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Our Caring Faculty & Staff

Creating a safe and healthy environment where students thrive
Susan Rauch, Principal

Susan is St. Mary Catholic School’s Principal. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education/Animal Science from The Ohio State University and has a Master in Educational Administration from Ohio University. Susan taught for Marietta City Schools in Adult Education for two years and taught for Washington County Career Center in Adult Education – Workforce Training and in the High School -Employability Skills and Career Development for 11 years. She was an administrator for Fort Frye High School where she was assistant principal for for four years and principal for 10 years. Susan has been the principal St. Mary Catholic School for two years. She has been married to John Rauch for 38 years in September and has three children who live in Texas: Matthew, Amy, and Melissa. Her daughter Amy is married and has a new baby named Hayden. Susan is a Member of St. Ambrose Parish in Little Hocking.

Molly Frye, Assistant Principal & Art

Molly Frye is the assistant principal and art teacher. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Denison University (2001) and a Master of Arts in Sports Management from The Ohio State University (2003). Molly worked in mortgage banking for multiple years before teaching at St. Mary Catholic School for the past 6 years as the art teacher.  She will be working as the assistant principal for the 2017–2018 school year as well as continuing to teach art. Molly is the mother of twins, Tyler and Max, who are in 5th grade at St. Mary Catholic School. Her husband is John Frye and her favorite dog is Zoe.

Sylvia Rajakaruna, Montessori

Sylvia Rajakaruna teaches Montessori Preschool. Her students call her Mrs. Sylvia. She obtained her degree from Sri-Lanka, her homeland, as an AMI teacher (Association Montessori International). Mrs. Sylvia feels blessed to have worked with young children for many years at St. Mary Catholic School. She is married to Jerry, who enjoys gardening and provides fresh vegetables for them during the summer. They have a son and daughter and one grandson whom she adores. Mrs. Sylvia loves her job and feels blessed to work with the younger children of St. Mary Catholic School.

Laraine Miller, Pre–K

Laraine Miller has been teaching at St. Mary Catholic School for 10 years, first as the Art teacher and now as the Pre-K teacher. She says it is her privilege to work with our 4- and 5-year-olds to instill a love of learning, with a focus on mutual respect, cooperation, and communication. Laraine previously taught Art at Corpus Christi School in Elsmere, Delaware. In addition to being a teacher, she is also an artist and graphic designer. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family, reading, painting, gardening, and playing flute.  

Jocelyn Smith, Kindergarten 

Jocelyn Smith has taught Kindergarten at St. Mary’s for 15 years. She is the mother of three grown children. Prior to coming to Marietta, she was a military spouse for 23 years, living overseas and all over the United States. She received a BA from the University of Delaware in English and Art History, a Museum Techniques Certificate from the University of Colorado, and certification in Montessori techniques. She has also worked in several Pre-school and libraries before entering the field of teaching.

Mariann McFarland, First Grade

Mariann McFarland has been teaching first grade at St. Mary Catholic School for 37 years. She grew up in Williamstown, WV and attended St. Mary Catholic School through the 5th grade. She graduated from Williamstown High School in 1975 and from Glenville State College with a B.A. degree in Education. Mariann is married to Bill McFarland and has three children; Janice and Brian who both live in Marietta and Bethany who lives in Columbus.

Suzanne Weber, Second Grade

Suzanne Weber is the second-grade teacher. She graduated in 1977 from Virginia Intermont College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. Early on, she worked as a stay-at-home mom and returned to teaching in 1995. Suzanne has been teaching at St Mary Catholic School since that time. She taught first grade for two years and has been the second-grade teacher for the last 20 years. Suzanne is the mother of one daughter, Emily, and mother-in-law to her husband, Josh. Suzanne is married to Tony Weber and “mom” to three cats, Betsy, Neva June, and Jackie. She enjoys reading, needlepointing Christmas stockings, and travel.

