Catechist's Bios

Leslie Sloan -- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd/ Sunday Morning Preschool

Hi! My name is Leslie Sloan, I’m pleased to be teaching in the Atrium this year. This is my seventh year teaching in an Atrium. I look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting some new.  I have been married for 19 years. My husband Jerry and I have three wonderful kids and yellow lab. My son Gaven and daughter Gabrielle play varsity soccer, my daughter Gwenyth loves to play "school". My puppy Missy loves people and to cuddle with her family.  I enjoy watching my kids play soccer and spending time with my family and friends.

LeighAnn Swaggerty -- Sunday Morning Preschool

This will be my first year teaching Sunday School. I am excited for the opportunity to be a role model and to take an active role in helping guide, develop, and strengthen our relationship in Christ. I grew up going to Saint Patrick of Heatherdowns for grade school. I was involved in Young Life in high school. Now, I am a mom of 5-year-old twin boys Rylan and Grady. I work as a Registered Nurse with Mercy Health and I have experience in Oncology and ER. I have been married for 14yrs to my husband Steve and we have lived in Sylvania since 2009.

Amber Malone -- Grade 1

Hi, my name is Amber Malone and I am so excited to be back teaching 1st-grade Religious Education. I have been a teacher or a teacher’s aide for the last four years at St. Joe’s. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and work in Human Resources. I have been a parishioner of St. Joseph Parish for 6 years. My husband, Nick and I have three children, Molly (11), Colin (9) and Connor (6). We enjoy spending time outdoors, watching movies and doing puzzles.

Melanie Burns -- Grade 2

Hello!  My name is Melanie Burns, and this is my 3rd year teaching Religious Education.  This year I will be teaching 2nd grade.  I hold a degree in Elementary Education.  I currently work as a kindergarten teacher for Saint Joseph Parish School.  I have been a member of Saint Joseph Parish for 14 years where I also serve as a lector on Saturdays.  I have a 14 year old son named Brock.  We love exploring, animals, and traveling.

Jennifer Kauffman -- Grade 2

Hello!  I am Jennifer Kauffmann and am excited to return to teach a second session of Religious Education. I taught First Grade students in the summer, and will now be with Second Graders this Fall.  I am new to the Toledo area, having just moved at the beginning of July from a St. Joseph Parish and school in Martinsburg, West Virginia. There I assisted with Vacation Bible School for many summers, teaching Bible lessons and stories to children in grades Kindergarten through 5th. Last year I taught a seventh grade religion class. For many years I taught piano lessons to students of all ages (some of my earliest students are studying music in college now), as well as handbells and hand chimes to middle schoolers. I am now an aide in a First Grade classroom here at St. Joes, as well as an instructor for two new hand chime choirs in the St. Joseph Parish middle school.  It is my pleasure to be working with Religious Education once more, and I look forward to meeting the second grade students on September 8!    

Nancy Young -- Grade 3

My name is Nancy Young.  This is my sixth year of teaching 3rd grade in the Fall program.  I have also been teaching 3rd grade in the Summer Inspired Catholic Education program.  In addition to the Fall and Summer programs, I have been fortunate to teach:  Reconciliation and Eucharist preparation, Traveling Catholic Catechist and Rite of Christian Initiation for Children.  I am also Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certified.  Besides these teaching opportunities, I am a Eucharistic Minister, Lector and I sing in Saint Gregory’s choir.

Kris Soldner -- Grade 4

Hello!  My name is Kris Soldner.  I will be teaching 4th grade Religious Education for the Fall Program.  I have a Bachelors of Education degree from the University of Toledo.  I am currently employed at Saint Joseph as a Parish Secretary. I have been a member of Saint Joseph Parish for about 15 years.  My husband, Glenn, and I will be celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary this November.  We have 4 daughters:  Kelsey, Kaitlyn, Jillian and Ainsley, that range in age from 12 to 22.  I enjoy reading, gardening bike riding, watching movies, and traveling to places near and far.  

Bev Meyer -- Grade 4

Aubrey Mishler -- Grade 5

 

Ryan Haley -- Grade 6

Hello, my name is Ryan Haley. This is my first year teaching in the fall Religious Education Program at St. Joseph Sylvania Parish.  I taught 4th-grade Religious Education over the summer and I had a blast. I am excited to be teaching your 6th-grade child this fall. I am finishing up my Bachelor's Degree in Theological Studies at Lourdes University. I am a member at Immaculate Conception Church in Bellevue, Ohio. In August of 2020, I hope to be in my first year of Seminary School to become a Priest. God Bless. 

Michelle Konarzewski -- Grade 7

Hey there!  My name is Michelle Konarzewski and this will be my second year teaching 7th grade for Saint Joseph.  I am currently obtaining my degree in Theology and Psychology with hopes of becoming a future chaplain.  I am from Davisburg, Michigan, but am a student at Lourdes University.  My favorite things to do include exploring the outdoors, spending time with my family, and playing with my dog named Moses.  I love to be outside and to travel because it helps me admire God's creation and beauty.  I look forward to meeting everyone and to a great year.  

Jacob Supina -- Grade 8

Jacob grew up in Sandusky, Ohio and graduated from High School in 2015 where he played football and wrestled for 3 years.  He has a Bachelor's degree in Theological Studies, a minor in Psychology, and a High School Religion Education Certificate.  He enjoys physical activities, loves to wear crazy socks and ties, likes Pokemon, and his faith with God has always been the cornerstone in his life that keeps him stable.