As the math tutor at St. Hilary School, Mrs. Bisesi says she most enjoys “watching the students’ confidence in their math ability grow, seeing the smiles on their faces when they begin to understand the logical thought processes in math, and seeing them accomplish an academic goal they have set for themselves.” In addition to providing intervention tutoring in math, Mrs. Bisesi regularly visits classrooms in grades 4-8 and gives immediate individual assistance to students as their math lessons are being taught. “My hopes and prayers for all my students are that they will always love to learn,” she says.
With math as her first love, Mrs. Bisesi says art is a close second, and she dabbles in that in her free time. Prior to beginning her tutoring work at St. Hilary in 2011, Mrs. Bisesi taught math for six years at Cloverleaf High School, ranging from basic math through honors precalculus. She holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Akron with certifications in 7-12 mathematics and 7-9 science.
Married with four sons, one of whom is in high school and three of whom attend St. Hilary, Mrs. Bisesi feels that what sets the school apart from others are the Christian values being taught and practiced throughout the school day. Additionally, the development of a sense of responsibility and self-discipline in students, very high academic standards, and exceptionally caring staff make the school a standout.
Away from school, Mrs. Bisesi enjoys running, swimming, camping, pottery, and vacationing with her family.
Working with students is exciting for St. Hilary tutor Mrs. Gilbride because it is rewarding to watch them learn and grow. “I believe in making classroom environments interactive so the students have a better understanding of what they are learning,” she adds.
Having worked with students for eight years, Mrs. Gilbride has an interesting background that includes practice teaching in a small Jamaican village for four months, and student teaching at a boarding school on an Indian reservation in Utah. “I really enjoyed the cultural experiences gained from these opportunities,” she shares. She also taught for three years at a high school in Colorado Springs and worked in the Berea City Schools for two years at Big Creek Elementary as an intervention specialist. Mrs. Gilbride feels that what makes St. Hilary unique from other schools is the infusion of Christianity into the daily curriculum.
Mrs. Gilbride holds a bachelor of science degree in special and elementary education from Ball State University, and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Akron. Her favorite subjects are math and science, and she looks forward to returning to school to become more skilled in those areas.
Mrs. Gilbride and her husband have six children, three boys and three girls. Their three oldest children attend St. Hilary. As a family, they enjoy traveling, snow skiing and hiking.
Speech Language Therapist
St. Hilary School speech language therapist Miss Kane enjoys helping students improve their communication skills. She is especially happy to assist students at St. Hilary School. "St. Hilary School is a wonderful school with a reputation for excellence, and I am proud to be a member of this community," she says.
Miss Kane has worked with students in a variety of settings, including a public school, an extended year program, a public school option for children with autism, and multiple preschool environments. Additionally, she has worked with adults in a skilled nursing facility and a neurology clinic, and with children with cochlear implants in an auditory-verbal clinic. She also completed a two-year internship with a private practice in speech-language.
Miss Kane holds a bachelor of arts degree in speech language pathology and audiology and a master of arts degree in speech language pathology, both from the University of Akron. She also holds an Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology license, an Ohio Department of Education, Pupil Services license, and an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. Additionally, Miss Kane is trained in Orton-Gillingham. When she is not assisting students, Miss Kane enjoys boating and spending time with her family.
As a staff member and school parent, Mrs. Parisi feels the combination of a strong faith-based education, loving teachers, and rigorous curriculum is second to none at St. Hilary School. “I feel so blessed to be giving back to the school that has prepared my children so completely both scholastically and religiously,” she adds. Having previously worked in crisis social work, Mrs. Parisi enjoys her counseling work at the school and also serves as a kindergarten teaching assistant.
A graduate of the Ohio State University and the University of Northern Iowa, Mrs. Parisi holds a bachelor of arts degree in family services, a master’s degree in social work, and a master of arts degree in public administration. She is licensed as an independent social worker and an educational assistant. Mrs. Parisi and her husband are parents of six children, two of whom are in high school and four of whom still attend St. Hilary School. Outside of school, Mrs. Parisi volunteers her time as St. Hilary track commissioner and has served as a Boy and Girl Scout leader and games coordinator.
Mrs. Pitchford is thrilled to be back at St. Hilary as a reading specialist. She works with students in grades K-2 and loves to see her students learning to read or improve their reading skills. She uses the Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) reading program as well as the Orton-Gilligham training method in small groups each day.
The most rewarding part of her job is to see the students learn a strategy to figure out a word or concept that can help them as they continue to reach their reading goals. She strives to make learning to read a fun, positive experience where all her students feel successful!
St. Hilary has always held a special place in her heart, as she was a kindergarten teacher here for eight years prior to having her fourth child. She feels the students and staff are exceptional and the sense of community is evident. Teachers set high expectations for themselves and for their students and go above and beyond to ensure student success. Being able to incorporate FAITH into every aspect of the day is also something that sets St. Hilary apart from other schools.
Mrs. Pitchford holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Miami University and a Master’s in Education from the University of Akron. After her fourth child went to kindergarten, Mrs. Pitchford returned to school and earned her Reading Endorsement and has most recently completed the Orton-Gillingham training course.
Mrs. Pitchford and her husband, Marshal, have four children and she enjoys spending time with her family as well as exercising, traveling, reading and watching her kids in their endless sporting and extra-curricular activities!
Reading Specialist / Intervention Teacher
Mrs. Scanlon serves as our reading specialist / intervention teacher. She says she is most rewarded when students are participating with her and with other students, and are enthusiastic about what they are learning. To that end, she notes, “I would like to incorporate technology into their lessons as much as possible. Students love technology and it is a great way to captivate their attention.”
Having served as a long- and short-term substitute teacher both at St. Hilary and at several local public schools, Mrs. Scanlon says her favorite subject to teach is language arts. She has spent time teaching special education students, and would like to learn more about teaching students with autism. Certified in special education – mild to moderate – K-12, Mrs. Scanlon has a master of arts degree in special education from Grand Canyon University, and also holds a reading endorsement. Additionally, she has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Kentucky University and a master of arts degree in laws of taxation from the Utah School of Law.
The students’ religious experience, education, discipline, and parent support are all factors Mrs. Scanlon believes set St. Hilary School apart from others in the area. One of her daughters attends the school and two attend a local Catholic high school. Mrs. Scanlon enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors and reading. She also volunteers at the Peter Maurin Center, assists with Blessings in a Backpack, and is a member of the St. Hilary Parish Cookie Ministry Committee. Rounding out her volunteer commitments, Mrs. Scanlon has coached CYO volleyball for seven years.
Helping them understand information and seeing it click for them is what most excites reading assistant Mrs. Wenzlik about working with students. “I love seeing them work hard to understand the information and realizing their own efforts have brought them success,” she says. “I love when they know they can achieve goals and become better at school, which leads to success in life.” Helping students in all areas is a passion for Mrs. Wenzlik, but she has a special place in her heart for assisting with reading.
At St. Hilary, Mrs. Wenzlik sees the staff’s dedication as setting the school apart. “The teaching staff here will do everything in their power to see a child succeed,” she explains. “They don’t let children ‘fall through the cracks,’ but give them the ability to be a success, not only in school, but in life and faith as well.”
Mrs. Wenzlik and her husband have lived in Michigan as well as Ohio, but have been in this area for 12 years. They are the parents of three daughters, all students at St. Hilary School. A graduate of the University of Toledo, Mrs. Wenzlik has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She taught first grade for one year and served as a long-term substitute first grade teacher for two years prior to starting her family. A long-time volunteer at St. Hilary, Mrs. Wenzlik has also served as a substitute teacher at the school prior to becoming a reading assistant.