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 9 years. I have worked on the Assessment Team for the Diocese of Erie for 12 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 went to school at Penn State. I’ve taught preschool, elementary and adults in the GED program. I am married and have two daughters. We live in St. Marys and enjoy the outdoors—hiking, biking, cross country skiing and flower gardening. I also love to landscape! I have four dogs and three cats.
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.
Erica Brazinski - 4th Grade
I am a 2010 graduate of Pennsylvania State University and a former St. Leo's School student. I enjoy reading, biking, and running. I am also an assistant coach for Jr. High Cross-Country and Track & Field at ECCSS. You can access our class blog, Fourth Grade Lions, to keep up to date on what is happening in our class.
Marisa Caruso - 5th Grade & Science
I graduated from Duquesne University in 2009 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. I'm a a graduate of St. Marys Parochial and ECCHS. This is my second year at St. Leo's as a full time teacher after having substituted in the St. Marys and Ridgway School Districts. I'm very excited to be a part of the school community and am looking forward to a great year!
Jo Marie Kepple - 6th Grade & Religion
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 will be teaching 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. To see 6th Grade homework online, check out http://new.schoolnotes.com/mrskepple
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.
Sara Gresco - 8th Grade
I received my degree in Elementary Education from Mercyhurst College in Erie, as well as 24 graduate credits. I am a graduate of St. Leo's School and Ridgway High School. I have 15 years of teaching experience, with 8 of those years at St. Leo's in grades 3-8, and have been named to "Who's Who Among America's Teachers." I have been married to my husband, Brian for 15 years and have 3 children, all attending St. Leo School; Madeline, Paul and Michael.
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 computer teacher and librarian position for the 2010-2011 school year. I graduated from Johnsonburg Area High School. I attended college at Clarion University where I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. 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.
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.