Mr. O'Brien

Music Teacher

Education:  Music Education and Percussion Performance – The University of Cincinnati (CCM) B.M. 2014, Music Education – The University of Michigan, M.M. 2018


Mr. O’Brien has been teaching in Toledo area Catholic schools since 2014 where he taught K - 12 in band, choir, orchestra, general music, piano, and guitar.


Why Mr. O’Brien loves Saint Joseph’s and teaching:

“Teaching is important to me because it allows me to help children find and learn about the wonders of music! Outside of school, I enjoy playing music, cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with my wife Michelle.”


Ms. Smith


Education: Associates in Science -Major: Veterinary Medicine - Stautzenberger College; Bachelor's in Multi-Age Visual Arts Education-University of Toledo


Ms. Smith has previously worked for the Toledo Museum of Art and Toledo's Arts Commission. This is her first year teaching at Saint Joseph Parish School.


When not at school, Ms. Smith enjoys reading crime novels and nonfiction books. She has 4 fur children -1 labradoodle and 3 orange and white cats. She loves to garden and grow my own food. A fun fact is she is a certified scuba diver. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love to go all out


Why Ms. Smith loves Saint Joseph’s and teaching:

“I love to be able to teach and share my passion for art with others. Arts tells the story of us and our past ancestors. Art also gives people a way to express themselves creatively and the skills learned in art class are important in all aspects of life.”

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Ms. Telfer


Education: Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English and Master’s degree in Spanish language - Bowling Green State University.  


This marks Ms. Tlfer’s first year at Saint Joseph.  She has traveled to 11 countries, including two mission trips to Guatemala. She called Spain home for two years as well. When she’s not teaching at Saint Joseph, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets (two dogs and a cat); eating good food, practicing karate, helping people, and watching scary movies.


Why Señorita T loves Saint Joseph’s and teaching:

 “The kids and teachers are amazing, talented and kind.   There is a wonderful energy here, and I am grateful to be a Jaguar!   I actually lived in both white houses next to the Fitness Shack (an elderly couple owned both), so it’s fun to think of all the things that called me to be here many years later.   The Lord definitely has a plan and purpose for all of us.”


Mrs. Zychowicz

Intervention Specialist, Grades K-5

Education:  Bachelor of Education; Master in Literacy - The University of Toledo


Certifications: Intervention Specialist, Mild-Moderate K-12 License; Master Teacher Certification for the State of Ohio; Dyslexia Specialist / Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) Certification; Reading Endorsement, K-12


Mrs. Zychowicz has spent 24 years at Saint Joseph school, she spent 4 years as a teacher assistant; 13 years as a 1st-grade teacher; 1 year as a 2nd-grade teacher and this is her 6th year as an Intervention Specialist 


Outside of school, she loves to spend time with my family!


Why Mrs. Zychowicz loves Saint Joseph’s and teaching:

“Saint Joseph Parish School enabled me to find my calling to teaching.  It is a special place with wonderful students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators.  Our school community is like a family.” 


Mrs. Miles

Intervention Specialist Grades, 6-8

Education: Bachelor of Education,  Handicapped: Specific Learning Disabilities and Severe Behavior Handicapped – Bowling Green State University


Mrs. Miles has spent 26 years at Saint Joseph Parish School. She started out as an Intervention Specialist at the elementary school, then moved to middle school when the new school was built.


When not busy at school, she loves spending time with her husband and their two boys. She especially enjoys attending her children’s events and camping as a family.