Opening School Liturgy

On the Feast of Saint Augustine 

Today we celebrate the opening liturgy of our new school year. Throughout this year, we, the Saints of Lakewood Catholic Academy, will recognize and celebrate the lives of those saints whose examples we strive to follow.

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Augustine, a Bishop and Doctor of the church. St. Augustine holds a special place in our hearts. He is an example of how to recognize our wrongs and how to bring ourselves closer to God. We know, as students, that it is important for us to learn from our mistakes, and the life of St. Augustine offers a great example of that lesson.

St. Augustine is the patron saint of the Sisters of Charity, whose motherhouse once stood just a few feet from where we gather this afternoon. We continue their holy work today, on the holy ground that is 14808 Lake Avenue. St. Augustine is the saint after whom our building was once named – and to whom our own school library has been dedicated.

As we begin a new school year, we commit ourselves to following the example of St. Augustine by growing closer and closer to God each day.

New Faculty and Staff

Dear LCA Family,

Happy August 1st! It’s hard to believe that it is Back-to-School month. The administrative team and teacher leaders have been working all summer to make this coming year a fantastic one!

In honor of the start of August, I want to introduce to you the new faculty and staff here at LCA. They are a remarkable group of very talented educators and passionate professionals. Please welcome the newest members of our family of saints!

Be a Saint!
Brian Sinchak
President

Please Welcome Our New LCA Saints!

Abigail Alletto

Abigail Alletto will teach 2nd grade at LCA this upcoming year. Abigail received a Bachelor of Science from Ohio University and holds an Early Childhood Reading Endorsement. She spent last school year teaching kindergarten in Bay Village. Abigail has been recognized for her leadership in 21st century skills, and will work to integrate those skills into the classroom.

Mary Brown

Mary Brown will be joining LCA as the Science teacher for grades 7 and 8. Mary received a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Northern Arizona University, was a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow at University of Akron where she completed coursework in her Master of Secondary Science Education program, and is currently working toward her Master of Geological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She has experience as both a teaching assistant and gradate research assistant, and has been published several times.

Caroline Gainley

Caroline Gainley will be joining our LCA family as a physical education and health teacher. Caroline is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. Caroline has been a competitive gymnast and has been an instructor at The Little Gym where she focused on a holistic learning approach to skill development. This approach was based on three core tenets: “Get Moving” to foster flexibility, strength, balance and coordination; “Brain Boost” to nurture listening skills, concentration and decision making; and “Citizen Kid” to promote sharing, teamwork, cooperation and leadership abilities.

Emma Gerdes

Emma Gerdes joins the LCA community as a 7th and 8th grade Literature and Language Arts teacher. Emma graduated from Baldwin Wallace University, and holds a Middle Childhood license. Emma has student taught in the subjects of Science, Social Studies, and Literacy. She uses a number of different technologies in her lessons, and has experience using laptops in a one-to-one classroom. Outside of school, Emma is a coach for the Lake Shore Swim Club.

Nathan Horne

Nathan Horne comes to LCA to fill the new position of part-time evening maintenance. Nathan has experience as a kitchen manager and sous chef, and currently works as a remodeling assistant.   Nathan volunteers at St. Patrick Church, assisting in the maintenance of the parish.

John Jackson

John Jackson joins LCA after two years of teaching in Oakland, California. John will be teaching 5th and 6th grade Math. John received a Bachelor of Arts from John Carroll University and a Master in Elementary Education from the University of Notre Dame. John has been recognized for his leadership, service, and commitment to Christian values, and has had mission experience in Ecuador and Florida.

Rita Tersigni-Grabowski

Rita Tersigni-Grabowski will be joining the LCA Business Office on September 1.  Rita is a CPA with over 20 years of experience.  As LCA’s Business Manager, Rita will oversee the accounting and finance functions of the school, and work closely with Marge Lanzola in LCA’s Business Office.   Rita supports other non-profit organizations, including LAND Studio, who is managing the redevelopment of Public Square.  Rita and her husband are active members of Gesu Parish, and her son is a sophomore at St. Ignatius High School.