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Our faculty at Magnificat does more than simply instruct the students. As professionals in their fields of study, they have the experience, depth of knowledge and enthusiasm to lead and inspire. Each teacher is committed to create a challenging and productive learning environment so that each girl grows and builds greater confidence in herself and her abilities. The faculty is involved in activities with students outside the classroom as well.

We strive as a Catholic educational community to challenge our students to mature in faith and in pursuit of knowledge and understanding.

To contact any teacher on the alphabetical list below, click their name for an email link or call the main office at 440-331-1572.

Department Name Degree
World Languages Mrs. Sajida Abu Ali B.S., Yarmouk University
M.Ed., Cleveland State University
Mathematics Mrs. Karen Bain ’86 B.S., Bowling Green State University
Visual Art Mrs. Deborah Barlow B.A., Kent State University
TEEL, Notre Dame College
English Ms. Emily Benni
Science Ms. Jean Marie Buschur B.S., Ohio University
B.S.Ed., Ohio University
M.S. University of South Carolina
Mathematics Mrs. Liz Capezzuto B.S., John Carroll University
World Languages Ms. Elsida Caraballo B.A., Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
English Ms. Anne Carmody B.A., John Carroll University
M.A.T., Marygrove College
World Languages Ms. Alexa Cassidy B.S., Miami University
World Languages Ms. Su-Jane Chen B.A., University of Chinese Culture
M.Ed., Cleveland State University
Language Arts Ms. Kathleen Cichra B.S.Ed., Kent State University
Visual Art Mrs. Judith Collins B.S., Rosary Hill College
M.A.T., Marygrove College
Performing Arts Mrs. Kris Comer ’86 B.A., Baldwin Wallace University
Science Ms. Kelly Corbin B.S., Cleveland State University
M.S., Cleveland State University
Social Studies Ms. Mary Cay Doherty
English Mrs. Amy Dorn B.A., Pomona College
Theology Mrs. Mary Therese Dwyer-Kueller B.A., Ohio Dominican College
M.A., Boston College
M.Ed., Ashland University
English Mrs. Linda Evans ’72 B.S., Bowling Green State University
M.A., The Ohio State University
Mathematics Mrs. Carol Fedor B.A., Cleveland State University
M.Ed., Cleveland State University
Social Studies Mrs. Joan Gigliotti B.A., Case Western Reserve University
M.A., Case Western Reserve University
Tutor Mrs. Karen Gill A.B., Ursuline College
M.A.Ed., Baldwin Wallace University
World Languages Mrs. Barb Graw-Kikta ’69 B.A., Barat College
M.B.A., Case Western Reserve University
English Mrs. Laura Grecol B.S., Bowling Green State University
M.Ed., Bowling Green State University
Performing Arts Mrs. Jill Haller B.A., Concordia University
World Languages Mrs. Esther Hanicak B.A., University de Granada, Spain
M.A., University de Granada, Spain
Theology Ms. Kate Higgins ’99 B.A., University of Notre Dame
M.A., Loyola University Chicago
Mathematics Mr. Dennis Hjort B.S., John Carroll University
M.A., Loyola University Chicago
Campus Ministry Mrs. Liz Albanese Hjort ’05 B.A., University of Dayton
Visual Arts Mrs. Alecia Janosik B.A., Cleveland State University
Performing Arts Ms. Shannon Kearns B.M., Kent State University
M.Ed., Kent State University
Counseling Mrs. Katie Koci B.A., Kent State University
M.A., John Carroll University
Science Mrs. Lorinda Koss B.S., Cleveland State University
M.Ed., Kent State University
Science Mrs. Dagmar Kubasek B.S., Bowling Green State University
M.Ed., John Carroll University
Mathematics Mrs. Melinda Toth Lipian ’07
Theology Ms. Caitlin Lynch-Huggins ’01 B.A., Loyola University Maryland
M.S., Loyola University Maryland
Campus Ministry Ms. Marissa Madden B.A., John Carroll University
Counseling Mrs. Nora McDermott B.A., Loyola University Maryland
M.Ed., Loyola University Maryland
Theology Mrs. Rebecca McKenna B.S., Ohio University
M.S., Iowa State University
Counseling Mrs. Jennifer McQuate B.S.Ed., Bowling Green State University
Theology Mrs. Kate Minerd ’83 B.A., John Carroll University
M.A., John Carroll University
Theology Mrs. Karen Morley ’78 B.S., University of Dayton
Visual Art Ms. Zoë Murphy B.S., Case Western Reserve University
M.A.T., Marygrove College
Theology Mrs. Mary Clare Oberst ’75 B.A., John Carroll University
M.A.T., Marygrove College
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Mrs. Mary Ann O’Brien B.A., Cleveland State University
M.A.Ed., Cleveland State University
World Languages Mrs. Josephine O’Hara A.B., Hood College
M.A., University of Findlay
Science Mrs. Heidi Paul B.S., Kent State University
Business Technology Mrs. Dottie Perez B.B.A., Cleveland State University
Social Studies Mr. Richard Phillips B.A., Miami University
J.D., Cleveland Marshall College of Law
Physical Education Ms. Gloria Polzer B.S., Slippery Rock University
M.A.T., Marygrove College
World Languages Ms. Dolores Sankovich B.A., Youngstown State University
M.Ed., Baldwin Wallace University
Campus Ministry Mrs. Kathleen Looney Sardon
Physical Education Mrs. Patricia Connors Schwarber ’77
Physical Education Ms. Gail Schneider B.S., Ohio University
M.S.Ed., Ohio University
Mathematics Mrs. Barbara Schumacher B.A., Notre Dame College
M.Ed., Cleveland State University
Counseling Mrs. Karen Seavers ’69 B.S., University of Cincinnati
M.A.Ed., Cleveland State University
Counseling Mrs. Kelly Simari B.A., Xavier University
M.Ed., Cleveland State University
Mathematics Ms. Cheryl Simecek ’90 B.A., University of Dayton
M.A.T., Marygrove College
Mathematics Mr. Greg Sislak B.S., University of Pittsburgh
M.Ed., Cleveland State University
Social Studies Mrs. Krista Slife B.A., Notre Dame College
Psychology Assistant Ms. Heidi Smith B.A., Kent State University
M.A., Cleveland State University
English Ms. Kelly Spencer B.A., Walsh University
Performing Arts Mrs. Kimberly Summers B.A., Baldwin Wallace University
Science Ms. Margaret Surace
Social Sciences Mrs. Margaret Szczesniak B.S.Ed., University of Cincinnati
M.A.T., Marygrove University
Science Ms. Maria Tabaa ’06
Tutor Mrs. Mary Tookman B.S., Kent State University
M.Ed., Cleveland State University
Mathematics Mrs. Kelley Turner B.S., University of Dayton
English Ms. Elizabeth Twohig ’91 B.A., LeMoyne College
M.S.T., LeMoyne College
Social Studies Mrs. Diane Visgak B.S., Youngstown State University
M.A., Cleveland State University
Science Mrs. Carolyn Wanzor B.S., Kent State University
English Dr. Michael Wilson B.A., Case Western Reserve University
M.A., Case Western Reserve University
Ph.D., Kent State University
Social Studies/Theology Ms. Liz Wojtkun ’02 B.S., University of Dayton
Educational Technologies Mrs. Valerie Yarmesch B.S., Cleveland State University
M.A., University of Akron