Faculty

Ms. Fallyn Fioravanti : Pre-K 3

Ms. Fallyn Fioravanti

Pre-K 3

ffioravanti@olgc.org

Ms. Fioravanti holds a B.A. in Elementary Education with a focus on Reading Education from Holy Family University. Upon graduating, she began working as a teacher with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and has been with the Archdiocese for the past sixteen years. Ms. Fioravanti has spent fifteen of those years at Our Lady of Good Counsel School. Ms. Fioravanti has been a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish since she was a young child. Her philosophy on education is to teach each child to the best of their ability in a caring, Christian environment. Enabling children to learn and discover the world around them is her passion and she looks forward each year to sharing this with families and their children. Ms. Fioravanti has a passion for traveling and spends her spare time visiting many exciting places around the world. She also enjoys teaching dance, going to Broadway shows, reading and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Heather Laub : Pre-K 3 Aide

Mrs. Heather Laub

Pre-K 3 Aide

hlaub@olgc.org

Mrs. Laub’s experience with Our Lady of Good Counsel School started when her children began their education at OLGC in the Pre-K program in 2005. Mrs. Laub was as a lunch monitor in 2008 and then moved up to an Assistant Teacher in 2009. She completed the RCIA program in 2010. Mrs. Laub is also a volunteer with the OLGC Prep program on Wednesday nights and has been volunteering since 2010.

Mrs. Lynda Kilmer : Pre-K 4

Mrs. Lynda Kilmer

Pre-K 4

lkilmer@olgc.org

Mrs. Kilmer has been a Preschool teacher for thirty years. She has been teaching for four years at Our Lady of Good Counsel School. She loves teaching children and is very passionate about Early Education. Mrs. Kilmer believes reading stories aloud and encouraging children to tell stories builds not only a great imagination, but also promotes comprehension and literacy. Mrs. Kilmer has been a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish for over forty years. Her son just graduated from OLGC School & is now a freshman in high school. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and visiting historical sites with her husband and son.

Mrs. Lisa Esbensen : Pre-K 4

Mrs. Lisa Esbensen

Pre-K 4

lesbensen@olgc.org

Mrs. Esbensen has been teaching Kindergarten at OLGC for five years & is excited to now be teaching Pre-K 4. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Philadelphia University and is pursuing a Masters of Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. She holds a certificate in Wilson Phonics which helps her students become solid readers. Mrs. Esbensen believes in the importance of building a strong foundation of academics but also, one of faith. She creates a stimulating classroom of learning and fun for all children to excel. She believes in structure and routine but values hands-on learning. She hopes every child will leave Pre-K 4 knowing they are special. Mrs. Esbensen’s classroom motto is to be “Kind and Loving”. The children will learn their ABC’s but most of all learn to love and serve God.

Mrs. Kathy Hawkins : Pre-K 4 Aide

Mrs. Kathy Hawkins

Pre-K 4 Aide

khawkins@olgc.org

Mrs. Hawkins has had the joy and privilege of serving as an Assistant Teacher at Our Lady of Good Counsel School for the past eighteen years in both Preschool and Kindergarten. It has been such a huge blessing for Mrs. Hawkins to have shared so many beautiful memories with the children and families throughout these many years here at this wonderful school! Mrs. Hawkins’ greatest happiness is helping to pass on the Catholic faith to the little ones. She truly loves every minute! Mrs. Hawkins and her husband Jim have been married for forty-five years and God has blessed them with four wonderful children- Jimmy, Matthew, Andrew and Maureen. Mrs. Hawkins and her family are members of St. Cecilia Parish in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia.

Mrs. Annette Baird : Kindergarten

Mrs. Annette Baird

Kindergarten

abaird@olgc.org

Mrs. Baird is pleased to be teaching Kindergarten this year at Our Lady of Good Counsel School. This is her first year of teaching Kindergarten after previously teaching first grade for eleven years and preschool for eight years prior to first grade. Kindergarten is the cream inside of her teaching Oreo! She is a graduate of Rosemont College back when it was only women! She earned her M.A. in Education in 2007 while working on her PA certificate in elementary/special ed. from LaSalle University. She and her husband, Tom have been married for thirty-two years. They have two children, Tommy and Marielle and a black lab, Lola who loves everyone who comes to visit. Mrs. Baird holds an undergraduate degree in art. She enjoys adding hands-on elements to the classroom. Her idea of an ideal classroom has children who are working together to solve a problem just as they would in the adult world. Books, travel and cooking are favorite pastimes of Mrs. Baird and of course, cheering for the Eagles! One thing you might not know about Mrs. Baird is that she marched in the Mummer’s parade when women weren’t permitted. Hmmm, how did she do it?!

