Teacher Directory

Sister Mary C. Chapman, IHM, Ed.D Principal smchapman@qoaschool.org

Sister Mary Catherine Chapman, IHM, principal of Queen of Angels School, enjoys the warm, accepting, and genuinely friendly atmosphere of the Willow Grove/Abington.

             Born and raised in Levittown, Pennsylvania, one of thirteen children (11 boys and 2 girls) of Bill and Leona Chapman, Sister Mary attended the area Catholic elementary and high school. Having completed her degree in early childhood/elementary education/English at Immaculata College, Pennsylvania, Sister Mary taught for one year in a Catholic elementary school, and then entered the congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. After profession, Sister Mary Chapman continued teaching on the elementary level for twelve years.

             Upon receiving a Masters of Education degree in school administration from Rowan University, New Jersey, Sister Mary served as principal of Saint Cyril of Alexandria School in East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. Sister Mary was then assigned to Immaculata University where she taught in the education department and supervised student teachers. “Missing the elementary scene too much,” Sister requested to return to elementary school as a principal.

             Consequently, Sister Mary Chapman was appointed principal of Saint Dominic School in Northeast Philadelphia. In August 2007, Sister earned her Doctorate of Education from Widener University in Pennsylvania. Sister then served in beautiful Virginia Beach at St. Gregory the Great School followed by Immaculate Conception School, Somerville, NJ.

             Sister Mary Chapman enjoys the challenges and joys of leadership because it provides her the opportunity to engage actively with the entire school community: parish staff, teachers, school staff, students, and parents. Sister is looking forward to working with the great community of Queen of Angels!

 
 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 PreK4 Teacher kgodzieba@qoaschool.org  This will be my fourth year at Queen of Angels! Being a product of the Archdiocese, myself, having graduated from both St. Stanislaus School and Lansdale Catholic High School, I feel very fortunate to teach in the Archdiocese now. I graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Early Childhood and Special Education from Gwynedd Mercy University, and I hold certification in both areas, as well. This Spring, I will be starting graduate school with Penn State, with the intent of getting a degree in Special Education. 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 get to learn alongside them! 
 20190817_185224 (2) Mrs. Kelly Strybuc, PreK 3 Teacher  I’m thrilled to be joining the amazing team of QOA teachers!  I have had the pleasure of getting to know this fantastic school community as a parent and I couldn’t be happier!  I’m a Rowan University graduate and began my teaching career as an elementary teacher in Kindergarten, First and Second Grades.  I have also enjoyed positions as a preschool aide and substitute teacher.  Happily married for 12 years and Mom to two wonderful children, Cole and Lily.  They have kept me pretty busy over the past eight years and I have enjoyed every second with my family.  I absolutely love teaching little ones and seeing their smiling faces every day!  I’m so excited to teach PreK 3 this Fall, it’s going to be an amazing and fun year at QOA!
 
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.
 shai  Mrs. Shai Eckert, PreK 3 Teacher Aide I look forward to working alongside Mrs. Bachich as her teacher’s aide. Having the opportunity to volunteer at Queen of Angels the past two year’s has been a Blessing for me! I’am also greatful that my son David who has attended Pre K 3 & Pre K 4 at QOA has learned so much & participated in so many fun activities! My Catholic Faith and education has instilled many values in my life and I look forward to being a part of Queen of Angels students, staff & Family! 
   Mrs. Danielle Swider, PreK 4 Teacher Aide 

