About Our Faculty and Staff


Mrs. Woodman, 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 of Science degree in Education with an Integrated Language Arts major from Bowling Green State University and Master of Education degrees in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University and Ursuline College

Mrs. Alexander, Assistant Principal / dalexander@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 master’s degree in educational administration from Ursuline College

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

Miss Faetanini, Kindergarten Teacher / gfaetanini@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: I love that St. Hilary is one big family!

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me: My parents

My Book Pick For Students: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting: Sunset Beach, NC

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… used to play school with Miss Bennett when we were little!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special: She created a caring, supportive and fun classroom community.

My Passion Outside Of Work: Spending time with my family, friends and new puppy, exercising, hiking, and playing card games.

My Education: Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University

Mrs. Haskins, Kindergarten Teacher / ahaskins@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: The school theme and how it is carried out throughout the year

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me: My mother... she was the kindest soul, who tried to make every day special for her family and friends.

My Book Pick For Students: Any book by Mo Willems

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting: Rome, Italy

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I…am an avid reader. My record is 61 books in one year, and I have read the whole Harry Potter series many times over!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special: My third grade teacher, Mrs. Bayless, was fun and outgoing, and let her students showcase their talents in the classroom.

My Passion Outside Of Work: My family and dog, Cleveland Browns football, and reading!

My Education:  Bachelor's Degree from John Carroll University with a Reading Endorsement, Master's Degree from Kent State University in Library Science/Children's Librarian

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…have been at St. Hilary for over 20 years!

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. Walsh, First Grade Teacher / swalsh@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I love that everyone at St. Hilary is kind, helpful, and welcoming!

The Saint Or Person Who Inspires Me: My mom, she always goes above and beyond for her family and friends.

My Book Pick For Students: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Hilton Head, South Carolina

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I...  Have taken dance classes for 23 years and still take tap dance lessons at the studio where I grew up!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special: Mrs. Hardesty understood me and accepted me for who I was, while also creating a love of learning in her classroom.

My Passion Outside Of Work: My family and friends, my dog Tito, dancing, reading, traveling, and baking.

My Education:  Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University

Mrs. Walters, First Grade Teacher / awalters@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  Being able to share my faith with my students

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My grandmother and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

My Book Pick For Students:  Wonder

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Walt Disney World

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I…have flown on a trapeze on multiple occasions

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She always found a way to make learning fun

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Baking, yoga and spending time with my family

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and early childhood intervention specialist from the University of Dayton

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. Collins, 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

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:  The Magic Tree House series

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

Mrs. Quernemoen, Third Grade Teacher / jquernemoen@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  Faith, family, friends! 

The Saint Or Person Who Inspires Me: St. Teresa de Avila

My Book Pick For Students: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting: The beach

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I...  am a native bilingual! 

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special: She was always encouraging and treated everyone the same

My Passion Outside Of Work: Time with my family, days are long, years are short! 

My Education: Bachelor of Arts: Spanish and Education, University of South Carolina

Mrs. Salamone, Third Grade Teacher / dsalamone@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: It is such a happy place full of faith-filled leaders, bright minds, and encouraging educators that lift my spirit and make me smile!  It is truly a family away from home!

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me: Mother Teresa, because she was a true example of love, forgiveness and empathy.  She was tirelessly Christ-like to others, loving her neighbors in the world around her, and serving those in need.

My Book Pick For Students: K-1: I Like Me and The Day the Crayons Quit, 2-3: Alice the Tooth Fairy and Incredible You, 4-5: Wonder and Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul, 6-7: The Westing Game, 8: Tuesdays with Morrie

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting: Naples, FL and San Francisco, CA

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I…have been a vegetarian for ove 30 years!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special: Mrs. Eagan, my 8th grade teacher, challenged me to persevere when work was difficult, believe in myself, and trust God to help me along the way.  Her love for reading was also so contagious that she turned me into an avid reader!

My Passion Outside Of Work: I love being with my family most of all, but I also enjoy the beach, reading, cooking, sports, and exercising!

My Education: Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Development from Mount Union College, and Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University

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 fun and laughter that fills our days!

