Mary Detwiler - Principal
I attended St. Leo School and Elk County Catholic H.S. I later received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Villa Maria College in Erie. After seventeen years of teaching, I received my Masters in Education from Duquesne University; certified as both an elementary and secondary principal. I also completed other graduate work at St. Bonaventure and Gannon Universities. I was a classroom teacher for over 25 years and have been a principal for 10 years. I have worked on the Assessment Team for the Diocese of Erie for 15 years. I also currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Elk County Catholic School System.
I'm an avid reader; two of my favorite books are “Nineteen Minutes” and “The Secret Life of Bees”. I also enjoy watching old game shows and classic TV shows. I am the grandmother of three boys: Jack, Dominic, and Theo. I love spending time with my kids (Kristen and Dave) and their families and also with my brother and three sisters. We can have a great time together even if we’re not really doing anything! My passion (after education, of course!) is Penn State Football. There’s nothing better than a Saturday afternoon at Happy Valley!
Life doesn’t get any better than this: principal of SLS.
Lynne Kucenski - Preschool
I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Clarion University. My husband Dave and I have 4 children: Sara, Leah, Joseph and Holly. Joseph and Holly attend St. Leo’s School, Leah attends ECCHS, and Sara has moved on to Slippery Rock University. I enjoy walking, going to camp and relaxing on the beach.
Although I have enjoyed many different teaching positions, three years ago I landed the job of a lifetime. It was right here at St. Leo’s.
Katie Sobieski - Kindergarten
Hi, my name is Katie Sobieski and I am the kindergarten teacher here at Saint Leo’s. I graduated from Clarion University with a degree in early childhood and elementary education. Upon graduating I moved to Virginia and taught first grade for three years. Fortunately I was able to relocate back to Pennsylvania where I am closer to my parents and nine siblings and where I am able to teach children about God. In my free time I enjoy singing, playing the guitar, hiking, taking pictures of nature, reading and spending time with my family and friends.
Jeanne Gustitus - 1st Grade
I have been teaching first grade at St. Leo's School for 17 years. SLS is my home away from home and second family! I am a graduate of Central Christian High School in DuBois and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from The Pennsylvania State University in 1996. I have two wonderful daughters, Ashley and Kara. Ashley attends Penn State Main Campus majoring in Interdisciplinary Digital Studio and Kara is a senior at South Fayette High School. I enjoy spending time outdoors with my black lab, Chunk.
Monica Schloder - 2nd Grade
I am a Penn State graduate and a current student of Gannon University’s on-line graduate program where I am working on my master’s in curriculum and instruction. I’ve taught preschool, elementary, and adults in the GED program. I have been teaching at St. Leo’s for five years and am very blessed to be a part of the St. Leo’s School family. I am married and have two daughters. Hali is studying early childhood and special education at Clarion University. Allegra attends Elk County Catholic High School. My husband, Craig, owns and operates the company North American Tooling. We live in St. Mary’s and enjoy the outdoors—hiking, biking, cross country skiing, bee keeping, and flower gardening. I also love to landscape! I have three dogs and one cat that are an important part of our family.
Mary Sue Stanisch - 3rd Grade
I am a graduate of Edinboro University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, as well as a Master's Equivalency. I have also received certification in Library Science and ESL (English as a Second Language).
My first teaching position was here at St. Leo School, where I taught eighth grade for one year and third grade for seven years. I have also held teaching positions in other area schools, as well as for Seneca Highlands IU9. It is wonderful to be back at SLS!!
I live in St. Marys with my husband, Steve, and our two children, Jacob and Lindsay. My hobbies include walking, reading, watching Pittsburgh Pirate baseball, and flower and herb gardening.
Katie Gerber - 4th Grade
Kassandra Loudon - 5th Grade & Science
Dori Sekelsky - 6th Grade & Religion
Leah Sorge - 7th Grade & Math
I teach mostly Math and enjoy it very much. I graduated in 1986 from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary/Kindergarten Education. I taught full time at Holy Rosary for 16 years, subbed for 5 years, and then came to St. Leo’s. I live in Ridgway with my husband, Mark, and two sons, Aaron and Mike. My hobbies include shopping, reading, going to sporting events, and spending time with my family and my dog, Belle. To see 7th Grade homework online, check out: http://www.schoolnotes.com/15853/lsorge.html.
Gina Smith - 8th Grade
Georgann Barnett - Computer & Library
I have been a member of St. Leo’s faculty for many years. I taught second grade for five years before moving to the technology coordinator and librarian position for the 2010-2011 school year. I graduated from Holy Rosary School and Johnsonburg Area High School. I attended college at Clarion University where I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and later my Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate. I was a substitute teacher for several years before coming to St. Leo’s. My husband and I live in Johnsonburg with our two children. I enjoy reading, cooking, and spending time with my family and friends.
Check out my wiki, Mrs. Barnett's Wiki Page, to see some of the activities we have done in computer class.
Jo Marie Kepple - Music
I am a St. Leo School alumnus who attended Villa Maria College in Erie, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. I reside in Ridgway with my husband David. I have five children, and a growing number of grandchildren. Many of my activities involve music, as I lead the Contemporary Choir at St. Leo's, direct the Children's Choir and school plays, and perform in the duo Plain and Simple. I taught Third Grade at St. Leo School for many years. I have taught Religion for Fifth through Eighth Grades, Sixth Grade homeroom, Second Grade in the Religious Education program,and train and schedule the parish altar servers. I am active in the Cursillo Movement.
Max Milslagle - Physical Education
I went to college at California University of Pennsylvania. This is my second year at St. Leo School. I teach scuba diving as a hobby and like to do a lot of boating in the summer.