Jamie Cunningham, Third Grade

Jamie Cunningham is the third grade teacher. She has a Bachelor’s of Art in Education with a Reading Endorsement from Marietta College and a Master’s in Education with a Gifted Intervention Specialist license from Muskingum College. Jamie worked for the Washington County ESC as a gifted intervention specialist for one year, and then went to work for Warren Local Schools for 14 years. During her years at Warren Local, she was the Gifted Intervention Specialist for grades 3–8, taught 3rd Grade, and served as the Coordinator of Gifted Services. Jamie is a graduate of St. Mary Catholic Elementary and Parkersburg Catholic High School. This is her second year teaching 3rd Grade at St. Mary’s, and she loves being here. Jamie is married to Ben Cunningham and has three children who attend St. Mary Catholic Elementary.

Lori Estes, Fourth Grade

Lori Estes is the fourth grade teacher. When she returned to Marietta after college, she substituted for two years. Then Lori taught Talented and Gifted for two years. She went into “hibernation” for 16 years to be a stay-at-home mom. Now, Lori is beginning her second year as fourth grade teacher.

Cathy Dunaway, Fifth Grade

Cathy Dunaway is the the fifth grade teacher. She graduated from Otterbein University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Education/ Music Minor. Cathy started her teaching career at St. Pius X  Elementary School in Mt. Pleasant, PA, where she taught for five years. The next twelve years brought changes: her husband, Mike, daughter, Shauna, and Cathy moved to Marietta, and she chose to be a “stay-at-home mom” for Shauna and her other daughter, Marisa. Also during this time (plus for another five years), she worked as a choreographer for Shenandoah and Marietta High Schools’ show choirs and for four of Marietta’s musicals.  In 1998, Cathy began teaching at St. Mary’s.  There is no other place she’d rather be!  In her spare time, she works as a pianist for her church and has done so for almost thirty years. She also enjoys reading, attending musical events, wandering through antique stores and flea markets, and spending time with her husband, daughters, son-in-law, Jeremy, and grandson, Cameron.

Jennifer Ireland, Sixth Grade
Jennifer Ireland is the new 6th grade teacher, and this is the very first classroom of her own. She completed student teaching at Williamstown High School and some substitute teaching at Warren Middle School since graduation. Her parents felt it incredibly important to have her siblings and her educated in Christian schools, so she started at De Sales Heights Academy, attended St. Mary’s 1–6th grade, and then finished 7–12th at Parkersburg Catholic. Jennifer has such fond memories of the students she grew up with as family and the teachers who invested in her throughout her Catholic school career. She began college at Marshall University as a Political Science major and then switched to Secondary Education when she fell in love with teaching at a therapeutic riding center. Jennifer finished her degree at Ohio Valley University after she had her two girls. Her oldest child is 10, and her name is Launa. Her youngest is eight, and her name is Briege. The three of them spend a large chunk of their time at En’Kara Farm where Jennifer grew up riding horses, and they now have found a love for equestrian sports.
Jean Albrecht, Seventh Grade

Jean Albrecht is the 7th grade homeroom teacher and specializes in Science. She has taught at St. Mary Catholic School for 29 years. Jean has three children who all attended St. Mary Catholic School and is blessed with two grandchildren.

Darcie Porter, Eighth Grade

Darcie Porter is the eighth grade teacher. She graduated from Xavier University with an English major and a secondary education minor. She also has a Master of Library Science from Kent State University. Darcie has worked for the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Washington County Public Library as well as Warren High School and Marietta High School English departments and St. Mary Catholic School eighth grade homeroom teacher. Darcie’s husband, Chris, is a teacher at Marietta Middle School and her children, Henry and Audrey, are Saint Mary Catholic School students. She enjoys coaching the Saint Mary School Power of the Pen team and her favorite pastime is reading (of course)!

