her students every day.  Watching her students learn how to read is one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching to Mrs. Simoson.  She is thankful for the abundant resources available at Saint Raphael School.


Mrs. Mary Sak - 1st Grade, Room 1

M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Bowling Green State University

B.A., Elementary (K-8) and Special Ed. (K-12), Mercyhurst University

17 years teaching, 2 at SRS

Mrs. Sak says "This is such an exciting time to be a part of Saint Raphael School!"  She is excited to watch our first graders grow in their academics, friendships, and relationships with Jesus.


Mrs. Wendy Pallotta - 1st Grade, Room 1A

M.Ed., Cleveland State University

ECE License, Cleveland State University

B.A., Communications, Grove City College, PA

9 years teaching, 3 at SRS

Mrs. Pallotta enjoys the relationships she forms with her students and parents.  She believes teaching is a partnership with parents and loves the connections she makes during the school year and beyond.


Miss Nicole Peskura, 1st Grade, Room 1B

B.S., Early Childhood Education, Baldwin Wallace University

2 years teaching, 2 at SRS

 

Miss Peskura's favorite part of being a teacher is helping the first graders learn more about Jesus through each subject.


Mrs. Natalie Palcko - 2nd Grade, Room 2

M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, John Carroll University

B.S., Physical Education, Bowling Green State University

5 years teaching, 5 at SRS

As an SRS graduate and now teacher, Mrs. Palcko that states that SRS is, and has always been, her home.  Seeing the students grow academically and spiritually in Christ makes the job fulfilling.


Mrs. Kimberly Lapinski - 2nd Grade, Room 2A

M.Ed., Cleveland State University

B.S., John Carroll University

15 years teaching, 15 at SRS

Mrs. Lapinski loves taking pictures of her students and using them for various projects throughout the school year.  She also loves seeing her "old" students pop in daily to say Hello and share their wonderful memories of their time in her classroom.


Mrs. Nancy Coury - 2nd Grade, Room 2B

Kent State University

31 years teaching, 23 at SRS

Mrs. Coury feels blessed to be a part of the Sacramental Program for second grade.  She also teaches second grade PSR.


Mrs. Cathy Barrett - 3rd Grade, Room 3

B.S. Elementary Education, Cleveland State University

23 years teaching, 15 at SRS

Mrs. Barrett is proud of how each class becomes the Room 3 family where we show respect, compassion, and help each other grow in our faith.

 


Mrs. Lisa Karnatz - 3rd Gade, Room 3A

Reading Endorsement, Baldwin Walace College

B.S., Elementary Education, Special Education, University of Dayton

15 years teaching, 10 at SRS

Mrs. Karnatz is very happy to be back at SRS as a 3rd grade teacher.  She began her teaching experience here in the 5th grade.  Mrs. Karnatz has been an active member of the school as a parent volunteer and has helped with the school yearbook for the past 10 years.


Miss Maryanne Barko - 3rd Grade, Room 3B

B.A., Elementary Education, Notre Dame College of Ohio

20 years teaching, 13 at SRS

Ms. Barko is a dedicated educator who enjoys teaching the Catholic faith and bringing the love of Jesus into the hearts of her students.


Mrs. Debbie Kamola - 4th Grade, Room 4, Language Arts and Social Studies

M.Ed., Ciriculum and Instruction with Reading Endorsement, Ashland University

B.S., Education, Cleveland State University

26 years teaching, 26 at SRS

As the 4th Grade social studies teacher, Mrs. Kamola enjoys teaching the students facts about the great state of Ohio.


Mrs. Jennifer Sauto - 4th Grade, Room 4A, Reading and Religion

M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction with Reading Endorsement, Cleveland State University

B.S., Education, Ashland University

16 years teaching, 11 at SRS

Along with teaching, Mrs. Sauto is an active coach for the Girls on the Run program.  She also enjoys working with the Raiders Club during the week.  As an SRS graduate, and now teacher, Mrs. Sauto loves that SRS is a place that feels like home and instills a strong Christian character in each individual that passes through.


Mrs. Carla Licastro - 4th Grade, Room 4B, Math and Science

M.A., Educational Administration, Ursuline College

B.S., Education, Miami University

17 years teaching, 10 as SRS

In addition to teaching science and math, Mrs. Licastro  co-coaches the medal winning Science Olympiad Teams for the 4th, 5th and 6th grades.  She also assists with the 5th and 6th grade Math Competition Teams.  Mrs. Licastro appreciates the overwhelming student enthusiasm and parent support in for our academic extra curricular activities.


