Faculty and Staff



Mrs. Arnone, Principal / tarnone@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The students!  They are always happy and love to make others happy!

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Pope Francis

My Book Pick For Students:  Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Naples, Florida

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… do Jazzercise at 5:30 a.m. and have twins!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She took us to the University of Akron, where she went to college, for a field trip

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Cooking and shopping

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in education from St. Mary’s College and master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Akron

 

Mrs. Woodman, Assistant Principal / jwoodman@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  It is a happy place for students and staff with high expectations for all

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My grandmother – she was a prayer warrior and taught me to work hard, stick up for what I believe in, and let God lead the way

My Book Pick For Students:  The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Upstate New York and the Adirondack Mountains to see my family

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… love basketball!  Even though I am only 5 feet tall, I love everything about it!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She saw something special in me that I did not see, pushed me to be the best I could be – and inspired me to be a teacher!

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Being the mom of 2 little boys, gardening, reading, and traveling

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in integrated language arts from the Bowling Green State University and master’s degree in educational leadership from Grand Canyon University

 

 

 

 

Miss Bennett, Kindergarten Teacher / kbennett@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The wonderful students I get to work with every day

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Anthony

My Book Pick For Students:  Giraffes Can’t Dance

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Ocean City, New Jersey

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… have 3 sisters and a brother

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She was caring and made every child feel loved

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Cooking and baking

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, intervention specialist with a reading endorsement from Walsh University


 

Mrs. Holland, Kindergarten Teacher / kholland3@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  St. Hilary is my home away from home, where teachers have a passion for teaching and share their faith on a daily basis

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Mary

My Book Pick For Students:  I Love You This Much by Lynn Hodges and Sue Buchanan

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Marco Island, Florida

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… along with my mom, sister, three children, and my dogs all have names that start with K (as in kindergarten!)

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She had high expectations, taught me to give a strong hand shake and to be confident

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Family game nights, watching my children at their sporting events, and traveling with my family

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Akron

Mrs. Piekarski, Kindergarten Teacher / jpiekarski@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  Shiny new kindergarten faces at the beginning of the year to introduce to the joy of St. Hilary!

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Sr. Carol Joy

My Book Pick For Students:  The Goodnight Moon series and The Book Thief

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The Caribbean

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… love to dance

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She believed in me and inspired me to go beyond

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Fashion and decorating when I’m not reading or power-walking

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in education K-8 from the University of Akron and master’s degree in supervision from the University of Akron, +25 hours, many of which are in gifted and talented education

Mrs. Thomson, Kindergarten Teacher / rthomson@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The friendly family atmosphere, loving attitudes and gestures displayed daily, and Christian values that are a vital part of students’ growth and development

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Mother Teresa

My Book Pick For Students:  Rainbow Fish

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Las Vegas and New York

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… am not a beach person but would rather go to history museums and visit historic sites!  And, Mrs. Piekarski and I were in kindergarten at the same school during the same year!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  Her kind, loving nature and how she took a special interest in me – and inspired me to become a teacher

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Walking in nature on a sunny day

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in education with K-8 certification from the University of Akron and master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Alabama, +18 hours in early childhood education

Mrs. Monea, First Grade Teacher / emonea@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The staff, students and families

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Mary and my mom

My Book Pick For Students:  The Gift of Nothing

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The beach

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… was a flight attendant and I like superheroes

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She took the time to care

My Passion Outside Of Work:  My family

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communication from Kent State University and bachelor’s degree in elementary education, English minor, from Kent State University

Mrs. Morrocco, First Grade Teacher / mmorrocco@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  How friendly and supportive everyone is

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Francis of Assisi

My Book Pick For Students:  The Giving Tree

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The beach

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… do a lot of camping

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She got to know me as a person

My Passion Outside Of Work:  My family and my boys’ sporting events

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in elementary education 1-8 from the University of Akron and master’s degree in curriculum and instructional study from Western Governors University


 

