Teacher Directory

Sister Margaret Rose Adams, IHM, Principal smadams@qoaschool.org

Arriving in August, 2012 at Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with wonderful teachers, students, and parents from the beginning of the merged school. I’ve been a Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for over 30 years.  My prior professional experience includes 17 years as a classroom teacher of grades 1, 4, and 8, and over 16 years of principal experience with 4 years at St. Jane Frances de Chantal School in Easton, PA, 4 years at St. Simon School, Los Altos, California, and 7 years at SS. Simon and Jude in West Chester, PA.  I hold a BA in Theology and history from Immaculata University, a MA in History from Villanova, and a MA in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University.  I have earned PA Instructional II certification in elementary education, secondary history, principal K-12, and supervisor of curriculum and instruction.  As a life long learner, I enjoy working with children, reading, and attending educational workshops that will enhance the quality of the education here at Queen of Angels School. I have shared my knowledge in workshops given across the country, retreats given to faculties and principals, and parent talks.  In 2008, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia named me an Outstanding Principal of the Year.   I hope that you can all see that my personal mission statement is:  Through Jesus and Mary to impart a love for learning.  Sister Margaret Rose won the 2016 PA CAPE Administrator of the Year Award for Early Education.

 
 missing-Student ID-19 Mrs. Susan O’Connor, School Secretary  soconnor@qoaschool.orgI am entering my 4th year here at Queen of Angels as the school secretary and it has indeed been a true blessing from above. From September through June I have the privilege of working alongside such a fine staff of Catholic educators. I witness the tenacity of our parents who look to instill the Lord in their children’s mind and hearts. And the reason we’re all here, I see your children. I see their smiling faces everyday as they enter in the morning, as they come in the office for a headache, or scrapes from doing what they do best, being a kid in the schoolyard. I see them grow as you do right before our eyes. I too have 2 wonderful children that run (walk) through these halls. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am honored and proud to serve as your school secretary in this great catholic school that will teach our children the way of the lord throughout their lifetime, as it has mine. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, bike riding and most of my time driving to and from swim practices and swim meets being a swim mom.
  Kelly Bachich, PreK 3 Teacher  kbachich@qoaschool.orgA graduate of Temple University with a degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, I have been teaching in the diocese for over 10 years. After 7 years at St. John Bosco, I was lucky to join the Saint David school community.  I was thrilled to continue on as the Pre-K3 teacher at Queen of Angels School!  I love working with the youngest students in the school because I have the great opportunity to show them school can be a fun and exciting place to be each day. Plus, they really can bring a smile to your face with all their joyful enthusiasm.  It is amazing to see much they grow and learn in one school year!
  Mrs. Karen Brown  Gym Teacher/PreK 3 Teacher Aide     kbrown@qoaschool.orgI have been teaching in the Archdiocese for over 12 years. First I was the PE teacher at Saint John Bosco School and I also worked in the CARES program. Presently, I am the Pre-k 3 aide to Mrs. Kelly Bachich and the new PE teacher here at Queen of Angels schools.  It has been such wonderful and fun filled  years, watching the children grow and learn every day.
  Ms. Kiersten Godzieba PreK3 Teacher kgodzieba@qoaschool.org  Hi, my name is Kiersten Godzieba and this is my first year at Queen of Angels! I, myself, am a product of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, having graduated from both St. Stanislaus School and Lansdale Catholic High School. I graduated with a BS in Early Childhood and Special Education from Gwynedd Mercy University, and I hold certification in both areas. Previously, I worked at St. Anthony’s Preschool & Childcare with one to five year olds. The little ones are my favorites to teach and I’m so excited to learn with them this year!
Mrs. Donna Nardone, PreK Teacher Aide MWF I am a graduate of Beaver College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. I also hold a certificate in Business Programming. I have worked in both the mental health and health information technology fields. Most recently, I have become a substitute preschool aide here at QOA and at another local preschool.  Outside of work my favorite thing is spending time with my children and husband. My children are both students here at QOA and we are also members of St. David Church. I am excited to begin this new journey as the PreK-3 aide in Ms. K’s classroom.
 
