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 – Mrs. Tania Slother    email:

Hello, I am the First Grade teacher with St. Joseph School and have been with the school for 3 years.  I received my undergraduate degree at Clarion University with honors in Elementary Education in 2012.  I also have two master degrees through Slippery Rock University with honors, one for Math and Science and my other is Special Education.  My teaching certification is for Pre K-6th grade and Special Education Pre K-8th grade.  My passion has always been to be an elementary teacher and I am grateful and blessed to be part of the St. Joseph family. 

When I am not at school, I spend my free time with my husband of 17 years, Shane, and our two beautiful children, Hannah and Samuel, along with our 3 dogs, 2 cats and of course Elliott (my classroom pet, a bearded dragon). 


Second Grade- Mrs. Debbie Teske    email:

I am very excited to be part of St. Joseph School.  I have taught for 27 years and for the past 17 years worked at Clarion Area Elementary School in the Title I Reading Room.  I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood.  Prior to Clarion I taught: Kindergarten in Longmont, Colorado; Kindergarten and First Grade in Wichita, Kansas; Resource Teacher for Grades 1-3 in Boston, Massachusetts; and First Grade in Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania.

I believe strongly in the integration of interpersonal partnership relations where there is a sense of community – especially between teachers, students, family and spirituality.   The student is viewed as a unique individual whose intellectual growth is in harmony with spiritual, religious, emotional and social growth.   All of these components work in tandem creating good citizens, focused on loving God and neighbor, and enriching society through lifelong learning.


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 Aide – Mrs. Jen Schmader

Secretary – Mrs. Susan McCleary   email:

Maintenance & Custodian – Mr. Schill