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Meet Our Staff


Mrs. Marlene Chidiac

Class/Position: PreK-3, Teacher Email Website

 I am a graduate of William Paterson University, with a BA in Early Childhood Education and certification in Nursery School and Elementary School. I have been teaching more than 30 years at Saint Philip’s and I have enjoyed every minute of it! I look forward to each new class, every year!

 


Ms. Dot O’Brien

Class/Position: PreK-3, Paraprofessional


Mrs. Irene Chmura

Class/Position: PreK-3, Paraprofessional


Ms. Ellen Pulsinelle

Class/Position: PreK-4A, Teacher Email Website

Graduated from Susquehanna University with a BA in Elementary Education. Ms. Pulsinelle previously taught grade 4 in the Ridgefield School District.


Ms. Linda Crawford

Class/Position: PreK-4A, Paraprofessional


Ms. Mary O’Brien

Class/Position: PreK-4B, Teacher Email Website

I received my B.A. and M.Ed. in Special Education  from William Paterson University. I hold the following N. J. certifications : K-8 (Elementary Education),K-12 (Special Education), Teacher of Nursery School, School Social Worker, and Supervisor. I retired from public education in April,2016, after 36 years of teaching. My previous teaching assignments ranged from the Pre-K to the 8th grade level in both general ed. and special ed. positions. I have always been a parishioner of St. Philip’s Church as well as a graduate of St. Philip’s School. I am happy to begin my third year here in the Early Childhood Department.


Mrs. Carolyn Conway

Class/Position: PreK-4B, Paraprofessional


Mrs. Meredith Gleason

Class/Position: Teacher - Kindergarten Website

2019-2020 is Mrs. Gleason’s second year at Saint Philip Prep.  I have been a teacher and education professional since 2011 and has been working with children and families since 2008.  Prior to joining the Saint Philip faculty, I taught at Success Academy Charter School in Harlem, NYC. I also worked as a Managing Director at Huntington Learning Center in Englewood, NJ.


Ms. Kimberlee Korzelius

Class/Position: Kindergarten A, Paraprofessional


Ms. Amanda Appleby

Class/Position: Teacher Kindergarten Website

My name is Mrs. Amanda Appleby. I received my Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (K-6) from Caldwell University; I am also a certified Teacher of Students with Disabilities. I am a product of Catholic Schools, having attended PreK-8 as well as my college years. Though this is my first year at St. Philip’s, this will be my fourth year working for the Diocese of Paterson and my sixth year teaching. When I’m not in the classroom, I spend time with my (new!) husband and our tabby cat. I also love to make art and travel to new places. Teaching is my passion and I can’t wait to share it with the St. Philip’s family.


Mrs. Patricia Regan

Class/Position: Kindergarten B, Paraprofessional


Mrs. Maria Slader

Class/Position: 1A, Teacher Email Website

I am a product of St. Philip Preparatory School, as are my two children, so you can see I believe in a Catholic education. I am a graduate of Montclair State University specializing in Special Education. My mission for the children is to provide a fun, safe, learning environment for all learners. I will do my best to reach every child at their developmental level and provide meaningful, multisensory activities, through differentiated instruction,and lessons to enrich learning. In 2006, I was given the dubious honor as “Teacher of The Year” by the Knights of Columbus.


Ms. Nicole Amoresano

Class/Position: Teacher 1B Website

This is my first year at Saint Philip Preparatory School.  I graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Family Science and Human Development. I believe that each child is an individual and it is my responsibility to foster social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth using meaningful and multisensory instruction. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors. I am very excited to be part of the Saint Philip community and I look forward to working closely with my students and families.

Mrs. Denise Pannullo

Class/Position: 2A, Teacher Email Website

I look forward to another year of meeting new
students and families. I am a graduate of Jersey City
State College with a BA in Elementary Education.
I serve our parish as Coordinator of Religious
Education and hold a certificate in Religious
Education from the College of St. Elizabeth.
The Future of the World is in my Classroom Today.