Mrs. Megan Hartman PreK 4 Teacher Aide mhartman@qoaschool.org Megan is a firm believer in the value of catholic education and attended catholic school herself.  She is a graduate of St. Genevieve in Flourtown, Mount St. Joseph Academy, St. Joseph’s University (BS- Sociology) and Chestnut Hill College (MS- Administration of Human Services).  After graduating from St. Joe’s, Megan spent many years in the healthcare field working in clinical research and education project management in health policy until most recently becoming a substitute at Queen of Angel’s preschool program.  Falling in love with the children, their excitement to learn and pride they exuded while working on any task, Megan felt this was the right spot for her, and after many prayers that a position would open up at Queen of Angels, she could not be more excited to be hired as a teacher aide. 
Megan has three children who attend Queen of Angels.  In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, reading, coaching swim for St. David’s Tritons and of course spending time with her husband and three loves: Jamison, George and Joseph.
Mrs. Patricia Venafra, PreK 4 Teacher pvenafra@qoaschool.org I have been working for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 14 years.  I worked at Nativity of Our Lord School in Warminster as a PreK 4 Aide for 6 years, worked in the CARES program for 9 years and was the Assistant Director for Summer Camp for 3 years.  I then taught PreK 4at St. John Bosco School in Hatboro for 2 years.   I joined St. David/Queen of Angels School as a PreK 3 & 4 substitute for 4 years.  I then taught PreK 3 (Christian Education Program) at Gloria Dei Preschool in Huntingdon Valley for 1 year and last year I taught PreK 3 at St. Martin of Tours School in Philadelphia.  I am so happy and blessed to be teaching PreK 3 this year at Queen of Angels School.  I have been married for 35 years, have 3 grown children and enjoy my summers at the beach catching up with my family and many books.   Watching the 3 and 4 year old children grow and learn, make friends and enjoy their day is truly a blessing; their innocence brings so much joy to my life.
  Mrs. Diane Hediger, PreK 4 Teacher       dhediger@qoaschool.org Teaching preschool for over 7 years, I love exploring the world with the children in my classroom.  I hold PA state certification with a Master’s degree in Early Childhood.  I am not only a teacher at QOA but also a parent with twins who attend QOA.  I also have an older child in high school.  My husband, Chris, and I feel blessed that we are able to provide our children with the quality education they receive in Catholic school.  When school is out we love to go to the beach and catch a Phillies game.  Mrs. Hediger received the first Early Education Teacher Recognition Award from the Pennsylvania affiliate of the Council on American Private Education (PA CAPE) in Spring, 2014, was named an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Phillies Teacher of the Year Awards and a 2017 National Liberty Museum’s Teacher As Hero Award recipient.
   
  Mrs. Patricia Crossley, Kindergarten Teacher   pcrossley@qoaschool.org  I have over 25 years experience with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that includes teaching kindergarten, fifth, seventh, and eighth grades. A graduate of Chestnut Hill College, I hold a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children. I also like to read and am frequently on my iPad discovering new apps.  Mrs. Crossley received the Early Childhood Education Teacher Recognition Award from the Pennsylvania affiliate of the Council on American Private Education (PA CAPE) in Spring, 2015.  Mrs. Crossley was named People’s Choice in the 2016 Montco Happening for Teacher.
 