Debbie Karas, Title I

Mrs. Debbie Karas is St. Mary Catholic School’s Title I teacher. Title I is a federally funded program offered to St. Mary’s through Marietta City Schools.  Mrs. Karas retired after 30 years of teaching with Marietta City Schools.  She has enjoyed teaching special education, first grade, kindergarten, and Title I reading and math in both elementary and middle school levels. Mrs. Karas now enjoys teaching students in grades 1–5 at St. Mary’s Catholic in reading and math.  Her goal is to have students enjoy learning and see personal success.

Melissa Corcoran, Speech

Melissa Corcoran is the Speech teacher. She graduated from the Ohio State University in 2007 with a Master’s degree in speech language pathology. Melissa has served in hospital, clinic, and school settings. Before serving at Saint Mary, she worked in the Belpre City School district. She enjoys singing and spending time with her husband and three boys.

Brett Hickle, Intervention Specialist

Brett Hickle was recently hired at St. Mary Catholic School as the Intervention Specialist. He graduated from WVU in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in History and with his Master’s in Special Education in 2013. He is from Vienna, WV, is an Eagle Scout, and is very excited about his position with St. Mary Catholic School and Marietta City Schools.

Linda Reynolds, Gifted Teacher

Linda Reynolds is the St. Mary Catholic School Gifted Teacher. She moved to Marietta in 1973 with her husband, William Reynolds.  While working as a teacher aide for Marietta City Schools, Linda completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Marietta College in Art Education and Philosophy. She was hired as a fifth grade teacher at Harmar and transferred to teach sixth grade when the middle school was formed. Linda earned a Master’s Degree in Liberal Learning at Marietta College. Her last teaching assignment was sixth grade Art, seventh grade General Music, and eighth grade Physical Education. Linda retired after 37 years in 2011. Then she began to substitute until invited to become a Gifted Teacher in St. Mary Catholic School resource room at the beginning of 2013. Linda went back to college at Cleveland State University to earn a Gifted Endorsement. She has two sons, Adam and Aaron. Linda enjoys traveling to see Art exhibits, reading, and gardening and is crazy about crossword puzzles.

Cathy Rauch, Technology 

Cathy Rauch is the Technology teacher. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University. She has taught grades K, 1, 2, 3 in Columbus, Cleveland, and Marietta. She currently teaches Technology to grades K–8. Cathy is married to David Rauch with four daughters. She is a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Church and an alumni /8th grade graduate of St. Mary Catholic School. She is the director of Rcia, helps with Vbs, and fish fries. Cathy enjoys spending time with her family, boating, and playing piano.

Kayla Dixon, Math

 

John Ontko, Music & Band

John Ontko is the music and band teacher. He received his B.M. degree in Music Education from Capital University in Columbus, OH in 1991. He received a M.M. in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN in 1994. John is a 1981 graduate of St. Mary Catholic School where he began to play trumpet in 5th Grade with the school band. While in 7th grade, he began playing organ for masses at (then) St. Mary Church. While attending Warren Local HS, he participated in Band, Choir, and Handbell Choir, at the same time continuing to play organ at St. Mary’s and a local church. John has taught at St. Mary Catholic School since 1994. Teaching General Music for pre-school–4th grade, Instrumental Music for 5th–8th grades, and Handbells for 5th–8th grades. In November of 1994, he also began the job of Music Director/ Organist for St. Mary Church (now the Basilica) where he plays for masses each weekend, plans the liturgies, and directs the Basilica Choir, Handbell Choir, and Cantors.

Jennifer Fenton, French

Jennifer Fenton is the French teacher. She has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and French from Queens University of Charlotte. Jennifer completed the Core teaching program at Muskingum University. She has been a social worker, a substitute teacher, a volunteer, and a mother. Jennifer also loves to cook! She taught a French cooking camp this summer for about 16 elementary school children at her house, and she had a lot of fun. The students learned many delicious French recipes to share with their families, as well as French food traditions, etiquette, knife skills, and important kitchen safety information. Jennifer has been married to David Fenton for 17 years, and she has two beautiful children, Audrey and Tyler. Audrey is in 8th grade at Williamstown High School, and Tyler is in 6th grade at Williamstown Elementary.

