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Marlene Chidiac

Class/Position: PK3 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 25 years at Saint Philip Preparatory School and I have enjoyed every minute of it! I look forward to each new class, every year!

Ellen Pulsinelle

Class/Position: PK4A Email Website

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

Mary O’Brien

Class/Position: PK4B - Maternity Sub Email Website

I received my B.A. and E. Ed. in Special Education from William Paterson University. I hold a N.J. certification in 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 so happy to return here now as a substitute.

Courtney Legg

Class/Position: KA Email Website

I love being a teacher. I went to Mount Saint Mary College and have a B.S. of Education. I am currently earning my Master’s degree in Special Education through Walden University.

Allison Cheddie

Class/Position: KB 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.

Maria Slader

Class/Position: 1A 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 and I am currently studying for my Master’s Degree 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.

Kathleen Linaris

Class/Position: 1B Website

I am a graduate of William Paterson University. I received my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education P-3 with a teacher of students with disabilities endorsement. I also received a dual bachelors in Psychology. Previously I was the maternity leave teacher for Mrs. Allison Cheddie, a fellow teacher at Saint Philip’s. Prior to that I worked at a Ridgewood Public school as a teachers aide in a first grade classroom. I highly believe in the home to school connection and I love that Saint Philip’s really highlights that relationship. I am glad to be joining the Saint Philip’s family!

Denise Pannullo

Class/Position: 2A Email Website

I am married with two sons, both successful, graduates of St. Philip Preparatory School. This year I celebrate my 26th year of teaching at Saint Philip Preparatory School. I am a graduate of Jersey City State College with a BA in Elementary Education.  One of my ministries is that I serve as Coordinator of Religious Education here at St. Philip the Apostle Parish. I hold a certificate in Religious Education from the  College of St. Elizabeth.

Professional Awards that I have received are The Daniel Boyle Outstanding Teacher of the Year (2007) and the Knights of Columbus Teacher of the Year Award in 1999, 2009.

Debra Leach

Class/Position: 2B Email Website

I attended Montclair State University and have a BS in Marketing and Management.  I worked for AT&T/Lucent Technologies before attending College of St. Elizabeth for my Teaching Certification in Elementary Education in 2000.  I have been teaching for over 14 years in both public and private school settings.  I have taught many grade levels and also tutored for the NJ ASK.  I look forward to a rewarding year with your children full of new adventures in reading and math.

Personally, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three sons and our dog Molly.  I spend a lot of time watching my boys play lacrosse and ice hockey.  I am also a CCD Teacher at St. James School of Religion and love spending time at the beach.

Angela Blake

Class/Position: 4A Email Website

B.A. in Early Childhood Education from William Paterson College. My career started in 1980 at St. Mary’s School in Closter, NJ teaching Kindergarten. I remained there for sixteen years teaching first grade. I taught third and fourth grades at St. Vincent DePaul School in Stirling, NJ for seven years. In 2002, I was blessed to become part of the St. Philip Community. I have taught a variety of levels while here including, Kindergarten, First and Second grades.