Ivan Welton Fitzwater

 


Ms. Katherine Spellman

Class/Position: 2B, Teacher Website

Hello! This is my first year teaching at St. Philip’s Preparatory School and I am super excited. I graduated from Montclair State University this past May, with my degree in Family Science and Human Development with a concentration in School Settings. My philosophy of teaching and learning is creating a working collaborative environment where students can become a community of learners who support one another. During my student teaching, I was in a classroom where everyone had the chance to participate and share their ideas, and it is important to me that I create the same atmosphere in my classroom. The classroom should be a place where students have the freedom to share thoughts, challenge ideas, and respect one another.


Mrs. Allison Cheddie

Class/Position: Teacher - 3A Email Website

I am a 2006 graduate of East Stroudsburg University. I have my bachelor degree in elementary education with a concentration in special education. My philosophy concerning teaching has developed over the years. I am a firm believer that students learn by doing. I also try to teach in a variety of ways; having discussions, engaging the children in activities, writing, and of course, creating new and wonderful experiences! I also think that learning never ends. Students are always discovering innovative and exciting materials, as should teachers.    I am very happy to be teaching third grade again!


Ms. Dona Jean Piasecki

Class/Position: Teacher 3B Email Website

I am very excited about the opportunity to teach 3 rd grade this year.  Having earned a BS in Education from Seton Hall, I have taught for over 20 years in both the Newark and Paterson Diocese – 16 of those years
were teaching third grade! Saint Philip is my home – I am a parishioner, a Eucharist Minister and have taught Religious Education. I look forward to being part of this unique learning community.


Mrs. Marie Clifford

Class/Position: Teacher 4A Email Website

I came to St. Philip Prep in 2009 from Pope John Paul II where I taught sixth grade and fourth grade.  I am a graduate of Fordham University and received my teaching certification from St. Peter’s University.  One of my favorite pastimes is reading a good book.


Mrs. Karen Romanko

Class/Position: Teacher 4B Website

I was born and raised in Clifton and attended both Sacred Heart School and St. Andrew the Apostle School in Clifton. I attended Clifton High School and continued my education at Kean University where I earned my BS in Mathematics. I earned my K-8 teaching certification at Felician University. I really love teaching and am looking forward to imparting my love of mathematics with my students this year.


Mrs. Jennifer Higgins

Class/Position: Teacher 5A Email Website

I was born and raised in Barrington, Rhode Island. I have three beautiful daughters: Allison, Ella, and Sarah.  I have a BS in Elementary Education with a specialization in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and an MS in Education: Reading and Math from Walden University. I am a lifelong learner and believe we learn the most when we push ourselves out of our comfort zones. I have been blessed to be a part of the SP Prep family since 2012.


Mrs. Robin Baham

Class/Position: Teacher 5B Email Website

I believe that all children are unique and have . something special that they can bring to their own educational experience. I bring an open mind, a positive attitude, compassion, dedication and high expectations to the classroom everyday. I owe it to my students to bring consistency, diligence and kindness to my job in the hope to inspire and encourage young minds.

I am a graduate of Seton Hall University (B.F.A.) and attended graduate school at the College of St. Elizabeth for a Master’s Degree in Education. My husband and I are firm believers in Catholic education and our two daughters have always attended Catholic schools. I have a passion for teaching with experience in all grades from Pre-K to High School. I am excited to be a part of the St. Philip Prep school community.

I live in North West New Jersey near the upstate New York border. I have lived there with my husband for twenty-five years, moving there right after getting married. Although I have deer and the occasional bear in my back yard, I am still a city girl at heart growing up and working there as an Advertising Director for six years. As an artist, I enjoy painting/drawing, reading, volunteering and traveling.

In my classroom, I will incorporate group learning, projects, themes and individualized work that will engage student learning throughout the year. Students will be expected to work independently and in small groups, while each school day will be infused with opportunities to build character that will help them succeed throughout their lives. I will assist each child to develop their own potential and learning style. I have high expectations for all of my students. I aim to bring out the best in every child.


