Meet Our Teachers & Staff
Mrs. Cara Mia Duncan
A little bit about me, I attended Lake Erie College for my undergraduate degree and John Carroll University for my graduate degree. I am originally from Fairport Harbor and I grew up in the same house my great-grandparent’s built when they came to the United States. I have six siblings and quite a few nieces and nephews, and even a few great nieces and nephews! My husband and I have been married for 18 years and we have two children. Our son Isaac is 12 and our daughter Josefina is 10. As a family we are always up for an adventure outdoors!
I am looking forward to creating a classroom environment with my students where compassion, kindness, gentleness, and curiosity are valued and supported.
Miss Donna Olp
I’m a singer of songs and a teller of tales
(Which they say is quite common with forebears from Wales).
I’ve a Master’s in Reading, but it’s Math that I love.
And the teachings of Christ I can’t get enough of!
It’s laughter I’m after, and kindness . . . that, too.
I teach Kindergarten—What else would I do?
Mrs. Terri Ringenbach
I’m very excited to join the Corpus Christi staff. I graduated from the University of Akron with a BS in Elementary Education (grades 1-8). I later attended Ursuline College to add my Kindergarten endorsement. My first three years of teaching were in kindergarten at Mt. Pleasant Catholic and fourth grade at Archbishop Lyke. For the past sixteen years I’ve been teaching at St. Clare, in Social Studies for grades 6 – 8 as well as 8th grade Religion, Reading, and Vocabulary. I’ve also spent many years as a camp director and counselor at Hiram House Camp and as a St. Clare Sunday School teacher to four-year-olds.
My husband and I live in Lyndhurst with our two children, Brett and Sarah, both of whom will attend CCA in the fall. I love to swim, go to the theatre, and go dancing. As a family we love to go on bike rides and we cheer on the kids in baseball and gymnastics. I look forward to getting to know everyone as we begin this great new adventure.
Miss Christine Shipley
Welcome aboard Corpus Christi Academy families! I’m looking forward to the new adventure that is before us and am very excited to be your second grade teacher. I am a graduate of Lake Erie College in Painesville. I hold a P-3 license with a K-12 reading endorsement. I began my career at St. Mary’s in Painesville where I taught Kindergarten for a year and first grade for a year before they closed. I found a new home at St. Clare where I have been the second grade teacher for the last eight years. I am passionate about providing my second-graders with creative challenging lessons that build upon first grade concepts and skills. I also look forward to guiding my students into a deeper relationship with Jesus in this Sacramental year!
I have lived most of my life in Chesterland. I enjoy my country summers but not the snowbelt winters! I have a younger brother, supportive parents, and two cats! I enjoy spending time by the water, New York City, musicals/theater, time with friends, going to concerts, listening to music, watching baseball and basketball (despite the squeaky shoes), knitting, photography, collecting quotes, and dancing (I have taken Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Ballroom & Irish dancing)! I look forward to getting to know all of you as we we sail into second grade together.
Fun Fact: I love all things nautical/beachy, but I get so motion sick that I can’t actually ride on a boat!
Mrs. Lindsey Phillipp
Hello! My name is Lindsey Phillipp and I’m the third grade teacher at Corpus Christi Academy. I am a Kent State university graduate and I hold a license for Pre-k through fifth grade. I previously worked in a school with the Diocese of Youngstown for five years where I taught both second and fourth grade. For the past three years, I have taught third grade at Saint Clare.
When I am not at school, some of my interests are traveling, crafting, staying active and completing one of my many home improvement projects. I also enjoy spending time with my husband Tyler, our dog Bix and our kitties. I absolutely love teaching and can’t wait to start the first year at Corpus Christi!
Grade 4 Homeroom: 4, 5 Language Arts:
I am thrilled to be a new member of Corpus Christi Academy! I am a graduate of Ohio University with a BS in Education. My degree is in Elementary Education and I am licensed in grades 1-8. I am entering into my seventeenth year of teaching! Within that time I have taught seventh and eighth grade, third grade and I also taught many years in early childhood. I have been blessed to teach in public and Catholic schools, and most recently at Hathaway Brown School, where I was able to do some amazing trainings and professional experiences. My love in the classroom has always been reading, literacy, and storytelling and I am excited to work with fourth and fifth graders as we explore these ideas together along with social studies and religion for my fourth grade homeroom. We will work together to build a classroom community and make many discoveries along the way.