 missing-Student ID-12 Mrs. Michele Krause, Grade PreK 4 Teacher Aide mkrause@qoaschool.org  After spending many years working in the engineering, healthcare, and medical review fields, I began working as a teacher aide here at Queen of Angels School. I am currently a teacher aide in 3rd grade.  I truly enjoy working with the students as they demonstrate their eagerness to learn new techniques and the smiles on their faces when they master new skills. Working in such a faithful environment with the students and staff is a blessing.
   Mrs. Keri Rush, Grade  1krush@qoaschool.org In 1996, I graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Kutztown University.  I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Reading and Literacy from Marygrove College, from which I graduated in the Summer of 2011.  Prior to my first year at Queen of Angels School, I taught grades 7, 6, 4, 3, and kindergarten at St. David School.  I am looking forward to teaching 1st grade!  In the summertime, my husband and I enjoy spending our time at the beach with our three kids
Mrs. Nancy Lewis, Grade 2 nalewis@qoaschool.orgA graduate of Holy Family College, I  hold dual certification in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I have taught PreK-3, PreK-4, and spent 4 years in Kindergarten before moving to second grade. This fall will be my 17th year in second grade and I am thrilled to be able to be a part of the sacramental preparation for both Reconciliation and Eucharist. There is nothing like the smile on a child’s face leaving the confessional or the altar after the reception of these sacraments.
Mrs. Marianne Kleinbrahm, Grade 3  mkleinbrahm@qoaschool.orgBefore becoming the third grade teacher at Queen of Angels, I had spent many years teaching third grade at other Archdiocesan Schools.  I attended Holy Family University and received by BA degree in Elementary Education. I hold Instructional I state certification in the area of Elementary Education grades K through 6.  I also was trained and received certification in the Foundations and Frameworks Reading Program.  It was a lifelong dream of mine to become a Catholic School Teacher, a dream that I have been able to fulfill for over 19 years.  It is truly my pleasure to teach Religion to the students I encounter and share with them all of the ways in which we can be like Jesus each day.
Mrs. Joan Schwarz, Grade 4     jschwarz@qoaschool.org I am a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I hold a Pennsylvania Instructional I teaching certificate and I have earned my Catechetical Certification through the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Catechetical Formation.  With classroom experience in three different schools, I have been in education for 23 years.  Two of those years were in PreK- 4 with the balance in fourth grade.  The combination of inquisitiveness and innocence in fourth grade students is well suited to my teaching style and I find it richly rewarding.   Mrs. Schwarz was named Voices of Inspiration Teacher of the Year in Spring 2014.  Mrs. Schwarz earned an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Phillies Teacher of the Year Contest.
Mrs. Sarah Galbreath, 5th Grade sgalbreath@qoaschool.org I am so excited to be back in the classroom. My teaching career began after graduating from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. I assisted in a preschool classroom at Norwood Fontbonne Academy while completing my Masters in Education at Chestnut Hill College. Since then I’ve taught in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in some capacity for 8 years. I’ve taught 7th and 8th grade as well as the preschool level. When not in school, I enjoy spending time with my husband Will and our four children. We like to spend time at the shore in the summer. I also coach basketball and softball for Our Lady Help of Christians CYO and volunteer as co-chair for the Angels on the Run committee. I am a true believer in Catholic education and I look forward to instilling these values in the students at Queen of Angels School.
  Mr. Paul Larrea 6th grade I earned a Bachelor’s Degree, magna cum laude, from Holy Family University. I hold a Pennsylvania Instructional I teaching certificate. I am very excited to teach 6th grade and to be a member of the QOA community! Catholic education has always been a part of my life. I attended both Maternity B.V.M Grade School and Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia. It is important for me to teach my students good morals and to live a Christian life.  During the school year, it is my goal to challenge my students to reach their full potential. When not in school, I enjoy going to the beach, playing tennis, and watching the Philadelphia Eagles and the Phillies.
   Ms. Alaina Jamison, Grade 7  ajamison@qoaschool.orgI graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education/English. For nearly two years, I worked as an educator in a learning center for remedial education where I taught students ranging from grades K-12. I am truly passionate about reading, and believe that every student should have the ability to read, comprehend, interpret literature, and express themselves! I am very excited about being a member of the QOA school and community. I attended a local Catholic School (Saint Luke’s, which is now Saint Joseph the Protector) and am so appreciative of the benefits I have gained in life from being educated in a Catholic school with a close-knit community. I am looking forward to being able to teach my students about the importance of having strong values and morals. 

When I am not concentrating on teaching and graduate courses, you can find me at the beach with my dog and a book!
  Mrs. Nicole Carter, Grade 8 

 I was born and raised in Willow Grove. I am blessed to be a graduate of St. David School along with my 3 younger siblings. I continued my education at Archbishop Wood then Franciscan University of Steubenville. After graduating college, I married married my college sweetheart Jason and moved to Tampa, Florida.  For the past 9 years I have taught both Math and Religion at the high school and middle school levels. We have 5 awesome kids. Mary (9), John (8), Joey (6), Grace (3) and Frankie. I am so excited to be teaching at Queen of Angels and even more excited that Mary, John and Joey will be attending Queen of Angels! I love volleyball, penguins and everything about Philadelphia, especially the soft pretzels and the Eagles, but the Carter house is definitely a baseball house and we LOVE the TAMPA BAY RAYS!!
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Mrs. Elizabeth Dowling, Honors Math & Religion

I am very excited to begin the new school year  teaching at Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Willow Grove! This September marks my twentieth year of teaching in Catholic Schools in Philadelphia. I taught eighth grade math, science and religion for six years at Saint Christopher’s School in Somerton and thirteen years teaching algebra I, algebra II, geometry and financial literacy at Mercy Career & Technical High School in North Philadelphia.  I earned my Bachelor’s Degree at Penn State University and my Master’s Degree at Neumann University. I have Level II certifications  in Elementary and Kindergarten Education Grades K to 6 and Middle Level Mathematics Grades 7 to 9. My former student teachers from Saint Joseph’s University are teaching at Cristo-Rey in Philadelphia, and Cathedral High School in Boston.  I attended Presentation B.V.M. and Cardinal Dougherty High School. While attending Penn State, I met my husband, Tom.  Tom grew up in western Pennsylvania in Farrell, PA, and attended Our Lady of Fatima and Kennedy Catholic High School.  Our children, Megan and Michael, attended Saint William School and Cardinal Dougherty. Megan earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State and Michael earned his from Saint Joe’s.  In our house, we root for the Eagles AND the Steelers!

