Elementary Teachers

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Mrs. Hanson

Kindergarten Teacher

Education - Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education PK-3 - Lourdes University

Mrs. Hanson previously taught 2nd grade in Toledo Public Schools. The 2019-2020 school year is Mrs. Hanson’s first year at Saint Joseph Parish School.

Mrs. Hanson loves gardening and reading when she has time. She coached basketball for many years and has always had a passion for sports. She currently helps coach her daughter’s t-ball team and she enjoys watching her develop social skills as well as learning how to play the sport.

Why Mrs. Hanson loves Saint Joseph and teaching:
“I feel very privileged to get the opportunity to work at SJS. Through Lourdes University, we did some classwork within various classrooms at SJS and I always felt welcome. I loved the positive experiences I had and hoped to someday get to work at SJS. I have always enjoyed learning new things and feel I have something to offer to my students. I want to instill a love for learning that will help shape their experiences throughout their academic career.”

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Ms. Burns

Kindergarten Teacher

Education - Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education – Owen’s Community College and Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, licensed PreK-3 – Lourdes University

 

The 2019-20 year will be Ms. Burns 5th year at Saint Joseph Parish School. She previously taught 4th and 2nd grade and will now teach kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year. Prior to working at Saint Joseph, she was a proficiency tutor at Washington Local Schools. 

 

Ms. Burns has a 14-year-old son who has just started high school!  They love to travel and explore, and also LOVE animals; they have two cats, a bearded dragon and a chinchilla!


Why Ms. Burns loves Saint Joseph and teaching:

“Our school is a family; everyone looks out for one another and the community is one which I feel very much a part of… and did the moment I walked in. I love teaching my littles about God, love, and giving them the foundation to love learning.” 

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Ms. Hays

1st Grade Teacher

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Ms. Faist

1st Grade Teacher

Education:   Masters Degree, Bowling Green State University

Certifications:  Preschool - Grade 12 Reading Endorsement Certificate - Lourdes University

Ms. Faist has taught kindergarten and 1st grade at Saint Joseph Parish School since 2006. 

 

Why Ms. Faist  loves Saint Joseph and teaching:

"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."

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Ms. Wheeler

2nd Grade Teacher

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Dayton

This is my 2nd year teaching after graduating from the University of Dayton in 2021. 

 

When not teaching I enjoy running and spending time with my family. I also love to travel and explore new places. 

 

Why Ms. DeLapp  loves Saint Joseph and teaching:

I love teaching at St. Joseph and being part of the family-friendly community. Everyone is very welcoming and I feel blessed to come to work every day. I love to see all of my students grow and see how eager they are to learn. I enjoy seeing students want to be in the classroom and challenge themselves in new ways. 
 

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Ms. DeLapp

2nd Grade Teacher

Education: History and English with a specialization in education -  Hillsdale College

This is Ms. DeLapp’s first year at Saint Joseph Parish School, however, she has been teaching for eight years.

Ms. DeLapp enjoys teaching, but when she’s not in the classroom she spends her time running and reading.

 

Why Ms. DeLapp  loves Saint Joseph and teaching:

I teach because I enjoy helping students learn and grow. I love teaching at a Catholic school because I recognize that education is not just an academic endeavor, but an important experience that shapes the virtue and character of students as children of God. I am ecstatic to be a part of it all at my alma mater!

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Mrs. Rachko

3rd Grade Teacher

Education: Bachelor’s Degree Early Childhood Education - The University of Toledo

Mrs. Rachko has taught kindergarten for eight years before moving to third grade. She taught in a Montessori School prior to having children.  After staying home with her own children for three years, she made the switch to Catholic Schools.  She first taught at the Franciscan Academy, but when the school closed its doors in 2014, she came to Saint Joseph School. 

Why Mrs. Rachko  loves Saint Joseph and teaching:

“I absolutely love Saint Joseph School and community.  Teaching is my passion and I can’t imagine doing anything else.  When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy doing fun, active things with my husband and two children.”

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Mrs. Lutz

3rd Grade Teacher

Education: Bachelor of Arts & Sciences, Cum Laude -  The University of Toledo.  Undergraduate degree Drawing, minors in Art Education and Art History. Master’s Degree; Education. 

