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14560 Madison Avenue

Lakewood, OH 44107

(216) 221-6941

Faculty & Staff

About Me : Mrs. Potantus received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Valparaiso University in 1991. She received her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University in 2008. She has been teaching in the Lutheran Schools since 1992 – She has been a part of the Lakewood Lutheran School family since 1995. Mrs. Potantus became Principal of LLS in 2010. She is married, has two children and lives in the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland.


My Mission Statement : “It is my mission to allow my students to see Christ reflected in my actions, words and attitude while I provide a positive, loving, secure, Christ-centered environment filled with the opportunity for each unique child to learn and grow in faith and knowledge. I am dedicated to continuing to provide an excellent Christian education to the students we are blessed with at Lakewood Lutheran. God has filled my heart with love for our families both in our school and at Gethsemane Lutheran Church.”


Favorite Bible Verse : Philippians 4:13


Carolyn Potantus


2nd - 8th Math & Science

Pastor Michael Wallace


7th & 8th Grade Religion Class Teacher

About me : Mrs. Livingston will be your child’s Kindergarten or First grade teacher this year. She is delighted to have your child in class and is looking forward to a very successful year. She has high expectations for your child this year and would like to accomplish many things. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashland University and has been teaching since 2013. She also has her reading endorsement and middle grades license. She has lots of experience working with children. She is looking forward to a fun-filled and educational year.


My Mission Statement : My mission as a teacher is to create a safe learning environment for each child to learn and reach their God given potential. Every child is unique and learns in a different way. It is my job as a teacher to help your child discover his or her individuality and work alongside them to maximize it. I believe in hands-on learning and allowing your child to express his or her creativity will give.


Favorite Bible Verse : Proverbs 22:6

Ms. Danielle Livingston

K - 1st Grade Teacher

About me : Mrs. Marlar received her bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia University of Austin, Texas in 2004. She taught for many years in the south before returning “home” to the north. She has taught more than 10 years in both public and Lutheran school settings, and in all grades pre-K through 4th. She and her family live in Fairview Park.


My Mission Statement : I am dedicated to helping each child reach their potential in all areas, and sharing God’s wonderful plan for them.


Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13

Mrs. Emily Marlar

2nd - 4th Grade Teacher

About me : Mrs. Cukelj holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Baldwin Wallace University and a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Ursuline College. She is certified in Ohio to teach Kindergarten through eighth grade as well as Kindergarten through twelfth grade in Specific Learning Disabilities and Severe Behavior Disorders. Before joining the LLS family, she had taught, tutored and volunteered at Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, her home congregation, since 1999. She has also worked professionally as a healthcare space planner and project manager for clients at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Mrs. Cukelj, her husband, and two daughters live in Strongsville. Her interests include instrumental (piano) and choral music (Go Altos!), as well as watching old movies. A self-professed “History Nerd” and “Word Geek”, she is passionate about teaching and learning “His” story, as our Lord is in fact, the ultimate protagonist in every event throughout the ages. She delights in adding new words to her vocabulary “collection.”


My Mission Statement : My mission as a teacher as well as a parent is to help young people achieve their highest, God-given potential, in order to enable them to serve God and His creation joyfully, passionately and fully so that, as we petition in the Lord’s Prayer, we may all contribute to making “His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven” a reality, God willing.


Favorite Bible Verse : Genesis 12:2b and 3b

Mrs. Lore Cukelj

5th - 8th Grade Teacher


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