 

   
 id000130 Mrs. Melia Schmauk, Music Teacher  mschmauk@qoaschool.orgI have my Masters of Music degree in Harp Performance from New England Conservatory and my Bachelors of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. I have been the Music Teacher and Choral Director at QOA since 2012. Prior to this, I was Music Teacher/Choral Director at Immaculate Conception School in Jenkintown for 3 years. For many years, I have given private instruction on both piano and harp at various music schools and currently maintain a private harp studio.  As a harpist, I have performed as a soloist as well as a member of many orchestras throughout the US including Pennsylvania Ballet, Delaware, Lancaster, and Montana Symphony Orchestras. I have had much fun performing with Josh Groban, Martina McBride, Randy Newman, and Ann Murray. I also performed a harp and flute concert for President and Mrs. Clinton at the Thoreau Institute and Leonard Nemoy (Spock from Star Trek) at the Boston Science Institute.  I have been very satisfied to be able to pass on my love of music and performance to students of all ages here at QOA School!
 
   
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Mrs. Elizabeth Hoffner – Technology lhoffner@qoaschool.org

Mrs. Elizabeth Hoffner has been teaching since 1998. Mrs. Hoffner is a product of Catholic education, having attended Catholic grade school, high school and college.   She earned BS in Education from Duquesne University and a Masters of Education with a concentration in Technology from Arcadia University.  She has a Level 2 Certification in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

Mrs. Hoffner volunteered for the Mercy Corps and taught in an inner-city Catholic school in Chicago immediately following graduation from Duquesne.  Her time in Chicago was very special.  She loved exploring a new city, meeting new people, and working in a challenging environment.  She returned to the Philadelphia suburbs to be closer to family.

After returning to this area, she taught 4th and 5th grade at Gwynedd Mercy Elementary School.  After receiving her masters, she went on to teach Technology at Our Lady Help of Christians and St. Alphonsus.  Currently, Mrs. Hoffner is teaching technology at Our Lady of Mercy and Queen of Angels schools.  She has always taught in a Catholic school and enjoys being able to share her faith with the students.

On a personal note, Mrs. Hoffner has been married since 2002.  She has 4 children, 3 boys and a girl.  Her children were born in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2016.  She loves that she gets to teach both her own children as well as her nieces and nephews.

 
 PromoPicturesRockford2 003 Mr. Jeffrey Darrohn, Band Director jdarrohn@qoaschool.org - I have taught music for about 25 years in both the US and UK, everything from classroom music K-12, band 4th-12th,  and university teaching incorporating jazz education and music teacher training. My longest tenure was at Saint David School 1987-2004 which included being Director of Bands and Music Director. As a professional musician I have performed in the US and Europe. This includes performing with opera star Robert Merrill, pop singer Lou Rawls, jazz musician Buddy DeFranco and rap artist Kanye West. As a composer my music has been performed by the famed BBC Radio Big Band on BBC Radio and Europe, Pete Cater Big Band, US Army Blues Jazz Big Band, Brian Pastor Big Band and many more. Alfred Music Publishing Company has published my school jazz band through their Belwin Jazz Division. I have a B.M. in Music Education and Performance from University of the Arts and a Masters of Music Education from Boston University.
NOID1Y02179  Mrs. Kimberly O’Doherty, Advancement Director  kodoherty@qoaschool.org A proud graduate of St Joseph’s University with a BS in Marketing, I worked for several years as a consultant at Accenture.  I began my career at Queen of Angels in 2012 as a teacher aide and furthering marketing initiatives for the school.  I have lead the Marketing Committee and been an active member of the “Angels on the Run” committee since QOA opened. This is my third year as the Advancement and Admissions director and I love working to forward the mission of QOA!  I am happily married to my husband, Michael and we have two great kids, Ryan and Ashley.  Ryan is a member of QOA’s Class of 2016 and Ashley is a student at Queen of Angels.  In our free time, we enjoy spending time with family and friends and travelling.
   
 missing-Student ID-25 Mrs.  Kathleen Wilz, MA CCC/SLP Intermediate Unit Speech Therapist  kwilz@mciu.org I am a speech language pathologist who received her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984.  I received my Master’s degree in 1986 from Temple University in Speech Language Pathology. I am a certified member of the American Speech Language & Hearing Association (Certificate of Clinical Competence) since 1987. I have been working for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit for 24 years in various departments including special education, early intervention and currently nonpublic school services
 missing-Student ID-2 Ms. Ashley Rettig, Intermediate Unit Counselor