Ms. Chrisann Lucciola

Class/Position: Teacher 6A Email Website

AI have a background in interior design and the travel industry. I have taught a variety of grades and subjects. Most recently I taught math and social studies. Previously I taught technology and literature in Hackensack. I live in Sussex County and am originally from Paramus. Technology is an important part of today’s learning and should be utilized in today’s learning environments. I am very excited to be part of the St. Philip community and look forward to working with all of my students and families.


Mrs. Betty Majkzrak

Class/Position: Teacher - 6B Email Website

My name is Mrs Majkrzak and I have been teaching in the diocese of Paterson for the past 23. I have been teaching at SPPS for the past 12 years. I hold degrees in both Computers and Education. I also hold a CCD certificate and I am looking forward to sharing our Catholic faith with my students. I am looking forward to great school year with your children.  I am very excited about using my technology skills to help my students learn math. At SPPS the teachers are very fortunate to have many different technology tools available to use for teaching our curriculum.


Mrs. Debra Costanza

Class/Position: Teacher 7A Email

I originally graduated from college with a Marketing degree. I worked in the field until my love for children enticed me to return to college to pursue a career in education. After earning a New Jersey State Teaching Certificate for grades K through 12, I was employed by a Public School System for several years. My life changed when I became a mom and relocated to Northern New Jersey. I was blessed to begin a career here at St. Philip Preparatory School, and have the privilege of working with some of the best students in the area.


Mrs. Marie McKeever

Class/Position: Teacher 7B

Teaching is my passion, but I came to it as a second career. I received my B.A. in English/Education from
Caldwell College (now Caldwell University). Graduating from both Catholic grammar school and a Catholic University, Catholic education is a huge part of who I am. I have taught all grades from PreK through eighth, but am the happiest in middle school!  I enjoy incorporating new technology and the humanities into my literature lessons. I believe we have a responsibility to educate the whole child, helping to shape the thinkers and doers of the 21st Century. I am married and have two children, both out of college.   My passions are reading, gardening, cooking, and continued learning. I’m thrilled to be part of the St. Philip Prep family!


Ms. Katherine Bennett

Class/Position: Teacher 8A Email Website

I am a graduate of Kean University, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and Mathematical Science.  I currently hold two New Jersey State Standard Certificates in Elementary Education and Mathematics Specialization, Grades 5-8. I also hold a Master’s Degree from Montclair State University in Mathematics Education and Leadership. I am very grateful to have won the 2009 Saint Philip the Apostle School Outstanding Catholic School Teacher Award. In 2012, I was honored to represent our school along with Mrs. Zito in Washington, D.C. for the 30th annual U.S. Department of Education Recognition Ceremony for National Blue Ribbon Schools. I love teaching and look forward to a wonderful year ahead!


Mrs. Judith Banyai

Class/Position: Teacher 8B Email Website

Graduate of Felician College Nursing Program, Mrs. Banyai worked as a Registered Professional Nurse at the University of Medicine and Dentistry for 25 years. She served as the Ambulatory Care Coordinator for the Division of Immunology and Infectious Diseases and the children’s Hospital AIDS Program. In 1994, she became the Special Projects Coordinator for The Francois-Xavier Bagnoud International Training Program and was responsible for Departmental Quality Assurance and Research Study Oversight. From 1994-2002, Mrs. Banyai was the Program Coordinator for the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud International Pediatric HIV training Program, hosting over 250 Medical Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers and Health Care Providers from over 35 countries. In 2002, she became the Program Coordinator for the Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials International Training Program during which time she traveled to Thailand and South Africa to assist with in country development and training of clinical trials personnel. In 2005, she enrolled at Western Governor’s University to obtain her teaching degree, and joined the faculty of Saint Philip where she has since taught middle school science and visual arts.


Mrs. Katherine Curran

Class/Position: Kaleidoscope, Teacher Email Website

I am a graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.  I was a bank auditor in New York City before choosing to stay home to raise my two daughters.  I returned to school at the College of St. Elizabeth, earning my teaching certificate (Math K-12), and later earning my Masters in Special Education.  For the past 15 years, I have been fortunate to teach many children, ranging in age and ability.  Overall, my goal for each one of my students is to reach their own potential!

