Fifth Grade Teacher
After seeing her five children through their education at St. Hilary School, and substitute teaching at the school for seven years, Mrs. Lloyd decided to return to the school full-time as a teacher to do what she loves most. "I truly enjoy working with children," she says. "The spark in their eyes when they 'get it' along with the challenge of presenting information in different ways when they have difficulty understanding makes teaching a very rewarding profession." She adds that no two days are ever quite the same.
Besides teaching fifth grade homeroom subjects, Mrs. Lloyd teaches math and science to all St. Hilary School fifth graders. She has taught many subjects over the years as a substitute teacher, but notes that science and particularly math are her two favorite subjects to teach. "I hope to instill a love of both math and science in all the students using a variety of activities and approaches, especially through the use of technology," she says. "After educating my own five children from kindergarten through eighth grade at St. Hilary and beyond, I feel like I have a true appreciation not only for where my students have been, but where they are going."
Mrs. Lloyd feels the staff at St. Hilary School is truly exceptional, speaking from the perspective of both a parent and a teacher. She believes the teachers are dedicated and interested in what parents think about their children's education, and are well-organized in their lesson plans and classes. This, as well as the opportunity to pray and attend Mass with the students, makes St. Hilary School special and a great place to work and learn, she says.
A graduate of Miami University, Mrs. Lloyd holds a bachelor of science degree in education with specialties in elementary (K-8) education and special education (K-12). She has also taken graduate level classes at both John Carroll University and Notre Dame College. Her five children keep her busy by providing many photos from which she enjoys creating scrapbooks. Three are currently pursuing careers in medicine, music, and marketing, one recently graduated college, and one is in college. Mrs. Lloyd also enjoys reading and spending time with her grandchildren.
Fifth Grade Teacher
A teacher at St. Hilary since 2004, Mrs. Moloney has also worked at the school in various capacities, including substitute teacher and tutor. Prior to teaching fifth grade, Mrs. Moloney taught first grade at St. Hilary. She teaches reading and religion, as well as homeroom subjects, to her fifth grade students. She loves working with young children.
Mrs. Moloney devotes much of her time to instilling in her students a love of reading. “I love seeing the kids’ reading ability improve, and seeing their pride in their accomplishments,” she says.
The inclusion of religion in everything students do is what Mrs. Moloney feels makes St. Hilary School a special place to learn. As a Catholic, she enjoys practicing her religion and teaching her students about the Catholic faith.
A graduate of the University of Akron and Kent State University, Mrs. Moloney holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in early childhood education. She has three children, all of whom are St. Hilary graduates who went on to attend Catholic high school. Outside of school, Mrs. Moloney enjoys being involved in her family’s activities.
Fifth Grade Teacher
“The best part of teaching is watching the students grow and learn,” says St. Hilary School fifth grade teacher Mrs. Sollenberger. “I love when they get excited about really grasping a new concept or reading a new book.” To make learning appealing for her students, Mrs. Sollenberger keeps them involved and excited about their learning. “Our class does many hands-on activities that are relevant to the students’ lives,” she explains. “We make connections between what we learn and how we can use the knowledge and skills in the ‘real’ world. I also use technology to enhance what we are learning, give the students an opportunity to create unique projects, and engage the students in their learning.” To motivate her students to learn, and to help them be excited about discovering new ideas and gaining knowledge and skills is a constant professional goal for Mrs. Sollenberger.
While she enjoys everything about teaching and learning, Mrs. Sollenberger says she is partial to language arts. “The great thing about language arts and reading is that it can be incorporated into all the other subject areas, which I do with my social studies curriculum,” she says.
The sense of community at St. Hilary School is what Mrs. Sollenberger feels sets it apart from other schools. “Everyone works to help everyone else succeed,” she observes. “I also think a critical aspect that makes St. Hilary what it is academically and socially is the way our Catholic faith and values are brought into all we do.”
In her first full-time teaching position in the 2013-2014 school year, Mrs. Sollenberger student taught in two Catholic schools and had a long-term substitute assignment in a Catholic school in the 2012-2013 school year. She previously worked in retail management and in the financial services industry.
Mrs. Sollenberger holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration and marketing, as well as a bachelor of science degree in education, both from the University of Akron. She also holds a master’s degree in business administration from John Carroll University. Licensed in middle level education in language arts, reading and mathematics, Mrs. Sollenberger also holds a reading certification.
Involved at St. Hilary as a parent of four children for many years, Mrs. Sollenberger has coached St. Hilary students in cross country and track for over 10 years. She has also been a Cub Scout leader and a Girl Scout leader. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, running, and reading.