Staff

All members of our staff were chosen because they show genuine interest and love for children and concern for all areas of their development. Our teachers have four-year degrees, associate degrees or child-development associate degrees. Staff members are required to attend training sessions annually. In this way they can stay informed about all the new research and techniques in early childhood education and exchange ideas with other area professionals. With an accumulated staff experience of over 114 years, we are able to combine our knowledge of childhood development, recognizing what is developmentally normal and what is not developmentally normal in the children who attend our center. Our teachers know what children should be able to do and learn at each stage of development. We encourage partents to seek us out for answers as we help them navigate the sometimes stormy seas of early childhood development. All staff members are required to be active members of Christian congregations. As such, they are called on and expected to practice the highest moral standards in their personal lives as is humanly possible.

Holy Cross Preschool & Kindergarten received word on December 1, 2014 that we had been awarded a 5 Star Rating in Ohio's Step Up to Quality Program. This is the highest rating a school can achieve and shows a high level of excellence. Our program is revieded every year by ODJFS to make sure we still hold to the same level of excellence. This rating would not have been possible without highly qualified and dedicated staff as every aspect of our program was evaluated by licensing specialists who were trained to recognize excellence.

All of our staff meet or exceed the state requirements for working in an early childhood center. Staff longevity is one of the most impressive things about Holy Cross. All of our staff is here because they enjoy working with children. This is a great place to work!

Two & Three Year Old Class
 


Daniela Archer (left) is the teacher of the 2's and 3's. This is her first year at Holy Cross. She comes to us with close to 25 years of teaching experience. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Pysychology. She has one son attending St. Michael's School. Mrs. Pirovolos (right) is her teacher's aide. "Mrs. P" has a degree in Elementary Education and another in Special Education. This is her second year on our staff. She has three grown children.

 

Three & Four-Year-Old Class

Mrs. Janet Eagon (left) is the teacher of three & four-year-old class. This is Janet's fifth year on our staff. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Stark State University. Janet completed her student teaching here at Holy Cross under Mrs. Teri Hockman. She has one grown son and two daughters in N. Canton Schools. Her aide is Mrs. Patty Wallace (right). Mrs. Wallace has been on our staff for 14 years. She is the mother of two children and has one granddaughter. Her son still attends N. Canton Schools.

 


Four & Five-Year-Old Class (Combination Four & Pre-K Children)

Mrs. Teri Hockman (left) is the teacher of the four-year-old/pre-kindergarten class. She has an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Stark State and  Elementary Education  (K -3) from Walsh University with reading endorsement.  This is Teri's 14th year as teacher of our fours and fives and her 17th year on our staff. She is the mother of two grown children. Mrs. Susan Owens (right) is the teacher's aide for both the morning and the afternoon classes. This is her third year on our staff. She has one grown daughter.

 

 

Pre-Kindergarten Class (Old Fours & Young Fives)

Ms. Leslie Martin (left) is the teacher of the Pre-Kindergarten class. She has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently working on her Bachelor's Degree at Walsh. This is her ssventh year teaching the Pre-Kindergarten Class and her ninth year on our staff. She has two sons in the N. Canton Schools. Mrs. Christina Jacobson is the teacher's aide in the Pre-Kindergarten Class. This is her eightg year at Holy Cross. She has one daughter who attends Holy Cross Preschool.


Kindergarten Class

 

Mrs. Angie Linskey (left) is the teacher of the Kindergarten Class. Mrs. Linsky has a Bachelor's Degree from Akron University. She has thirteed years of experience in education. This is her sixth year on our staff. She has two grown sons and one daughter who attends Lake Schools.

 


 

Afternoon Care Givers

Our teaching staff is supported by some wonderful afternoon childcare providers. Linda Cameron (left) starts her afternoon with the Toddlers and is one of our closing staff members. This is her second year at Holy Cross. Victoria Duval (center)  starts her afternoon with the 3's & 4's. She is the other member of our closing staff. This is Vikki's first year on our staff. Michelle Voina (right) takes care of the older children in the afternoon. She has been on our staff for three years.

Administrator

Marjorie James (left) is the Administrator. Marjorie got her Bachelor's degree from Kent State University. She did additional coursework in early childhood at Malone College. Marjorie started the program at Holy Cross 24 years ago. She had 11 years of teaching experience in North Canton City Schools. She also had two years of teaching experience at an area preschool. For the first four years Holy Cross was open, Marjorie taught the Pre-Kindergarten class while carrying out all of the administrative responsibilities for the school. As the school grew her responsibilities changed to that of full-time administrator. Marjorie is the mother of two grown children and grandmother of three. All three grandchildren attend Holy Cross Preschool with one in the Kindergarten program. Mrs. Nikki Swiger (right) is the school secretary and assistant to the administrator. This is Nikki's ninth year on our staff. She has two grpwn sons.