In my spare time, I enjoy doing crossword puzzles, gardening, going to the movies and spending time with my family.

 


Ms. Joan DeLuca

Class/Position: Kaleidioscope Website

I received my BA in Education from the College of Saint Elizabeth.  I am currently earning my Master’s in Education from William Paterson University.  My prior teaching positions range from preschool to 6th grade.  I am looking forward to a wonderful year with the Saint Philip’s family.


Mrs. Claudia Bocanegra

Class/Position: Supporting Curriculum, Teacher Email Website

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Math with a minor in Spanish, and hold a NJ teaching certificate in Spanish. On May 21, 2010 I earned a Masters of Teaching degree with a concentration in Spanish and Mathematics from Montclair State University I am looking forward to teaching your children this year and with your cooperation the students should have a good learning experience.


Mrs. Marie Lynes

Class/Position: Supporting Curriculum, Teacher Website

This is Mrs. Lynes’ second year at St. Philip Preparatory School.  She has taught Latin for many years both in the elementary and secondary level.  Prior to teaching at St. Philip’s, she taught at Marylawn Academy in South Orange and St. Patrick Grammar School in Chatham.  She is also currently on the staff of All Saints Episcopal Day School in Hoboken. Mrs. Lynes has a BA in English Literature from the College of St. Elizabeth and is a member of the American Classical League.  She has traveled often to Rome and through England and France exploring the many sites dating back to ancient Roman times.


Mr. Mark Novak

Class/Position: Computer Teacher Website

I am a college graduate of the University of Delaware Class of 2016 with a Bachelor of Art degree. I also have the very special honor to be alumni of Saint Philips as a part of the Class of 2008. This is my first year as a teacher at St. Philip Preparatory School, but I have been working in the Diocese of Paterson prior to this current school year. I am also a basketball coach at the high school levels at Saint Mary High School for the past 5 years in addition to teaching. I have been in Catholic Schools my entire lifetime as a student and now as an educator, and I am very much looking forward to the upcoming school year to return to my 2nd home that is Saint Philip Preparatory School now as a teacher.


Mrs. Barbara Forbes

Class/Position: Supporting Curriculum, Teacher

I have been a Physical Education teacher with the Paterson Diocese for over 25 years.  I am also the Supervisor of the SAC Program (after care program).  I have been  part of Catholic Education since my own  children attended.  I am a huge Atlanta Braves fan and I also love the Giants!


Mr. Frank Hydash

Class/Position: Supporting Curriculum, Teacher


Ms. Margaret Viggiano

Class/Position: Supporting Curriculum, Teacher Email Website

I have been teaching in Catholic Schools for over 30 years. I taught in Jersey City for 27 years in 3 different schools. I have taught all grade levels from grade 3-8 in different capacities over those years. I very much enjoy teaching Art for the Diocese of Paterson. I have always taught my class art because we never had an art teacher in any of my schools. I love seeing the progress children make when they learn new techniques. They never cease to amaze me in their creativity and the way they see the world. I do my best to encourage the creative spirit in all children and I give positive feedback to everyone.


Mrs. Sandra Gilligan

Class/Position: Teacher Kaleidoscope Website

I am a graduate of the College of St. Elizabeth. I received my Master’s Degree in Education from Jersey City University. I have thirty years teaching experience in both middle and high school English. When I am not teaching, I like to bake, sew, and take long walks.


Ms. Jessica Valente, R.N.

Class/Position: Nurse Email

 


Mrs. Deborah Neglia

Class/Position: School Support Staff, Director of School Services Email

I have been employed by  St. Philip Preparatory School and Parish for the past 29 years.  Prior to my position at St. Philip Preparatory School, I was an Executive Secretary for Sel-Rex Division of Hooker Chemical Company as well as Automated Data Processing.


Mrs. Karen Powers

Class/Position: School Support Staff, Receptionist

I have been the school receptionist since 2007. I am an alumnus of St. Philip Preparatory School as are my two children. I enjoy interacting with the children on a daily basis and helping families when they call.


Mrs. Nerida Feliciano

Class/Position: School Support Staff, Cafeteria Manager