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

My Book Pick For Students:  Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The beach

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:  Relaxing, running and reading a good mystery novel

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

Miss Angle, Fifth Grade Teacher / mangle@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  We are a family and support each other!.

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Jude

My Book Pick For Students:  A Mango-Shaped Space, The Thief,  and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The beach!

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I…went to school here with my four siblings.

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She always encouraged us to tie our interests into class.

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Reading, writing and playing all kinds of games

My Education:  BSed in Middle Childhood Education from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!)

Mrs. Murphey, Fifth Grade Teacher / lmurphey@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The feeling that we are all one family and that every staff member cares about every student.

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St.John Bosco - my elementary school saint and a pioneer in education

My Book Pick For Students:  Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I…starred in a cable commercial for a local representative when I was in elementary school.  My role...a teacher!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She saw my talents before I did and encouraged me to challenge myself in those areas.

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Spending time with my family, crocheting and reading

My Education:  Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from John Carroll University, Master of Education degree from John Carroll University

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 marketing 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

Mrs. Cingel, Sixth Grade Teacher / lcingel@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  How welcoming everyone is at St. Hilary.  I already feel like a part of a big faith filled family.

The Saint Or Person Who Inspires Me:  St. Anne-the mother of Mary and the grandmother of Jesus.  She is my spiritual grandmother and the patron saint of grandparents and I have 3 grandchildren.

My Book Pick For Students: The Seventh Most Important Thing  by Shelley Pearsall

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:   Chippewa Lake and Hilton Head Island 

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That:  Mrs. Salamone is my best friend!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  Miss McKenna was my fifth grade teacher.  She was young, energetic, always smiling and full of fun ideas.  She would cook with us in class!  She inspired and encouraged me to be a teacher!

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Walking, biking, campfires, relaxing at Chippewa Lake, playing board games and spending time with my family and friends

My Education:  Bachelor degree in Elementary Education from The University of Dayton

Mr. Dougherty, Sixth Grade Teacher / cdougherty@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The vibrant, faith-filled community life, and the many clubs and sports that contribute to well-rounded students

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

My Book Pick For Students:  The Outsiders

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Topsail Island, NC

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I…have three brothers and three sisters, and Miss Bennett is my cousin!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  Her little life lessons and sayings and her model of faith

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Running, cheering on Cleveland sports teams, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in middle level math/language arts from The University of Akron

Mrs. Bennett, Seventh Grade Teacher / ebennett@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I'm looking forward to a new adventure at St. Hilary!  I'm excited to meet my students and create a fun, engaging learning experience with them.

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My mom is my inspiration because she continues to teach me to always have faith, love and hope.

My Book Pick for Students:  Wonder

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting: Hilton Head Island

Students Would be Surprised to Know That I...love to play golf!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special: My favorite teacher was special because she was passionate about teaching.  She was caring, enthusiastic, and built positive relationships with all her students.

My Passion Outside of Work: Spending time with my family

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree ineducation in integrated mathematics from Kent State University, currently completing my Master's degree in early childhood education from Kent State University

Miss Fearon, Seventh Grade Teacher / mfearon@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  It feels like home.  The faculty and staff have been very welcoming.  I look forward to meeting the students and  their families.

The Saint Or Person Who Inspires Me:  Saint Francis of Assisi

My Book Pick For Students: The Lorax

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Sun Valley, Idaho

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I...  My family is VERY large.  I have 8 brothers and sisters, 26 nieces and nephews, 15 great nieces and nephews.  

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  Her patience and willingness to work with me

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Gardening, hiking, and spending time outside

My Education:  Undergraduate degree- University of Akron; Masters in Special  Education- Kent State University; Masters in Administration- Ursuline College

Mr. Gadus, Seventh Grade Teacher / sgadus@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The warm, positive feelings everyone here has for their jobs, students and the school community

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Thomas Aquinas, Bono of U2, and writer John Green

My Book Pick For Students:  CopyBoy by Vince Vawter

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Anywhere with my family, especially the unimaginably beautiful California Redwoods and Highway 1 on the California coast

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… still buy CDs and make my own CD mixes for drives to and from work.  (Do students know what CDs are?!)

