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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.  The enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year in grades K through 8 is 170.  Additionally, the school is supported by professionals specialized in speech, learning disabilities, reading, math and psychology.  All employees and volunteers who have contact with students undergo thorough screening, including background checks through the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification (BCI&I).  For complete information on screening policies, see the revised, Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse  section 1.2 (p.3).

Mrs. Allison Coulson
Coulson, Mrs. Allison
Kindergarten

Mrs. Coulson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Dayton and a Teaching License from Ursuline College.  She is passionate about teaching Kindergarten children and is honored to be part of this special year for our youngest St. Joan of Arc students.  In her free time, Mrs. Coulson likes to travel with her family and cheer on her children as they pursue their interests. Catholic education is highly valued in the Coulson family and St. Joan of Arc school has blessed her three children with a fantastic faith-based education.  Prior to taking time off to raise her children, Mrs. Coulson taught Kindergarten right here at St. Joan of Arc School from 2001-2003.

Mrs. MaKaela Lapso
Lapso, Mrs. MaKaela
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 as they explore the beautiful world around them. Mrs. Lapso 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 in 2016, 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 spending time with her husband, a fellow Buckeye, their goldendoodle puppy, Penny, and their sweet son, Bennett. 

Miss Suzanne Dean
Dean, Miss Suzanne
Third Grade
Ms. Dean holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the College of Wooster and received her Teaching License from Ashland University. Ever since she was in second grade, Ms. Dean knew she wanted to become a teacher and is truly passionate about seeing her students learn and grow in new ways everyday. She regularly attends retreats and is connected to the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. In her free time, Ms. Dean loves being outside in nature and taking walks in the park with her new puppy, Finley. 
Ms. Christine Elliott
Elliott, Ms. Christine
Fourth Grade

Chris Elliott is the 4th grade teacher at St. Joan of Arc.  She has spent her entire teaching career, 43 years, inspiring the students of St. Joan. Ms. Elliott holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Notre Dame College. In addition, Ms. Elliott has taken many graduate graduate level courses focused on math and social studies. Ms. Elliott has 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!

Ms. Susan Bondra
Bondra, Ms. Susan
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.  Ms. Bondra holds a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University and 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. Bondra also enjoys walking her dogs and working in her garden.

Mrs. Gina Huber
Huber, Mrs. Gina
Sixth Grade - Middle School Language Arts

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.

Mrs. Nancy Ball
Ball, Mrs. Nancy
Seventh Grade - Middle School Social Studies

Mrs. Ball teaches Social Studies to the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. She joined the faculty of St. Joan in 2016 with 18 years of teaching experience. Mrs. Ball earned a Bachelor of Arts 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, soon to be six, grandchildren.  She enjoys going for walks, reading, watching movies and traveling.

Mr. Joseph Nieves
Nieves, Mr. Joseph
Eighth Grade - Middle School Science

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.  

Mrs. Leslie Rugerio
Rugerio, Mrs. Leslie
Middle School Math and Algebra

Mrs. Rugerio has been teaching for 16 years, all in the Diocese of Cleveland, where she has been a middle grade teacher, including mathematics courses in grades 5 through 8 & Algebra I.  She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Cleveland State University. She loves that she can incorporate God into her daily lessons and that He is ever present in our lives. She recently had the opportunity to travel to Mexico City and visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and attend Mass.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading a good book, shopping, and playing games. 

Mrs. Claudia Lund
Lund, Mrs. Claudia
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 graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Mrs. Marxa Navez
Navez, Mrs. Marxa
Spanish

Mrs. Navez has been teaching for the past five years. She joined the faculty of St. Joan in 2017. Mrs. Navez 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 enjoys spending time with her husband and children. She enjoys cooking, crafts and traveling.

Mrs. Pamela Rickard
Rickard, Mrs. Pamela
Visual Art

Mrs. Rickard joined the faculty of St. Joan in 2018.  She is delighted to teach Art to every student in Kindergarten through grade 8. Mrs. Rickard has 14 years experience teaching art to children in classes offered at The Cleveland Museum of Art and also taught art for 11 years in the Warrensville Heights City School district. She holds an Association Montessori Internationale diploma and taught children, ages 2 ½ to 6, for 9 years in both private and corporate Montessori environments. Mrs. Rickard graduated from Ursuline College with a B.A. in studio art and received her teaching license from Notre Dame College. When she is not sharing her passion for art with her students, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family.  In her spare time you can find her hunting for vintage items she collects and also sells at local shows and antique stores!

Mrs. Darcee Cohen
Cohen, Mrs. Darcee
Speech

Darcee Cohen graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in speech and hearing and then received a master's in Speech/language pathology from Cleveland State University in 1988. Her career for the past 31 years as been focused primarily with school age children. She has been at St Joan of Arc for the past 13 years.  She loves working with children and helping them improve their communication skills.  She has been married for 31 years to Randy, and they have three children.  Their two grown children live in Chicago, and the youngest is a senior at Orange High School. Darcee enjoys playing majh, reading, and playing with her two dogs, Marley and Bella. 

Mrs. Lisa Jackson
Jackson, Mrs. Lisa
School Psychologist

Mrs. Jackson holds her B.A. from Ursuline College with a concentration in psychology.  She received her M.Ed. from John Carroll University, followed by a post masters program in School Psychology. She has gratefully been with St. Joan of Arc School since 2013.  Mrs. Jackson is passionate about discovering individual learning styles and supporting students to find academic success.  During her time away from work, she is dedicated to enjoying her five children and all of the blessings that come with them. 

Mrs. Jamie O'Brien
O'Brien, Mrs. Jamie
Intervention Specialist

Mrs. O'Brien is an Intervention Specialist at St. Joan of Arc School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Bowling Green State University and Reading Endorsement from John Carroll University.  She is passionate about teaching students with all types of learning styles. In her free time, Mrs. O'Brien spends time with her three sons and husband. 

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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.
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