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OUR TEACHERS

Meet the dedicated educators and staff of Sacred Heart of Jesus School.

Jess Allen

Jess Allen

Director of Mission and Identity

What I love about Sacred Heart:

My favorite thing about SHS is that we are a school that knows that each child is a unique and unrepeatable image of God.  Being a staff that recognizes this gives us an incredible responsibility to ensure that our students are surrounded by the joy and love of the Father. Through this love, made present in our school, our students ultimately come to know who they are and what they are made for. 

Book pick for students:
Portrait of the Son:  A Tale of Love” by Josephine Nobisso
Favorite Saint:
My favorite Saint is John Paul II!
Marguerite Blake

Marguerite Blake

4th Grade

What I love about Sacred Heart:

Sacred Heart School is my second home and second family.
Book pick for students:
 Help! Someone Get Me out of Fourth Grade! by Henry Winkler
Favorite Saint:
St. Francis of Assisi
Cinnamon Chivers

Cinnamon Chivers

Music & Drama Teacher

What I love about Sacred Heart:

The amazing people I work with and how much they care about the children and want them to know about God’s love for them.
Book pick for students:
Just one?!?! I Like Old Clothes by Patrice Barton
Favorite Saint:
Saint Mary
A Word

From Our Principal

At Sacred Heart we believe in educating the whole child.

We do this by creating a truly authentic Catholic culture that inspires our students to grow academically and spiritually.

Our primary mission is to form intentional disciples for Christ and to develop students who will become the bold, faith-filled leaders our world needs!

– John Czaplicki

Veronica Bilas

Veronica Bilas

1st Grade

What I love about Sacred Heart:

Our school is like a family. The staff is enthusiastic, dedicated, and supportive of the students and each other. We continually lift each other up through prayer and whenever there is a need, our staff and students are there to support that need. Christ is at the center of everything we do. There is no other place like the Heart!

Book pick for students:
The Invisible Boy
Favorite Saint:
Saint Mary of Egypt
Christy Kellish

Christy Kellish

Front Office

Ellie Bogdanoff

Ellie Bogdanoff

Speech Pathologist

Adrienne Polczak

Adrienne Polczak

Kindergarten

What I love about Sacred Heart:

My favorite thing about SHS is the supportive school community. We are a family!
Book pick for students:
We Are In A Book!
Favorite Saint:
St. Therese of Lisieux
Liz Valeri

Liz Valeri

7th Grade

What I love about Sacred Heart:

My favorite thing about Sacred Heart is that we get to pray every day and go to Mass every week.
Book pick for students:
Gone by Michael Grant
Favorite Saint:
Saint Pope John Paul II, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, and Saint Faustina (It’s hard to pick only one!)
Michelle Hevener

Michelle Hevener

Math Teacher

What I love about Sacred Heart:

I love Sacred Heart because it is truly a loving community. The school is my second family. They are always there for anyone in need.
Book pick for students:
Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
Favorite Saint:
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Emma Jo Powers

Emma Jo Powers

3rd Grade

Rene Gerschutz

Rene Gerschutz

3rd Grade

What I love about Sacred Heart:

I love Sacred Heart School because I can integrate my Catholic values into my teaching all throughout the day.  I love how the Sacred Heart community is one family.  Everyone looks out for one another, shows compassion, kindness, and caring.  It is a blessing to be part of the “Heart.”
Book pick for students:
The Little Engine that Could, Humphrey series, Charlotte’s Web
Favorite Saint:
St. Monica
Kim Hancock

Kim Hancock

Reading & Math Support

What I love about Sacred Heart:

What I love most about Sacred Heart is that it is a family. They are there for you at all times and always willing to help.
Book pick for students:
I have so many favorite books that I would pick for students. Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Little House on the Prairie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Favorite Saint:
St. Claire
Lisa Kelley

Lisa Kelley

2nd Grade

What I love about Sacred Heart:

I love that Sacred Heart feels like home. My coworkers have become family, the parents are so supportive, and I am blessed with the most amazing students.
Book pick for students:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Favorite Saint:
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Theresa Gorbach

Theresa Gorbach

Intervention Specialist

What I love about Sacred Heart:

I love that Sacred Heart is a place for students to see Christ reflected in the eyes and hearts of teachers and staff.  Our desire to be Jesus to each other in all that we do is what makes this a special place.