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  My favorite teacher made me feel like learning was the best gift I could receive   

My Passion Outside Of Work: Reading, writing (including writing on two sites about pop culture and writing stories), playing soccer with my brothers, and discovering various genres and styles of music

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree Summa Cum Laude from Cleveland State University with a major in English (concentration in literature) and minor in education

Mrs. Miller, Eighth Grade Teacher / jmiller@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The positive school culture - everyone is so joyful!

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

My Book Pick For Students: You Are Special by Max Lucado

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Anywhere outside in nature 

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I...  lived in Africa for 3 months

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She was so kind, sincere and genuine, you knew you mattered when you were with her

My Passion Outside Of Work:  I love to garden, hike and explore new places with my family

My Education:  Bachelor's degree in Biology/Minor: Environmental Studies from Goshen College, Masters degree in Secondary Education from The University of Akron

Mrs. Osborne, Eighth Grade Teacher / mosborne@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: I have enjoyed the other staff I have met so far

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me: My dad

My Book Pick For Students: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting: Anywhere in the mountains

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I... almost dropped out of college to drive trains for a living!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special: He was honest with me and didn't sugar coat things.

My Passion Outside Of Work: Coffee and sleep

My Education: Degrees from Kent State University and The University of Akron

Mr. Sherry, Eighth 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. Gupta, Media Center / Makerspace Coordinator / kgupta@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: I love the faculty that has so warmly welcomed me, and our principal, Mrs. Woodman, whose energy and devotion is inspiring.

The Saint Or Person Who Inspires Me: St. Cecelia, the patron saint of Musicians.

My Book Pick For Students: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes 

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Hilton Head Island

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I...  was a music major in college before going into education!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  Sr. Irene took the time to get to know my whole family and create a feeling of togetherness and acceptance in her classroom.

My Passion Outside Of Work:  I love to spend time with my husband and 4 children, and work in my garden.

My Education:  I graduated from Kent State University with a BS in Elementary Education, and pursued my Masters in Instructional Technology.  I earned my Library and Media Specialist license in 2019

Mrs. Heuer, Advanced Math Teacher / Director of Technology / 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:  My grandma

My Book Pick For Students:  The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Hilton Head Island

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… almost chose English as my major.

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  His humor, sarcasm and ability to make everything exciting.

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Spending time with family and most importantly my 3 beautiful kids!

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. 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. Orr, Media Center / Makerspace Coordinator / alorr@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The close-knit community! From the teachers, staff and coaches to the students and their families - everyone is willing to go the extra mile for each other. 

The Saint Or Person Who Inspires Me: My kids inspire me in so many ways - they inspire me to try new things, to be resilient, open-minded and brave, and, most importantly, to have fun. 

My Book Pick For Students: The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak - you can’t help but laugh out loud every time you read it.

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Long Beach Island, NJ and Charleston/Kiawah, SC

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I...  am named after my great grandmother Dorothy Alliston (yes, the “t” is there on purpose!). 

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special: My 5th grade teacher Mrs. O had such a bright and fun energy. She even performed a tap number with me in our school talent show. 

My Passion Outside Of Work:  I love reading, exploring the many parks of northeast Ohio with my family and, more recently, playing tennis! 

My Education: Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the College of Charleston

Mrs. Palumbo, Physical Education Teacher / lpalumbo@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: The talented and inspiring faculty and staff

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me: My dad - he has taught me what it means to self-sacrifice for the greater good of others

My Book Pick For Students:   The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  New York City

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… am Mrs. Olack's sister-in-law!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:   My high school art teacher was not only a mentor in visual arts, but life lessons.  He taught me that creating something beautiful takes hard work and dedication, and creation isn't always a form of visual art, but can be one's journey of faith, personal relationships, or discovering one's true self.