Mrs. Alexander, Second Grade Teacher / malexander@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  St. Hilary is a great school with a dedicated staff and it provides students the opportunity to grow in their education and faith

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Theresa of Calcutta

My Book Pick For Students:  Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Anywhere with my family – especially Walt Disney World

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… talked a lot in grade school!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  Being caring, fun and always challenging us to learn new things

My Passion Outside Of Work:  My family, as well as running, reading, and shopping

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in education from Kent State University and master’s degree in education – reading specialist from the University of Akron

Mrs. Conley, Second Grade Teacher / sconley@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  It has so much to offer and scholastically prepares students for high school

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My father, who taught in a Catholic school for 40 years

My Book Pick For Students:  BFF

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Fripp Island, SC

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… sang solos since I was in third grade

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  Dedication and ability to make learning fun

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Volleyball and baking cookies

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in communication from Ohio State University and teaching certification from Baldwin Wallace College

Miss Conti, Second Grade Teacher / mconti@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I love how welcoming everyone is, and the yearly school theme that unites everyone

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My mom, who taught me to live every day to its fullest and see the positives in every situation

My Book Pick For Students:  The Little House series

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Any beach and nearby seafood restaurants

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… have a huge sweet tooth!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She took the time to get to know us, genuinely cared about us, and took time to teach us things we were curious about even if they were not in the lesson plans

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Being in the kitchen!

My Education:  Bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education and early childhood intervention from the University of Akron

Mr. Manno, Third Grade Teacher / cmanno@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  Being in an environment that is conducive to learning and the support of all the parents in helping to educate their children

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Mother Teresa

My Book Pick For Students:  Strega Nona

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The ocean

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… play the keyboard

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She was caring, helpful, patient, and understanding

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Woodworking

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, certification grades 1-8, from the University of Akron

Miss Riley, Third Grade Teacher / driley@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The energy of the teachers and positive relationships I have built

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My parents – they are extremely kind and caring with a confidence that makes them leaders

My Book Pick For Students:  My Rotten Red Headed Older Brother by Patricia Polacco

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Madison, WI or Whitefish, MT

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… love anything outdoors

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  My favorite teacher was Mrs. Starkey!  She was so caring and nurturing and taught me to love school

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Soccer, coaching, reading, friends, and family

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, master’s degree in early childhood education from John Carroll University and working on master’s degree in educational administration from Ursuline College

Mrs. Starkey, Third Grade Teacher / tstarkey@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I love the people in this community – we are all like a family with special talents and treasures

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Esther and my grandmother who was named for her

My Book Pick For Students:  Ginger Pye

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The beach

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… had a difficult time learning to read in first grade and now I love reading!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  All my favorite teachers encouraged me to be myself and learn something new

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Golfing, Zumba, yoga, being outdoors, and spending time with my family

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in education K-8 from Kent State University and master’s degree in early childhood education from Kent State University

Mr. Abucejo, Fourth Grade Teacher / jabucejo@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  Being able to see my own children grow up as students on a daily basis

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Pope Saint John Paul II

My Book Pick For Students:  The Green Futures of Tycho by William Sleator

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning (a unique, gigantic tower-like structure… Google it!)

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… used to sing bass and beatbox in several collegiate a cappella groups

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  Her Thomas Edison stick-to-it-iveness and adept technological know-how

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Reading, drawing cartoons and playing video games

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Pittsburgh and bachelor’s degree in middle school mathematics and language arts from the University of Akron

 

Mrs. Cooper, Fourth Grade Teacher / acooper@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The interactions with my students and the anticipation of something new every day

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Therese, The Little Flower

My Book Pick For Students:  I am a voracious reader so my favorite books change all the time!

