Developing lifelong learners in service to God, country and community

We offer a wide range of high quality of teaching and extra-curricular activities.

St. Joseph the Worker School offers classes for Pre-K through Sixth grade.  Pre-K through fourth grade are individual self contained classrooms.  Grades five and six are arranged in a departmental nature where the students change classes for various subjects.  Our program of studies is well-rounded, up-to-date, and adheres to the West Virginia State laws pertaining to education.  St. Joseph the Worker school has been classified as a “First Class” school in the state of West Virginia in accordance with its standards.

We are

St. Joseph the Worker:

W – Worship of God in the New Covenant
O – Outstanding Academics
R – Reverence for God
K – Kindness towards all
E – Encouragement, Example, Esteem for ourselves and others
R – Rigor in learning; Right judgement in Wisdom and Charity

Welcome to the St. Joseph the Worker Day School and Grade School Website!

I am thrilled that you are visiting our website and honored to greet you as you begin to learn more about St. Joseph the Worker Day School and Grade School.  Whether you are visiting as a potential parent, a current St. Joe’s family, an alum, or as a community leader we are excited to share all the amazing things taking  place in our schools.

As I am entering into my sixth year as principal, I am excited to welcome a new and exciting year at both our school locations.

Our theme for the  2022-20223school year is “Through Christ, We Can!” Our students learn that “We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” Philippians 4:13. When  we fall down, We get back up! We think and pray every step of the way!

We have over 35 students 6 weeks to two years old in our Day School and 143 students  Preschool 3-6th grade in our Grade School. Situated in the Northern Panhandle, we are centrally located between Pennsylvania and Ohio allowing our families  to come from all over Hancock and Brooke counties in West Virginia, Burgettstown and Avella in Pennsylvania and Jefferson County in Ohio.

Why would  families travel 30 minutes to attend our schools- it’s simple, we are a school of excellence instilling character and intellect, where every child and family are  prepared and empowered to fully engage in any challenge they may face academically, personally and spiritually.

We work closely as a faculty, school board and parish to offer not only an excellent academic experience, but also a caring and inspiring environment rooted in a strong Catholic identity. We are always  working on integrating technology and resources into our newly updated curriculum to allow us the opportunity to provide a more individualized plan of  instruction for all of our students. We also are the only Catholic school to have a full time resource officer that allows us to provide another layer of support and  security to our students, faculty and staff. We are also the only Catholic school to have a full time school psychologist that adds additional support to our  students, faculty, staff, families and parishioners.

If you are new or even a life-long resident of the area, we encourage you to schedule a visit. We would love to  show you what we have to offer. If you are part of our alumni, stop by and let us show you all the new and exciting things taking place everyday.

No matter your  interest in St. Joseph the Worker, thank you for taking your time to visit us on the web. We are so happy you did.

God bless,

Recheal Fuscardo

Years of Education


Rev. Dennis R. Schuelkens Jr.
Recheal Fuscardo
Principal, Day School Director
Carole Lammers
Assistant Principal
Shannon Backel
Advancement Director
Chloe Ewusiak
Advancement Director
Ricky Grishkevich
Parish Resource Officer


Hilary Jonczak
Nikki Wyatt
Pre-K3 Aide
Danielle Littleton
Pre-K4 Teacher
Karen Frankovitch
Pre-K4 Aide
Bettie Lou Gain
Maria Mull
Kindergarten Aid
Tonya Kirk
First Grade
Marisa Shaw
2nd Grade
Molly Jackson
Third Grade
Deborah Bernardi
Fourth Grade
Lori Karwowski
5th Grade
Sarah Drylie
6th Grade
Kathy Bischof
Library/Reading Coordinator
Lydia Forsthoefel
Religion Teacher K-6
Ceila Mergen
Ashton Breckert
Art, Health, PE, Computers
Ken James
Computer Teacher/ IT


Mariann Weimerskirch
Administrative Assistant, Bookkeeper
Tiffany Macek
Kitchen Manager
Sue Marsh
Kitchen Staff
Roberta Goddard
Kitchen Staff
Vince Trupiano
Angelo “Buddy” Ciccollela
Ron Riter
Church & School Maintenance

School Based Health

The School Based Health Program began with the 2005-06 school year. The program is generously funded by a grant from The Sisters of Saint Joseph Health and Wellness Foundation and provides a nurse, guidance counselor, and a clerical aid position for the school.

Services provided for students and their families include:


  • Preventative Health Screenings
  • Basic First Aid
  • Classroom Education


  • Individual and Family Counseling
  • Group Sessions
  • Individual Mental Health Assessments
  • Classroom Education

Additional Services provided for the parish and community:

  • Fall Health Fair
  • Health Screenings
    • Vision
    • Dental
    • Hearing
    • Blood Pressure Checks
    • Height/Weight/Body Mass Index Monitoring
    • Scoliosis
  • Healthy Nutrition Education

Health screening provided to St. Joseph School also.

Program Staff

  • Jill Mullens, RN, BSN
  • Erin McFarland, M.Ed., LPC

Uniform Policy


August through October 31st and April to end of school year:

  • Navy blue shorts or Navy blue pants.
  • Carolina blue, or navy polo shirts with “St. Joseph School” scripted on the left chest.
  • White, navy blue or black crew socks.

November 1st through March 31st:

  • Carolina Blue dress shirts, navy tie, and navy pants.
  • Navy blue or gray sweaters zip up or pull over may be worn or St. Joseph Sweatshirt with the gym logo.
  • 8th graders only may wear the Approved Madonna Sweatshirt in place of the St. Joseph Sweatshirt.


August through October 31st, and April to end of school year: 

  • Blue plaid skort, skirt, or jumper! Navy blue shorts or navy blue pants.
  • Carolina blue, or navy polo shirts with “St. Joseph School” scripted on the left chest.
  • White, grey or navy blue knee socks.

November 1st through March 31st:

  • Navy blue or gray leggins may be worn under skirts
  • Navy blue or gray sweaters zip up or pull over may be worn or St. Joseph Sweatshirt with the gym logo.
  • 8th graders only may wear the Approved Madonna Sweatshirt in place of the St. Joseph Sweatshirt.

All Students

Uniform Shoes:

  • Black, navy, or brown loafer, boat, or dress shoes.
  • NO athletic socks or decorative socks.

Gym Uniforms:

  • Navy Blue only
  • White, black, navy or gray tennis shoes with non-marking soles may be worn to school on gym days
  • New gym uniforms must be purchased through NC Sportz.

Tennis Shoes for Recess:

  • All students should have a change of tennis shoes (no specific color) with non-marking soles in their homeroom. We will use the gym during recess when it is raining or the weather is bad.

Purchase Options

School Uniforms can be, but are not required to be, purchased from Pro 3 Services.

870 Main St.
Follansbee, WV 26037