Mrs. Rachel Barry - 5th Grade, Room 5, Religion and Social Studies

M.Ed., John Carroll University

B.A., John Carroll Univerisity

20 years teaching, 10 at SRS

Mrs. Barry is involved with the National Geography Bee competition.  Mrs. Barry values our strong religious curricullum in and out of the classroom.  She appreciates Dr. Kereky, the St. Ignatian Retreat, and the Legion of Mary.  Mrs. Barry loves to support our staff through the Sunshine Committee.  She states "SRS has been a blessing to my children and will be for yours as well!"


Miss Shannon Welsh - 5th Grade, Room 5A, Reading and Language Arts

M.Ed., Literacy Education, Cleveland State University (current student)

B.S., Middle Childhood Education, Bowling Green State University

8 years teaching, 7 at SRS

Along with teaching, Miss Welsh is a coach for Girls on the Run, which is a program that promotes self-esteem and overall health for young girls. She enjoys sharing her love of reading and writing with her students, but what she enjoys the most is getting to know the wonderful people her students are.


Mrs. Michelle Wise - 5th Grade, Room 5B, Math and Science

Professional License, Bowling Green State University

20 years teaching, 12years at SRS

 

Mrs. Wise thoroughly enjoys teaching and making a difference in children's lives. In addition to teaching math, she is one of the coaches of the 5/6 grade math competition team. Mrs. Wise is also one of the coaches for Science Olympiad.


Mrs. Andrea Ruda - 6th Grade,Room 6 Science, English and Reading

M.Ed., Curricullum and Development, Ashland University

B.S., Education, Cleveland State University

18 years teaching, 18 at SRS

Over the years, encouraging students to observe and explore the world around them has been extremely rewarding to Mrs. Ruda. She has had the honor of accompanying many of our students to regional and state science fairs where they have excelled!


Mrs. Laura Skonce - 6th Grade, Room 6A, Social Studies, Religion, and Reading

M. Ed., Ashland University

B.S Ed., The Ohio State University

25 years teaching, 21 years at SRS

Mrs. Skonce moderates Classroom of Champions and Brain Brawl, both academic contests in which our 7th and 8th graders participate. She feels blessed to have been a part of the St. Raphael Family and loves keeping in touch with former students and hearing about their success in high school, college, and beyond. She has already started to teach the next generation, or what she calls her "grandstudents." 


Miss Amy Hoffmeister - 6th Grade, Room 6B, Math and Reading

M.Ed., Middle Childhood Education, The Ohio State University

B.S., Human Devolopment and Family Science, The Ohio State University

3 years teaching, 2 at SRS

Miss Hoffmeister feels blessed to be a part of the St. Raphael School community, and thanks the community for their warm welcome. Along with teaching, she islooking forward to assisting with Science Olympiad and the Student Liturgy committee.


Mrs. Lyndsey Moro - JR High, Room 7, Science

M.Ed., Teacher as Leader, University of Dayton

B.S., Middle Childhood Education, University of Dayton

8 years teaching, 4 at SRS

Mrs. Moro is involved in the Science Olympiad program and Science Fair at SRS.  She loves teaching here "because of the support from administration and the love from the students that she receives on a daily basis."


Mr. Jeremy Thomas - JR High, Room 7A, Religion & Health

 

 

 


Mr. Kyle Barberic - JR High, Room 7B, Social Studies

M.Ed., School Administration, Cleveland State University, (currently enrolled)

B.S,, Education, Cleveland State University

11 years teaching, 10 at SRS

A former student himself, Mr. Barberic enjoys coaching the 7th Grade Power of the Pen Team and working as the Student Council Moderator.


Mr. Ken Wolford - JR High, Room 8, Math 

B.S., Mathematics, The Ohio State University

Teaching Certification, Ashland University

9 years teaching, 3 at SRS

Mr. Wolford loves to see how the students help each other in class.  He is proud of their strong sense of community.


Ms. Leah Darkes - JR High, Room 8A, Spanish

 

 


Mrs. Kimberly Hirsch - JR High, Room 8B, Language Arts

M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Cleveland State University

B.A., Education, University of Mount Union

15 years teaching, 10 at SRS

Mrs. Hirsch enjoys watching her students grow as readers and writers.  She is involved in Power of the Pen and Builders Club.