Faculty + Staff

The faculty & administration at Lakewood Catholic Academy are highly experienced and incredibly dedicated to making your child the best he or she can be, in and out of the classroom. Your children will be prepared to thrive academically beyond their years at LCA and become strong leaders in society. Meet the Lakewood Catholic Academy staff responsible for giving students an incredible education and worldly experiences!

  • Nate George Horne, Maintenance

    favorite saint: Saint George (obviously) Roman soldier, dragon slayer, Christian martyr . . . enough said.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: I enjoy traveling with my family, gardening, and any outdoor activities.

    favorite children's book:  "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith - I've always appreciated a quality sense of humor.

    favorite place in NEO: The Cleveland Metroparks & Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: First and foremost, patience because we all learn differently. A sense of humor is essential.

    education: Art Institute Of Philadelphia

  • Cheryl Bendik, Spanish

    favorite saint: Virgen de Guadalupe

    favorite moment at LCA: Walking into my beautifully decorated classroom - thank you Mrs. McCafferty!

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Playing with my dogs, sailing, biking, reading, yoga, anything active!

    favorite children's book: "Guess How Much I Love You" and "Good Night Moon"

    favorite place in NEO: Sailing on Lake Erie or walking in the Metroparks.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Encouraging, happy, interested in her students, positive

    education: Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Education from Cleveland State University

  • Ryan Harris, Band Director

    favorite saint: St. Francis for his compassion for others and his devotion to living through the teachings of Christ.

    favorite moment at LCA: Playing for the residents at Ennis Court during the Christmas season. Bringing joy to the elderly is a powerful experience for all involved.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Playing music or sailing.

    favorite children's book: "The Giving Tree" for its message of unconditional love and service.

    favorite place in NEO: Severance Hall in University Circle. It is a beautiful space, acoustically brilliant and is home to the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Passion, enthusiasm and dedication.

    education: Bachelor of Art in Music Education, Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music.

  • Lisa Friel, Intervention Specialist

    favorite saint: Mother Teresa.  I am humbled by her commitment to living out the Beatitudes through her service to the poor and the way she lived her life with peace, faith and grace.  She has always been a great role model of mine, and I am excited to finally celebrate her as a saint.  

    favorite moment at LCA:  The First Day of School Bagpipe Procession of Saints--I was brought to tears as I watched my own children proudly march with the school community... what an awesome way to begin a new school year!

    favorite outside-of-work activity: I love spending time with my family--biking, exploring nature, hiking, volunteering, coaching and playing sports, reading, playing piano, and playing games.

    favorite children's book:  "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!"  It made me laugh every time my mom read it, and we still joke about moving to Australia.

    favorite place in NEO:  I love St. Colman's Church on St. Patrick's Day!  I also love spending time at Youth Challenge (Sports and Recreation for Children with Physical Disabilities)--I started volunteering there when I was 12 years old and I continue to be inspired and motivated by the children, volunteers, and families of YC.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: My favorite teacher was passionate about learning and teaching, exuded positive energy, was compassionate yet fair, and she strove to empower her students.

    education: Bachelor of Science (Biology) and a focus in Peace Studies, Xavier University; Master's degree in Mild/Moderate Special Education, Cleveland State University

  • Paula Santa, Director of Admissions and Alumni Affairs

    favorite saint: St. Anne, the Mother of Mary. St. Anne is the patron saint of mothers and grandmothers.  My grandmother, who lived with our family and with whom I was very close, was named Ann. She always prayed to St. Ann for strength, guidance and comfort, and I learned to pray along with her. As a mom and grandmother, I find the same comfort and guidance and at the same time, I feel close to my grandmother.

    favorite moment at LCA: Is yet to come!  I have been so warmly welcomed, I can't wait to answer this question next year!

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Doing anything with my family.

    favorite children's book: Any Dr. Seuss book. He made me see the beauty and fun of language and words. They were my favorite when I was little and I loved reading them to my children, and now my grandchildren!

    favorite place in NEO: Walking in any of our beautiful Metroparks.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: My best teachers, from high school to college were the ones who were passionate about their subject matter, who taught with kindness and humor and who believed in my potential and pushed me above and beyond what I thought I could accomplish.

    education: Bachelor of Science, Case Western Reserve University

  • Brian Sinchak, President

    favorite saint: Saint Ignatius of Loyola. I admire his commitment to both education and social justice. Furthermore, Ignatian spirituality has been an important part of my formation as a Catholic educator.

    favorite moment at LCA: The first day of school when the students, parents, and staff gathered for prayer in our courtyard then walked into the school to the sound of bagpipes playing “When The Saints Go Marching In.”

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Volunteer service & traveling the world.

    favorite children's book: “The Rainbow Fish” By Marcus Pfister. It reminds us of the importance of generosity and happiness. Also, “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry because it highlights the power of a child’s imagination and the need to preserve it.

    favorite place in NEO: John Carroll University because of the years I spent studying and working there – it is also where I met my wife Mandy. I have also fallen in love with Lakewood Park – the water and the view of the Cleveland skyline are breathtaking.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Passion and energy.  She cared for her students as if they were her own. I hope I embody these same characteristics in my work.

    education: Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, John Carroll University; Masters in Educational Administration, John Carroll University

  • Abigail Alletto, Director of the Care Program and Summer Camps

    favorite saint: St. Anthony. I prayed to him for guidance a lot growing up, especially when searching for the perfect job. I think he is the one that led me to LCA!

    favorite outside of work activity: I love exploring downtown.  I have lived in Cleveland all my life but I still can always find somewhere new and exciting to discover.

    favorite children's book: Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss.  The message of keep going and never give up is so inspiring to people of all ages.

    favorite place in NEO: Playhouse Square. I love theater, especially musicals! 

