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.

  Sister Maryanne Winteberg, IHM Administrative Assistant srmaryanne@qoaschool.orgI have enjoyed being a part of the Catholic School System for the past 50 years.  I graduated with a BA and Principal’s certification from Immaculata University and MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Seminary. I spent the first 22 years teaching grades 4 – 8, and then served as a principal for 25 year, and vice principal for 2 years.  My teaching career has taken me to New Jersey, Virginia, South Carolina and of course, Pennsylvania. It is now my pleasure to serve as administrative assistant of Queen of Angels Regional School where I enjoy seeing the younger children every day.  Their smiles and their happiness in coming to school certainly bring joy to my life.
  Mrs. Susan O’Connor – School Secretary soconnor@qoaschool.org I am beginning a new career here at Queen of Angels as the school secretary. I have spent the last 20 years in the mortgage industry, and I welcome this career move with great happiness. My husband and I have been parishioners here at St. David’s parish for 9 years. We have two lovely, active daughters who are both enrolled here at Queen of Angels. At home I enjoy long walks, bike riding, spending time with my family, vacationing down the shore, and countless days and nights with friends and neighbors at the swim club. I have been blessed with this opportunity, I am committed to the tasks that lie ahead, and I look forward to working with the faculty, parents, and especially the children.
  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  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 here at Queen of Angels schools.  It has been such a 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. Megan Hartman PreK3 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.
   Mrs. Diane Mock,  PreK4 Teacher Aide   dmock@qoaschool.org A graduate of St. Joseph’s University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, I have been a teacher aide for over eighteen years.  Eight of those years were spent in a Montessori classroom.  In addition, I have worked in the CARES program for nine years.  Being an educator in the Catholic School system and watching the students grow academically and spiritually has been a very rewarding experience for me.  I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my three lovable grandchildren.  I spend summers with family and friends in Ocean City.
  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.
  Mrs. Sarah Galbreath, Kindergarten Aide 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.
 missing-Student ID-12 Mrs. Michele Krause, Grade K 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 15th 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 18 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. Patricia Weatherford, Grade 5     pweatherford@qoaschool.org Teach and you will always be surrounded with the joy that only children can bring!  I have been blessed by that joy now surpassing 30 years.  As a graduate of Holy Family University, my first teaching job was at St. Timothy.  I took a detour while teaching fourth grade for Pennsbury School District.  I found my way back to Catholic education at St. Michael the Archangel and knew it was as much a vocation as a career. One more school, St. Martha in northeast Philly for a year, and I arrived at St. David School.  St. David is my home parish and the school my two sons attended.  Now Queen of Angels, this has been my home away from home for over 25 years!  When not in school, I am an avid reader, enjoy walks, have an extensive angel collection and love spending time with our grandchildren.
  Mr. Paul Larrea 6th grade ELA & Social Studies; 6th,7th,8th grade Science.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. Tanya Murgia Grade 8 tmurgia@qoaschool.org I love teaching and join Queen of Angels with 13 years of teaching experience.  I have worked with toddlers through high school aged students and truly enjoy all ages and stages of child development.  My husband and I have four children who have all attended Catholic School.  I have a Bachelors degree in Education from Penn State University and I am a few credits shy of a Masters degree in Education from Arcadia University. I love all types of music, the outdoors, and spending time with my children at their sporting events.  More than anything, I love my Catholic faith and look forward to sharing it with my students! 
  Mrs. Nicole Carter, Honors Math ncarter@qoaschool.org 

 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 4 awesome kids. Mary (8), John (7), Joey (5) and Grace (2). 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!!

 

 cantrell  Mrs. Jennifer Cantrell, Spanish  jcantrell@qoaschool.org My name is Jennifer Cantrell, and my family and I have been members of St. David’s Parish for the last 13 years.  I am a graduate of Nazareth Academy High School.  I went on to DeSales University where I studied Spanish.  During my college years, I lived in Spain and took courses at La Universidad de Antonio Nebrija, in Madrid.  I graduated in 1997 with a Degree in Spanish, a certification in education (grades K-12) and a minor in Business.  I taught for many years in the Wissahickon School District.  I have been home with my two wonderful children for many years now, and I am very excited to return to teaching at Queen of Angels.
 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!
 NOID1Y02146 Mrs. Kathleen McClernand, Gym Teacher  kmcclernand@qoaschool.org  My name is Kitty McClernand and I am a teacher, mother, coach and personal trainer. Growing up, I played softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer and tennis.  I Graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Then in 2009, I completed my certification in Personal Training.  From 2000-2013, I taught PE at OLHC in Abington, PA. Between my teaching role and passion for sports, I  quickly became involved with  coaching at OLHC CYO Basketball, XC & Track/Field. There I learned the values of practice, team spirit and patience. Most importantly, coaching instilled in me  good judgment and sense of authority. I started coaching at the high school level in 2006 at Mount St. Joseph Academy.  Last year, I was drawn back into teaching at QoA school. I have achieved a perfect balance. I am able to shape young children’s lives at QoA, coach high school ladies at the Mount and train men and women at McClernand Fitness.
   
 lhoffner Mrs. Elizabeth Hoffner – Computer Teacher lhoffner@qoaschool.org  - I have been teaching since 1998.  I taught technology at Our Lady Help of Christians School for 7 years.  Since 2012, I have been at Our Lady of Mercy. Before that, I have taught in Kindergarten, 1st, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms.  I am a product of Catholic education, having attended Catholic grade school, high school and college.  I have also always taught in a Catholic school and enjoy being able to share my faith with the students.  I have a Level 2 Certification in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  I also have my Masters of Education with a Concentration in Technology. On a personal note, I am married and have 3 children, Luke, Karen and Nicholas.  All three attend Queen of Angels.
  Mrs. Mary O’Driscoll, Art Teacher modriscoll@qoaschool.org I am very excited to be teaching at Queen of Angels School! I’ve taught in the Archdiocese for 18 years: at St. Albert the Great School (grades 6-8), St. Helena School (grade 4), and Our Lady Of Mount Carmel School in Philadelphia (grade 1).  I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from The Catholic University of America, and am certified as an Elementary Teacher in Pennsylvania and a Catechist in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Art has been one of my lifelong interests. I have a background in art as well as teaching, and have taught art in all of my schools, as well as other subjects. I’ve studied drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and graphic design; and received the Gold Medal for Art from Bishop McDevitt High School. I’ve even owned and operated a pottery kiln and darkroom!  I live in Warminster with my husband, Tom, and two daughters, Lizzy and Anna. I’m happy to return to teaching after taking time off to raise my girls. I’m especially thrilled to be at Queen of Angels school, since I’ve long had associations with both St. David’s and Our Lady Help of Christians Parishes. My sister was a member of St. David’s until recently, and I belonged to OLHC before my marriage. Recently, I’ve begun working with the E.P.I.C. Youth Group. So I feel right at home at QOA and am looking forward to a great year!
 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 enjoyed working at Queen of Angels 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.  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-4  Ms. Lori Craven, Reading/Math Intermediate Unit
 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