My Passion Outside Of Work:   Taking care of my family and working out

My Education: Bachelor of Science in family and consumer science from Purdue University and Associate of Applied Science in fashion merchandising and buying from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Alternative residence licensure from Ohio State University with qualifications in physical education and family and consumer science

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. 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. 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. Villarreal, Spanish Teacher / mvillarreal@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: The school's commitment to help the students as they grow in knowledge, values and the Catholic faith

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  St.Faustina Kowalska - Apostle of Divine Mercy

My Book Pick For Students:  Patron Saint of First Communicants: The Story of Blessed Imelda Lambertini

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Quebec City, Canada and Colombia

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I…have taught foreign languages in three different countries: Colombia, Mexico (English) and the United States (Spanish)

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She was patient, caring and completely in love with God (she was a Dominican nun)

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Spending time with my family, reading, swimming, knitting, and playing with my dog Nikko

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira in Colombia, Member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

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. Beck, Teaching Assistant / mbeck@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: The community of families, teachers, and staff is incredibly  welcoming and loving.  

The Saint Or Person Who Inspires Me: My late grandmother, Evelyn. She was a strong woman, who was kind and loving. She lived very long life full of service. She spent her 100 hundred years always praying and caring for others. We named our first daughter after her! 

My Book Pick For Students: Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae 

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting: La Jolla, California and Naples, Florida 

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I... am also a nurse! 

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special: She always encouraged me to never be afraid to make mistakes because they are excellent learning opportunities. 

My Passion Outside Of Work: Running, cooking, and spending time with my family. 

My Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Kent State University and Master of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University


Miss Chartier, Teaching Assistant / echartier@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: As soon as you step inside, you're surrounded by a positive and encouraging atmosphere that makes being here so special.

The Saint Or Person Who Inspires Me: My fiance - He inspires me everyday with his optimistic outlook on life, his willingness to work hard, and his enthusiasm toward the faith.

My Book Pick For Students:  YOUCAT for kids

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting: Tappan Lake and my grandparents' house 

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I... became a licensed nail technician over the summer.

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special: She had high expectations, passion about what she taught, and a caring and encouraging heart.

My Passions Outside Of Work: Creating art, doing nails, practicing the faith, spending time with loved ones, and finding new places to explore.

My Education:  Franciscan University - Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology

Mrs. Chase, Teaching Assistant / fchase@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I love that at St. Hilary the emphasis is on the whole child.  From Kindergarten through Eighth grade all aspects of the students' education is met and nurtured by the selfless staff and loving parents.

The Saint Or Person Who Inspires Me: My Mom.

My Book Pick For Students: The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradely

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  It's a 50/50 split between Hilton Head Island and New York City.

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I... love going to all types of concerts and shows.  I'm also a big CAVS fan.

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  There have been so many in my life; but the common thing they shared was their ability to make students feel valued and invested in their learning.  

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Spending time with my family, reading, cooking, baking, teaching violin and running.  

My Education:  Undergraduate B.A. in Music & History from Baldwin-Wallace College

Suzuki Violin Long Term Teaching Certificate from the Cleveland Institute of Music

Masters work in Early Childhood Education, Baldwin-Wallace College/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. Kaut, Teaching Assistant / mkaut@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: The atmosphere is so welcoming and all the staff is so kind!

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

My Book Pick For Students: The Kissing Hand and Oh, The Places You'll Go

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting: Destin with my family

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I…went to cosmetology school to learn how to cut hair.

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special: My 4th grade teacher played Bingo with us every Friday.

My Passion Outside Of Work: Spending time with my family and being outdoors.

Mrs. Keller, Teaching Assistant / skeller@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: Everyone is so kind and welcoming.  The faculty and staff care so much about their students.  It feels like you are with a second family when you are at St. Hilary School.

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me: My late grandfather, Papa Paul.  He raised six children and was passionate about art.  He always shared profound advice and we bonded over our love of family and art.

My Book Pick For Students:  The If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting: Marco Island and Naples, FL, as well as San Francisco, CA

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I…like to have and care for a lot of pets.  I love animals!  In my life I've had 7 types of animals as pets and our family currently has 2 parakeets, a hamster and 3 guppies.

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special: I've had several, and each made learning fun!  I couldn't wait to go back to their classes and learn more.