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: My favorite teachers always built relationships with their students and were able to make every student feel unique and special.

    education: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Ohio University. K-3 Reading Endorsement. 

  • Caroline Gainley, Physical Education

    favorite saint: I've always connected with St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment. 

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Exploring the delicious Cleveland food scene with my husband and parents, and traveling to Chicago and Washington DC to visit my two brothers, sister-in-law, and nephew. I also enjoy cuddling my cats. 

    favorite children's book: The BFG by Roald Dahl.  I admire the BFG's relationship with Sophie and how they cook up an ingenious plot to free the world together. "Two rights don't equal a left."

    favorite place in NEO: Playhouse Square-- I am so grateful to have the second largest theater district in the country in my backyard.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Enthusiasm, intelligence, grace, and kindness. He would leave each class saying, "Peace and love," a sentiment I carry with me to this day. I also had a brilliant professor who would bring confetti cake to class every so often. Nothing like a sweet treat to spark inspiring, great dialogue! 

    education: B.A., Case Western Reserve University

  • Emma Gerdes, 7th and 8th Grade Science

    favorite saint: Saint Brigid. Under the strong leadership of Saint Brigid, Ireland's first religious house of women was founded.  Her compassion for those in need and her desire to educate are inspiring to me. 

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Swimming, biking, and spending time with friends and family.

    favorite children's book: Officer Buckle & Gloria by Peggy Rathman.  As a child, my parents took me to meet Peggy Rathman.  I fell in love with her characters and illustrations.

    favorite place in NEO (North East Ohio): Mitchell's ice cream!

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Passionate, caring and creative

    educationB.A., Middle Childhood Education, Baldwin Wallace University

  • John Jackson, 5th and 6th Grade Math

    favorite saint: My favorite saint is St. Joseph. I chose him as my confirmation saint when I was younger, because he is the patron saint of families, and family is very important to me. As I've grown and reflected on the life of St. Joseph I am struck by how influential he was in the formation of the church. As the foster father of Jesus, it's likely that he taught our Lord and Savior many important life lessons and skills. These lessons and skills would then help Jesus develop in his ministry and the church. As a teacher I look to St. Joseph for inspiration as a teacher of Jesus and a loyal servant to God.  

    favorite outside-of-work activity: I enjoy running. Exploring new parts of a city on foot can be really fun and great exercise. 

    favorite children's book: My favorite children's book is Piggie Pie. It is a hilarious story and a great way to introduce the writing traits of voice and organization. Who doesn't love a book about crafty pigs and a mean old witch? 

    favorite place in NEO (North East Ohio): My hometown of North Canton, Ohio, is my favorite place. I have so many wonderful memories from my childhood and adolescent years that I always enjoy when I get a chance to return home to family and friends. 

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: I've been blessed with quality teachers at every academic level, but the common characteristics all of my truly great teaches shared were passion, compassion, diligent-unceasing work, and a sense of humor. 

    education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Entrepreneurship and Economics from John Carroll University '13 and Masters of Education from the University of Notre Dame '15.

  • Brenna Warrell, Dean of Academics

    favorite saint:  My favorite saint is St. Nicholas, because he is the patron saint of children.  He is also known for inspiring the generosity and happiness that is associated with being charitable during the holidays.

    favorite moment at LCA:  Our staff retreat at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.  We had a great day learning more about the Sisters of Charity, exploring the gardens, and collaborating on our social justice projects for this year.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Spending time with my family or attending Indian's games.

    favorite children's book: Time for Bed, Sleepyheads by Normand and Sandra Chartier.  My mom read it to us every night before bed, and  now I read it to my niece when she sleeps over. 

    favorite place in NEO:  Jacob's Field

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: My favorite teacher pushed everyone to do their best and to challenge themselves.  She was always very positive and motivational. 

    education: Bachelor of Arts in History and Education, Denison University;  Master of Education, Notre Dame College

  • Mike Fletcher, Dean of Students

    favorite saint: Michael, for his strength, and his willingness to take on the greater challenge.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Athletics – playing, watching, coaching.

    favorite children's book: “The Beast in the Bathtub,” it’s a favorite of my own children.

    favorite place in NEO: The house where I put my children to bed each night.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: My favorite teachers all knew how to make learning fun and how to make school about more than just what was in the textbook.

    education: B.A., English, John Carroll University; 7-12 grade teaching license in integrated arts, Notre Dame College; Master of Education, Notre Dame College.

  • Nikki Mohar, Director of Development

    favorite saint: St. Therese of the Little Flower.  She lost her mother when she was only 4 years old, but still had a deep faith in God.  She lived each day confident in God's love.  "What matters in life," she wrote, "is not great deeds, but great love."

    favorite moment at LCA: Spending time and talking with some of the students at the Friends of Rachel event. I admire them for their honesty and sincerity.   I also loved the first day of school parade watching the students walk into "When the Saints Come Marching In".  It was my first day in this position and I was so proud to be a Saint!

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Spending time and laughing with my husband and boys.

    favorite children's book: “Giggle, Giggle, Quack.” It makes us laugh.

    favorite place in NEO: Lake Erie

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Smart, funny and caring.

    education: B.S., Xavier University

  • Marge Lanzola, Business Office Manager

    favorite saint: St Therese of Lisieux – The Little Flower. She made her sacrifices in private, with no recognition. I really feel that it’s the things we do that are NOT noticed that bring us more grace. Also the medical miracles – how awesome!