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The great outdoors

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… love reading picture books

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  The time taken to see what was special about me

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Running and reading

My Education:  Associate’s degree in marketing from Lorain County Community College, bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kent State University, and master’s degree in elementary education from Kent State University

Mrs. Kovarik, Fourth Grade Teacher / jkovarik@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I am beyond thrilled when I see former students succeed at high school, college or careers

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Anthony

My Book Pick For Students:  Harry Potter

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Memphis, TN and France

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… am a convert to Catholicism

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  He was a phenomenal and inspirational music teacher/band director

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Music

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in education from Baldwin Wallace College and master’s degree in systematic theology from John Carroll University

Mrs. Moloney, Fifth Grade Teacher / dmoloney@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I can share my faith with my students!

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Teresa of Avila

My Book Pick For Students:  The I Survived series

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Isle of Palms in Charleston, SC

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… had my own horse for 14 years and love to ride horses

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She loved to sing and always played music in class to help us learn

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Volunteering at Victory Gallop where I help teach children with disabilities to ride horses

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Akron and master’s degree in early childhood education from Kent State University

Mrs. Rauber, Fifth Grade Teacher / jrauber@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  Having the opportunity to live my Catholic faith in the workplace is essential to my happiness, and the innovation and creativity of the teachers and administrators match my personality and educational philosophy

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Damien de Veuster of Molokai

My Book Pick For Students:  Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Zion National Park, Utah

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… have visited every state in the United States of America

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She had a contagious smile and always took extra time to help me after school with my reading

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Finding gratitude in the abundant blessings God puts in our path each day

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude, intervention specialist K-12, from the University of Akron

Mrs. Sollenberger, Fifth Grade Teacher / msollenberger@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  St. Hilary School feels like home to me, with my classroom and students being an extension of my home and my own children

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Ordinary people who overcome obstacles to achieve their goals and inspire others to be kinder, more positive and more spiritual

My Book Pick For Students:  Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… like to sing and dance to the radio while driving in my car – much to the embarrassment of my children!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  Her love of learning was infectious and she made learning fun

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Raising my children and running

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in business management and marking from the University of Akron, bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Akron and master’s degree in business administration from John Carroll University

Miss Buzzi, Sixth Grade Teacher / jbuzzi@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I love that St. Hilary allows me to bring my faith into my classroom and to enhance my lessons

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Bernadette

My Book Pick For Students:  A book of poetry can inspire anyone!

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The woods of southern Ohio

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… kept stats for the Eastern Michigan hockey team throughout college although I am a klutz, not very athletic, and a girly girl!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  My favorite teacher is actually our own Sister Carol Joy – I was so fortunate to have her in second grade and believe she is one of the fundamental reasons I became a teacher because she made learning engaging, fun and colorful!

My Passion Outside Of Work:  My family, traveling, cooking, and spending time with children of any age

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in early education from Eastern Michigan University and master’s degree in administration, social policy, and planning from Harvard University

Miss McMahon, Sixth Grade Teacher / emcmahon@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  St. Hilary is a supportive and faithful community

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. John Paul II and St. Catherine of Siena

My Book Pick For Students:  The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, and One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Poland

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… was a student at St. Hilary School and Mrs. Piekarski, Mrs. Monea, Mrs. Metzger, and Mrs. Toth were some of my teachers!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  I have been blessed with too many wonderful teachers to have a favorite – all have in common a passion for their subject area and a love of their students

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Singing and reading

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in education, K-12 reading endorsement, from the Franciscan University of Steubenville


Mr. Seeman, Sixth Grade Teacher / mseeman@st-hilary.org

 

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  After teaching in public schools and being away from my family, St. Hilary has provided me with an opportunity to teach at a Catholic school close to my family where I can inspire and influence students by teaching subjects I am passionate about while also teaching students the value of service, faith, and the fact they can make a positive difference in the world.

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My 5th grade math and science teacher, Mr. Namestnik 

My Book Pick For Students:  I am Third by Gale Sayers

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The Rocky Mountains

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… am a retired bull rider!  I rode a bull for a fundraiser when I lived in Colorado!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  The belief he had in the ability of all his students to succeed, and his true love for his students outside the classroom.  He used our passions to make class interesting and inspired me to be a teacher.  

