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 Master's, Bachelor's or Associate degrees in Education. All staff members are required to accumulate 30 hours of Ohio Approved Specialized Trainings every two year. 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 106 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 rating has been awarded again every year since then. 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 degree in Elementary Education and another in Special Education. This is her third 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 sixth 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 15 years. She is the mother of two children and has one granddaughter. Her son still attends N. Canton Schools. Patty is planning to obtain a Child Development Associate Degree during the 2018-2019 School Year.

 


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 15th year as teacher of our fours and fives and her 18th 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 fourth year on our staff. She has one grown daughter.

 

 

Pre-Kindergarten Class (Old Fours & Young Fives)

Mrs. Megan Long will be teaching the Pre-Kindergarten class this fall. While this will be her first year on our staff, she comes to us with eight years of teaching experience in North Canton and Saganaw, Michigan. She has a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Education. Her twin sons were in the Pre-Kindergarten class during the 2017-2018 School Year. Her sons will be attending our Kindergarten this coming school year as did her daughter previously. Mrs. Christina Jacobson is the teacher's aide in the Pre-Kindergarten Class. This is her ninth year at Holy Cross. She has one daughter who will be in the Kindergarten Class here at Holy Cross. .


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 fourteen years of experience in education. This is her sixth year on our staff. She has two grown sons, and a daughter in college 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 third 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 second year on our staff. Michelle Voina (right) takes care of the older children in the afternoon. She has been on our staff for four 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 25 years ago. She previiously 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. Her grandsons are being home schooled. Her granddaughter is still at Holy Cross Preschool Mrs. Nikki Swiger (right) is the school secretary and assistant to the administrator. This is Nikki's tenth year on our staff. She has two grpwn sons, on is in the Army.