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Spending time with family.

    favorite children's book: “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams because it’s a story about how love can be so strong, it turns unreal things real.

    favorite place in NEO: Lake Erie coast/beach

    education: Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College

  • Karen Burke, Secretary

    favorite saint: Jude. When my husband was diagnosed with ALS, we began praying to St. Jude, the patron saint of hopeless cases. We knew there was no cure and felt hopeless. What better saint to pray to? I can honestly say, that my husband is in a better place. He no longer feels hopeless, all he feels is peace. Thank you St. Jude!

    favorite moment at LCA: The summer of 2005, when everyone was pitching in to make LCA a great place for their children. Wow, we have come a long way.

    favorite outside-of-work activity:  Enjoying the outdoors and being with my grandchildren.

    favorite children's book: “The Little Engine that Could.” When my children were growing up and they would say that they could not do something I would always bring up the Little Engine, and before we knew it we would be saying, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can,” and we would start laughing. It was a great life lesson to learn. NEVER GIVE UP!

    favorite place in NEO: The Metroparks

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: My favorite teacher made learning fun. She made you feel special. She took the time to listen to you.  She was very kind and loving.

  • Maureen Arbeznik, French

    favorite saint: Saint Thomas Aquinas because he is the patron saint of students.

    favorite moment at LCA: Every day brings a special and memorable moment.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Being with my family.

    favorite children's book: “The Old Woman and the Willy Nilly Man” because I used to read it to my children when they were young and they loved it when I changed my voice to match the characters in the book.

    favorite place in NEO: Georgetown Restaurant in Lakewood

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Kindness and patience

    education: Cours de Civilization Francaise, The Sorbonne; B.S., Elementary Education, Xavier University; M. Ed. Administration, Cleveland State University

  • Edward Kroeger, Facilities Manager

    favorite saint: St. Edward…great name!

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Spending time with family and friends.

    favorite children’s book: "Go Dog Go." It’s an easy read with a great message!

    favorite place in NEO: Anywhere along the lake.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Toughness and consistency.

    education: Xavier University

  • Kimberly Arrighi, 5th and 6th Grade Social Studies

    favorite saint: Saint Joseph. My husband and I were married on the feast of Saint Joseph. During the homily, Father Walsh connected the faithfulness of Joseph and his role as earthly father to Jesus. I had never really truly thought of the importance of Joseph before this, having more of a personal affinity to Mary and her relationship with Jesus. Now with my own family I see Joseph as a model to do what is best and what is needed. I think Saint Joseph has a special place for me since my own father is such an important person in my life.

    favorite moment at LCA: In March of 2012, I helped to coordinate a pirate-themed Family Math Night. For two hours students followed a treasure map moving from station to station playing different math games and participating in activities.

    favorite outside-of-work activity? On the weekends I can often be found trolling stores and shops for that just right piece of furniture. I enjoy crafting or upcycling items to use as well.

    favorite children's book: At the recommendation of my 5th grade students, I read “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. It tells the story of August, a boy born with a craniofacial deformity entering 5th grade. Due to the host of medical issues associated with his condition and his parents desire to protect him from ridicule, he has been homeschooled. I cannot remember feeling so wretched and joyful as the events of a book unfolded.

    favorite place in NEO: Anywhere you can see the lake around sunset.

    education: Bachelor’s of Science, Elementary Education, Gannon University

  • Bianca Barfield, Preschool

    favorite saint: St. John the Apostle because his gospel talks of the light that shines through us when Jesus is our Lord and Savior. This is a reminder of what we should all strive for—a light that shines in the darkness!

    favorite moment at LCA: End-of-the-year picnics! It’s a chance to reflect and remember all the changes that the children and I have made throughout the year!

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Crocheting is how I keep myself busy when I’m not at work. I love the idea of creating something with my hands.

    favorite children's book: One of many is “It’s Okay to Make Mistakes” by Todd Parr. It’s a reminder, to me especially, that everyone makes mistakes and that it’s okay to admit it, laugh it off, and move on.

    favorite place in NEO: The Cleveland Metroparks for hiking with my family and bike rides.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: My dad (homeschooled)! He always made me ask “why” and “how,” especially in math! It was important to him that I learn the process and not necessarily just get the answers right all the time.

    education: Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Cuyahoga Community College

  • Karen Beegan, Kindergarten

    favorite saint: St. Francis. He is the protector of animals big and small. He just happens to be our classroom saint and my students love to learn about him during the school year.

    favorite moment at LCA: Spa Day is such a sweet time for the children to show moms just how important they are and the children love to pamper their moms with love and lots of make-up! It is a great way to start the Mother’s Day weekend.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Hiking and being outdoors with my family and friends. We try to take at least one hike up a mountain every summer.

    favorite children's book: I love all Junie B. Jones, Kindergarten books. The students love to hear all of the situations that Junie B. gets herself into. It gives the students a chance to see that children (and adults) make mistakes and how we can learn from them.

    favorite place in NEO: Lakewood is my favorite place in Northeast Ohio! We have wonderful libraries, restaurants, parks, and festivals!

    education: B.S. in Retail Management, Purdue University; Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Cleveland State University

  • Frances Bluhm, Auxiliary

    favorite moment at LCA: The first year that the school was opened. It was so exciting to watch and listen to the children from the different schools -- St. Luke, St. Clement and St. James -– come separately and then become one. I can still hear them talking about where they came from and sizing each other up.

    favorite outside-of-work activity:Hiking with my two dogs in the woods.

    favorite children's book: “White Fang” by Jack London. It was so thrilling to learn about the Alaskan wilderness and the wolves that live there. I was also enthralled by the love between White Fang and his person.

    favorite place in NEO: The fabulous Metroparks. We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful park system.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: My favorite teacher made learning fun and took an interest in me as a person.

    education: B.A., English, Cleveland State University; Master’s in Education, Curriculum and Design, Cleveland State University; Reading Endorsement, Cleveland State University

  • Allison Boehm, 7th and 8th Grade Language and Literature

    favorite saint: St. Gemma Galgani because she endured painful times at such a young age and never lost faith. In actuality, her challenges brought her closer to God.

    favorite moment at LCA: The welcome ceremony with bagpipes and drums in the courtyard on the first day of school.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Taking advantage of the diverse food scene in Northeast Ohio by checking out local food and music events, such as the Cleveland Flea Market.

    favorite children's book: I love anything by Shel Silverstein, his creative stories, as well as the illustrations, remain interesting and engaging even as an adult.

    favorite place in NEO: The Westside Market or Rocky River Park, where my dogs can swim in Lake Erie!

