Meet the staff of St. Joseph Elementary School.

We have a dedicated faculty who takes ownership of the school as their own and gives individualized attention to each student.


Principal and Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Grade Math – Mrs. Betsy Ochs    email:


I began my experience with Catholic education in 1974 when I attended St. Michael Elementary School in Fryburg, PA from first through eighth grade.  I feel I was blessed with a great education and a wonderful spiritual foundation.  It is my goal to offer the same to the students of St. Joseph School. 

In 1992 I graduated from Clarion University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  I have been teaching in the Diocese of Erie for the past 26 years, including the 23 years I have been here at St. Joseph Elementary School.  I am appreciative of the caring and dedicated students, families, faculty and staff with whom I enjoy collaborating with on a daily basis.

All three of my children have had the privilege of attending St. Joseph School, and I am pleased to say that they have been successful as a result.  I think giving our children a Catholic education was one of the best things my husband and I have done for our children. 

Preschool – Mrs. Jessica McFadden     email:

Working at St. Joseph School has been such an amazing experience.

I have been blessed with such a great group of families, kids and coworkers to work with.

In 2008, I received my degree in Elementary Education with a minor in music from Thiel College. I then continued my education at Clarion University, and in 2011 obtained my Early Childhood degree. I am currently working to obtain my masters degree in Early Childhood Education. 

I began working for St. Joseph in 2017 after traveling between St Stephen, St. Patrick and Venango Catholic schools teaching academic support and music classes for a year. Prior to this, I spent two years teaching 2nd and 4th grade. 

I became a teacher because I have such a passion for learning. I want to pass that love of knowledge and learning onto generations to come. I enjoy inspiring students through song and dance, play, crafts, stories, educational videos, games, rhymes and fun. I take great pride in what each one of my students can accomplish in such a short amount of time. I come with a lot of energy and love for what I do, and am very grateful to be teaching preschool at St. Joseph.


  Kindergarten – Mrs. Patricia Stewart    email:



First Grade – Miss Kenzi Ochalek   


Second Grade – Ms. Stephanie Stevenson



Fifth Grade – Mrs. Connie Mahle    email:


My name is Mrs. Connie Mahle.  It is with pleasure to say that I have been working with St. Joseph families for the last 14 years.  In 2003, I earned my elementary education degree with honors from Clarion University.  I stay current on trends in education such as cooperative learning in a student-centered environment and integrate current teaching and learning models. 
Each year, it is my mission to instill a lifelong love for learning within all of my students.  For as long as I can remember, teaching and learning has been a passion of mine:  becoming invigorated by learning something new and wanting to share it with others.  We share a year full of adventures and experiences with one another while we explore and learn.
There are a few educational truths that I believe are essential in the teaching and learning process.  I believe in cooperative learning in the classroom:  a learning environment where students are collaborating and sharing the learning experience together.  I believe in teaching the whole child:  learning about his/her interests, skills and abilities – all of which are learned beyond the classroom walls and door.  I believe in forming partnerships with parents throughout the teaching and learning process.  You are your child’s first teacher and know his/her strengths and needs best.
I am thrilled to be working with you and your child.  Welcome aboard!

Sixth Grade – Mr. James Steudler


I graduated from Clarion State College in 1979 with a degree in Elementary Education.  I began teaching at St. Joseph School, Lucinda in 1980.  In 1987, I received my Master’s Degree and have been employed by the Erie Diocese for 38 years.

Students have various skills and needs and I believe that an excellent teacher challenges the student so that he/she can reach their maximum potential.

Preschool Teacher/Aide – Mrs. Jen Schmader  email:

Secretary – Mrs. Susan McCleary   email:

Maintenance & Custodian – Mr. Schill