My Passion Outside Of Work: Spending time with my family, jogging, gardening, cooking, and doing anything with art or crafts

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in educational studies from Denison University, Master's degree in education (with teaching license and reading endorsement) from John Carroll Univerity

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. Olack, Teaching 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. 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. Root, Teaching Assistant / broot@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I love how strong and supportive this St. Hilary School community is.

The Saint Or Person Who Inspires Me: Mother Teresa

My Book Pick For Students:  Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Suess

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Anywhere with my family, but our favorite place is Aruba.

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I…  I am right-handed but I swing a baseball bat and golf club left-handed.

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  My fourth grade teacher was so loving and made all the children feel like they could accomplish anything they put their mind to.
 
My Passion Outside Of Work:  I learned how to play tennis a few years ago and I try to play as much as I can! Also, I love to read and once I start a book, I have a hard time putting it down!

My Education:  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Xavier University.

Miss Sovacool, Teaching Assistant / wsovacool@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The community and how it feels like one big family

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My dad

My Book Pick For Students:  Harold and the Purple Crayon - it reminds you to always use your imagination

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Outer Banks, NC and California to visit family

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I…have five sisters and I know how to Irish dance!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She made learning fun and always made us feel welcomed in the classroom.

My Passion Outside Of Work:  DIY projects, playing board games, and spending time with family and friends

Ms. Stanley, Teaching Assistant / pstanley@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The warm and welcoming people

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My daughter, Jennifer has inspired me the most.  As a veterinarian, her passion for animals and the profession is amazing!

My Book Pick For Students:  The Hungry Caterpillar

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Myrtle Beach, SC

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I…am a HUGE Ohio State Buckeyes fan!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  One of my math teachers made the subject fun and interesting.  He challenged me to grow and I still have a love for numbers.

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Gardening and catching up with friends

My Education:  University of Akron and Hartford Institute of Accounting, accounting degree and many early childhood continuing education classes

Mrs. Clemens, Tutor / cclemens@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I love that St. Hilary is a tight-knit, loving and caring community.

The Saint Or Person Who Inspires Me: I am inspired by the Blessed Mother Mary who loved unconditionally and trusted God to say "Yes" to all things asked of her.

My Book Pick For Students:  Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  I enjoy visiting out West and hiking in the Grand Teton Mountains.

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I... recently became a grandma and have a wonderful grandson named Wes.

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She took time to get to know me, my family, and the things that I enjoyed outside of the classroom.

My Passion Outside Of Work:  My family and spending time with them watching sports, playing games, and listening to music.

My Education:  Miami University - majored in English and Education

Mrs. Gibson, Math Tutor / kgibson@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: I love everything about this place!  St. Hilary is truly remarkable in every way!

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me: I am most inspired by Mary because she said yes!

My Book Pick For Students:  Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:   Clearwater Beach, Florida

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… have been skydiving!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:   She was passionate about teaching and while she treated everyone the same, she made me feel like I was the most important student in her room.  She made me feel smart and confident!

My Passion Outside Of Work:   Spending time with my family, and enjoying University of Kentucky basketball and football!

My Education:   Bachelor of Science in engineering from the University of Kentucky

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. Melton, Enrichment Teacher / Latchkey Director / mmelton@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  It's home.  Every time I walk into the doors or cross onto the campus I feel at ease and among such a positive presence.

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My grandfather, who taught me family is always.

My Book Pick For Students:   All the Harry Potter books

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:   The ocean (from Florida to Positano, Italy to Hawaii!)

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… not only graduated from St. Hilary back in 2005, but also have been working here since 2007!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  He allowed my creativity to flow, without any restrictions.  It helped me see the world as more than just black and white.

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Photography!  I've been a full-time wedding photographer since 2013 and photograph all over the world!

My Education:  Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising with a double minor in Photo-illustration and Marketing from Kent State University

Mrs. Milosevic, Speech-Language Pathologist / 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 two daughters

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. Morrocco, Tutor / 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

Miss Norris, Occupational Therapy Assistant / mnorris@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: I will be new to St. Hilary this year! 

My Book Pick For Students: One of my favorite childhood books is Where the Wild Things Are

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  The Beach

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I... Have a horse! I love to ride for fun and show my horse in my free time.  