Erin Wojcik, PE & Aide

This year, Erin Wojcik will be teaching P.E. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and acting as the teacher aide on Tuesday and Thursday. She has a B.S. in Organizational Management and an A.S. in Accounting. Last year, Erin was the teacher aide full time for the lower grades. She looks forward to working with the children on their physical fitness and in their classrooms. In addition to the above mentioned rolls, Erin is also a Jr. High volleyball coach and a track coach.

Stephanie Reed, Educational Aide

Stephanie Reed is the Educational Aide at St. Mary Catholic School. She is a graduate of Caldwell High School and received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Ohio University. Upon graduating, she was employed at BMW Financial Services and Peoples Bank. Stephanie then took sabbatical to be a stay-at-home mother to her two sons. Currently, she is the Educational Aide at St. Mary Catholic school and a substitute teacher in local school systems.

Brenda Burkey, Secretary
Angela Bennett, Secretary

Angela Bennett is an auxiliary Secretary through Marietta City Schools and has worked with St. Mary Catholic School since 2005.  She is married to Brian and has three children, all of whom graduated from St. Mary Catholic School. Angela is a member of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption.

Tammi Bradley, Marketing

Tammi has been with St. Mary Catholic School in many roles. She started as a sub within the school in 2010, transitioned into the school secretary role from 2012–2014 and has been the Marketing And Community Relations Director since the position was created in 2015. Tammi lives in Marietta with her husband, Mark, and their two daughters, Emilee and Gabrielle, who are all St. Mary Catholic School Alumni. She graduated from Ohio University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Services.

Jim Humphrey, Athletic Director
Jenny Altenburger, Treasurer

Jenny Altenburger is the St. Mary School Treasurer. She graduated in 1992 from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Upon graduation, she worked for almost 10 years with the State Auditor’s Office before being a stay-at-home mom for several years. Jenny’s family moved to Marietta in 2009, and she began working at St. Mary Catholic School in 2010. She’s married to Andy Altenburger and has three children; Jill, age 22; Matt, age 19; and Morgan, age 15. Jenny enjoys attending athletic events, spending time with family, and just being a busy mom!

Tonya Booth, School Nurse

Tonya Booth has been the St. Mary Catholic School nurse since 2011. She received her BSN from The University of Cincinnati. Tonya is a member of The Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption and has three daughters who all graduated from St. Mary Catholic School.

Dave Haverty, Custodian

Dave Haverty is a graduate of Parkersburg South High School. Dave has worked for Pawnee for 28 years, and we have been so lucky to have him at St. Mary Catholic School for the last 5 1/2 years. Dave is our “Mister fix-it” and goes above and beyond to make sure that St. Mary Catholic School is in top shape! He is married to Della, is the grandfather to 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and enjoys fishing in his free time.

Amber Csuvay, Custodian

Amber is a graduate of Fort Frye high school and has worked at St. Mary Catholic School for one year. She has a little boy, Bentley, who is one and a half, and her favorite thing to do is spend time with him!

What Our Alumni & Parents Say About Us

"Attending St. Mary Catholic School had a huge impact on my success at Parkersburg Catholic High School. St. Mary's gave me the tools that were needed to transition into high school such as an excellent background in subjects such as English, Math, and Science. In addition to the challenging curriculum, St. Mary's gave me friendships that will last a lifetime. The intimate class sizes allow teachers to assist their class in ways that public schools can not. The teachers at St. Mary's care about their student's success. To this day, my former teachers at St. Mary's check up on me and continue to support my journey as a student."

Emilee Bradley

St. Mary Catholic School Graduate

”St. Mary School gave me a spiritual and academic education along with many happy memories which I am blessed to pass along to my children and grandchildren.”

