Years Teaching: Preschool Teacher ( 1987-1994 ), Elementary Bilingual Aide ( 1994-2002 ), Summer camp Idea special education ( 2002-2012 ), Lorain High School Special Education Instructional Aide ( 2002-2012 )
Hello I’m Vanessa Arocho, Instructional Aide, I started in February of 2016. I enjoy Art and Music. I’m currently in a 9 piece band called Latin City Soul, I sing and my husband plays the bass. I have two wonderful children and a dog . I’m happy to be part of Saint Anthony School.
Mrs. Adams graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Elementary Education and a Math Concentration
This is her first year at St. Anthony School.
“I am very excited to join the St. Anthony of Padua family! I taught third grade at St. Michael in Independence, Ohio. I am looking forward to preparing the second graders for not only First Communion but also to be future third graders. What a wonderful group of children! I moved to Erie, PA four years ago and am delighted to be back in Ohio! I live with my wonderful husband and two children.”
Cheryl Van Wagnen
Preschool 3 Teacher Aide
High School Graduate of Elyria Catholic High School
Years Teacher Aide: 21
I am Mrs. Van Wagnen and I love my job working with our children at St. Anthony of Padua School! Over the years I have worked with all grades in some way. I will also be doing Morning and after school Latchkey. All of the children are special and I enjoy watching them grow in their faith and education that they receive here. This will be my 3rd year working with 3yr olds and they just amaze me in every way. I have 2 children, Robert and Kristina. They attended school here at St. Anthony’s and received an excellent education.
I am Mrs. Huss and I love teaching Pre-Kindergarten at St. Anthony of Padua Parish School! I have been teaching in my current role since 2008, where I have the privilege of working with children who have such an eagerness to learn! It is my goal to give our students the best foundation for spiritual and academic growth so that they can achieve the education they deserve. I grew up at St. Anthony of Padua Parish and am proud that I graduated from St. Anthony’s, Magnificat High School and John Carroll University, before returning home as an educator. I currently serve on the boards of the National Junior Honors Society, the Yearbook Committee, the Athletic Council and the Marian Guild. My husband and I live in Westlake with our daughter, Evelyn and dog, Sophie.
1st Grade Aide
Bachelors of Arts: Human Development & Family Studies: (Child & Youth) from Kent State University
Years Teaching: St. Anthony of Padua Preschool & 1st Grade Aide (2013-present)
I am Jennifer Kelovsky, The first grade aide at St. Anthony School. Before working at St. Anthony’s I was a Nanny for 10 years and then stayed home to raise my two children Jacob and Ella. In 2010, my husband Ken and I joined St. Anthony’s Parish when we moved to Sheffield Lake. I am glad to be a part of the St. Anthony Parish and school community and be able to raise my children here.
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, Associates in Mathematics from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho
Years Teaching: 9
I have loved being a part of St. Anthony School and community. I started my career as a third grade teacher. I taught for 4 years and then had the opportunity to stay home with my three children and now I have slowly gotten back into the teaching field part time. I have had the privilege to teach Spanish at St. Peter in Lorain, St. Mary in Vermilion and St. Anthony. I love speaking Spanish and absolutely love the culture. I am excited for this new addition to my schedule as the PE teacher!
Bachelors of Science: Secondary Education and History from Baldwin Wallace College, Masters Degree in Curriculum from Ashland University
Years Teaching: Substitute Teacher – 4 years
Lorain City Schools – 6 years
St. Anthony School- 7 years
Hello. My name is Nicole Zientarski. I have been teaching preschool now for 5 years. I started my teaching career at St. Anthony School 21 years ago. I taught here for 2 years and then moved on to Lorain City Schools for 6 years. I then resigned to stay home with my 3 children and did not return until my youngest started Kindergarten here at St. Anthony School. After being a substitute teacher for 2 years, I was hired by St. Anthony School as the 3 year old preschool teacher. I truly have the best job in the world! I am a lifelong member of St. Anthony’s Parish and could not be happier to be home.
Pre-K Aide Kindergarten Aide
Years Teaching: Pre-K Aide (2013-present)
I am Michele Elgart, the Pre-k aide/kindergarten aide at St. Anthony School. Before I came here, I was a nanny for 13 years to 3 amazing families. My husband Adam and I have 2 children. Jacob, graduated St. Anthony School in 2014 is 16 and going into his junior year at Elyria Catholic and Emily is 13 and 8th grader here at St. Anthony. I look forward to what this school year has to bring!