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Fair, humorous, relatable, and very approachable.

    education: Bachelor of Arts in English, minor in American Studies, Ohio State University; Masters in Education (Special Education, AYA Integrated Language Arts), Baldwin Wallace University

  • Katie Brocklehurst, Good Shepherd Catechist

    favorite saint: Therese of Lisieux because I have always loved her “little way” and her encouragement to do everything we do, great or small, with as much love as possible.  Her words and prayers inspire me daily.

    favorite moment at LCA: A group of kindergarteners and I had just reflected on the parable of the Good Shepherd for the first time together, and I asked if there was anything any of the children wanted to say to Jesus. One child responded, “God, I love you as much as you love me.”  It was a genuinely joyful moment for the child as she recognized her own loving relationship with the Good Shepherd.  It’s the goal of everything we do in the atrium and it was wonderful to witness.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Spending time with my husband.

    favorite children's book: “The Giving Tree: by Shel Silverstein. I cherish its timeless message of sacrificial love.

    favorite place in NEO: The Level I Atrium at LCA.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: My favorite teacher was positive, smart, goofy, and really good at connecting our subject matter with the greatest realities of life and the beauty of the world around us.

    education: B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame; Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, U.S.A. Certified Catechist, Level I and Level II

  • Pam Bundy, Preschool

    favorite saint: Christopher because he helped those in need, particularly children who desired to cross a dangerous river. He inspired others to guide and lead our beautiful children so they too would be able to take on challenges when led by kind and love.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: I love to spend time with family and friends. I enjoy spending time with my two children and my seven nieces and nephews. I also love to clean. Friday is my favorite day of the week because I typically spend the entire day cleaning. A clean home is a happy home.

    favorite children's book: “Corduroy “by Don Freeman. I always dreamed how wonderful it would be to spend the night in a department store with Corduroy. The housewares department is the ultimate dramatic experience.

    favorite place in NEO: Emerald Necklace Marina. My family was been spending time down at the “boat docks” since I was a little girl.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Miss Grant was my 3rd grade teacher at Garnett Elementary and she had a kind spirit. Even as a 3rd grader, I still had severe separation anxiety and didn’t enjoy school very much until I met Miss Grant. She always reminded me that I was safe, and that she would take good care of me until my mom came to get me at the end of the day. She inspired me to help those children who struggle with separation anxiety.

  • Barbara Butcher, 4th Grade

    favorite saint: I have always had a special LOVE for our “Blessed Mother.” Mary is just a beautiful person in every sense of the word.

    favorite moment at LCA: I have always been amazed about how the children present “The Living Stations”, it’s my favorite part of the school year!

    favorite outside-of-work activity: I like to keep myself busy by doing “house” projects (cleaning, organizing, gardening, etc.).

    favorite children's book: The Velveteen Rabbit. It always made me realize the importance of childhood friendships and how lifelong they can be.

    favorite place in NEO: It would have to be living by Lake Erie, even though I’m a “mountain” scenery person.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: My favorite teacher always SMILED and always enjoyed being with us.

    education: Bachelor of Science in Education, California State College (now known as California University)

  • Ashley Christyson, 7th and 8th Grade Math and Religion

    favorite saint: St. Angela Merici was an educational leader, especially for women. She ignored stereotypes as she worked for change and served those around her.

    favorite moment at LCA: The living stations performed by the 6th grade each year.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Spending time with my family.

    favorite children's book: The Fancy Nancy series are cute stories that relate well to young girls and introduce excellent vocabulary.

    favorite place in NEO: Progressive Field.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Passion, love, and respect.

    education: Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood Education, Math and Science, University of Dayton; Master of Art in Educational Leadership with a focus in Catholic Education, University of Dayton

  • Courtney Ryan, 2nd Grade

    favorite saint: Saint Catherine of Siena because both my elementary school and my parish growing up were named after her. Catherine was a generous lady who, as a child, would give her clothes away to the poor and is a wonderful example of what it is to be a disciple of Christ.

    favorite moment at LCA: My favorite part of being at LCA is being surrounded by all of the wonderful students and parents.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Gardening

    favorite children's book: “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister. It is a reminder to share our abilities given to us by God and to accept all people.

    favorite place in NEO: Anywhere near the water -- Lakewood Park, Rocky River Reservation, Edgewater Park.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: She was fun-loving and got to know each student individually. She always went the extra mile.

    education: B.S. in Elementary Education with a K-12 Reading Endorsement, John Carroll University; Master’s in Technology Enhanced Learning, University of Dayton

  • Bethany Conaway, 1st Grade

    favorite saint: Saint Joseph, because he quietly cared for Jesus and Mary and did as God asked.

    favorite moment at LCA: The opening day of school this year with the bagpiper, drummer, and the procession into school. I thought it was a fun way to start a new year and a new tradition!