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Exercising, playing and coaching sports, and building jigsaw puzzles

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education from John Carroll University and master’s degree in instructional technology from Fort Hays State University

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Gaffney, Seventh Grade Teacher / tgaffney@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The creativity among my fellow teachers and a support staff that gives 100%

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Mother Teresa

My Book Pick For Students:  The Great Gatsby

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Outer Banks

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… am an only child but always wanted a brother and sister

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  My home economics teacher in high school had an amazing passion for teaching and applied real life scenarios in every lesson

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Cooking, gardening and spending time with my family

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in education, integrated social studies, from Kent State University


 

Mrs. Hoffmann, Seventh Grade Teacher / thoffmann@st-hilary.org

What Drew Me To St. Hilary School:  The Christ-centered education and close community

 

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. John Paul ll

 

My Book Pick for Students:  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

 

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Any ocean

 

Students Would be Surprised to Know That I... went open water diving with 36 sharks!

 

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She cared about me as an individual, including my learning style and interests

 

My Passion Outside of Work:  Spending time with my husband and four children

 

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Akron

Mr. Sherry, Seventh Grade Teacher / msherry@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The energy is always high and smiles abound, students and families care deeply about education, and we have the opportunity to set a Christian example

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My dad – he brought me to the faith and I would not be a Catholic school teacher without his inspiration, direction and advice

My Book Pick For Students:  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  My family’s cabin in Lake Tahoe

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… have family in Vietnam – my brother, Keith, has lived there for over 15 years as a teacher and has a wife and 2 boys

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  He made my childhood anxiety disappear through his unique way of reaching students and caring about each one as a child of God

My Passion Outside Of Work:  My wife and daughter, golf, reading current affairs magazines politics, electronic dance music, and running half-marathons

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education from the University of Dayton

Mrs. Bisesi, Eighth Grade Teacher / cbisesi@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I love that we have an opportunity to teach our students in a community that supports them as they grow in their faith

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Nicholas

My Book Pick For Students:  Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Yellowstone National Park

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… enjoy camping with my husband and my 4 sons in national and state parks… and that we own chickens!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She had an ability to reach each student on his or her own level

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Raising my children, growing in my faith, exercising, and gardening

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a certificate in math and science from the University of Akron

Mrs. Durkin, Eighth Grade Teacher / cdurkin@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The teachers and staff I work with and the students we get to interact with every day

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Catherine of Siena

My Book Pick For Students:  Schooled

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The Vatican

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… love camping!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She had white patent leather go-go boots (circa 1972)

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Reading, puzzles, camping, being outdoors

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and teaching license coursework from Notre Dame College

Mrs. Falhamer, Eighth Grade Teacher / kfalhamer@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I enjoy working with the faculty and students, and meeting some of the most wonderful and supportive families

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My parents

My Book Pick For Students:  The Book Thief

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Puerto Rico

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  High expectations and love of subject matter

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Coaching

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in adolescent to young adult education in English for grades 7-12 from the University of Dayton

Mrs. Metzger, Art Teacher / mmetzger@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The kind and caring environment for children to learn their academics as well as their Catholic faith

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Pope Francis

My Book Pick For Students:  Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Museums – especially art museums

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… have several pets

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  My favorite teacher was creative and shared his passion for the world of art with his students

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Gardening, pets and art

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in art education from Ohio State University

Mrs. Stamets, Physical Education Teacher / tstamets@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I love the feeling of belonging to a big family – there’s a lot of love here!

