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. Holly attends St. Leo’s School and Joseph attends ECCHS. Leah and Sara have moved on to college. I enjoy walking, going to camp, ice skating, knitting, and anything that has to do with the Cursillo movement. In addition to teaching 3, 4, and 5 year olds, I also coach the St. Leo’s Cheerleading. Although I have enjoyed many different positions, 8 years ago I landed the job of a lifetime. It was right here at St. Leo’s.
Katie Sobieski - Kindergarten
I graduated from Clarion University with a degree in early childhood and elementary education. Currently I am seeking an online master’s program in reading. I taught first grade in Virginia for three years and have been teaching kindergarten at St. Leo’s for five years. I am very thankful for the opportunity to teach in a private school where I have the freedom to teach children about God. I live in Saint Marys with my husband, Henry, and my cat, Rocco. 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 since 1996. I am proud to say 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. I have two wonderful daughters, Ashley and Kara. Ashley is a recent Penn State graduate and lives in Melrose, MA and Kara is currently living in Pittsburgh working at a pet spa and kennel. I enjoy spending time outdoors with my two dogs, Chunk and Bently, gardening and going for walks
Anna Williams - 2nd Grade
I am a recent graduate of Slippery Rock University. I grew up in Warren, PA a small city on the Allegheny River. While home I enjoy kayaking, playing golf, volleyball, and participating in fitness classes at our local YMCA. I have two brothers, Victor my oldest who lives in Wichita, Kansas, and Drew, the youngest who is making his way through college. I have degrees from Slippery Rock University in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Being raised in Northwestern Pennsylvania you will find me a huge Pittsburgh fan! I am thrilled to be working with your child. My goal is to help him or her reach their highest potential. I would love to work together as a team and support system. I look forward to making a memorable and successful year with you and your child.
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
I am a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources. I have also received certification in middle school Science.
I am a first year teacher at St. Leo’s, but have been substitute teaching locally for two years. I am a life-long resident of Ridgway, where my husband Curt and I, raise our three beautiful children, Josie, Lydia, and Hank. Josie is in first grade and Lydia attends Pre-3 here at St. Leo’s. In my free time, I love to take walks, to spend time on the farm, to antique shop, and to take pictures. I am grateful for the opportunity St. Leo’s has given me, to be able to call it, my home away from home!
Kassandra Loudon - 5th Grade & Science
This is my first year at St. Leo’s, and I am so excited to be a part of the St. Leo’s family! I am a graduate of Brockway High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Slippery Rock University. I reside in Brockway with my husband, Jonathan, and our son Benjamin. We have a black Labrador named Lola who holds a very special place in our family. We enjoy hiking, sailing, skiing, photography, and traveling.
Dori Sekelsky - 6th Grade & Religion
I am a graduate of Elk County Catholic High School and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. I graduated from college with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and have been teaching in diocesan schools for fifteen years. I am the religion teacher for grades five through eight which I thoroughly enjoy. I also teach English, Reading, and Spelling to Sixth Grade students. I reside in Wilcox with my husband, Bob, and our cat, Flo. My hobbies include watching football and basketball as well as HGTV because I love interior design/remodeling shows. My favorite football team is the Miami Dolphins and my favorite basketball team is the Los Angeles Lakers. I feel blessed to be a teacher at St. Leo's School. SLS is the best!
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.
Emily Lobdell - 8th Grade
I was born in Austin, Texas, but grew up in Warren, Pennsylvania and spent my youth active playing volleyball, softball, and basketball. In college, I continued athletics as the captain of Slippery Rock University's softball team, and in the summer of 2012, the Warren Minors girls All-Star team I coached took third in states! In addition to sports, I enjoy spending time outdoors and participating in other recreations, such as hiking, rock climbing, and snow skiing. For one semester, I studied abroad at the University of Limerick in Ireland and developed my newest hobby of whitewater kayaking. This summer, I joined the Limerick's kayaking club on a trip through the Alps Mountains of Slovenia and Italy and followed this by teaching English at a camp for middle school Italian students. Traveling has taught me that differences are to be celebrated and everyone has a story to share. I hope to share some of the cultures I have learned about and to also learn what our students have to share with me.
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, perform in the duo Plain and Simple and the band Inside Colors. I taught Third Grade at St. Leo School for many years. I have taught Religion for Fifth through Eighth Grades and Sixth Grade homeroom. I am active in the Religious Education program, the Cursillo movement, and I train and schedule the parish altar servers. Recently I have become a part time Music teacher for both at. Leo School and St. Boniface School.