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Walking and spending time with my family.

    favorite children's book: A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban. I love all the Frances books, but I especially loved this one because I had a tea set that looked just like the one Frances has in the story.

    favorite place in NEO: The Metroparks

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: She had a way of making each of us feel special. She made each one of us feel like we were her favorite!

    education: Elementary Education Degree, Cleveland State University

  • Laura Crabb, Technology

    favorite saint: St Isidore. Not only is he the patron saint of the Internet, but he showed such a capacity for forgiveness.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: I love to travel and all kinds of outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and road racing. I am a "foodie" and enjoy trying all kinds of food. But I especially love watching my children in their activities (sports, band...).

    favorite children's book: I remember being wildly addicted to "The Monster at the End of this Book" by Grover (Sesame Street). Maybe because my older brother read it in character...."Again! Again! Read it again!"

    favorite place in NEO: My front porch

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: My statistics teacher challenged us but also made the work applicable. She treated all of us like we were intelligent.

    education: B.A. in Secondary Math Education, University of North Florida; M.A.E in Technology, Ursuline College

  • Amanda Czalkiewicz, Early Childhood Aide

    favorite saint: John Baptist de la Salle because he was known for his work with poor and deprived youth and even set up schools for the young and delinquents of wealthy families. He gave away his wealth so he could be at the same level of which he devoted his life.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Spending time with family and loved ones – going to the movies or trying a new restaurant.

    favorite children’s book: “The Rainbow Fish” because it was frequently read to me as a child and I was fascinated with the colorful scales that were displayed on the pages.

    favorite place in NEO: Latitude 41. I have shared many laughs, smiles, and memories there and who can turn down a good meal?

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: She was caring and thoughtful and really helped me form the idea of “I want to be just like her when I grow up.” She made learning fun and enjoyable for me.

    education: Associate of Applied Science, Early Childhood Education, Cuyahoga Community College

  • Emily DiFiore, Visual Art

    favorite saint: St. Luke, the patron saint of all artists.

    favorite moment at LCA: Seeing the LCA students and community come together for the service project of raking leaves in the community. I also really enjoyed Walk to School day. I love to see all the enthusiasm that students have for their own community.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Getting outside (if it’s nice!); biking/walking in the Metroparks, or heading to a yoga class.

    favorite children's book: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. I love the artwork in all of Eric Carle’s books and especially the use of cut-outs and pop- ups.

    favorite place in NEO: My favorite place in Cleveland would be the Cleveland Museum of Art. It’s one of the best in the country, and it’s free! Such a great resource to this city!

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: My art teacher, Mrs. Purdy, was kind, knowledgeable, excited about art, and such a warm person, as well as a talented artist and art educator.

    education: BFA in Graphic Design, Ohio University; Art K-12 Teaching license, Ashland University

  • Kelly Dorinsky, Kindergarten

    favorite saint: Terese of Lisiuex “Little Flower.” St. Terese believed and trusted Jesus to make her holy. She relied on small sacrifices rather than great deeds to make her holy.

    favorite moment at LCA: The Kindergarten Mom Spa. It is always such a pleasure to plan and treat the most special people in our little “kinders’” lives with a couple of hours of “pampering.”

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Spending time with family and friends

    favorite children's book: I have two favorites: “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein because it is a beautiful example of sacrificial love and “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch. It is just so touching; I cannot read this without getting teary-eyed.

    favorite place in NEO: I like the Lake Erie Islands area.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Kind, caring, supportive, inspiring, loving, and happy.

    education: B.S. in Elementary Education, Bowling Green State University

  • Tom Flandera, Math Tutor

    favorite saint: St Ignatius, because he realized the importance of education.

    favorite moment at LCA: When the math all clicks!

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Coaching Football

    favorite place in NEO: Angelo’s Pizza

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Patience

    education: M.A. Villanova University, John Carroll University, Kent State University

  • Holly Higgs, School Psychologist

    favorite saint: St. Francis of Assisi as he is the patron saint of animals. I am an animal lover and I have always had a soft spot in my heart for animals in need.

    favorite moment at LCA: The 2014-15 opening ceremony in the courtyard. It was great to hear such beautiful music and see the excitement on the faces of the students as they started a new year!

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Running; I participate in several running races each year.

    favorite children's book: “The Poky Little Puppy” by Janette Sebring Lowrey because I have fond memories of my mother reading this story to me when I was young.

    favorite place in NEO: Angelo’s Pizza! They have some of the best pizza I’ve ever tasted!

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: She was funny and presented information in an amusing way. She also demanded your full attention in class and wouldn’t hesitate to call you out or embarrass you if you weren’t paying attention!

    education: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University; M.A. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology, Cleveland State University; B.A. in Psychology, Cleveland State University; Associate of Arts in Pre-Professional Psychology, Lorain County Community College

  • Patty Holmes, 5th and 6th Grade Science

    favorite saint: The Blessed Virgin Mary, because of her incredible strength and devotion to her son

    favorite moment at LCA: Seeing the Living Stations of the Cross for the first time.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Photography and spending time with my children

    favorite children's book: “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss. I love this book because it is inspirational to children ages 0 - 110. The book provides you with feelings of hope, support, success, and belief. Its message tells us that we can do anything and we will succeed, but not without struggles and failures along the way.

    favorite place in NEO: Marblehead

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: My favorite teachers took the time to get to know their students and relate to them. They were also the “tough” teachers and held high standards of expectations from their students.

    education: B.A., Bowling Green State University; M.A., Ashland University

  • Meghann Hubach, 6th Grade Language and Literature

    favorite saint: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. She was a woman who had somewhat of a difficult life as an adult, but she did not give up and helped to better the lives of young people by starting the first Catholic school. She proved that even in the toughest of times, hard work and perseverance pay off, but it is also important to remain strong in your faith.

    favorite moment at LCA: Each year I enjoy the production of the Living Stations on Holy Thursday.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Coaching basketball at Magnificat High School.

    favorite children's book: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst. This is a story I remember my teacher reading one of my very first days of school and often share it with my 5th grade classes.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Firm but fair, humorous, caring, and challenging.

    education: B.A., Early Education, John Carroll University

  • Mary Kate Kocsan, School Nurse

  • Jennifer Komar, 1st Grade

    favorite saint: St. Francis of Assisi because he taught others to love God’s creatures.