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Francis and my dad

My Book Pick For Students:  The Little Engine that Could

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Smyrna, GA (where my daughter and son-in-law live)

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… used to teach ballet

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She made me feel important

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Following sports, traveling and spending time with my family

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Akron

Sister Carol Joy Cincerelli, Arts Enrichment Teacher / ccincerelli@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  So many things, but mostly the love and kindness of my students

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Jesus

My Book Pick For Students:  Any book about the lives of artists

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Nearby garage sales to supply my classroom

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… was a cheerleader in high school!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She took an interest in who I was and what I made

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Creating art

My Education:  Catholic high school, Catholic college (St. John’s College in Cleveland), art school, Siena Heights College, master’s degree in gifted education

Mrs. Weber, Media Center / Makerspace Coordinator / lweber@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The people!

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Thomas Aquinas

My Book Pick For Students:  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Any beach, anytime, anywhere!

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… am a true Star Trek fan and my children have taken me to Star Trek conventions for Mother’s Day!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She opened my mind to science and her teaching inspired me to pursue chemistry in college

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Learning about new things and being with my grandchildren

My Education:  Bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of Akron

Mrs. Toth, Music Teacher / LuAnneToth@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I can teach my subject area and can openly integrate Catholic social teachings into my lessons

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Teresa of Calcutta

My Book Pick For Students:  The Once and Future King by T.H. White

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Litchfield Beach, SC

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… have been a Star Trek nerd since I was in high school!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  My high school band director helped me develop my love of music

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Reading

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in music education from Kent State University

Mrs. Slanina, Media Center / Makerspace Coordinator / eslanina@st-hilary.org

 

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The students are very motivated and excited about learning

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Francis of Assisi and St. Jude

My Book Pick For Students:  The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill is one of many

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The beach

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… like to run half-marathons

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  My high school English teacher was interesting and engaging and made me love writing and poetry

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Spending time with my husband and 3 children

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in English from John Carroll University, master’s degree in education, instructional technology from Kent State University and master’s degree in library science from Kent Stat University

Mrs. Six, French Teacher / asix@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The dedicated staff

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Pope Francis

My Book Pick For Students:  The Glass Castle

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  France

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… have been teaching for over 40 years and still love it!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She organized a trip to France that changed my life

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Traveling, walking and spending time with family and friends

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in French and mathematics from the University of Akron and master’s degree in education from the University of Akron

Mrs. Shu, Chinese Teacher / mshu@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  St. Hilary is a great place for students eager to learn and grow in the knowledge and customs of another country!

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Mother Teresa

My Book Pick For Students:  Rainbow Fish

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  China (my native country)

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… and my family speak only Chinese at home

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She was strict but always made learning fun, and encouraged her students to be the best they could be

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Walking, cooking and enjoying time with family and friends

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in China

Mrs. Heuer, Advanced Math Teacher / Technology Facilitator / kheuer@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The opportunities for students and my ability to work with students in so many capacities

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Mother Teresa

My Book Pick For Students:  The Book Thief

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  California

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… almost chose English as my major – my English teachers in high school and college always used my poems and essays as examples in class!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  His humor, sarcasm and ability to make everything exciting – he gave us class nicknames based on fun popular or historical or fictional characters we looked or acted like!

My Passion Outside Of Work:  My family, cooking and exercising

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in education in integrated mathematics from Bowling Green State University and master’s degree in instructional technology with an endorsement in technology facilitation from the University of Akron

Mrs. Campbell, Spanish Teacher / jcampbell@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I love the connection between the students, family and faculty – we are able to give so much more to our students than many traditional learning institutions

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Nick Vujicic (“No arms, no legs, no worries.”)

My Book Pick For Students:  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Northern Michigan

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… was once in the Rose Garden of the White House

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  My English teacher when I first came to America had a passion for teaching and all of us in the class felt really motivated

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Running, gardening, spending time with family and friends, painting, arts and crafts

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Pontifical Bolivarian University in Bucaramanga, Colombia; currently working on alternative resident educator license for world languages in grades P-12

Mrs. McGrath, Teaching Assistant / mmcgrath@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The people!  The staff, the families and especially the students

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Francis of Assisi

My Book Pick For Students:  The Tale of Despereaux

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Arizona

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… don’t eat cake on my birthday

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  He actually read the entire dictionary

