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Our Caring Faculty & Staff

Creating a safe and healthy environment where students thrive
Molly Frye, Principal

Molly Frye is St. Mary Catholic School’s principal. 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. Molly is the mother of twins, Tyler and Max, who are in 6th grade at St. Mary Catholic School. Her husband is John Frye and her favorite dog is Zoe.

Kim Kytta, Preschool 3 and Preschool 4

Mrs. Kim Kytta joins St. Mary Catholic School as the new Preschool 3 and Preschool 4 teacher.  Mrs. Kytta has two sons, Hayden who will be in 3rd grade and Tyler who will be a Freshman at Marietta High School.  She is excited to be with St. Mary Catholic School and begin this wonderful year of transition from the Montessori Preschool method to a more traditional Preschool style.  Welcome Mrs. Kytta

Erin Wojcik, Pre-K

This year, Erin Wojcik will be teaching Pre-K. She has a B.S. in Organizational Management and an A.S. in Accounting. Previously, Erin was the teacher aide full time for the lower grades and the PE teacher. In addition to the above mentioned rolls, Erin is also a Jr. High volleyball coach and a track coach.

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.

Jaime Cunningham, Third Grade

Jaime 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. Jaime 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. Jaime is a graduate of St. Mary Catholic Elementary and Parkersburg Catholic High School. This is her third year teaching 3rd Grade at St. Mary’s, and she loves being here. Jaime 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.

Golden Apple Award

Congratulations to Mrs. Estes for receiving the Jan Dils’ Golden Apple Award! Watch video here.

Melissia Birge, Fifth Grade

Melissia graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  She taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grade for nine years before staying at home with her three children, Alex, Zack and Madylin, who will all be attending St. Mary Catholic School.  Melissia spent the last two years teaching a preschool and a private church school in the Texas Panhandle.  She and her husband Ryan recently moved back to Marietta.  Melissia is excited to be back in Marietta and is even more excited about the upcoming school year.

Shane Stotts, Sixth Grade
Shane Stotts grew up in the Mid-Ohio Valley and graduated from Williamstown High School. He attended Ohio Valley College in Parkersburg and graduated from Oklahoma Christian University. He then attended chiropractic school and came back to Parkersburg to work at Grand Central Chiropractic. He moved to Virginia with his wife Traci and practiced there for 5 years where they had their first child Aidan. He and his family moved back to Marietta where he became a district supervisor with Charton Management, which owns several Burger King stores. During this time, they had their daughter Paige.  From there he ran and eventually owned Bar-B-Cutie restaurant in Marietta. Both his children currently attend Parkersburg Catholic High School. Shane completed his education classes at Ohio Valley University this past spring. He is very excited to join the wonderful staff and students at St. Mary.His goal as a teacher is summed up in a quote from Michael J. Fox. “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
Russell Lewis, Seventh Grade

Mr. Russell Lewis was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a 2017 graduate of Marietta College where he also played football. He taught at Warren Middle School prior to being hired as the 7th grade teacher at St. Mary Catholic School.  Mr. Lewis is married, and he and his wife welcomed a son, Ryker in May of 2018.

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)!

Cathy Dunaway, Mentor

Cathy Dunaway is a mentor. 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.

Golden Apple Award

Congratulations to Mrs. Dunaway for receiving the Jan Dils’ Golden Apple Award!

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.

Mary Rich, Intervention Specialist

Mary Rich grew up in Lancaster, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Middle Childhood Education. Mary earned her Intervention Specialist certification from Muskingum University and is currently adding a Reading Endorsement. Previously, she worked in the Marketing Department at Southeastern Med. Mary lives in Salesville, Ohio with her husband, Jared, and three children. Jared also works in Marietta and is employed as a mechanical engineer at Alliance Industries. Mary is eager to begin this new adventure working alongside the staff and students at St. Mary Catholic School. .

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.

Undine Greenwood, Aide

Mrs. Undine Greenwood lives in Marietta with her husband Chris and their three children, Alex, Owen and Eva who all attend St. Mary Catholic School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Franklin and Marshall College and has an Associate’s degree from WVUP in Registered Nursing.  Welcome Undine!

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.

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.

Shawna Linscott, Art

Mrs. Shawna Linscott was born in Charleston, WV and grew up in Konna, WV. She attended Ripley, WV schools through High School. She attended Barton College in Wilson, NC, a small Liberal Arts School where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Studio Art, with a concentration in drawing and photography. She has volunteered for St. Mary Catholic School for 7 years in various capacities prior to teaching Art part time in 2017. Her daughter, Sophia will be in 6th grade at St. Mary Catholic School.

Gregg Dunham, PE

Gregg Dunham joins St. Mary Catholic school as the new PE Teacher.  Gregg worked in healthcare for 30 years in Biomedical Engineering and retired from Aramark.  He has an AS in Biomedical Engineering and a BS in Organizational Management.  He is married to his soul mate Erin Wojcik and has a son Tyler who attends OU in the Physiology Program in Athens, OH and three step daughters: Victoria, who is in the Pioneer Pipeline program at Marietta College; Grace, who is attending Parkersburg Catholic High School; and Gabriella, who is attending St. Mary Catholic School.  He enjoys all sports but has a passion for volleyball and will be Assistant Jr. High Coach at St. Mary this year.  He is excited and looking forward to working with all students on following directions, understanding and appreciating activity and healthy living, great sportsmanship, and the joys and benefits of teamwork.

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.

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.

Erik Marte’, Custodian

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."

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