 I am excited to be Ms Godzieba’s Aide for the coming year and look forward to getting to know all the children and parents. This will be my 15th year in the Queen of Angels (St David) family! All 3 of my children went from Pre-K4 through 8th grade in this wonderful community and I just couldn’t say goodbye. My oldest child, Grace, is beginning college and my youngest, Jonathan, is starting at Archbishop Wood where his sister, Lily, is already a Junior this year. My free time is mostly spent at Archbishop Wood where I am deeply involved with the Performing Arts Association along with being a Board member and mentor for the robotics team, #2607 The Fighting RoboVikings! I love talking about robotics and STEM, so if you ever want to ask me about what it’s all about… I’m here :) 
I thank God for everything my kids Catholic education has brought to all our lives and I want to be a part of the littlest peoples journey as they begin to learn. 
   Mrs. Patricia Crossley, Kindergarten Teacher   pcrossley@qoaschool.org  I have over 30 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  volunteer with the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey and enjoy spending time with my husband and children. 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 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 University, 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 19th 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.  I love to read and my husband and I enjoy spending time with our adult children and our 10 wonderful grandchildren ages 2-16
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.
 BIO Pic (2) Mrs. Kaitin Iavecchia, Grade 4     kiavecchia@qoaschool.org My name is Miss Kaitlin Iavecchia and I am very excited to begin my teaching journey at Queen of Angels with the fourth-grade! Growing up I kept very busy. I played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse for many teams. I also joined the school band for four years, playing the clarinet. After graduating from Saint Matthew Grade School in 2011, I attended Franklin Towne Charter High School where I discovered God’s true calling for me. I discovered God wanted me to teach and share my stories with others as a teacher had done for me. To continue my education I attended Chestnut Hill College. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Education and minor in Special Education. During my time at Chestnut Hill I became a Resident Assistant for the main freshmen residence hall, as well as played women’s lacrosse where I was team captain my senior year. I hold my Instructional I state certification in grades 4-6 all subjects and grades 7-8 social studies. I have been an active member of my home parish of Saint Matthew for many years where I altar served and am now lecturing and serving as a Eucharistic Minister. During my spare time, I enjoy doing arts and crafts as well as watching Marvel movies! I look forward to sharing my Catholic faith with the students I teach at Queen of Angels!
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.
 Profile Pic (2) Mr. Patrick Koerbler, 6th grade pkoerbler@qoaschool.org  I am a 2016 graduate of Penn State, and am currently working on my Master’s of Education from Cabrini University, with a focus on Secondary Education. I went to Catholic school my entire life, and feel as though it only made sense for me to begin my teaching career at a Catholic school. I’m looking forward to my first year in the classroom where I hope to create a fun, safe, enriching environment for all my students. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy any and all sports, but specifically Penn State football and the Philadelphia 76ers.
   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 

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 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. Jamie Kuttner – Honors Math & Religion jkuttner@qoaschool.org Hello! My name is Mrs. Jamie Kuttner and I’m so excited to be starting my first year teaching at Queen of Angels! I believe in the value of a Catholic education and I understand the importance of teaching students about our Catholic faith and values in order to create and inspire future generations.  I received a Catholic education and graduated from Our Lady Help of Christians grade school in 1995, and then went on to graduate from Bishop McDevitt High School in 1999. I received my B.A. and earned extra credits in special education and ELL certification towards a Masters Degree at Arcadia University. I have taught  Middle School Mathematics for about 4 years in Philadelphia at an IB World dual language school as the middle school mathematics teacher where I also helped to write and implement the middle school mathematics program. I have also taught in the Abington School district both in the general education elementary classrooms and in the special education classrooms.  I am so excited to continue teaching all of you! I am married and have 4 children: Joseph, Hannah (who graduated from QOA in 2017), Chloe (also a student at QOA) and Maryclaire. We love the beach and spending our summer days and nights in Ocean City NJ. I’m looking forward to a great year at Queen of Angels school!  
   Mrs. Lilian Coyle – Spanish Teacher  lcoyle@qoaschool.org I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. I received a Catholic education through grade and high school. I received my B.S. as a nutritionist-dietician from Colombia’s National University. I worked for many years in the public health department focusing on health education. I am an active member and supporter of the Catholic Church. I am married to Joe and we have been blessed with four great children, Susanna, Santiago, Esther, and Grace, who are part of Queen of Angels. In my spare time I like to exercise, listen to music, go on camping trips, and travel. I always welcome opportunities to be challenged to grow, learn, and dream! This is my second year teaching Spanish at QoA and I LOVE it! It is a pleasure to be part of the QoA family. I want to make Spanish meaningful and enhance the students’ ability to speak a new language.
 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 fifth 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