My husband and I live in Chagrin Falls with our two teenagers, Allie, and Brett, who both attend Chagrin Falls High School. We attend St. Joan of Arc Parish in Chagrin. College is fast approaching, so we try to do many activities together as a family; which includes our black lab, Opal. I love gardening and finding any time outside in nature. I also enjoy reading, painting and designing. I am looking forward to being a part of this Catholic community and to continue my teaching at Corpus Christi!
Grade 5 Homeroom: 4, 5 Math & Science:
Mrs. Linda Parker
Hello CCA community! I graduated from Malone University with a BS in Elementary Education (K-8). For the past sixteen years I have taught fifth grade at St. Clare School. In addition to my fifth grade homeroom, I added fourth grade math to my schedule ten years ago. In my years at St. Clare I have enjoyed working with Student Council, Spiritual Life, Aftercare, and the spring musical.
My husband, John, and I will be celebrating our fifteenth wedding anniversary this June. We are so blessed to have a two-year-old son, Brayden. He is truly our miracle child and such a blessing in our lives. We love spending time together as a family, which includes Brayden’s best friend, Bella (our dog). My husband and I love to travel. Whether it is to another country or another state, we always find interesting things to do and see. We love seeing plays and sporting events together (we are big fans of all Cleveland sports teams). We also like to take cooking classes together. My husband is the chef in the family, but I do a pretty good job keeping up with him. I also enjoy photography, singing, and spending time with my friends and family.
Grade 6 Homeroom: 6, 7, 8 Math & Science:
Ms. Lisa Tanno
Hi! I am Lisa Tanno and I am excited to be able to teach junior high math and science. This will be my 10th year teaching middle school. Although I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and graduated from John Carroll, the first 6 years of my teaching career were spent in Orlando, Florida. My family and love for home brought me back to the cold! In my spare time, I love being with my family and friends, running and hiking with my dog, Jack, and watching all Cleveland sports.
Grade 7 Homeroom: 6, 7, 8 Language Arts:
Ms. Luci Kopcak
Hi, I am a graduate of John Carroll University with a major in education, history, and a minor in French. As a cheerleader I developed a love of football which still continues today. My three children Michael, Christopher, and Darice, their spouses, and three grandchildren Brady, Olivia, and Michael are the apples of my eyes. Of course my kitty, Pinki, so named for my favorite color, rounds out my family. Celebrating the usual and unusual holidays is also my trademark. Doing arts and crafts, gardening, traveling, and of course baking are some of the activities that I enjoy. I guess my love of teaching began at an early age when I would pretend the stuffed animals were my students. Little did I know that someday I would be my children’s teacher – a dream come true. Over the years my love of teaching has had exponential growth and the dream continues.
Grade 8 Homeroom: 6, 7, 8 Religion & Social Studies:
Miss Patricia Mascia
It is an honor to be a part of Corpus Christi Academy. Although I “cherish the past,” I look forward to “embracing the future.” Teaching has always been my passion. It is a blessing to come to school each day knowing that I am doing what I love. I attended St. Joseph Collinwood, St. Paschal Baylon, Notre Dame Academy, and Notre Dame College. My theology studies have been inspiring and have helped to deepen my love for the Good God. I am lucky to have three younger brothers, nieces and nephews and very good friends. In addition to teaching, I enjoy all kinds of music especially Motown and jazz and look forward to Edgewater Live in the summer. I appreciate art, especially Impressionism. Reading biographies and playing Nintendo on a rainy summer day are great pastimes. You may also find me watching sports in the comfort of my home. I always look forward to meeting my sixth, seventh and eighth graders as well as their parents and together, with our principal and staff build our new Corpus Christi family.
Primary Teacher Aide:
Mrs Martha Walter
Preschool Teacher Aide:
Mrs. Monica Warner
My love for teaching little children makes my job so much fun that at times I can’t believe I have been a preschool aide for over 30 years.
I live in Mayfield Heights with my husband Tom and we have three children and three grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with my family and I love taking long walks, attending art and craft festivals, and watching old movies.
Señora Patricia Emping
¡Hola! My name is Señora Emping. I came from Argentina 25 years ago after attending college and I became an elementary school teacher in Math, Spanish, Science, Social Studies, Art and Physical Education. Over my 32 years of teaching, I’ve had very interesting experiences with children from preschool through eighth grade. In 1999 I took my oath to become an American citizen. I am very proud to live and work in this beautiful country and to have the opportunity to share my heritage with all my students.