    favorite moment at LCA: The very first day we opened. Everyone worked so hard to get our school ready for this special day. I’ll never forget how excited everyone was to see a new tradition begin.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: I love to travel.

    favorite children's book: “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. I’ve always loved this book because it teaches us to appreciate the important things in our lives.

    favorite place in NEO: The Metroparks and any place along Lake Erie.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: My favorite teacher was my 1st grade teacher, Mr. Hill. I remember him as always being kind and funny.

    education: Early Childhood Education, Cleveland State University

  • Mary Martin, 5th Grade Language and Literature

    favorite saint: Mary, Our Blessed Mother. My mother had a special devotion to Mary and I was named after her. Mary is the perfect example of love, trust, faith, obedience, and devotion to family.

    favorite moment at LCA: Over the years, I have loved seeing the youngest students grow up and move through the primary grades, quickly joining us in the 5th and 6th grade wing.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: I love to spend time with my seven grandchildren and their parents, watching their many sporting events, babysitting, and enjoying family dinners and vacations at the beach.

    favorite children's book: “You’re All My Favorites” by Sam McBratney. This story reinforces the message that all children are special in their own way and there’s always enough love to go around -- in families and in classrooms.

    favorite place in NEO: Lakewood Park on the boardwalk by the water.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Sr. Angelica my 6th grade teacher was very kind, funny, and creative.

    education: Bachelor of Science, Education, Bowling Green University

  • Sheri Masterson, 3rd Grade

    favorite saint: Joachim and St. Anne. They are the parents of Mary and, therefore the grandparents of Jesus.

    favorite moment at LCA: One of my many favorite moments would have to be “Grandparents’ Day!” It is LCA’s most-attended event. I love planning this Mass with my 3rd grade students. I love seeing the proud, smiling faces of the grandparents, as they visit our classroom and visit with their grandchildren!

    favorite outside-of-work activity: My favorite outside of work activity is spending time with my family and friends!

    favorite children's book: “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. I like to read this book at the beginning of every school year. I believe that it is a great example of the joy of giving and unconditional love.

    favorite place in NEO: One of my many favorite places is The Beck Center for the Arts.  My daughter has been involved in many theater classes and productions there.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: The teachers who LOVED and ENJOYED what they were doing and had a GREAT PASSION and ENTHUSIASM for teaching!

    education: B.S., Elementary Education, Edinboro University

  • Linda McCafferty, Secretary

    Favorite Saint: Theresa the little flower. I was introduced to her as a child and was touched by her message of love and image of each of us, a flower in God’s garden. Her novena has been a huge help during difficult times.

    Favorite Moment at LCA: There have been countless special moments, but most of all I love when a child speaks to me in Spanish outside the classroom, truly owning the language. That’s a gift.

    Favorite Outside-Of-Work Activity: I enjoy working with my hands, crafting, making cards and small gifts. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.

    Favorite Children's Book: "Charlotte’s Web." I love the beautiful story of an unlikely friendship and the unconditional support and encouragement shared.

    Favorite Place in NEO: The Root Cafe

    Qualities Your Favorite Teacher Possessed: Kindness and encouragement to explore and discover.

    Education: B.S., Miami University (Ohio)

  • Eileen McGuire, International Baccalaureate Coordinator

    favorite saint: Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She did what needed to be done.  She was practical, but in her practicality, she exhibited great love.

    favorite moment at LCA: Watching the class of 2014 graduate. I began teaching at LCA when they were fourth graders and had many of them, in at least one of a variety of classes, for five years.  They are a very special group and I still miss them!

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Going to Cross Country/Track meets.

    favorite children's book: “The Giving Tree”

    favorite place in Lakewood:Lakewood Park

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Boldness, kindness, passion for the subject.

    education: B.A., Secondary Math Education, DePaul University; M.S., Applied Mathematics, DePaul University

  • Danielle Misconish, Preschool

    favorite saint: St. Nicholas because had a deep love for those who could not fend for themselves. When his parents died, Nicholas received his inheritance, but had given it away to the poor.

    favorite moment at LCA: Developing an Early Childhood Program team that works well together -- a team that respects one another and the children. The group of people I work with are always willing to help out one another.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Riding bikes and spending time with my children and husband.

    favorite children's book: “10 Little Rubber Ducks” by Eric Carle. The book is based on a true story of a shipment of rubber duck bathtub toys that fell overboard from a container ship. They were later found all over the world.

    favorite place in NEO: The Cleveland Metroparks

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Patience and trust

    education: Associate’s Degree, Cuyahoga Community College

  • Tara Greggs, 3rd Grade

    favorite Saint: Elizabeth Ann Seton because of her devotion to children and Catholic education. She began the first free Catholic School for girls, had five children, and was a teacher. My mother was born on her feast day and my grandmother admires her.

    favorite moment at LCA: I have two special moments. The first being when I first heard Mrs. Podhradsky sing ‘Litany of the Saints.’ Her beautiful voice and the effect it has on those around her is breathtaking. Another favorite moment was when my 2nd grade class of 2012-13 threw me a surprise birthday party after our winter concert. All of the families attended and the students took the time to memorize a song!

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Hunting for old treasures! I love antiques and finding new vintage pieces to add in my home.

    favorite children's book: “Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards. I love this book because I am able to get lost in the story. This story is about an orphan girl who discovers an abandoned cottage outside of the orphanage walls.

    favorite place in NEO: Gem Beach in Catawba. My family has a summer cottage there and I love that we can jump in the car and be there in no time at all.

    education: B.S., Education, Cleveland State University

  • Leah Nagy, 4th Grade

    favorite saint: Joan of Arc.  She was a strong, passionate woman who stood up for what she believed in no matter what.

    favorite moment at LCA: Leading over 300 students in a dance party during Catholic Schools Week!

