St. Gregory Faculty & Staff
115 Pine Street
Zelienople, PA 16063
School Office: (724) 452-9731
Fr. Jim Young
Mrs. Erin Harris
Mrs. Erin Harris Biography
Mrs. Harris began her career at St. Gregory School in 2005 teaching 8th grade. In 2010, she transitioned to the assistant principal position, and then became principal in the 2011. As a dedicated Catholic school leader, she feels it is critical to play a role in the faith formation of each student.
Mrs. Harris obtained her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Carlow University. Prior to that, she did her undergraduate work at the Shippensburg University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Mrs. Harris is certified in: Elementary Grades K-6, Middle Level English Grades 6-9, and Principal Grades PreK-12.
Mrs. Maureen Houlihan
Mrs. Maureen Houlihan Biography
I have had a long and varied career in teaching that began when I graduated from Slippery Rock University with a BS in Special and Elementary Education. My first 12 years of teaching were in special education with Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit at New Horizon School. After taking a break to spend time at home with my three children, I was called back to teaching at St. Gregory School, and am now into my 26th year. I have had the privilege to teach at many levels over the years, but I have primarily taught Language Arts, Social Studies and academic support.
My husband Dan and I have three grown children (who are all graduates of St. Gregory) and are blessed with two grandchildren with hopefully more to come! First and foremost, we wanted our own children to experience a faith based education which they certainly received, but in addition, their academic education was also superior thanks to St. Gregory School. Today, I still observe the same quality of faith and academics being taught that will lead our children into a bright future.
Mrs. Debra Allen
School Secretary, Safe Environment Coordinator
Mrs. Debra Allen Biography
St. Gregory family. I have seen so many students enter our school as young children, and grow into mature, educated and faith filled young adults ready to spread their wings! It makes me so proud when I run into a former student and they still run over to say “hello” and tell me what they are up to in high school, college or in their career.
I now how two children of my own who attend St. Gregory School. I am so glad that they have to opportunity to experience school in such a loving, faith filled atmosphere.
Mrs. Cindy Haney
School Secretary, Librarian
Mrs. Cindy Haney Biography
This is my 14th year working at St. Gregory School. My days are shared between the school office and library and this is where I have an advantage. In addition to getting to know our families through the office I get to spend time each week with Kindergarten through 6th grade during their library class each week. I especially enjoy reading to the younger students each week and sharing that time with them.
It is wonderful to see the growth in St. Gregory School as I and both of my children are graduates. The school continues to offer a quality academic and Catholic education in a warm, family environment.
Mrs. Jennifer Byers
Preschool (3 and 4 Year)
Mrs. Jennifer Byers Biography
For 13 years, I have been part of the St. Gregory Family as a parent. Now, thanks to God's grace, I am the head Preschool Teacher.
I graduated from Kent State University. I am certified in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Elementary Education. While taking several years off with my own children, I taught Parish School Religion at St. Joan of Arc, Dublin Ohio, Our Mother of Perpetual, Ephrata, Pa and St. Ferdinand Church in Cranberry Township.
I am an active Girl Scout leader and Boy Scout leader. I have coached Cheerleading here at St. Gregory's and have been a Classroom Parent for many years.
Mrs. Marianne McElree
Mrs. Marianne McElree Biography
My name is Marianne McElree and I am the kindergarten teacher. I have the privilege to teach at St. Gregory’s School. I have been teaching Kindergarten for 11 years. I attended Duquesne University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education K-8. I also am certified to teach mid-level English. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and playing tennis.
