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Elementary Teachers Bios

Grade K

Education:  Bowling Green State University

Advanced Education:  Preschool - Grade 12 Reading Endorsement Certificate (Lourdes Univeristy)

Interesting fact about Ms. Lazar:   Ms. Lazar has taught kindergarten at SJS since 2006.  Currently, she is working on her master's degree at Lourdes University.  "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.

Education:  Lourdes University; Mary Manse College; Marygrove College

Interesting fact about Sister Rosemarie:  Sister just celebrated her 30th year with SJS!  “As a teacher, I believe my goal is to educate the whole person.  I do this by establishing a warm, comfortable and caring atmosphere.  The underlying premise is that children whose learning needs are met become trustworthy, eager to learn and capable of self-direction.  This is why I continue to teach, to develop the whole person to be the best person they can become as adults-they are the future leaders of our country.  Teaching is my life.  I enjoy going to school and I enjoy going home, knowing I made a difference in a child’s life.  I get energized by the children in my care.  Because I value my faith, I believe in Catholic Education.”

Grade 1

Education: University of Toledo (B.A, cum laude, Elementary Education with a concentration in science)

Certifications:  Certified to teach all subjects in grades 1 - 8; Reading Endorsement for grades kindergarten - 12

Background: Formerly taught students in kindergarten, first,  third and fifth grades.  In addition, over six years experience teaching remedial reading in all grades kindergarten through sixth.   “I feel so blessed to be teaching first grade at St. Joseph School.  When I started my career, I was lucky enough to work in a parochial school and I am so very fortunate to now be working in the same school as my parish.”

Interesting Fact: Mrs. Koppinger was Mrs. Schell’s eighth grade math teacher!

Education:  Mary Manse College, Lourdes College, University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University

Continuing Education:  Supportive work in Religious Education, Reading, Math, Handwriting, and Technology workshops

Interesting Fact:  Sister Judy started an After School Program for students in Grades K-6 and was the Administrator of the Program for more than 10 years.

Grade 2

Education:  Owen's Community College (Associate's Degree, Early Childhood Education); Lourdes University ( B.A., Early Childhood Education,PreK- 3)

 Additional Certifications:   Grades 4/5 Endorsement

Other Experience:   3rd Grade Student Teacher, St Joseph School 2014-15; Former teacher and director of childcare center.

Interesting Facts About Mrs. Burns:  My 10 year old son, Brock, and I love to explore, play baseball, and kayak.  We love animals and being with friends and family as much as possible!  I have three bearded dragons.  I love them and hold them all the time!

Education: The University of Toledo (B.E.); Mary Grove College (M.A.T.)

Additional Certifications:              
Master Teacher Certification for State of Ohio

Continuing Education:    
Mentor for Resident Educators

Trained in Response to Intervention (RtI)

Co-Teaching Specialist 

Master Teacher Co-Hort Leader/Portfolio Scorer

Volunteer Work:           
St. Joseph Parish (Long-time Festirama Volunteer; Lector)
LPDC Moderator
Math and Literacy PLC Member
Master Teacher-Score Portfolios

Interesting Fact About Mrs. Zunk:
Mrs. Zunk is an Adjunct Instructor for Lourdes University!

Mrs. Zunk is a 2016 Golden Apple Teacher Award recipient!

Grade 3

Education: University of Toledo (B.A., Art History and Elementary Education); University of Toledo (Alternative Master's Degree, Elementary Education).

Volunteer Work: The Pacesetter Soccer Club;  St. John’s Jesuit;   Sylvania Schools;  St. Joseph Vacation Bible School

Interesting Fact(s):  My husband and I were married at St. Joseph Church.  We have three children and reside in Sylvania, Ohio.  Art is who I am, and even have a collaborative drawing of the Mona Lisa still hanging in The Toledo Museum of Art School.  I make sure 700 players at The Pacesetter Soccer Club have uniforms and training gear.  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.


Education   University of Toledo; Lourdes University

Experience                                                                                                                                                                                                 Westside Montessori                                                                                                                                                                               Franciscan Academy

Interesting Facts:                                                                                                                                                                                  My husband and I started dating when I was 16 years old!  We now have been married for thirteen years and have two amazing kids.  My children Tyler and Camryn are both SJS students and love it.  Teaching is my passion, I can't imagine not being in a classroom.

Grade 4

Education/Degree: Ohio University and Bowling Green State University

Continuing Education: 
Regular workshops in technology, math, bullying, reading strategies, and religion

Volunteer Work:           
St. Joseph Parish

St. Joseph School Student Council Moderator

Member, SJS Technology Committee

Interesting Fact:
I have taught at St. Joe’s since the 1999-2000 school year, and I now have 3 children who attend St. Joe’s. Although I didn’t attend the University of Notre Dame, I am a huge fan.  Go Irish!

Education: Central Michigan University

Continuing Education Experience:   
Part of the LEADERS program guided by the University of Toledo. 

Related Work:
Camp Ohiyesa , MI - Outdoor Education Instructor

Farthest Northern Girl Scouts of America - Camp Jessie Bloom, Fairbanks, AK - Art Teacher
Toledo Zoo - Summer Camp Instructor
St. Joseph Art Camp – Instructor

Interesting Fact About Mrs. Floyd: 
“I love children, traveling, and teaching.  I spent 5 weeks in Vietnam one summer visiting family.  I also spent a summer in Alaska teaching at the Farthest Northern Girl Scout Camp.”

Grade 5



Education and Professional Training:    University of Toledo  (Bachelors of Business Administration);  Bowling Green State University  (Elementary Math Education);  Lourdes University (Problem Based Learning, Technology, Co-Teaching, Applied Use of Technology)

Harvard University Online Learning - Principal Leadership Program                          

Education/Degree:   University of Michigan (BA in Education, 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

Volunteer Work:   St. Joseph Parish and School

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