Mrs. Maureen Kulp : Kindergarten Aide

Mrs. Maureen Kulp

Kindergarten Aide

mkulp@olgc.org

Mrs. Kulp has been a Kindergarten Aide for six years at Our Lady of Good Counsel School. She thoroughly enjoys being a part of building a strong foundation of academics and faith. Mrs. Kulp is a product of a Catholic education. She and her husband Joe have three children- Georgia, Michael and Gavin. Georgia is a 2013 graduate of OLGC, went on to graduate from Villa Joseph Marie and is currently a sophomore at Penn State. Michael is a 2016 graduate of OLGC and is currently a junior at LaSalle College High School. Gavin is currently in seventh grade here at OLGC. Mrs. Kulp and her husband Joe are proud of the education and love of God they and their children received at Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Mrs. Terry Chirico : Grade 1

Mrs. Terry Chirico

Grade 1

tchirico@olgc.org

Mrs. Chirico has been teaching first grade, preschool and Kindergarten for fifteen years. She is a firm believer of Catholic Education. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She is a PA certified elementary school teacher and holds an Archdiocese religion certificate as well. She is extremely honored to be a part of OLGC and is so happy that the Holy Spirit has led her here. Her students are “Saints in Training” and she wishes to provide a comfortable and nurturing classroom where everyone can reach their highest potential with the talents God has given to them. She has been married for 25 years and has three children. Christa, 25 is an English teacher at Villa Joseph Marie High School, Gia, 23 is in a Physician Assistant’s program at Yale University and Frankie, 17 is a senior at LaSalle College High School. She looks forward to meeting all of the wonderful families of OLGC and is hoping to spend time with all of you soon! She wishes peace to all!

Mrs. Nina Kaiser : Grade 2

Mrs. Nina Kaiser

Grade 2

nkaiser@olgc.org

Mrs. Kaiser holds a B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from King’s College. Over the past fifteen years she has taught a variety of grade levels from grades one through eight. However, her passion is working with younger children. She loves their eagerness to learn and tries her best to encourage and foster her students’ love of school and their faith. She also loves teaching in the younger grades because it gives her the opportunity to watch her students grow and mature as they move along to each grade. OLGC holds a special place in Mrs. Kaiser’s heart. Not only is she a teacher here, but she is also proud to be an OLGC alumna and a parent of two OLGC students!  

Mrs. Amy McMenamin : Grade 2

Mrs. Amy McMenamin

Grade 2

amcmenamin@olgc.org

With Jesus as her role model Mrs. McMenamin guides our school's young children to God.  Sharing her faith, teaching them values and protecting our children, Mrs. McMenamin joyfully enters each day. Mrs. McMenamin shares her knowledge through her Pennsylvania instructional certification in Art Education from Moore College of Art and Design, her certificate in Early Childhood Education from Wisconsin Technical College and her B.F.A. degree from Cleveland Institute of Art. She educates each child combining creativity with her passion for teaching.  With over twenty years of experience, Mrs. McMenamin has taught art, Kindergarten and Preschool for the past nine years at OLGC. She is now excited to be teaching Second Grade! When not at school, Mrs. McMenamin can be found spending time with her husband, daughter and five kitten fur babies. Mrs. McMenamin also paints, draws and is working on an original children's picture book. She hopes to one day be a published author!

Mrs. Theresa Boorse : Grade 3

Mrs. Theresa Boorse

Grade 3

tboorse@olgc.org

Mrs. Boorse is a graduate of Cabrini College where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology. After receiving her degree with honors, Mrs. Boorse taught fourth grade at Nativity of Our Lord School in Warminster and fourth grade at St. Joseph/St. Robert School in Warrington. Mrs. Boorse was then a substitute teacher here at OLGC for three years prior to becoming the Science Lab teacher where she educated the Preschool through 5th Grade students. Mrs. Boorse is now in her third year at OLGC as a full time teacher.  She taught fourth grade for two years and now is looking forward to teaching third grade. She is very excited to be able to prepare the children for their First Holy Communion. She enjoys teaching and watching her students develop intellectually and spiritually. Mrs. Boorse is not only a teacher here at OLGC, but she is also an alumna of our school and completed her student-teaching at OLGC as well. Mrs. Boorse lives in Warminster with her husband and two children, Julianna and Jeffrey, both of which also attend Catholic School. She enjoys gardening, spending time with her family, boating and cooking. Mrs. Boorse enjoys teaching, for she feels it is not a job, but a privilege to be able to teach children and create positive change in the world, one child at a time.