Mrs. Samantha Corcoran
Mrs. Samantha Corcoran Biography
This is my seventh year working at St. Gregory’s. I am very excited to be returning to such a wonderful school and community and I eagerly look forward to teaching your child this year! I have a strong Catholic background and look forward to sharing my faith with your child. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh where I received a B.A. in English Literature, a B.A. in History, and a Specialty Certificate in Children’s Literature. I then went on to receive my Masters in the Art of Teaching (MAT) in elementary education from the University of Pittsburgh. After a year long internship and a year of substitute teaching, I finally found my home at St. Gregory School. I have loved our St. Gregory "family" and school ever since! In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing tennis, and spending time with my family and friends. I especially love board game night and anything Disney :)
My philosophy of teaching is that every child is unique and each child learns in a different way. One of my responsibilities as a teacher is to help your child discover his or her individuality and work alongside them to maximize it. I am really looking forward to a fun-filled and educational year! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I know this will be a year full of fun, learning, and growing.
Mrs. Dana Bodkin
Mrs. Dana Bodkin Biography
I am Mrs. Bodkin and I am the second grade teacher at St. Gregory School. Upon receiving my Elementary Education degree from Indiana University of PA, I taught pre-kindergarten classes as well as full-day kindergarten. I have been teaching second grade at St. Gregory for thirteen years. It is by far the best teaching experience I have had. Additionally, both of my daughters attended and graduated from the school. It has been a blessing and a privilege to be a part of this school family. I look forward to many more years here at St. Gregory!
Mrs. Kris Tkatch
Mrs. Kris Tkatch Biography
My name is Kris Tkatch. This is my fourth year as the 3rd grade teacher at St. Gregory's. I attended Catholic schools myself from grades 1-12, so I know the importance of the Catholic education that St. Gregory School provides to our students and the community. I started my teaching profession at a Catholic school, Mount Gallitzin Academy, in Baden, Pennsylvania, where I taught 5th grade. Before joining the St. Gregory faculty, I had been working in the Ambridge Area School District doing Title I reading and math support. I wanted to have my own homeroom again, and this is what brought me to St. Gregory's!
On a personal note, I live in Cranberry Township with my husband and three wonderful sons (ages 17, 15, and 12). I am a member of St. Ferdinand's Parish and taught 4th grade CCD there for many years. I received my Bachelors of Science in Education from Kent State University and worked on my reading specialist certificate at Slippery Rock University.
Mrs. Julie Lattner
Grade 4 Homeroom, Grade 4 Math, Academic Support & Enrichment
Mrs. Julie Lattner Biography
I have been a teacher St.Gregory School for the past 14 years, however, I have been teaching for over 30 years and have worked with children of all ages. I plan to always be involved in teaching children in some capacity.
I live in Gibsonia with my husband and I have three grown children. I am blessed to have two grandchildren that I love dearly named Mason and Jason! I spend a great deal of time babysitting and caring for them. I enjoy anything active such as golf, tennis, pickleball, and walking. Decorating is a passion of mine and I hope someday to be a home stager.
Ms. Ashlynn Guerriero
Grade 4 Homeroom, Grade 4 Language Arts, Grade 5 Math
Ms. Ashlynn Guerriero Biography
My name is Miss Guerriero and I’ve been teaching at St. Gregory School since 2017. I currently teach 4th Grade ELA and 5th Grade Math. Before teaching here, I taught the Kindergarten Readiness Program for three years at St. Mary School in Glenshaw, PA. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from La Roche College in 2014. I earned my Master's Degree in Reading Specialist and Instructional Coaching in December 2017.
Mrs. Libby Schultz
Grade 5 Homeroom, Grade 5 Language Arts, Grade 4-5 Science
Mrs. Libby Schultz Biography
My name is Libby Schultz and I have been teaching at St. Gregory School since 2000. I teach 5th grade, science and health to 4th grade, and computers to 2nd through 4th grade. Prior to St. Gregory school I taught at St. Alphonsus and Mars School District. St. Gregory is a family atmosphere where everyone looks out for each other, and where everyone cares for one another. We really are one big family. I truly am blessed to be teaching at such a wonderful school.
