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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

JB Alumni Named Nautical Master Captain

It was 1972 when Mike Mochan first entered the doors of Julie Billiart’s Lyndhurst School as a second-grade student. For Mochan, JB was a new place filled with uncertainty. However, he quickly learned that JB would provide a safe and welcoming environment . . . one that he is still so grateful for in his life today.

“When I first came to JB in the winter of second grade, Sister Mary Francois made me feel so welcomed and comfortable in this strange new school. Sister Francois has made a positive, everlasting impression on me to this day,” said Mochan.

After graduating from JB, Mochan attended Euclid High School. His clear vision for the future and kind heart led him through an education at Cleveland State University, the Fire Academy at Tri-C, and Paramedic School at Brentwood Hospital.

After years of classes and training, Mochan became a firefighter so that he could help those in need. For more than 20 years, Mochan has worked with pediatric burn victims. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007. When reflecting on his career as a firefighter, Mochan said, “I have been blessed doing a job that I love and being able to help people on their worst day.”

Mochan resides in North Ridgeville, Ohio with his wife, Colleen. He has four children – Melissa, Dale, and twins, Jack and Patrick. Mochan is also a proud grandfather to Dale Jr.!

He credits JB for setting him on the right path back in 1972.

“JB has impacted my life by giving me the tools to help overcome my learning disabilities and dyslexia.”

In Mochan’s free time, he enjoys tournament walleye fishing. In fact, he won the Cabela’s National Walleye Tour in 2017. Additionally, he recently became a Nautical Master Captain running Lake Erie walleye charters. When Mike’s not on the water, he enjoys traveling, going to sporting events, and spending time with his family and friends.

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools gave us hope after our daughter was diagnosed with a learning disability. At JB, she thrived in the small classes, received necessary therapies, and developed the self-confidence to ask for help when she needed it. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools has helped my child become a better version of himself. The teachers and therapists at JB really know and understand how to reach children who learn differently. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote My kids love everything about JB and look forward to going to school every day and seeing their friends and teachers. JB is truly a one of a kind school enriching young lives everyday. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote All of the teachers and staff at JB are patient and willing to take the extra time to make sure we, as parents, understand and are comfortable. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote I don’t think I will ever be able to put into words how grateful I am that you saw my daughter for all that she is today and all that she is yet to become. close-quote

Tammie Sommer

open-quote They have all the resources necessary, specialized to the individual learning of each child, and the heart that goes with it. I don't think we would have stayed in Ohio if it wasn't for JB! close-quote

JB Parent

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