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special: My favorite teacher I have had loved to do magic tricks for us during class in 3rd grade. 

My Passion Outside Of Work: I love to spend time with my family, and watch my younger sister play high school soccer. I also love being outside. 

My Education:  I graduated from Stark State College as an Occupational Therapist Assistant in January of 2022. 

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

Ms. Pluskota, Occupational Therapist / apluskota@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The strong sense of community with the staff and working with some amazing students

The Saint Or Person Who Inspires Me:  My dad - his work ethic, sense of humor, and passion to help others are qualities I admire most about him

My Book Pick For Students:  Where the Red Fern Grows

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Disney World, Charleston, SC, or one of the many national parks in the US

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I...  just recently read the Harry Potter book series and watched the movies for the first time ever

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  Her ability to make every student feel special

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Baking, reading, hiking, and anything that involves being outdoors

My Education:  Miami University (Ohio) - bachelor's degree in kinesiology and health; Walsh University - master's degree in occupational therapy

Mrs. Powers, Tutor / rpowers@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  I love how kind, supportive, and welcoming everyone is at St. Hilary.  It truly feels like one big family!

The Saint Or Person Who Inspires Me: My mom. She is patient, kind and always supportive. 

My Book Pick For Students: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  I love visiting the beach and the mountains.

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I... love to go fishing! I once caught a shark.

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She made learning fun and inspired me to pursue teaching. 

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Spending time with my family! I also enjoy shopping, reading, and being outdoors. 

My Education:  Master's Degree in Reading  from Florida Gulf Coast University, Bachelor's Degree in Education from The Ohio State University.

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…am from Kentucky

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. Schiavoni, Intervention Specialist / aschiavoni@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The faculty, staff and students being so warm and welcoming

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

My Book Pick For Students:  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Longboat Key, Florida

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I…have traveled to seven different countries

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She was able to connect to her students

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Cheering on Cleveland sports teams and spending time with my family

My Education:  Bachelor of Science degrees in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Intervention Specialist from the University of Akron

Mrs. Towsley, Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist / ktowsley@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: Faith is at the center of everything, along with the sense of family and community making it such a special place!

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me: The Blessed Mother because she pushed through challenges with the utmost grace and strength.

My Book Pick For Students: The Book of Nothing by Jon Agee

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting: The beach!

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I…am very good at untying knots!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special: She made learning fun and you could tell she loved being a teacher.

My Passion Outside Of Work: Family and fashion

My Education: Bachelor's degree in Speech Language Pathology and Master's degree in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis, both from Kent State University.

Mrs. Zupsansky, Tutor / szupsansky@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  It feels like family, and God is always around you

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Mother Teresa

My Book Pick For Students:  Wonder

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Park City, Utah

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I... was born in Omaha, Nebraska and am a college football fan of both the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Ohio State Buckeyes!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She made learning fun and her number one goal was to make me succeed in her classroom and in life!

My Passion Outside Of Work:  My children, Lexi, Breyden and Greyson, and running

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in intervention specialist from the University of Toledo and master’s degree in education from Marygrove College

Mrs. Hamlin, Secretary / 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

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, Administrative Assistant / 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

Mr. Conner, Director of Social Emotional Wellness / jconner@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: St. Hilary has been such a welcoming community for me and my family!  We have truly enjoyed our time here.  

 

The Saint Or Person Who Inspires Me: I get truly watching and learning from people who are passionate about what they do.  I also enjoy watching children succeed and improve as they grow.  

 

My Book Pick For Students:  Way of the Warrior Kid series by Jocko Willink

 

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  A high mountain peak on a clear day. 

 

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I...  I was a student at St. Hilary!  I have many great memories and Mrs. Toth was one of my teachers. 

 

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  My favorite teacher took me seriously even when I did not take myself seriously.  He believed in me and taught me much more than what was in the book. 

 

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Biking, swimming, golfing, water skiing, hiking, snow skiing and reading a good book. 

 

My Education:  B. S. Education, Physical Education, University of Akron; M. S. Education, Exercise Physiology, University of Akron; Administration, Principal licensure, University of Akron. 