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Exercising, gardening and reading

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in business from Ohio University and law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law

Mrs. Kleinman, Teaching Assistant / skleinman@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  All of the different long-standing traditions each class gets to experience

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Saint Pope John Paul II

My Book Pick For Students:  The Quiltmaker’s Gift

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  My parents’ home on Thanksgiving Day to be with my entire family

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… worked for the Cleveland CAVS as the Assistant Director of Advertising and Promotions

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  Positive energy that inspired students to do their best

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Family, history, and walking

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Akron

Mrs. Hamlin, Teaching Assistant / ahamlin@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  This school feels like home!  Even though it is steeped in tradition, teaching styles are very innovative

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Anthony

My Book Pick For Students:  Rainbow Fish

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The beach

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  I was in the hospital and missed my entire 9th grade year, but three teachers came to tutor me and their kindness, compassion and humor meant the world to me

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Cooking and entertaining

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron

Mrs. Bendo, Teaching Assistant / jbendo@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  It is a very warm, welcoming and caring environment

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Teresa of Calcutta

My Book Pick For Students:  The Beverly Cleary series about Ramona and Henry & Ribsy

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Lake Pointe Inn in Maryland – it’s very quaint and special to my husband and me

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… have 7 children and that outside of St. Hilary I also work with students who are classified as homeless and suspended students who go to a special school

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She was an older lady who was very patient, soft-spoken and kind

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Riding my bike, walking, reading, tending my plants, and spending time with my family


 

Mrs. Houser, Teaching Assistant / ehouser@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The sense of community in which people are always willing to help each other out

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Elizabeth of Hungary

My Book Pick For Students:  The Book With No Pictures

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The Bahamas

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… went skydiving back in my younger days!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She always came up with something creative and interesting for us to do

My Passion Outside Of Work:  My family and crafting

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and master’s degree in financial engineering from Kent State University

Mrs. Goske, Teaching Assistant / agoske@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The strong sense of community among the staff and families in an inviting and safe place to build our faith, praying together, serving the community, and the structured and vigorous academic curriculum

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Mary Magdalene

My Book Pick For Students:  I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt and Syd Moore or the Kingdom Keeper series by Ridley Pearson

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Disney World Parks

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… I ran my first half marathon (which was my first race) through Disney Parks

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She made each of her students feel special by teaching to our individual strengths, making the content relatable and easier to grasp… but she was also strict, organized and had high expectations!

My Passion Outside Of Work:  My family – watching them in their activities and traveling together

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in elementary education 1-8 and master’s degree in gifted education K-12, +15 hours in classroom management and technology

Mrs. Pelini, Teaching Assistant / ppelini@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The Catholic, caring environment which nurtures and inspires our students

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Padre Pio (my father attended his Masses)

My Book Pick For Students:  Books by James Marshall

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Italy

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… play softball, was a military wife for 14 years, and have moved 8 times!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  My high school chemistry teacher imparted great knowledge and love of the subject

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Cooking, reading and working out

My Education:  Licensure as a radiological technologist

Mrs. Olack, Teachng Assistant / nolack@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I love that St. Hilary School recognizes every child’s God-given potential, as well as the sense of community and dedication of the staff

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Teresa of Calcutta

My Book Pick For Students:  The Day the Crayons Quit and The Giving Tree

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Anywhere that is warm and near water

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… went to St. Hilary School!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She had a smile every day and let us do many fun class projects

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Spending time with my family, cheering for the Buckeyes, cooking, decorating, shopping, and playing tennis

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in human ecology from Ohio State University

Mrs. Herideen, Teaching Assistant / aherideen@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I love the students and all the cute, funny things they say and do!