Mrs. Esmé Artz Thomas : Grade 4

Mrs. Esmé Artz Thomas

Grade 4

ethomas@olgc.org

Mrs. Thomas holds a B.A. degree in English from Temple University. After building a successful career in the field of public relations for nearly ten years, she left it behind and stepped, body and soul, into the art of teaching. While she earned a master’s degree in education, she worked as an assistant teacher at Abington Friends School and Germantown Friends School in 4th and 5th grades. She now holds an M.Ed. from Chestnut Hill College and is Pennsylvania certified to teach Middle Level (grades 4-8) students general education and language arts. Mrs. Thomas believes that everyday classroom life is saturated with moral meaning; even the most routine aspects of teaching convey moral messages to students. She is excited to join the OLGC community and looks forward to guiding her students’ academic and spiritual growth. Mrs. Thomas enjoys the outdoors, reading, experimenting with recipes, and spending time with her husband, Anish.

Mrs. Michele Hofner : Grade 5

Mrs. Michele Hofner

Grade 5

mhofner@olgc.org

Mrs. Hofner earned her B.A. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Math at Arcadia University in 1986. She began her teaching career at Mother of Divine Grace teaching fifth grade. She then taught Grades 4 and 6 at St. Albert the Great. Mrs. Hofner has been at Our Lady of Good Counsel School for twelve years. She was an aide in Grade 6 and taught the Language Arts program for Grade 7. She then was the Physical Education teacher for Pre-K 3 to 8th Grade and was also the Academic Support teacher for Grades 1 through 5. Mrs. Hofner is presently teaching fifth grade. In the classroom, Mrs. Hofner engages the students in her lessons. Knowing that each student is different, she uses various teaching styles so that each child can perform to the very best of his or her ability. Mrs. Hofner enjoys teaching in Catholic School. She likes to see the students grow academically as well as in their faith. Anyone who knows Mrs. Hofner knows that she does not like the cold! Mrs. Hofner loves the warm weather and especially loves the beach!

Ms. Theresa Rue : Grade 6

Ms. Theresa Rue

Grade 6

true@olgc.org

Ms. Rue attended college at Arcadia University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and minored in Education and Spanish. Ms. Rue is in her third year of teaching at Our Lady of Good Counsel School. While Ms. Rue sees the value in traditional teaching styles like lectures, she likes to supplement this learning style by adding more innovative and hands-on techniques in her lesson plans. The close-knit community at OLGC is one of Ms. Rue’s favorite things about teaching in Catholic School. Personal attention, faith-based education and innovative learning experiences are the foundation for Ms. Rue’s teaching style. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Rue enjoys musical theater and has appeared in numerous productions when she was in school. Her passion for the performing arts is what lead Ms. Rue to become involved in the PAC (Performing Arts Club) Program at OLGC.

Mrs. Donna Marchetti : Grade 7

Mrs. Donna Marchetti

Grade 7

dmarchetti@olgc.org

This year Mrs. Marchetti begins her twenty-ninth year as a Catholic School teacher in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. After receiving her B.S. in Elementary Education from Penn State University, she fulfilled a childhood dream by accepting a position at her alma mater, Our Lady of Good Counsel School. Here she has had the opportunity to teach many subjects in Grades 5 through 8, though the vast majority of her experience is at the junior high level. She enjoys the process of preparing students for the transition from elementary school to high school. Mrs. Marchetti  is particularly proud to hold permanent certification as a Catechist. Religious instruction in a faith centered atmosphere is the aspect of teaching in a Catholic School that she holds most dear. When she is not at school, Mrs. Marchetti is happiest spending time with her husband Joe, her daughter Julia who attends Colgate University and the family Samoyed, Natalia. She is also a shameless, self- professed Jeopardy, HGTV and Hallmark movie enthusiast!

