Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff are committed to meeting the unique needs of each student who walks through the doors of St. Joan of Arc Catholic School. The teacher to student ratio is 18:1 and over 50 percent of St. Joan educators have master’s degrees. Additionally, the school is supported by professionals specialized in speech, learning disabilities, reading, math and psychology.

Samantha Converse
Mrs. Converse is St. Joan's Kindergarten teacher. She joined the faculty of St. Joan in 2014. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education.  Living in downtown Cleveland, gives Mrs. Converse many opportunities to enjoy all the things she likes to do away from school. She loves exploring the city, trying new restaurants, going to concerts and cheering on her favorite Cleveland sports teams. Mrs. Converse loves spending time with her family, especially her new husband and niece and nephew and looks forward to her yearly trips to North Michigan each summer with her extended family.
MaKaela Lapso
First Grade
Mrs. Lapso strongly believes that teaching children is her God-given purpose in life. She loves seeing little faces light up with awe and wonder when they explore the beautiful world around them. Miss Banks received a B.S.B.A degree with a major in Marketing and a minor in Graphic Design from The Ohio State University. After obtaining her Master’s in Education from John Carroll University, Mrs. Lapso spent six months as a substitute teacher before joining the faculty of St. Joan of Arc in 2017. In her free time, Mrs. Lapso enjoys exploring the sights and sounds of Cleveland with family and friends, she especially loves outings with her new husband, a fellow Buckeye, and Penny, their goldendoodle puppy.  She is also an active yoga instructor, yogi and runner.
Caitlin Bias
Second Grade
Mrs. Bias teaches second grade at St. Joan of Arc. She's been teaching for the past six years.  In 2018, Mrs. Bias and her husband welcomed their first baby, Benjamin to their family. In her freetime, the new family of three, loves to take their dogs for walks around their neighborhood. Mrs. Bias received her education degree from the University of Dayton.
Lisa Cowoski
Third Grade
Mrs. Cowoski is the third grade teacher at St. Joan.  She joined the St. Joan faculty in 2014 and has nearly 15 years of teaching experience. In her spare time, Mrs. Cowoski enjoys spending time with her three children and husband, reading and enjoying outside activities. Mrs. Cowoski was graduated from Cleveland State University where she received her degree in social work and special education. She also attended John Carroll University where she later earned a Masters degree in early childhood education.
Christine Elliott
Fourth Grade
Chris Elliott is the fourth grade teacher for St. Joan.  She has spent her entire teaching career inspiring the students of St. Joan. With 43 years of experience, Ms. Elliott is a graduate of Notre Dame College where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Education. In addition, Ms. Elliott has taken many graduate graduate level courses focused on math and social studies. She also holds a Master Catechist Certificate. In her free time, Ms. Elliott enjoys reading, visiting historical sites, dancing and spending time with family and friends. She also really enjoys all kinds of math!
Susan Bondra
Fifth Grade
Ms. Bondra is home-base for the fifth graders at St. Joan. In addition to teaching Religion to her homeroom students, she also teaches Science and English Language Arts to both the fourth and fifth grades. She joined the faculty of St. Joan in 2015 and has been teaching for eight years overall.  A graduate of Ohio University with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education, Ms. Bondra has taken several graduate-level classes. When she’s not teaching, Ms. Bondra enjoys reading the latest middle school novels and spending time with her family, especially her new grandson. Ms. Bonda also enjoys walking her dogs and working in her garden.
Joseph Nieves
Sixth Grade
Mr. Neives joined the faculty of St. Joan in 2017 after graduating from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. No stranger to St. Joan, Mr. Nieves did his student teaching at the school. In his spare time, he enjoys spending it with his family, especially his niece and nephew and playing video games with his brothers.  
Nancy Bell
Seventh Grade
Mrs. Ball teaches seventh grade Religion and Social Studies to the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. She joined the faculty of St. Joan in 2016 with 20 years of teaching experience. Mrs. Ball earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Notre Dame College of Ohio. When she’s not teaching, Mrs. Ball keeps busy with her three adult children and five grandchildren.  She enjoys going for walks, reading, watching movies and traveling.
Nathaniel Luengo
Eighth Grade
Mr. Luengo teaches English Language Art to sixth, seventh and eighth graders in addition to 8th Grade Religion and Reading. He joined St. Joan’s faculty in 2017 and has five years of teaching experience. A graduate of two Jesuit institutions, Mr. Luengo earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Xavier University. He later received a Master in Education degree from John Carroll University. In his free time, Mr. Luengo doesn’t let the unpredictable Northeast Ohio climate prevent him from enjoying the great outdoors. When the weather cooperates, he enjoys golfing, fishing and number of other outdoor type activities.
Erin Molder
Technolgy & Math
Miss Molder teaches math to the middle grades, sixth, seventh, and eighth, at St. Joan of Arc.  She also teaches the Technology Curriculum to students in Kindergarten through grade five. Miss Molder has been teaching for 12 years and has been with St. Joan of Arc for three years. A two-time graduate of John Carroll University, Miss Molder received both a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Middle Child Education and Mathematics from the university. When she’s not at school, Miss Molder loves anything sports related including, coaching, playing or just being a spectator. You may also catch her participating in local 5K races or spending time with her pets, a chocolate lab named Reese and Charlie her cat. Each summer she looks forward to relaxing at her family’s cottage in Geneva on the Lake.
Claudia Lund
Physical Education
For the past four years, Mrs. Lund has been promoting the importance of physical activity to the students of St. Joan, but she has been teaching elementary students for the past 15 years. Mrs. Lund helps students develop non-locomotor and locomotor skills in the primary grades. In the upper grades, she introduces overall fitness and team sports, like soccer, basketball, volleyball, and lacrosse, just to name a few. When she’s not promoting physical fitness at school, she enjoys participating in many outdoor activities herself, especially golf and skiing with her husband of 33 years. She also enjoys family dinners and vacations with her adult children. Mrs. Lund was graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Marxa Navez
Mrs. Navez has been teaching for the past five years. She joined the faculty of St. Joan in 2017. Mrs. Navex teaches Spanish once a week to grades one through eight.  She’s a graduate of Universidad Autonoma de Baja California where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biology. In her free time, Mrs. Navez spends it with her husband and children. She enjoys cooking, crafts and traveling.
Pamela Rickard
Mrs. Rickard joined the faculty of St. Joan in 2018.  She's delighted to teach Art to every student in grades K through grade 8.
Gina Huber
School Library Media Specialist
Ms. Huber has been a friendly-face in the St. Joan Media Center for the past six years and has been teaching for ten years overall. She’s a graduate of Cleveland State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in English and she later completed her Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University. Away from school, Ms. Huber loves spending time with her awesome extended family and cheering on her favorite Cleveland sports teams. She dreams of one day traveling across the U.S. and abroad.
St. Joan of Arc Catholic School is dedicated to instill within each student a lifelong desire to learn, lead and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Learn. Lead. Live.
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