Bachelors of Science: Elementary Education (k-8) Ashland University – 16 credit hours toward a Master’s degree in Special Education
Years Teaching: Saint Anthony of Padua, 20 years
Hello! My name is Kristen Valenty. I have been a member of Saint Anthony Parish since birth. It truly is my home. My teaching career began as the Art teacher and then I moved into the 6th grade/ Social Studies teaching position, where I have been ever since. I have six children, all of whom have either graduated from or are still attending Saint Anthony School. What I love most about Saint Anthony’s is the fact that we produce well rounded students. As a witness to my own children’s growth from our school, I can say that here at Saint Anthony’s we help to create, not only academically successful children, but also kind, helpful and just children that make the world a better place. Our moral and faith based teaching is what I am most proud of here and I love helping to students grow both academically and spiritually.
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education (1-8) at Cleveland State University – 12 graduate hours of Theology, Master Catechist
Years Teaching: St. John the Baptist School, Lorain – 20 years
St. Joseph School, Amherst – 5 years
St. Anthony of Padua, Lorain 11 years
My name is Ursula Wachholz, and I am beginning my 12th year here at St. Anthony School. I am the 5th grade homeroom teacher, and together we learn about the Mass, the sacraments and our relationship to God and his Church as well as all aspects of Language Arts. I also teach English grammar and writing to the 6th, 7th and 8th grades.I truly enjoy the students and staff of St. Anthony School. It is a pleasure to see the students grow as we strive for excellence in all that we do.
Bachelor Science-Early Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University, Firelands
Years Teaching: Third Grade at Toledo Prep & Fitness Academy, 2013-2014
I am extremely excited to be joining the wonderful team here at St. Anthony’s and am blessed for the opportunity to share my faith and passion for serving our Lord with the families here. Outside of the classroom I enjoy reading and writing, and hope to encourage my students to develop a love of learning all their own! My husband and I celebrated our first anniversary in July and love our life with our two crazy kitties, Josie and O’Neal. We also enjoy spending time with our six nephews, as well as our niece, Brooke.
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education K-8 from Ashland University
Years Teaching: 18
St. Anthony’s is home to me. My mother, my siblings and I, and my children are alumni of this school. My children are proof of what an amazing place this is. It is such a privilege to be a part of the children’s lives, and to watch them grow into amazing young men and women. I can’t imagine teaching anywhere else. I love my job, and I love LOVE 1st grade!
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education (1-8) from Kent State University
Years Teaching: Currently in my 15th year at St. Anthony’s
St. Anthony’s is the place where I started my teaching career and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I absolutely love my job, the students and the staff here at St. Anthony’s. It truly is a blessing to be a part of such a wonderful place. My husband, Chriss, and I look forward to sending our son, Maxx here in the future.
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Math Education from West Virginia Tech
12 graduate hours in Theology; Master Catechist
Years Teaching: 40
Hello! I am the 8th grade teacher. I have been teaching for 40 years–3 years at Whittier Junior High, 20 years at St. John the Baptist School, and 17 years at St. Anthony of Padua Parish School. My husband, Al, and I recently celebrated 43 years of marriage. Our only son, Charlie, is a St. Anthony graduate–Class of ‘92. I am a parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Parish for 38 years, and I love teaching at St. Anthony School! Thank you, Father Christian, for bringing me here!
Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Graphic Design from Bowling Green State University;
Attending Ashland University working toward a teacher licensure for Early Childhood Education
Years Teaching: First Year Teaching
I am very excited to be teaching art at Saint Anthony’s School. My background and passion is in the arts. I looking forward to sharing my knowledge and excitement with the students at Saint Anthony’s. My husband, Brock, and I have three children who keep us very busy. My daughter, Ava, is 9, and my twin boys, Chase and Talin, are 6. We are all looking forward to a great school year!
I am Michelle Radanovich, the Advanced Math/STEM teacher at St. Anthony School. My husband Mark and I have three children, all graduates of St. Anthony! We are proud of the start that St. Anthony School has given our children. It has been a perfect foundation for them–both educationally and spiritually.
I am Melissa Guenther, the 3rd grade teacher at St. Anthony School. I went to Catholic school k-12 and began my foundation and love of learning there. I graduated from Mount Union College. I enjoy reading and hope that I can create a love of learning in my students.
Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education (K-8) at Ohio State University
Years Teaching: Preschool teacher (1988- 1999), Kindergarten teacher (2000-present)
I am Susan Delgado, and I am proud to be the Kindergarten teacher at St. Anthony of Padua School. My husband, Tony and I are the parents of Kate, Joe and Stephanie, all St. Anthony School graduates and the grandparents of 6 with number 7 on the way! I began my career at St. Anthony School in 1988 when I was asked by the pastor if I would be interested in starting a preschool program. I said yes and I have been a part of the St. Anthony family ever since. My proudest moments are when young adults come back and say “Mrs Delgado, remember me?” I have taught many children of my former students and am colleagues with former students as well! I look forward to the coming school year and to the amazing learning experiences in store for my Kindergarten students. Welcome!