Mr. Evan Mascione : Grade 7

Mr. Evan Mascione

Grade 7

emascione@olgc.org

Mr. Mascione will begin his first year at OLGC. He holds a History and Secondary Education degree from Chestnut Hill College and is excited for the opportunity to work with such an amazing faculty. Despite having most experience working with high school students, he is driven to provide his 6th - 8thgrade students with the tools and techniques necessary for succeeding in high school. Mr. Mascione tries to approach every lesson with enthusiasm and passion, making learning more than just students listening to lectures, instead pushing towards classes that are productive while also enjoyable. When not in the classroom, Mr. Mascione can be found being a very passionate supporter of the Philadelphia Eagles, coaching CYO basketball, drinking coffee with his girlfriend, or watching his favorite Star Wars movies.

Ms. Lauren Creamer : Grade 8

Ms. Lauren Creamer

Grade 8

lcreamer@olgc.org

Ms. Creamer is in her second year of teaching at OLGC.  Ms. Creamer graduated from Susquehanna University in May 2017. She holds a Math and Secondary Education degree. Ms. Creamer couldn’t be more excited to be the 6th through 8th Grade Honors Math teacher, along with 8th Grade regular classes. What sets Ms. Creamer apart is the fact that she is bringing a lot of new ideas and energy into her classroom. Ms. Creamer is able to put new techniques to use that no one has seen before and she can help other teachers use them. Her teaching style most mirrors the directing technique. Ms. Creamer’s favorite thing about being a Catholic school teacher is the environment of the school. Ms. Creamer’s favorite hobby is softball. She started playing when she was four-years-old and never stopped. She was a four-year starter at Susquehanna and wouldn’t trade her experience for the world. A fun fact that some might not know about Ms. Creamer is that she spent three weeks in Australia in the summer of 2016!

Mrs. Michelle Mitchell : Fine Arts

Mrs. Michelle Mitchell

Fine Arts

mmitchell@olgc.org

Mrs. Mitchell holds a B.A. Degree with Distinction in Art History with a History minor from the University of Delaware, graduate studies in Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England and an Apprenticeship in museum studies at Kensington Palace, London, England. From a very early age, she was taking art classes at the Wyomissing Institute of Art, Reading YMCA and Spring Township Summer Parks and Rec Art programs where she worked on award winning floats and posters and earned many awards for her own work. Determined to make it as a professional working in the arts, Mrs. Mitchell diversified her degree and postgraduate studies which has allowed her to work as a museum director, curator and teach art and fashion courses for the University of Delaware, Drexel University, Ray College of Design and the Illinois Institute of Art. Currently, Mrs. Mitchell teaches art full-time, working three days a week for Our Lady of Good Counsel School and two days a week for St. Mark School in Bristol. She has taught in Catholic School for fourteen years and her previous position was the art teacher for St. John the Evangelist School in Morrisville. She is also a drawing instructor for Young Rembrandt’s, where she has earned the Engaging Presentation and the Classroom Excellence awards. In the summer, Mrs. Mitchell teaches a variety of art camps for Artists of Yardley at Patterson Farm. Her students have won many awards over the years and a few have gone on to win art scholarships for their high school.

Mr. William Augustin : Digital Literacy

Mr. William Augustin

Digital Literacy

waugustin@olgc.org

Mr. Augustin holds a B.A. in Middle School Math/Science Education from Holy Family University. This is his third year of teaching at OLGC. Mr. Augustin works diligently to create a successful learning environment for each and every student. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Augustin is a professional musician, specializing in vocal, piano and organ performance. He currently works as the assistant organist at his home parish, Queen of the Universe, located in Levittown.

Mr. Adam Elmarakby : Music

Mr. Adam Elmarakby

Music

aelmarakby@olgc.org

Mr. Elmarakby (Mr. E) holds a B.F.A. in Music Education from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He is a certified K-12 Music Instructor in the state of Pennsylvania. Mr. Elmarakby strives to create an energetic classroom environment highlighting group singing, movement, songwriting and critical analysis of masterful musical works. Faith has played an integral role in Mr. E’s life and he hopes to guide our young learners towards the true joy and peace of loving God. At home, you will find Mr. E either practicing his instruments or cooking up cuisine from around the world.

Mrs. Gerri Taylor : Physical Education

Mrs. Gerri Taylor

Physical Education

gtaylor@olgc.org

Mrs. Taylor graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor's Degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. She has thirty years of teaching experience and has spent twenty-four of those years at OLGC. Mrs. Taylor enjoys being physically active and hopes to spread the joy of moving to her students.