The 2019-2020 school year will mark Mrs. Lutz’s 3rd year of teaching 3rd grade at Saint Joseph Parish School. Before staying home to raise her family, she taught at the Franciscan Center.  

My family, friends, and third-graders are whom I love to spend time with.   I am married with three children, and grew up and live in Sylvania.  I am a great sports “cheerleader” and love to be creative.  The Pacesetter Soccer Club is an organization I am proud to be a part of and to continue its mission in Sylvania. 

Why Mrs. Lutz loves Saint Joseph and teaching:

"I love learning and teaching.  Education is my passion.  I firmly believe that all students, regardless of individual ability, can achieve academic success in a creative and encouraging learning environment."

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Mrs. Kauffman

2nd and 3rd Grade Reading and Math Resource Teacher

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Mrs. Floyd

4th Grade Teacher

Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education -  Central Michigan University

Mrs. Floyd has over 20 years of working at Saint Joseph Parish School.  She is involved with the Harvard Business- Catholic Diocese of Toledo Principal Leadership Program and LEADERS Program guided by the University of Toledo. Mrs. Floyd is the 2018 Golden Apple Award Recipient!

She loves traveling and teaching. She was once able to teach at the Farthest Northern Girl Scout Camp in Fairbanks, Alaska for a summer.  When she’s not teaching, she is taking road trips with her family.  

Why Mrs. Floyd loves Saint Joseph and teaching:

"I love teaching at Saint Joseph School because it’s family-friendly and it has a strong sense of community. I love having my children in school with me and it is fun to go to events outside of school and see our families."

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Mrs. Gfell

4th Grade Teacher

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education - Ohio University.  Master’s Degree - Bowling Green State University

Mrs. Gfell has taught at Saint Joseph since the 1999-2000 school year.  Her first two years were spent in 7th grade and then she moved to 4th grade where she has been ever since.  All three of her children have been students here.  She is involved with the Harvard Business-Catholic Diocese of Toledo Principal Leadership Program.

Watching sports and watching her own kids compete in their sports (cross country, football, lacrosse, and track) is one of Mrs. Gfell’s favorite things to do.  She also loves to spend Saturdays watching college football. She is a HUGE Notre Dame fan.  When not watching sport, she also enjoys reading and spending time by the pool.  

Why Mrs. Gfell loves Saint Joseph and teaching: 

“I attended Catholic school from k-12 and because of that experience, I wanted to be able to share my faith and pray with my students on a daily basis.  I can't imagine teaching anywhere else.”

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Ms. Oswald

5th Grade Teacher

Education: Bachelors in Middle Childhood Education Math & Science - Lourdes University

Miss Oswald is an alumna of Saint Joseph Parish School and is excited to be back! This is her second year of teaching. In her free time, Miss Oswald enjoys spending time with her niece, riding her bike, doing yoga, and reading.

Why Miss Oswald loves Saint Joseph and teaching:
I love teaching at Saint Joseph because it is so rewarding to watch students grow as individuals and in their faith. I enjoyed my time at Saint Joseph, and I am excited to be able to provide the same opportunity to my students. 

 

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Mrs. Korhumel

5th Grade Teacher

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Education – The University of Michigan,  (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

 

Why Mrs. Korhumel loves Saint Joseph and teaching:

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

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Mrs. Seymour

4th-8th Grade Teaching Assistant

Education: BS in Psychology from Kent State University and MA & EdS in School Psychology from University of Toledo


This is Mrs. Seymour's first year at St. Joseph and recently moved from Minneapolis where she was a learning specialist for a Catholic School for the past 7 years.


Mrs. Seymour loves working in a Catholic school to encourage students to grow in their faith!

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Mr. Krupitzer

Physical Education, Grades K- 5

Education: Bachelor of Science in Education with a focus on Health and Physical Education from Bowling Green State University

When I am not at school I am running, doing puzzles, and enjoying time with my wife and 4 cats

 

Why I love SJPS:

I love the community, the family, that is Saint Joseph's Parish. Everyone has been so welcoming and positive, it makes for a very healthy learning environment. I love the students here at SJPS; I look forward to coming into work and I have fun and smile every day. There are not many places or professions where you can say that. 

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Mrs. Zunk

Lead Primary Teacher, Reading Teacher, K-5 Librarian

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