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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 seventeen years. Ms. Fioravanti has spent sixteen 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 five 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 graduated from OLGC School in 2018 & is now a sophomore in high school. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and visiting historical sites with her husband and son.

Mrs. Kelly Shultz : Pre-K 4

Mrs. Kelly Shultz

Pre-K 4

kshultz@olgc.org

Mrs. Shultz holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Holy Family University. She has over 12 years of teaching experience and is very excited to begin her first year with Our Lady of Good Counsel! She is very passionate about teaching and working with children. Mrs. Shultz has been married for 11 years and is a mother of two boys, Connor age 6 and Matthew age 9. She enjoys spending time with her family and loves going to the beach in the summer.

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 nineteen 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.

Dr. Nicole McPhillips : Kindergarten

Dr. Nicole McPhillips

Kindergarten

nmcphillips@olgc.org

Dr. McPhillips is so excited to be embarking on a new adventure as a kindergarten teacher at such a wonderful school. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing/Management, a Master's Degree in Elementary Education, and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and Professional Studies. All her degrees are from Holy Family University. Previously, Dr. McPhillips was a kindergarten teacher in a private suburban school and a 5th grade teacher in the Philadelphia School District. She is so happy to be back in the kindergarten classroom. In her free time, Dr. McPhillips loves to spend time with her family, read books and cook new recipes.

Mrs. Diane Hediger : Kindergarten

Mrs. Diane Hediger

Kindergarten

dhediger@olgc.org

Teaching for over 13 years, Mrs. Hediger  loves exploring the world with the children in her classroom. Mrs. Hediger earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education both from Chestnut Hill College. She holds a Level II PA state certification. Mrs. Hediger is a proud parent of three children. Her twins, Zachary and Nicole, attend West Virginia University and Widener University respectively. Her eldest child, Joel attends Robert Morris University. Mrs. Hediger and her husband Chris feel blessed that they are able to provide their children with the quality education they receive in Catholic school. When school is out, they 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, was named an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Phillies Teacher of the Year Awards, the 2017 National Liberty Museum’s Teacher As Hero Award recipient and has also been inducted into the Montgomery County Catholic Schools Hall of Fame in 2017.

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 junior at Penn State. Michael is a 2016 graduate of OLGC and is currently a senior at LaSalle College High School. Gavin is currently in eighth 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 sixteen 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 26 years and has three children. Christa, 26 is an English teacher at Villa Joseph Marie High School, Gia, 24 is in a Physician Assistant’s program at Yale University and Frankie, 18 is a freshman at her alma mater, The Ohio State University. She wishes peace to all!

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 from Moore College, 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 ten years at OLGC. She is now excited to be in her second year of 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. Nina Kaiser : Grade 3

Mrs. Nina Kaiser

Grade 3

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. 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 be a part of 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.

Ms. Brieann Katzianer : Grade 7

Ms. Brieann Katzianer

Grade 7

bkatzianer@olgc.org

Ms. Brieann Katzianer (Ms. K) is an alumna of both Saint Joseph’s University and Widener University, the latter from which she received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing. While pursuing a degree in the business field, she also minored in English Literature and Composition. A love of travel and a curiosity to experience new cultures led to her time studying abroad in China in 2010. Upon graduating in 2011, Ms. Katzianer became certified in ESL- a journey that almost moved her to the Philippines to teach English as a Second Language. Instead, she spent the next five years cultivating her marketing skills in the business world. Ms. Katzianer has always had a career of education tug at the back of her mind, and paired with her love for kids, is excited to begin teaching at OLGC. For fun, Ms. Katzianer doesn’t stray too far from her subject- she tries to read 80-100 novels a year, and has revisited the Harry Potter series a dozen times.

Mrs. Cristina (Tia) McDermott : Grade 8

Mrs. Cristina (Tia) McDermott

Grade 8

tmcdermott@olgc.org

Mrs. McDermott earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from High Point University in North Carolina. Before that, she graduated from Archbishop Wood High School. As a science student, she enjoyed executing a variety of labs and experiments and as a teacher, she believes labs and experiments are a fun way to immerse students in scientific content. As a biology major, Mrs. McDermott spent time studying abroad in both Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. This time abroad greatly deepened her love for science. She wishes to inspire her students with the same hands-on approach she experienced during her education. Mrs. McDermott wants to foster a collaborative environment for her students where they feel comfortable praising their accomplishments as well as voicing their struggles. She wishes to encourage each student to embrace their strengths and weaknesses alike and to help them cultivate knowledge of science!
Mrs. Kristen Dempsey : Honors ELA

Mrs. Kristen Dempsey

Honors ELA

kdempsey@olgc.org

Mrs. Kristen Dempsey is proud to rejoin the OLGC family as the Honors ELA teacher this year. With a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire, an MA in Liberal Studies from Rutgers University, and 10 years of experience teaching Honors and AP curricula in NJ, she plans to infuse the Archdiocese ELA program with historical and philosophical context, as well as connection to the modern world. At home, she’s mom to 3 kids, 5 cats, and a stubborn 180 lb Newfoundland dog named Angus.

Mrs. Kelsey Harp : Honors Math

Mrs. Kelsey Harp

Honors Math

kharp@olgc.org

Mrs. Harp graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education with a focus on Mathematics and Science. She earned a Master’s degree in Gifted Education. She loves Math and wants to share her passion with the students at OLGC. While showing students the important concepts, she also enjoys sharing how the math they are studying is intertwined in the world around them. When not at school, Mrs. Harp, her husband and two kids can be found cheering on Philadelphia sports teams.

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. Kristen Gentile : Media Specialist

Mrs. Kristen Gentile

Media Specialist

kgentile@olgc.org

Mrs. Gentile is very excited to be in her second year at OLGC. She received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from William Paterson University in 2012. She then went on to receive her K-6 teaching certification in Pennsylvania. She has taught students in various grades over the years. Mrs. Gentile has a love for technology and loves sharing that with all of the students at OLGC.  She also believes highly in differentiate instruction within the classroom setting. Something else that Mrs. Gentile loves is soccer. She played soccer for sixteen years and coached for ten. She has been married for just over four years and her and her husband have two beautiful little girls.

Señora Debora Kellander : Spanish

Señora Debora Kellander

Spanish

dkellander@olgc.org

Señora Debora Kellander is from Buenos Aires Argentina. Señora has worked in education for 15 years. She has taught Spanish in public and private schools through Bucks Community College. She has worked in various roles within the Bensalem School District including translating for Spanish speaking children and families within the district. Most recently, Señora has worked at Calvary Christian Academy teaching Spanish and on the support staff. Señora Kellander loves spending time with her two sons, is an avid runner, exercise enthusiast and spends her free time outdoors.

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. 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.

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-five of those years at OLGC. Mrs. Taylor enjoys being physically active and hopes to spread the joy of moving to her students.