K-5 Music / Middle School Band Teacher
Education: Bachelor of Music Education ( BME) with a specialization in voice- Angelo State University, Texas
This is Mrs. Smithberger's first year at SJPS. She has been a music teacher for 22 years in both public and private school realms.
Mrs. Smithberger enjoys spending time with her family, singing at church, performing with Musica Antigua of Toledo, Masterworks Chorale and Epiphany Players.
Why Mrs. Smithberger loves teaching and SJPS:
I enjoy the art of teaching and sharing my love of all kinds of music with my students, helping them to become musically literate people. I enjoy helping them to find the music within themselves.
I love teaching at SJPS because it is a warm and faithful place to be. The staff is very welcoming, knowledgeable, professional and the students are eager to learn! It is a privilege to share my faith with all of the beautiful people at SJPS!
Middle School General Music
Middle School Hand Chimes
Middle School Choir
K-5 Art / Middle School Advanced Art
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.”
Middle School Creative Writing
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.”
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.
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.”