Mrs. Maureen Kelly
Grade 6 Homeroom, Grade 6 Language Arts, Grade 4-5 Social Studies, Grade 5-6 Religion
Mrs. Maureen Kelly Biography
My name is Maureen Kelly and I have been at St. Gregory’s since 1998. I taught 4th grade for 12 years and am now the 6th grade teacher. I teach 6th grade language arts and religion, 5th grade social studies and religion, and 4th grade social studies. I have 3 children, two of which attend our school. I love the family atmosphere we have here!
Mrs. Lisa Karasack
Grade 7 Homeroom, Grade 7-8 Language Arts, Grade 6 Math
Mrs. Lisa Karasack Biography
I was fortunate to become a member of the St. Gregory School family in 2007 after teaching in both the Seneca Valley School District and the Harrisburg Diocese. I earned my B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University and am certified to teach K-8 and Middle Level Language Arts/English. During my time at St. Gregory, I have taught grades 4-8, and am currently the ELA teacher for grades seven and eight, and sixth grade mathematics.
On a personal note, my husband Craig and I raised our three daughters in Cranberry Township, and we are fortunate to have one daughter and her husband still living in the area. Family time is our most cherished blessing, and we take every opportunity we can to get together with all of our kids.
Our school community is a fabulous extended family that is filled with great kids and staff. I am excited and honored to share in the educational, emotional, and spiritual growth of our St. Gregory students.
Mrs. Ellie Wolf
Grade 8 Homeroom, Grade 7-8 Math, Grade 7-8 Programming
Mrs. Ellie Wolf Biography
I have been a member of the St. Gregory teaching staff since 2005. Prior to coming to St. Gregory, I taught high school mathematics and computers at East Allegheny High School for five years before leaving to raise my children. I received both a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Master of Education degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Duquesne University, and I am certified in Pennsylvania to teach high school and middle school mathematics. I teach 7th grade PreAlgebra, 7th and 8th grade Algebra, 8th grade Geometry, 7th and 8th grade programming, and kindergarten computer. In addition to teaching at St. Gregory, I have been involved in the boys’ and girls’ volleyball programs here for the past several years.
My husband, Alan, and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in July of 2017. We live in Cranberry Township with our two children, Caitlin and Aaron, and our two dogs, Murphy and Seamus.
Mr. Matthew Dunker
Grade 6-8 Science
Mr. Matthew Dunker Biography
My name is Matt Dunker. I have been teaching since 2012, but I have been at Saint Gregory since 2016. I teach Science & Health for grades 6, 7, & 8. I have a Bachelor of Arts in History from Juniata College. I am certified to teach Social Studies (grades 7-12), Science (grades 4-8), & I have 7+ years of coaching experience for middle & high school level football, basketball & baseball.
In addition to teaching, I love camping, playing sports, and football. Throughout my time in grade school, high school, college, and post-baccalaureate life, I have coached multiple football teams. Teaching & coaching are important to me because it is a remarkable way to make a huge impact on a child’s academic, social, and emotional development. Teaching students and coaching players has always been a passion of mine & I am blessed to have the opportunity to do what I love at Saint Gregory School.
Ms. Erika Barlow
Grade 6-8 Social Studies, Grade 4 & 7 Religion
Ms. Erika Barlow Biography
This is my third year teaching middle level social studies. I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree for Social Studies Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May 2014.
I am proud to say I am a former St. Gregory Catholic School student. I attended this school for the full nine years and then went on to Freedom Area High School. I credit this amazing institution for giving me the tools to excel academically, as well as the Christian morals to follow in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am eager to work alongside some of the best and most dedicated educators in the state. I can say that with deep sincerity because many of my colleagues were my former teachers. These exceptional teachers can be credited with opening my eyes to the power of knowledge and my heart to the power of the Lord. I cannot wait to do the same now for your child.
I not only plan on modeling how to be a good Christian, but also instilling the skills and knowledge to be a productive citizen. I believe that every student can learn if they are given the appropriate tools and resources. I have found through implementation and practice that student centered learning is effective in allowing students to grow in their knowledge and reach new heights of content mastery. Students will be given ample opportunity to use technology both appropriately and wisely in the classroom, as well as opportunities to develop other 21st century skills needed to be successful in this technological age. Please feel free to contact me now and in the future with any questions or concerns. My family and I are still parishioners of this beautiful church and I look forward to seeing many of my students and their parents at church.