Catherine Dickson

1949 St. Mary Catholic School Graduate Retired, Marietta Ignition

“St. Mary Catholic School provides a thoughtful, caring environment for children to learn and grow, with family values at the core. While a student at St. Mary’s, I learned the fundamentals that still impact me today.”

Mark Bradley

St. Mary Catholic School Graduate President, Magnum Magnetics Ohio University, MBA, 1998 Bachelor’s in Accounting and Business Pre-Law, 1991

”My understanding and appreciation for life is undoubtedly enhanced because of Saint Mary Catholic School’s willingness to address all of my needs. From there, I always felt empowered to accomplish my goals. From academic studies to sporting events, I enjoyed the sense of family which really allowed me to feel cared about each day.”

Tim Binegar

St. Mary Catholic School Graduate

"My name is Christy Minard, and my husband Alex and I have had three children at St. Mary School. My oldest just graduated from eighth grade this year. We started her at this school because we wanted her to have a solid start for reading in kindergarten. We thought we would switch to Washington Elementary after one year since we are not Catholic. Her kindergarten class was going to have twelve students here which seemed like a fantastic student teacher ratio. Well, her first year went so smoothly and we loved the teachers and faculty so much that we never switched. That was nine years ago. My third child just completed kindergarten, and I'm looking forward to eight more amazing years there for him. The thing that I have been the most impressed with about the school is the academics. I have no doubt that as my oldest heads into ninth grade at Marietta High School, she is very prepared."

Christy Minard

St. Mary Catholic School Parent

"Enrolling our daughters at St. Mary Catholic School was the best choice that we could have made for their educational, social, and spiritual development. Our only two regrets are that we did not know about the school earlier and that they cannot stay longer. St. Mary provides the challenging educational environment that our children require while at the same time, accommodates their very diverse learning styles. With outstanding faculty, not only in core subjects like Science and English but also in classes like Music and Art, the education that the girls have received has been an excellent return on our investment. Socially, the girls were welcomed by their classmates since day one and have had opportunities to participate in sports and organizations like student council that are not always available to all students attending public school.  We are also extremely pleased by the involvement of and support for the school by the clergy from both the Basilica and Steubenville Diocese. With this multi-faceted approach to education, we know that our daughters will finish their time at St. Mary Catholic School not only as good students but as good Christians. We would encourage anyone pursuing the best education possible for their children in the Mid-Ohio Valley to consider St. Mary Catholic School."

 

 

Rob & Kelly Anderson

St. Mary Catholic School Parents

"Attending St. Mary Catholic School had a huge impact on my success at Parkersburg Catholic High School. St. Mary's gave me the tools that were needed to transition into high school such as an excellent background in subjects such as English, Math, and Science. In addition to the challenging curriculum, St. Mary's gave me friendships that will last a lifetime. The intimate class sizes allow teachers to assist their class in ways that public schools can not. The teachers at St. Mary's care about their student's success. To this day, my former teachers at St. Mary's check up on me and continue to support my journey as a student."

Emily Bradley

St. Mary Catholic School Graduate

”St. Mary School gave me a spiritual and academic education along with many happy memories which I am blessed to pass along to my children and grandchildren.”

Catherine Dickson

1949 St. Mary Catholic School Graduate Retired, Marietta Ignition

“St. Mary Catholic School provides a thoughtful, caring environment for children to learn and grow, with family values at the core. While a student at St. Mary’s, I learned the fundamentals that still impact me today.”

Mark Bradley

St. Mary Catholic School Graduate President, Magnum Magnetics Ohio University, MBA, 1998 Bachelor’s in Accounting and Business Pre-Law, 1991

”My understanding and appreciation for life is undoubtedly enhanced because of Saint Mary Catholic School’s willingness to address all of my needs. From there, I always felt empowered to accomplish my goals. From academic studies to sporting events, I enjoyed the sense of family which really allowed me to feel cared about each day.”

Tim Binegar

St. Mary Catholic School Graduate