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. Bauman, Nurse / jbauman@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The supportive and talented staff who work tirelessly for the students

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  My father - he was always a pillar of strength and courage in all facets of his life, and taught me the value of family

My Book Pick For Students:  The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting: Mackinac Island - I love the cool crisp waters and the ability to disconnect from modern technologies

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I…always wanted to be a nurse.  My eighth grade buddy even wrote a book about me as a nurse!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She taught me to put passion behind all my efforts

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Hiking, exercising, gardening and being my kiddos' #1 fan in all their activities!

My Education:  Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kent State University

Mrs. Laughlin, Nurse / alaughlin@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  From being a student here, it feels like home to be back.

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:   My 2 little girls - they truly believe I can do anything and inspire me to be the best person I can be and to chase my dreams.

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

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Aruba

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… attended St. Hilary from kindergarten through eighth grade.

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  She genuinely cared about the students and encouraged every student to do their best.

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Being a mom of 2 amazing little girls, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

My Education:  Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Walsh University

Mrs. Eldred, Guidance Counselor / celdred@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The values that St. Hilary School teaches its students and the family feel of the school community

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me:  Mary, Mother of Jesus

My Book Pick For Students:  Wonder

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Hawaii, Boston

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I…was in a television commercial for Dollar General when I was six years old

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  Her passion for her job and getting to know her students as people outside of the academic setting

My Passion Outside Of Work:  My family, tennis, visiting the beach, and reading

My Education:  Bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Villanova University and master’s degree in counseling psychology fromBoston College

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. Brennan, Playground Co-Supervisor / tbrennan@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: It feels like a family

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me: Mother Teresa

My Book Pick For Students: To Kill a Mockingbird

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting: A beach or casino

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… like to hula hoop!

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  A sense of humor and made learning fun

My Passion Outside Of Work: Baking, gardening and bargain shopping

My Education:  Bachelor of Science in business management / marketing

Mrs. Samaan, Playground Co-Supervisor / csamaan@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: Everyone makes you feel welcome and treats you like family

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me: My parents, who always encourage me to go farther than I think I can

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

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  Italy

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

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special: She always saw the potential in her students and pushed them to become their very best   

My Passion Outside Of Work:  Spending time with family, traveling, running, and antique collecting

My Education:  Bachelor of Science in nursing, registered nurse

Mrs. Yoder, Playground Co-Supervisor / lyoder@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School: Our school is so welcoming and filled with such a passionate, dedicated staff

The Saint or Person Who Inspires Me: My grandmother, who is strong in her faith and looks for the good in every person or situation.  She lives each day to its fullest.

My Book Pick For Students:  Trying by Kobi Yamada

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:   Any new place with my family

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I… have a twin sister

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special: She was creative with her teaching and would make each student feel like they were the most important in her class.  She was very nurturing and caring for her students.  I still keep in touch with her today.  

My Passion Outside Of Work: Spending time with my 3 children and husband, volunteering, cooking, and traveling  

My Education:  Bachelor of Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Akron

Mrs. Vieltorf, Hot Lunch Coordinator / bvieltorf@st-hilary.org

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Mrs. Welty, Lunchroom Supervisor / awelty@st-hilary.org

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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

Miss Puhalsky, Building Substitute / bpuhalsky@st-hilary.org

What I Love About St. Hilary School:  The welcoming environment and the bond that students have with the staff 

 

The Saint Or Person Who Inspires Me:  My grandma 

 

My Book Pick For Students:  Charlottes Web 

 

The Place I Most Enjoy Visiting:  National Parks 

 

Students Would Be Surprised To Know That I... have over 70 plants in my house!!

 

What Made My Favorite Teacher Special:  They laughed at all my jokes and really cared about me 

 

My Passion Outside Of Work:  I love playing with my cats, thrift shopping, hiking and gardening 

 

My Education:  Bachelors of Science in Public Health 

 

Mr. Glaus & Mr. Avalos, Maintenance Manager & Maintenance Supervisor / STHSmaintenance@st-hilary.org