I believe learning foreign languages and cultures gives children a global perspective and encourages tolerance. We live in a world with many diverse cultures and the more we provide students with the tools needed to understand this diversity, the better off they are going to be. Learning another language also helps students develop their listening and thinking skills. My students are encouraged to think fast and to reason in Spanish; It is very good training for their minds.
I am very excited to share this beautiful and interesting culture and work for this brand new school. I know we are going to have a wonderful time.
Mr. Joseph Prevesk
I attended Benedictine High School class of ’94 and graduated from Mount Union College with a B.A. in Physical Education. While at Mount Union I played football and won two Division III National Championships in 1996 and 1997. I started my career in 1999 at St. Gregory the Great School / Sacred Heart of Jesus Academy, where I have been teaching for the last 17 years. I’ve coached CYO basketball and currently coach High School Baseball and Football.
I have three children, Joseph, Alyssa and Gino. Both Joseph and Alyssa graduated from Sacred Heart of Jesus Academy and my youngest, Gino will be attending Kindergarten next year at Corpus Christi Academy. My wife Maria and I both attended St. Clare and we are excited to be a part of this great new beginning. I look forward to helping make this transition a success.
Mrs. Deborah Mikulski
I am the oldest of seven kids. My husband graduated to heaven 3 years ago but I have a lovely family of four children and eight grandkids to keep me busy. They all live near me and we camp, fish, swim and are a rugby family. I also love all things Cleveland sports! I started my career as a commercial artist then I became a teacher of art! I love history, art, photography, architecture and swimming. I have coached swim team. I went to Tri-C and then on to Ursuline College. I take classes at CIA and have also taken classes in blacksmithing in Miami, Ohio! I am an active artist and archivist with several Historical Societies. St. Dominic School in Shaker is my other home and parish where I am very involved. I’m very excited to start a new journey at CCA and to meet new families with the spirit of rich Catholic roots and faith.
Media & Technology:
Mrs. Roberta Bandfield
I have a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from Ursuline College and earned my bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies at Kent State. Before starting my teaching career, I spent 15 years with the Catholic Charities & CYO running camps. Besides teaching technology, I teach Learn-to-Swim and Lifeguard Training. I enjoy hiking, reading, swimming, and trivia. I live with my husband Paul and three cats.
Mrs. Betsy Mast
I teach general music to all students in preschool thru eighth grade. I have earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Cleveland State University and a BS in Elementary Education from Miami University. I taught grades K, 4, 5, 7, and 8 as an elementary teacher. I also taught preschool music for seven years before coming to Corpus Christi Academy. I am a member of the Cleveland Orff Association and am trained in Music Together for early childhood.
I enjoy living in Bainbridge Township with my husband, two teenage children, and labrador retriever. I enjoy playing my flute at church, and attending my children’s band and choral concerts. When I am not involved in music making, I enjoy reading, cooking, and yoga.
Beginner & Advanced Band:
Mr. Tom Trost
I am blessed and excited to serve as your band director at Corpus Christi Academy! I have a Bachelors of Music Education from Indiana University, Bloomington and have been teaching for 23 years. I’m proud to say that 20 of those years were spent at Saint Clare School. I’m grateful for the opportunity to pass on my passion for instrumental music to a new generations, and I look forward to shaping the band program at CCA into a model Catholic school band program.
I live in Wickliffe with my wife, Sheryl and our two sons. When I’m not busy providing taxi service to my boys I enjoy reading, movies, bicycling and kayaking. I also enjoy baking or, more accurately, eating what I bake. My main instrument is the euphonium (baritone horn), but I also play the trumpet and trombone professionally.
Mrs. Denise Smrdel
I am an alum of St. Gregory the Great school, so I’m so happy to be able to carry on both old and new traditions at Corpus Christi Academy. I was a Child Care Director for 10 years and after my second child was born, I began an in-home childcare business for the next 10 years. I’ve been happy to help with many volunteer roles over the years at St. Greg’s and Sacred Heart of Jesus Academy.
I have two children, ages 10 and 12 who are CCA students as well. They look forward to going back to school with their old friends and making new ones, too. I’ll be that mom you’ll hear at Corpus Christi sporting events yelling “Go Eagles!”
Eagles After Care:
Mrs. Flo Bonacci
I am very excited to be part of Corpus Christi Academy aftercare staff as Co-Director.
I spent most of my career teaching and directing pre-school and aftercare programs at P.A.L.S. Catholic Pre-School and Gilmour Academy. I enjoy designing and creating new programs.
