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Elementary Teachers Bios

Grade K

Mrs. Rachko is the newest addition to the kindergarten teaching team at St. Joseph School.  She previously taught kindergarten at the Franciscan Academy.  Mrs. Rachko earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Toledo.  She also has taken over 15 credit hours towards her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  Mrs. Rachko has a true passion for teaching and loves kindergarten because children at that age are so eager to learn.  Quote to live by:  “Teach me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.”

Education:  Bowling Green State University

Advanced Education:  Preschool - Grade 12 Reading Endorsement Certificate (Lourdes Univeristy)

Interesting fact about Ms. Lazar:   Ms. Lazar has taught kindergarten at SJS since 2006.  Currently, she is working on her master's degree at Lourdes University.  "Why do I love teaching at a Catholic School?  Because we can talk about God anytime, anywhere.  I love being able to say to my class when we get in line (to help them focus and face me): 'Let me see the beautiful eyes God gave you.'  I love the innocence of young children - they are so open to learning and so loving...just as Jesus said in the Bible:  Let the children come to Me.  You are to learn to love God as these little children love.

Education:  Lourdes University; Mary Manse College; Marygrove College

Interesting fact about Sister Rosemarie:  Sister just celebrated her 25th year with SJS in 2012- 13!  “As a teacher, I believe my goal is to educate the whole person.  I do this by establishing a warm, comfortable and caring atmosphere.  The underlying premise is that children whose learning needs are met become trustworthy, eager to learn and capable of self-direction.  This is why I continue to teach, to develop the whole person to be the best person they can become as adults-they are the future leaders of our country.  Teaching is my life.  I enjoy going to school and I enjoy going home, knowing I made a difference in a child’s life.  I get energized by the children in my care.  Because I value my faith, I believe in Catholic Education.”

Grade 1

Education:  Mary Manse College, Lourdes College, University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University

Continuing Education:  Supportive work in Religious Education, Reading, Math, Handwriting, and Technology workshops

Interesting Fact:  Sister Judy started an After School Program for students in Grades K-6 and was the Administrator of the Program for more than 10 years.

Education :  Lourdes College; Mary Manse College; Xavier University; Bowling Green State University

Continuing Education:  Yearly workshops/seminars most recently focusing on implementing technology, handwriting, and curriculum standards

Interesting Facts:  With Mrs. Wangler’s 20 years of teaching experience, before beginning her career at St. Joe’s, she has taught over 1000 children to read!

Both of Mrs. Wangler’s sons attended St. Joseph School and Central Catholic High School.  They went on to Ohio State University where both were student managers for the football team.  After attending every OSU football game for over eight years, she is an eternal Buckeye!

Grade 2

Education:  Owen's Community College (Associate's Degree, Early Childhood Education); Lourdes University ( B.A., Early Childhood Education,PreK- 3)

 Additional Certifications:   Grades 4/5 Endorsement

Other Experience:   3rd Grade Student Teacher, St Joseph School 2014-15; Former teacher and director of childcare center.

Interesting Facts About Mrs. Burns:  My 10 year old son, Brock, and I love to explore, play baseball, and kayak.  We love animals and being with friends and family as much as possible!  I have three bearded dragons.  I love them and hold them all the time!

Education: The University of Toledo (B.E.); Mary Grove College (M.A.T.)

Additional Certifications:              
Master Teacher Certification for State of Ohio

Continuing Education:    
Mentor for Resident Educators

Trained in Response to Intervention (RtI)

Co-Teaching Specialist 

Master Teacher Co-Hort Leader/Portfolio Scorer

Volunteer Work:           
St. Joseph Parish (Long-time Festirama Volunteer; Lector)
LPDC Moderator
Math and Literacy PLC Member
Master Teacher-Score Portfolios

Interesting Fact About Mrs. Zunk:
Mrs. Zunk is an Adjunct Instructor for Lourdes University!

Mrs. Zunk is a 2016 Golden Apple Teacher Award recipient!

Grade 3

Education: Bowling Green State University; Lourdes University (Master's Degree)

Additional Certifications:
Reading Endorsement Grades K - 12

Interesting Fact About Ms. Hafner:
“I am a product of Catholic education and value the experiences I gained.  I enjoy teaching at the elementary level because these youngsters are eager to learn. Each morning they come to school with anticipation of what new experiences the day has in store for them. Throughout the year, they blossom socially and academically. It is an amazing gift to watch as knowledge unfolds for each and every one of them.”

Education: Central Michigan University

Continuing Education Experience:   
Part of the LEADERS program guided by the University of Toledo. 

Related Work:
Camp Ohiyesa , MI - Outdoor Education Instructor

Farthest Northern Girl Scouts of America - Camp Jessie Bloom, Fairbanks, AK - Art Teacher
Toledo Zoo - Summer Camp Instructor
St. Joseph Art Camp – Instructor

Interesting Fact About Mrs. Floyd: 
“I love children, traveling, and teaching.  I spent 5 weeks in Vietnam one summer visiting family.  I also spent a summer in Alaska teaching at the Farthest Northern Girl Scout Camp.”

Grade 4

Education/Degree: Ohio University and Bowling Green State University

Continuing Education: 
Regular workshops in technology, math, bullying, reading strategies, and religion

Volunteer Work:           
St. Joseph Parish

St. Joseph School Student Council Moderator

Member, SJS Technology Committee

Interesting Fact:
I have taught at St. Joe’s since the 1999-2000 school year, and I now have 3 children who attend St. Joe’s. Although I didn’t attend the University of Notre Dame, I am a huge fan.  Go Irish!

Grade 5

Education/Degree:   University of Michigan (BA in Education, Major: Math/Science; Minor: Social Science); Ohio Professional Teaching License  K-8; Associate Degree of Applied Science, Environmental Engineering;  Religion Certification – Mysterium Christi Diocesan Institute

Volunteer Work:   St. Joseph Parish and School

Interesting Facts:  My love for teaching started at childhood, and I am very happy to be a part of the St. Joseph School and Parish Family.  My husband and I have been married for 31 years and we have 4 wonderful children. I attended University of Michigan, GO BLUE!  However, my husband went to Ohio State, so we will always be a house of Buckeyes and Wolverines!