Let’s have a great year!
Sra. Susana Garcia
Spanish & Music
Sra. Susana Garcia Biography
I was born and raised in Mexico City, where I got my bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Advertising. After working several years in advertising agencies, television companies and newspapers, my husband got transferred by DIRECTV Latin America to Brazil, so I quit my job in 2000 and off we went. We lived in Brazil for a full year.
In 2001 we were sent to Argentina, Venezuela and Puerto Rico. Finally in 2002 we settled in Miami, FL. Two months before my daughter was born in 2006, my husband got a job offer from a company in Pittsburgh. All we knew about Pitt was ”Los Acereros” (the Steelers). It’s important to mention that “American Football” is big in Mexico, especially in Mexico City, where, since the 1970’s, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are huuuuge. (My dad was a Chicago Bear, though, who knows why...but we liked Los Acereros). Anyway, we knew that the city where the Steelers were born could be nothing but awesome! We finally moved when my daughter was 2 months old and immediately fell in love with the city and the people.
Seriously, the people in this area are the nicest, friendliest, kindest people in the Country (at least in all the cities I have been). Being a traditional Catholic family from Mexico, we decided this was the perfect place to raise our family, so we settled. After being a stay-at-home mom for 3 years, I decided I wanted to work again, but not the crazy hours my career would demand. I wanted to do something where I could still be with my baby. I’ve always loved being around kids and have a very good knowledge of the Spanish language (comes with the advertising part of my degree), so I began tutoring at home. A few months later I got an offer from Little Linguists to teach an after school program in different Elementary Schools from the area. I worked for them for 2 years when I got an offer from 2 preschools to be the Spanish and Music teacher (music has been part of my life since I was born, but that’s another story that I will tell some other time).
Some people asked why preschool? Aren’t they too little? They barely speak English, etc. I will always answer that it’s the best time to learn anything, absolutely anything.
Finally, after another couple of years teaching the little ones I got the best job ever: Spanish teacher at St. Gregory Elementary School. This is my 4th year here, and let me tell you that it wasn’t until I began working at St. Greg’s that I realized teaching was my calling. I come to work with a big smile and leave with an even bigger one. I am so blessed.
Mrs. Rachel Sposito
Mrs. Rachel Sposito Biography
My name is Rachel Sposito and I have been teaching at St. Gregory School for 10 years. I currently teach Physical Education to grades 1st through 8th. I graduated from St. Vincent College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. I have a teaching degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.
I live in Evans City with my husband, Bob, and two children, Gianna and Nico. I love teaching at St. Gregory! It is such a wonderful environment. I hope to teach students activities and skills that they can use throughout a lifetime.
Ms. Eileen Barnes
Mrs. Kathy Brittner
Mrs. Debbie Drew
Ms. Nanette Lewis
Mrs. Nancy Mravintz
Mr. Andy Harmer
Mrs. Elaine Bonzo
Intermediate Unit Staff
Mrs. Janice Fitz
Title 1 Reading Specialist
Mr. John Meyers
Mr. Rhett Fertig
Mr. Jim Bucek
Mr. Charlie Pampena
Ms. Linda Lehey
Mr. Jon Birchok
After School Care
Mrs. Joni Witter
After School Care
Ms. Theresa Signorino
Mr. Adam Blotzer
Organist / Children’s Choir
Mrs. Carol Keener
Mrs. Mary Ann Thompson
Parish Office, Administrative Asst.
Mr. Donald Pepe
Mrs. Diane Devens
Parish Office, Bulletin Editor
Sr. Patricia Myers
Mrs. Audra Brown
Director of Religious Education
Mrs. Charlotte Zilavy
Safe Environment Coordinator