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My mother, who raised 6 children after my father passed away, taught us to be strong and follow our faith

My Book Pick For Students:  Charlotte’s Web

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Europe

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… worked in Yellowstone Park for a summer

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  Passion for teaching and caring and compassion for students

My Passion Outside Of Work:  My family

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Akron

Mrs. Paterakis, Teaching Assistant / apaterakis@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  St. Hilary feels like a family, not just a school

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Marianne Cope

My Book Pick For Students:  The Jungle Book

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Naples, FL

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… am scared of flying!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She always asked me about myself and my interests and took the time to learn what I liked and disliked

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Planting flowers and watching them grow

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Akron

Mrs. Parri, Teaching Assistant / mparri@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The overwhelming presence of faith

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Mary

My Book Pick For Students:  Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  San Francisco and Italy

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… have run 13 marathons, and that when I was 10 I had a blue bike with a banana seat that I could stand on with one foot, hold onto the handlebars, and zoom down the street at 40 miles per hour!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She had the most angelic way, a gifted singing voice, the best hugs, and made everyone feel important

My Passion Outside Of Work:  My family, helping others, and being active in our Italian club Le Radici

My Education:  Attended North Carolina State University


 

Mrs. Haran, Teaching Assistant / eharan@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The families attending the school have great relationships both inside and outside the school, resulting in a strong support system for the children

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Cecilia

My Book Pick For Students:  When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The ocean

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… grew up on a farm – I loved driving tractors, raising chickens, milking cows, and riding horses!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  He was my father (and my 8th grade math teacher)

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Running, rooting for the Cleveland Indians, reading, and traveling

My Education:  Associate’s degree in occupational therapy from Cuyahoga Community College, bachelor’s degree in political science and city planning from Ohio State University, and law degree from Case Western Reserve University

Mrs. Griesse, Tutor / egriesse@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The welcoming environment and the ability to work our Catholic faith into education

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Catherine of Siena

My Book Pick For Students:  Wonder by R. J. Palacio

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The beach

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… hate public speaking!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She truly cared for all of her students

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Being a mom and wife

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in middle school education, math and language arts, from Kent State University

Mrs. Milosevic, Speech Language Teacher / lmilosevic@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The wonderful community environment!  Students are able to learn and make amazing progress as a result of the collaborative support between the faculty, staff and families

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My parents – they are my role models in all aspects of my life

My Book Pick For Students:  Mr. Popper’s Penguins

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… won several hula hoop contests as a kid!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  My favorite teacher recognized that everyone has different learning styles and was flexible enough to accommodate and foster those differences

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Reading and spending time with my husband and family

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology and audiology from the University of Akron and master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Akron

Mrs. Scanlon, Reading Tutor / Intervention Specialist / tscanlon@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The family atmosphere

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Mother Teresa

My Book Pick For Students:  Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The beach

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… live across the street from school!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  Her kindness and compassion

My Passion Outside Of Work:  My children

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Kentucky University, master’s degree in laws of taxation from Grand Canyon University and master’s degree in special education and reading endorsement from the University of Utah

Mrs. Wenzlik, Tutor / jwenzlik@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The people I work with and the faith community that surrounds us and our children

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Teresa The Little Flower

My Book Pick For Students:  From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Kiawah Island

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… love football!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She made me realize that with hard work you can achieve anything

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Spending time with my family

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Toledo

Mrs. Pitchford, Tutor / apitchford@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The warm, welcoming atmosphere and feeling of family

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My younger brother, Duncan, because of all the work and sacrifice it took for him to become a transplant surgeon, his constant quest to learn new things, and his humility in service to others

My Book Pick For Students:  Library Lion and The Polar Express

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The beach

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… have a lot of dogs at my house – our own and rescues from time to time

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  My favorites were always those who took an interest in me and made time to talk to and encourage me

My Passion Outside Of Work:  My 4 kids and all of their activities!