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Spending time with my husband and going out to eat or seeing a movie!

    favorite children's book: The Harry Potter series because I love the magical and imaginative spirit of them!  If I could attend any school in the world it would definitely be Hogwarts!

    favorite place in NEO: Some of my favorites are the Botanical Gardens, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Malley’s, Edgewater Park, Playhouse Square, Ohio City, and Progressive Field!

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: She was patient, kind, loving, and fair! She taught me that I was unique and special just the way I was!

    education: Bachelor of Arts, Childhood Education and English, Canisius College; Master of Arts in Teaching with a focus in Biological Science, Miami University

  • Paula O’Sullivan, Auxiliary Clerk

    favorite moment at LCA: 8th grade graduation. Seeing the looks of accomplishment on students’ and teachers’ faces is a great feeling.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Going to my son’s sporting events.

    favorite children's book: “Green Eggs & Ham” by Dr. Seuss. It is introduced at a time when children are just learning to read.

    favorite place in NEO: Lakewood Park. I love the pool and the lake. The fitness trail is wonderful and such a nice skyline!

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: I encountered my favorite teacher in 3rd grade. I was new to the school and she made me feel so welcome and helped me adjust to making new friends.

    education: Associate’s Degree in Applied Business, Bowling Green State University

  • Kathy O’Toole, Enrichment, grades K-3, Extended Curriculum, grades 2-3

    favorite saint: Jude Thaddeus. As an apostle, St. Jude was tasked with spreading the word of God. He taught that the faithful must keep going even in desperate and difficult circumstances.

    favorite moment at LCA: The first mass that was celebrated in the grotto. It was beautiful to see the children, faculty, and parents worshiping together in this beautiful environment.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: I love reading, quilting, and spending time with my family.

    favorite children's book: “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. In a very simple style the book exemplifies God’s love for us and the love we should have for each other.

    favorite place in NEO: The lake front promenade in Lakewood Park. I find it so peaceful to be close to the water.

    education: B.S. Education, Bowling Green State University

  • Gretchen Petty, Physical Education & Health

    favorite saint: I have three! Saint Anthony because he always pulls through when I need him. He helps me find my car keys often. Saint Christopher because he helps me protect me. And St. Sebastian because is the Patron Saint of Athletes.

    favorite moment at LCA: It’s hard to pick just one, but I’d have to say it was watching my daughter grow academically, socially and spiritually while being at LCA for nine years.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Spending time with my children and watching them play sports.

    favorite children’s book: “The Giving Tree.” I just love the theme.

    favorite place in NEO: I love the beach and being near the water.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: A good sense of humor.

    education: B.A., Hiram College

  • Amanda Podhradsky, Music and Choir

    favorite saint: St. Cecilia -- even as she died, she sang praise to God.

    favorite moment at LCA: Watching the faculty, along with my husband Steven, play the 8th graders in a basketball game benefiting the Logan John Podhradsky LCA Scholarship Fund. To see so many people come together to raise money, and have fun while doing so, in honor of my little angel was very special.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Spending time with my family and dogs

    favorite children's book: “The Great Cookie Thief” because I have such wonderful memories of my father reading it to my brother and I, while using all of the various silly voices of course, when we were little.

    favorite place in NEO: I love the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Each time I go, I notice something I didn’t see before. It gives me chills to be in the presence of so much amazing music history!

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: She was compassionate, and always there with a smile or a hug when I needed it.

    education: Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Bowling Green State University; Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Phoenix

  • Cheryl Pokrywka, Early Childhood Aide

    favorite saint: Saint Francis of Assisi because of his appreciation of animals and the environment. One of my favorite activities is taking my dog, Charlie, for walks in the Metroparks.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Traveling; some of my favorite places that I have visited include France, Spain, Mexico, and Alaska.

    favorite children's book: “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss. I always enjoyed hearing my dad read the book aloud to me as a child, and I appreciate the book’s messages of keeping an open mind and not being afraid to try new things.

    favorite place in NEO: Cedar Point. It is a privilege to have one of the best amusement parks in the world in our own “backyard!”

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Kindness, flexibility, and dedication. My favorite teacher growing up started each day with a smile on her face and was always welcoming. She helped to instill in me a love of learning.

    education: A.S. Early Childhood Education, Cuyahoga Community College; B.A., Middle Childhood Education (Language Arts and Social Studies), John Carroll University; M.A.Ed. Mild/Moderate Educational Needs, Baldwin-Wallace College

  • Jenny Reali, Kindergarten

    favorite saint: St. Anthony. As a child, my grandmother always had me pray to this saint for everything. If I lose something I always pray to him. Our fourth son is named after him.

    favorite moment at LCA: Spa Day in Kindergarten during the 2013-14 school year. I have been to four Spa Days with my own sons and I had the privilege of being a substitute mom in Mrs. Beegan’s classroom. My son Anthony proceeded to make me look “beautiful” with the five different colors he used on my face.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Bike riding with my boys.

    favorite children's book: “Caps for Sale” by Esphyr Slobodkina. I remember reading this as a child and thinking how funny it was, then I became a teacher and it’s a great book to act out.

    favorite place in NEO: Clifton Beach! I always feel like I’m on vacation when I’m down there.

    education: B.S. in Education from Xavier University

  • Catherine Seiler, Preschool

    favorite saint: Saint Mary Magdalene because she reminds me that through penance God forgives us for our sins. She reminds me to try to always be a better person.

    favorite moment at LCA: This has come from being a parent and watching my kids grow over the past 7 years. I love watching them in talent shows, band concerts, and sporting events.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: I love to "play" with my family. We love picnics, bike rides, baseball games and swimming.

    favorite children’s book: “Harry Potter” because we like to read it together as a family.

