Mrs. Barbara Palmer
Mrs. Palmer earned a Bachelor's Degree from Aurora University, and she has a Teaching Certification in Physical Education. She is a trained instructor in the Institute for Excellence in Writing, and she has coursework in Education and Great Books from Hillsdale College. She taught her own children in homeschool as well as Latin and English in an independent classical school. Mrs. Palmer teaches children in Kindergarten, "The Cradle of Civilization Year."
Mrs. Susan Mattina
Mrs. Mattina earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the State University College at Buffalo, and she has New York State Teacher Certification. She has earned tenure in two public school districts and has Special Education experience as well. Mrs. Mattina teaches first grade, "The Greek Year."
Mrs. Renee Mills
Mrs. Mills earned her Bachelor's Degree from Buffalo State College. She home schooled her oldest son, through high school, using Seton curriculum. She fell in love with classic literature. She has taught religious education at several grade levels. She has a deep passion for her Catholic Faith. This is her first year as a full time second grade teacher and she is enjoying the challenge. Mrs. Mills teaches children in second grade, "The Roman Year."
Mr. Robert Pokalsky
Mr. Pokalsky earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Master’s Degree from Excelsior College with New York Teacher Certification. He has been teaching for 21 years. Mr. Pokalsky teaches children in third grade, "The Medieval Year."
Mrs. Laurie Collins
Mrs. Collins earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Rochester and a Master's Degree from Nazareth College, and she has New York State Teacher Certification. She has teaching experience in Special Education, elementary school, and homeschooling. Mrs. Collins teaches the fourth grade "The Modern Year."
Mrs. Sandy Giannavola
Mrs. Giannavola earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from SUNY Brockport. She has taught Math at SUNY Brockport and at the high school level. Mrs. Giannavola teaches grade level and advanced level math courses to our middle scholars.
Mr. Richard Kunz
Mr. Kunz earned both Bachelor’s and Master of Divinity Degrees from St. Bernard’s Seminary, and he has teacher certifications in Latin, Spanish and Drivers’ Ed. He has 25 years of teaching experience plus broad experience in pastoral work and business. Mr. Kunz teaches Latin to all students in grades 1-8, and teaches our hands-on nature studies science program to middle scholars.
Mr. Lee Strong
Mr. Lee Strong, OFS, earned a Bachelor's degree from St. John Fisher College and a Master's degree from the University of Rochester. He holds permanent certifications from New York State in English and Social Studies, and has taught for 22 years, including 11 years at Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women.
Miss Mary Catherine Pietropaoli
Miss Pietropaoli earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Providence College. She has an extensive background in classical education. Miss Pietropaoli teaches Literature, Writing, History and Religion classes in the middle school and high school.
Fr. Michael Copenhagen
Fr. Copenhagen earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Scranton and a Bachelor’s of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He has taught history and fourth grade and also has experience working with missionaries and with U.S. Representatives in Congress. Fr. Copenhagen teaches middle and high school students in Philosophy, History, Math and Science.
Mr. Kurt Griffen
Mr. Kurt Griffen earned a Bachelor's degree from Roberts Wesleyan College, a Master's of Divinity degree from Northeastern Seminary, and a Master's degree from SUNY Brockport. He began directing the Chesterton Academy Choir in December of 2015. In 2016-17 he added the 6-8 choirs, plus theology and history classes. Mr. Griffen converted to the Church on All Saints' Day, 2002, by reading Church history and especially reading G.K. Chesterton. He has studied in the Holy Land, been to England on a "Chesterton Pilgrimage", and studied opera in Spoleto, Italy twice. He is married to his first wife (also a convert). They have three children.
Mrs. Susan Jenkins
Mrs. Jenkins earned her Bachelor's degree in Studio Art from Nazareth College. She has developed curriculum, provided artistic instruction and college portfolio consultation to students grades K-12 for over 15 years in public, private, and homeschool settings. Mrs. Jenkins provides Art curriculum and instruction that integrates to the subject matter being taught each year. Her portfolio can be viewed at www.susanjenkinsgallery.com.
Mr. John Marchand
Mr. Marchand is one of the original 12 founding SJBS families and currently serves as our Athletics Director and Assistant to the Headmaster. He teaches Physical Education to all grade levels and coaches the Chesterton Academy High School boys basketball team as well as the SJBS girls 7/8 modified basketball team.
Mrs. Mary Kosinski
Mrs. Kosinski earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Scranton. She has taught preschool at SJBS and currently helps as a teacher's aide in PreK.
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