Mrs. Molly Fuerst
Computer Teacher/ Technology Coordinator/ Virtus Coordinator
Mrs. Fuerst came to St. Christopher with 15 years of teaching experience in middle school math and science and computer/ technology at St. Patrick WP and West Park Catholic Academy. She loves teaching, especially computers. She teaches K-8 students each week. She coordinates all the technology and can often be found trouble shooting in the classrooms. Chromebooks, iPads, internet, and computers are her passion.
No stranger to St. Christopher, Mrs. Fuerst (nee Fiske) grew up in Rocky River and attended St. Christopher School from kindergarten through fifth grade. She and her husband, Ray, were married at St. Christopher in 1994. Together with their children they reside in North Olmsted and are members of St. Brendan Church. Mrs. Fuerst graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree (K-8). She is very active in her family and community.
Mrs. Michelle Federico
Music Teacher / Assistant to the Principal
Mrs. Federico teaches general music to students, K-8, at St. Christopher School. She graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in choral education. Each year she directs musical productions at Christmas and Spring for the primary and middle grade students. She is grateful to the parents of St. Christopher School for their continued support of their student’s music education. In addition to her role as teacher, Mrs. Federico also assists with school liturgies and directs the Children’s and Junior Choir at St. Christopher as well as the Junior Cantor program. She is also a cantor at St. Christopher Church and likes to perform, though she hasn’t done so in years.
The last two years she has taken on the added responsibility of being the assistant to the school principal.
Prior to joining the St. Christopher School staff, Mrs. Federico taught for the Western Local School District in Pike County, Ohio, and at Grant Elementary in Lakewood.
Mrs. Federico and her husband, Jim, reside in Mentor with their three beautiful children, Madeline, Clare, and Ryan. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Mr. Scott Troyan
Physical Education Teacher / ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
Mr. Troyan graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2002. This is his 12th year of teaching in Catholic education. He previously taught at St Vincent de Paul school in Cleveland. For the last 3 years, he was at St Benedict School in Garfield Heights. teaching PE and was the school's assistant principal. He holds a Masters of Science in school administration. You may see him at a local track as he has been coaching cross country and track & field since 2001.
When he has free time, he enjoys working out, long bike rides, and watching any of our local sports teams. He was born and raised in Lakewood, and has been a resident of Rocky River for 18 years.
Mrs. Marian Kovak
“I believe that all students can create,” says art teach Marian Kovak. “My objectives as a teacher are to inspire and motivate students through art creation, art appreciation, art history and aesthetics. This discipline-based approach creates a balance that exposes students to different facets of the art world.”
Prior to joining St. Christopher School she was a K-8 Visual Art Teacher at St. John of the Cross School, formerly St. Felicitas school. Mrs. Kovak holds a Bachelor of Art with a focus in Printmaking from The Ohio State University and earned her Visual Art K-12 teaching degree at Cleveland State University.
Mrs. Kovak lives in Brecksville with her husband, Joseph, and their children, Chloe and Jackson. In her free time she can be found gardening, painting, sewing, cooking and completing DIY projects. “I am forever redecorating my house and making things for others. I like to go to estate sales and breathe new life into old things,”
She firmly believes that the art experience should not be dominated by art production only. “I strive to foster critical thinking and life-long learning skills in my students. I want them to put concepts that they learn in my classroom into real life situations to make them relevant.”
Mrs. Kovak states, “I am very excited to be part of such a wonderful faith community. I look forward to fostering the creativity of the students of St. Christopher School. I hope to share my passion and love of the wonderful world of art.”
Mrs. Judy Zell
Mrs. Zell has worked in Catholic education for over 17 years and is a graduate of The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She has worked as the school librarian at St. Angela Merici and St. Christopher Schools, and has found it rewarding to watch the children get excited about books. Although she loves working with students, she has taken on the responsibility of the school secretary since January of 2015. She now enjoys meeting and helping our families.
Mrs. Zell is an alumni and was married to her husband Mark at St. Christopher Church. She has two grown boys and relishes time spent with her family and friends. She enjoys lengthy bike rides in the Metroparks and is passionate about reading, home decorating and meeting new people.
Dr. Holly Higgs
Dr. Higgs is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After her graduation, she worked as a Psychology Assistant, assisting with the evaluations of persons applying for social security disability. She also conducted educational evaluations for students enrolled in the Educational Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) home schooling program and worked part-time at a Catholic school performing testing and counseling for students. Dr. Higgs now works full-time in the schools with students in grades K-8. Her current duties include assessment and counseling with students, educational planning, consultation with teachers and parents and working with the Intervention Assistance Team.
Dr. Higgs is an avid runner and also enjoys swimming and yoga. She also likes music, cooking, reading, and spending time with her friends, family and pets. After living in South Florida for 5 years while she pursued her education, she is happy to have returned to Northeast Ohio to serve the greater Cleveland area.
Mrs. Sladky graduated from Marquette University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. After spending time raising her four children, she return to Notre Dame College to obtain her license as a Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist.
Mrs. Sladky has been working at Saint Christopher for over four years helping students in grade K-4 improve their reading and math skills. She finds it very rewarding to help the student reach their fullest academic potential. She likes to remind the students “that are things are difficult until they are easy”.
Mrs. Sladky resides in North Olmsted with her husband Rob and four children Leah, Rachael, Angela and Rocco. Her family has been members of Saint Brendan parish for twenty years. When not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially attending all their sporting events and gardening.
Sister Jane Morgan, OSU
Sr. Jane Morgan is an Ursuline sister who has been a member of the Ursuline Community for 39 yrs. Sr. Jane loves children, loves to teach and is passionate about Catholic Education. She grew up in Willoughby and attended Immaculate Conception grade school and Villa Angela High School. She taught for 11 yrs. and has been a principal for 20 yrs. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education from Ursuline College and a Master’s degree in elementary administration from Kent State University. She has permanent certification from the state of Ohio in both elementary education and elementary administration. She also has a Master Professional Catechetical certification in religious education. Sr. Jane lives at the Ursuline Motherhouse in Pepper Pike. She has five brothers and sisters and a great mom. Her father is deceased. She is a Eucharistic minister, and a cantor.
My primary goal is to engender in students a love of reading. I also look forward to meeting all the students, teachers, staff and parents. In my position I will also be teaching the students the online cataloging system and assisting them with Accelerated Reading.
My hobbies are reading, word puzzles, being near the water, line dancing, watching movies and detective stories, listening to music, and traveling.