From the Principal


Welcome to St. Mary's School!
St. Mary's is incredibly proud of our tradition and academic excellence.
We have been educating students since 1848!

Our mission at St. Mary's is to live our faith, strive for lifelong academic excellence, and leave the world a better place than we found it. By equally engaging the heart and the mind, we inspire and empower our students to change the world with purpose and understanding. Our students are inquirers. By asking "what" and "why," they begin to understand their role in the "how."

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to their students and our mission. Daily, they create an engaging, meaningful learning environment.

St. Mary's parents are supportive and believe in our purpose. They wholeheartedly engage with our school community and partner with us throughout their child's journey at St. Mary's. 

You will soon see for yourself how and why our school community values:

  • wonder, learning, and discovery
  • diverse ways of thinking and understanding
  • compassionate actions
  • responsibility for oneself and others
  • sharing our gifts with the world

St. Mary School children grow in their love for God and neighbor. We welcome and serve families who want to educate their children in a nurturing, Catholic environment. Together with the St. Mary's community, faculty, staff, and students, we celebrate our Christian traditions and believe God's greater glory contributes to a peaceful and loving today. We hope your family will become a part of ours!

If you have any questions, please contact the office at (330) 832-9355.
To apply to St. Mary School, click here. 


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The Diocese of Youngstown Office of Catholic Schools is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Lucia Heddleson as the new principal of St. Mary Catholic Elementary School and Preschool. Dr. Heddleson comes to the diocese with 22 years of cross-disciplinary experience in a variety of Catholic and independent school settings.  


She has served in several roles in her professional capacity. Most recently, Dr. Heddleson has been an adjunct

professor at Lorain County Community College since 2003. During that time, she also worked at Walsh Jesuit High School as a language teacher and at Laurel School as the chairperson for the world language department. Before working at Laurel School, she was the Principal for St. Anthony of Padua School. She taught several subjects and headed the instructional leadership team and CCP programming at St. Edward High School, International Baccalaureate Organization World School. Dr. Heddleson began her teaching career at Elyria Catholic High School, where she taught Spanish and Religion. 


Dr. Heddleson holds a Ph.D. in Management, Designing Sustainable Systems from Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Arts in Humanities from John Carroll University, a Master of Arts in French from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and French from Ohio University.


Heddleson shared, “I am eager to begin serving the community at St. Mary School. I feel blessed, already, by the warm welcome of many parents, students, faculty, and staff. I am most grateful, though, to have the guidance of Father Matthew Mankowski. May we have a safe and blessed school year!”


She and her husband, Jon, of 18 years, and their daughter, Bella, reside in North Canton and are members of St. Paul Catholic Church in North Canton.


St. Mary Catholic School is a private, faith-based school that serves students from preschool through 

grade 8. The school has a reputation for academic excellence and a tradition of offering students access to many educational opportunities, as well as numerous arts and athletic programs. St. Mary offers numerous tuition assistance and scholarship programs, and is an Ohio EdChoice provider, as they are dedicated to providing high-quality education, celebrating the unique God-given talents of every student, to families of all faiths, backgrounds, and income levels. To learn more about St. Mary School please call 330-832-9355.


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