    favorite place in NEO: Holden Arboretum. It is a beautiful place to hike and explore nature.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Growing up, my favorite teachers took a genuine interest in students. I loved seeing teachers outside of school at students' music concerts, plays and sporting events.

    education: B.A., Elementary Education, Saint Mary's College

  • Patty Sullivan, 4th Grade

    favorite saint: St. Patrick (missionary) and St. Catherine of Siena (doctor of the church) strong, wonderful and unafraid people.

    favorite moment at LCA: Our West Side Market field trip.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Relaxing, spending time with family and friends, reading, and walking.

    favorite children’s book: Danny and the Dinosaur” by Syd Hoff. It’s the first book I remember being able to read by myself.

    favorite place in NEO: West Side Market

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Kindness and a sense of humor

    education: B.S., Education, Middle Childhood, Cleveland State University

  • Matt Tabar, 8th Grade

    favorite saint: Matthew, for obvious reasons, and he was an Apostle.

    favorite moment at LCA: Yearly competition at John Carroll University for Jr. Model U.N.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Traveling the world

    favorite children's book: “Paddle-to-the-Sea” by Holling C. Holling because my mother always read to us as kids.

    favorite place in NEO: First Energy (Cleveland Browns) Stadium

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Intelligence, empathy, and exuberance.

    education: B.S., Education, Ohio University

  • Melissa Tannoux, French Tutor

    favorite saint: Saint Henri II. He was an emperor in Germany and built up the bishopric in my hometown, Bamberg in the year 1007. He was a very pious and just emperor, who always was very close to his people. He gained a lot of respect by always acknowledging his own mistakes. My second son is named Henri.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: My favorite outside activity is skiing.

    favorite children’s book: “Goodnight Gorilla” because I read it with my son every day. I love seeing him laugh because this book is very funny!

    favorite place in NEO: Wherever I can enjoy the view of the lake.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: My favorite teacher was a very good story teller. She taught us history in a way that I could have listened to her for hours.

    education: Master’s Degree in French and Spanish, Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg, Germany

  • Kathy Theobald, Intervention Specialist

    favorite moment at LCA: My very first day! I have taught at other schools where the auxiliary unit was in a separate mobile unit. I was so happy that the auxiliary unit is part of the school! I have felt welcomed here from the very first moment.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: I love to read books!

    favorite children's book: “The Brothers Lionheart” by Astrid Lindgren. It is a wonderful story about two brothers who love and take care of each other.

    favorite place in NEO: I love to sit by the lake in Lakewood Park.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: My 1st grade teacher was patient and kind. She always made us feel accepted and loved.

    education: B.S. in Special Education, Slippery Rock State College

  • Peggy Timmons, Teaching Aide

    favorite saint: St. Teresa of Avila because of her strong, personal relationship with God took many turns. What I admire about Teresa is that she never gave up her search for a meaningful, purposeful life with God as its focus.

    favorite moment at LCA: When I distributed Communion to our 2nd graders at the LCA First Communion Mass. Receiving First Reconciliation and First Communion is so special for our students and it’s an honor and a privilege to be part of it.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: I love to read, just about anything! If I don’t have time for anything else at the end of the day, I always make time to read.

    favorite children's book: “Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf. I love the message -- you have to be true to yourself, even if it’s not what others might expect from you.

    favorite place in NEO: Simple -- my home when my family is here together.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: The teachers who stand out most were the ones who had a sense of humor, the ones who shared their stories with us, and the ones who took the time to know their students personally.

    education: B.S., Education, Miami University; M. Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Ashland University

  • Mary Valletta, 2nd Grade

    favorite saint: Saint Teresa of the Little Flower. She is known for having done small acts of kindness without any recognition for doing so.

    favorite moment at LCA: Watching my students sing the song "Christmas Time is Here" during the Charlie Brown Christmas play which has become one of my favorite traditions to share with my students around the holiday season.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Spending time with family.

    favorite children's book: “The Rainbow Fish,” I love the pictures and it teaches the importance of sharing with others.

    favorite place in NEO: The West Side Market

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Firm but kind and expected you to do your best at all times.

    education: B.A., Elementary Education, Saint Mary’s College

  • Caron Viglianco, Librarian

    favorite saint: My favorite Saint is Anthony of Padua. I always call on him when I lose something and I have never been disappointed.

    favorite moment at LCA: The first Book Fair I chaired. The reactions and excitement from the students and staff made it all worthwhile.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: I love to swim and ski. My sons and I are very lucky to live so close to Lakewood’s Foster Pool — we have spent many hours there!

    favorite children's book: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. I read that book every night (along with Goodnight Moon) to my sons, Jack and Peter.

    favorite place in NEO: Little Italy. We were members of Holy Rosary Parish for about 15 years, so it feels like home.

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Patience and humor.

    education: Bachelor of Arts, John Carroll University; Master of Library Science, Kent State University; Master of Art, John Carroll University

  • Jeannie Votypka, Tutor

    favorite moment at LCA: The moments when my students have those AHA! moments and truly understand.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: I love to travel with my family.

    favorite children's book: “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. It’s a beautiful story about the true meaning of life and serves as a reminder about what is most important in life.

    favorite place in NEO: Lakewood Park is where we play!

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: Patience, kindness, and sense of humor.

    education: Master’s Degree in Education, John Carroll University; Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism, Ohio University

  • Laura Woos, Early Childhood Aide

    favorite saint: Our Blessed Mother, for many different reasons. She has touched my life numerous times.

    favorite outside-of-work activity: Spending time with my family.

    favorite children's book: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss. All four of my children received it for graduation gifts from high school right before heading off to college.

    favorite place in NEO: Gingercare Massotherapy!

    qualities your favorite teacher possessed: He made sure to tell us something we did very well; everyone had a gift in his eyes.