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in public relations from Miami University and master’s degree and reading endorsement from the University of Akron

Mrs. Kelly, Enrichment Teacher / mkelly@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The constant support of the Parents’ Association as well as so many parents of students

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Dr. Martin Luther King

My Book Pick For Students:  Thank You, Mr. Falker

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  National parks

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… enjoy watching sports

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  My high school biology teacher was a very compassionate person with a wonderful sense of humor

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Gardening and walking

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in education from Mount Union College, graduate courses at the University of Akron

Mrs. Gilbride, Tutor / egilbride@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The warm and friendly environment

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Pope John Paul II

My Book Pick For Students:  Little House on the Prairie

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The mountains

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… am an identical twin

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  My anthropology teacher at Ball State instilled in me an appreciation for diversity

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Being a mom of 6 kids!

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in special and elementary education from Ball State University and master’s degree in special education from the University of Akron

Miss Malick, Secretary / smalick@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The faculty and staff and how they pull together in both positive and difficult situations

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My father, who taught me to believe in myself

My Book Pick For Students:  Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The beach

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… love to watch surfing competitions!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She saw my potential in English literature and brought that love of the classics to me

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Baking and old movies

Mrs. Smith, Secretary / msmith@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The family community

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My grandmother, for her Catholic faith and devotion to the Virgin Mother Mary

My Book Pick For Students:  Be The Miracle by Regina Brett

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Walt Disney World and Nags Head

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… have been a Catholic school secretary for over 25 years

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She encouraged me to be a leader by making me run for Student Council President!

My Passion Outside Of Work:  My family

My Education:  Attended Cleveland State University for business and technology classes

Mrs. Sinopoli, Director of Marketing & Admissions / dsinopoli@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I love welcoming new students and parents into a school family supported by kindness and prayer

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Pope John Paul II

My Book Pick For Students:  The Quilt Maker’s Gift

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Any beach

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… practiced law for many years before working at St. Hilary School

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  My third grade teacher fostered each student’s unique gifts and predicted that I would work in a career involving writing

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Home decorating, gardening, reading, walking, boating, and being with my family

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Kent State University and law degree from the University of Akron School of Law


 

Mrs. Hammersmith, Nurse / chammersmith@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The friendly, fun staff and nice children

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Mary and St. Mother Teresa

My Book Pick For Students:  Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Kiawah Island, SC

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… grew up in Canada

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  Her enthusiasm and kindness

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Reading and playing golf

My Education:  Nursing degree from Ryerson University in Toronto

Mrs. Parisi, Social Worker / cparisi@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  It is a great school within a caring, faith-filled community

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Philomena

My Book Pick For Students:  Friends till the End (part of the American Girl series)

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Italy

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… have 6 kids

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She challenged us while being completely confident that we were able to accomplish even more than she asked

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Spending time with my husband, kids and dogs when we can have a quiet night at home, especially playing board games or reading

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in family services from the University of Northern Iowa and master’s degrees in clinical social work and public administration from Ohio State University


 

Mrs. Weber, Latchkey Director / Textbook Clerk / pweber@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I love that this is a K-8 school and I can watch the students come in as kindergarteners and grow into 8th graders – I miss them when they leave!

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Anne

My Book Pick For Students:  Wonder

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Hilton Head Island

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… am married to Mr. Weber and we met in fourth grade!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She let me be the messenger and work in the office

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Reading and biking with my family

Mr. Weber, Facilities Manager / wweber@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The faculty, staff and students

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Francis of Assisi

My Book Pick For Students:  Any book that has to do with the great outdoors

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… was chosen to place St. Hilary’s relic in the new altar when the church was remodeled in 1998

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  He gave me a chemistry set

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Fishing, kayaking and sports

My Education:  Attended McKim Technical Institute and RESE Akron Chapter

Mrs. Bachman, Assistant / sbachman@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I love how the students at St. Hilary School receive a strong faith-based education while learning and becoming caring members of their community

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Francis of Asisi

My Book Pick For Students:  Black Beauty and the Nancy Drew mysteries

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The ocean and beach

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… have crocheted 15 afghans!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She was my home economics teacher, who taught me many skills I use daily

My Passion Outside Of Work:   Reading books, especially mysteries