Book pick for students:
For emerging readers, I love anything and everything by Mo Willems.  For readers gaining independence and confidence, the Mercy Watson series is my favorite.  For seasoned readers, I love letting the students guide me.  Finding a topic and genre they love and connect with is the key to ensure a lifelong love of reading.
Favorite Saint:
St. Therese of Lisieux
Wendy Ligas

Wendy Ligas

Spanish / French

What I love about Sacred Heart:

I love that we can talk about Jesus and bring that into the classroom. I also love that it feels like a family! 
Book pick for students:
The children’s story Chrysanthemum 
Favorite Saint:
Saint Monica
Cheryl Leach

Cheryl Leach

Gym / Art Teacher

What I love about Sacred Heart:

I love Sacred Heart because it is like family!  
Book pick for students:
My favorite book is Rainbow Fish for the little ones and the BFG for the bigger ones.
Favorite Saint:
My favorite is St. Anthony because I often pray to him.
Sarah Mackewicz

Sarah Mackewicz

Extended Care

What I love about Sacred Heart:

I can share my faith with my students. I can infuse the love of Christ throughout the curriculum.
Book pick for students:
The Tale of Despereaux.  Great for 3rd-5th grade.
Favorite Saint:
Saint Therese of Lisieux. I love that even as a child she recognized Christ’s love and focused on small tasks to share His love with others.
Angela Robinson

Angela Robinson

Pre-K

Shawna Russell

Shawna Russell

6th Grade

What I love about Sacred Heart:

The students. They never fail to make me laugh or bring a smile to my face. 

Book pick for students:
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Favorite Saint:
St. Francis of Assisi
Katherine Robbins

Katherine Robbins

1st Grade

What I love about Sacred Heart:

What I love about Sacred Heart is that I have the opportunity to teach with many of the teachers who inspired me to become a teacher. I love watching my students grow in their faith throughout the school year.
Book pick for students:
My book pick for students is “Love You Forever”.
Favorite Saint:
My favorite saint is Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Veronica Thombs

Veronica Thombs

Educational Aide

Joanne Pluskota

Joanne Pluskota

Educational Aide

What I love about Sacred Heart:

I love the smiles I see every day!
Book pick for students:
My favorite book is anything Pete the Cat
Favorite Saint:
St Therese of Lisieux
Beth Sobnosky

Beth Sobnosky

Front Office

Christine McMillan

Christine McMillan

8th Grade

What I love about Sacred Heart:

I love that SHS feels like a big family and I love that I get to be a part of my calling to help children on their journey of faith.
Book pick for students:
Alone by Megan E. Freeman was a new summer read for the kids and I found it very enjoyable.
Favorite Saint:
Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Amber Springer

Amber Springer

Educational Aide

Mary Gegick

Mary Gegick

Director of Development

What I love about Sacred Heart:

Our dedicated and supportive staff is a “family” of like-minded individuals working together to promote Catholic education in our community. I’m so blessed to be a part of it!

Favorite Saint:
St. Teresa of Calcutta
Lindsay Mangan

Lindsay Mangan

5th Grade

What I love about Sacred Heart:

I can share my faith with my students. I can infuse the love of Christ throughout the curriculum.
Book pick for students:
The Tale of Despereaux.  Great for 3rd-5th grade.
Favorite Saint:
Saint Therese of Lisieux. I love that even as a child she recognized Christ’s love and focused on small tasks to share His love with others.
Janet Palte

Janet Palte

Librarian

What I love about Sacred Heart:

I have been a part of the Sacred Heart School for over 15 years. I have an aide and substitute license. My current role is librarian, and I enjoy taking pictures at the different events for the yearbook.

Jerri Shultz

Jerri Shultz

Government Clerk

Karalyn Stewart

Karalyn Stewart

Educational Aide

Kim Means

Kim Means

Copy Clerk

Lauren Hockwalt

Lauren Hockwalt

Psychologist

Michelle Workinger

Michelle Workinger

Technology

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