My career in education is an ongoing process. I continually research and attend numerous educational trainings. I am a member of the Ohio Department of Education Reggio Amelia Philosophy and Child Development study group.
My husband Chuck and I have two sons and we have two grandchildren with a new addition on the way.
I look forward to meeting all of you and being part of Corpus Christi Academy!
Eagles After Care:
Mrs. Rose Gatto
Hi, I am Rose Gatto. I have lived in the Mayfield area for many years and am a parishioner of Saint Clare Church. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. After being in the corporate world for many years, last year was a nice change to be working with the wonderful staff at Saint Clare as an after care aide. I am looking forward to the after care program for the 2016-2017 school year at Corpus Christi.
Mrs. Jennifer Garisek
Speech / Language Pathologist:
I am delighted to be a part of the CCA team. I attended Miami University for my undergraduate degree and Kent State University for my master’s degree. Since then I have worked for 38 years, first in parochial schools, then in the public schools with preschool through high school age students with speech and language challenges. I now have the privilege of working two days a week after retiring from full time work as of May of 2018. This means that the students at Corpus Christi Academy have my full attention.
My kitty, Lisu, and I share a condo in Mentor-on-the-Lake. I enjoy volunteering at events and concerts for Compassion International, walking on the beach, musical theater, arts festivals and gatherings with family and friends.
Mrs. Angel Hopkins
I’m very excited and grateful for the opportunity to be working with Corpus Christi Academy! I recently earned my STNA license, and have previous experience as a nursing assistant at Cleveland Clinic. I love working with kids! I have seven children of my own, and have cared for many more, and I’m sure this will be another heartwarming and great experience for me.
I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I have lived in a few different areas of Cleveland, and even ventured out to Columbus and Akron, but have never lived out of state. As mentioned previously, I have seven children, 3 boys and 4 girls. I love spending time with them! We enjoy finding fun things to do at various places, but we also enjoy staying home and working on fun craft projects. I enjoy crocheting, cooking, trips to the lake, learning new things, doing crafty projects (I’m working on a table made from a tire!), and spending time with my family.
I hope everyone has an EXCELLENT school year! I look forward to taking great care of our kids!
Mrs. Erica DiNovo
Ms. Kathy Kretch
Mrs. Danielle Toomey
Mrs. Darice Granito
I am a proud graduate of John Carroll University with a BSBA in Marketing. My marketing career has led me to wonderful opportunities and advancements from designing advertisements for local, national and international publications, brand and project management for event marketing and print production, among other achievements. I am excited for the new foundations of Corpus Christi Academy as we brand our new and greater school to the local community.
Pinterest inspired, memory making with passport in-hand vacations, delicious baking and deal finding shopping are some of the activities I enjoy. In addition to capturing moments with my husband, Mike, and our son, we love spending time with family and friends, cheering for our Cleveland sports teams and going on walks.
Mrs. Gina Perlatti
I am a graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration –Business Management and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. I have worked at St. Clare School for the past eight years along with being an involved parent there for the past ten years. I feel blessed and grateful to be a part of the CCA team and I am excited to help make this new school awesome!
My husband Tony and I have two daughters. My oldest, Cassandra, is a St. Clare graduate and is now at Beaumont. My younger daughter, Marissa, will be going into 8th grade and is excited to be a part of the first graduating class of CCA! I am a big animal lover and have two cats, Sophie and Maddie. I enjoy baking, reading, theater and spending time with my friends and family.
Mr. Ken Mitskavich
The journey that brought me to Corpus Christi Academy started with my Catholic education at St. Robert Bellarmine in Euclid followed by four years at Saint Ignatius High School. From there I moved on to Bobcat Nation at Ohio University for my Bachelor’s in Education with an emphasis in 7-12 Integrated Social Studies. After graduation, I moved to the West Side of Cleveland and began teaching Middle School Social Studies at Holy Trinity and then Saint Angela Merici Schools before finishing my Masters in Educational Leadership at Baldwin Wallace.
I have been married to my loving wife for 10 years and we have 2 beautiful children; Abby (6) and Allie (4) who enjoy arts/crafts, swimming and skating. When not at school I am spending time with my family, fishing on Lake Erie, or in the ice rink playing hockey!
Sacred Heart of Jesus Pastor:
Fr. Dave Ireland
St. Clare Pastor:
Fr. Stanley Klasinski
St. Clare Parochial Vicar:
Fr. Kevin Estabrook
Sacred Heart of Jesus Senior Parochial Vicar:
Fr. Thomas Winkel