Mater Dei Academy

Mater Dei Academy

Moral ValuesDiscoveryAchievement



Karen Trunk




Kent State University
Bachelor of Science in Gifted and Elementary Education 

Cleveland State University
Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction- The Emerging Adolescent 

Ashland University
Principal Certification PreK-4, 4-9 

University of Findley
Superintendent Certification


As a teacher, principal and parent, I have always been struck by Luke 1:66 in which we hear “What then, will this child be?”  Every child has God given gifts, interests, talents and strengths although some of them may not be easily seen or uncovered.  I believe that it is our job as an educator to help every  child reach their highest potential.  Most especially, I believe that it is critical to remember that every child is unique and that there is no single path that leads children to become happy, productive adults.  If we teach children not only basic skills like reading, writing and arithmetic, but also the ability to persevere through productive struggle, to problem-solve and to think creatively, then they will be prepared to apply those skills as they grow into adulthood.

Although I am brand new to the Mater Dei Academy family, I have been blessed to work for the last three years in Catholic education following a 35 year career in public schools.  The ability to openly share my faith and to incorporate our Catholic beliefs into the development of our children is an amazing difference for me.  As I work with children academically, socially and even in discipline situations, the difference in bringing everything back to God is powerful.



Ginger Hartman
Asst. Principal


Lake Erie College
Bachelor of Arts Elementary Education K-8

I believe each child was created by God and given unique gifts and talents. By recognizing these gifts and talents, I can vary my lessons to help each child reach his/her potential socially, spiritually, and academically. The children learn in an organized, positive, fun, respectful, and loving environment.

I enjoy working at Mater Dei Academy because every day I am given the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life. I enjoy having the responsibility of laying the foundation for spiritual and intellectual growth in the Catholic community. Each day I am given the opportunity to work with phenomenal students, parents, colleagues, and administration. I am truly blessed to have a job that I love!





 Kay Vrban Administrative Asst.


University of Akron
Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources

Philosophy Education is a necessity in life. A Catholic education is a gift. We need to embrace the gift and help the children learn to the extent they are capable of in a caring atmosphere.

Mater Dei Academy has a dedicated, thoughtful, caring, intelligent group of teachers and staff to help children grow.  It is rewarding to see all of our efforts at the end of each year by how far our students have grown and matured.



Jen Skalicki
Administrative Asst.


Cleveland State University
Bachelor of Arts in Business/Marketing                                         


I believe in treating everyone with kindness and greeting people with a smile.  You never know what someone is going through.

The staff and teachers at MDA really care about the school and the students.  There is a great energy to the place!