St. Gregory Faculty & Staff
115 Pine Street
Zelienople, PA 16063
School Office: (724) 452-9731
Mrs. Erin Rice
Mrs. Erin Rice Biography
Mrs. Rice 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. Rice 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. Rice is certified in: Elementary Grades K-6, Middle Level English Grades 6-9, and Principal Grades PreK-12.
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. Christine FitzGerald
Preschool (3 and 4 Year)
Mrs. Christine FitzGerald Biography
Hello, my name is Christine FitzGerald. I am thrilled to be the preschool teacher here at St. Gregory School! My family and I relocated to this area 5 years ago and I have been active in the St. Gregory community by volunteering in the preschool classroom, teaching religious education and helping with the vacation bible school program.
I graduated from Carlow University with a degree in Elementary Education, and received my Masters Degree in Special Education from Niagara University. I have many years of teaching experience working with young children in elementary and early childhood education classrooms.
I grew up with a strong Catholic background and see the importance of introducing faith to our children at a young age. Children are never too young to learn, and with the right encouragement, their learning is limitless! Having had both of my children go through this program, I saw first-hand the enjoyment of installing the Catholic faith at a young age. I am excited to now be teaching and creating that enjoyment for our young children!
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. Dana Bodkin
Ms. Alyssa Kulmoski
Ms. Alyssa Kulmoski Biography
My name is Alyssa Kulmoski and I am looking forward to the beginning of a new school year. I am especially excited for this year because I am joining the St. Gregory community! I will be teaching second grade and am eager to assist my students in growing both spiritually and academically. I have much in common with these children for I attended Catholic school as well. I grew up in Wexford and went to St. Teresa of Avila for grade school and Oakland Catholic for high school. For college, I moved to Baltimore to attend Loyola University Maryland, a Jesuit institution, where I studied elementary education and special education. I graduated with a stronger faith and broader knowledge base leaving me enthusiastic to shape the minds of the youth. I chose to remain in Baltimore for one year to teach fifth grade math, social studies and science. I finally decided to move back home to Pittsburgh and was ecstatic to accept the second-grade position at St. Gregory School. Second grade is an important year for the Sacraments and I am ready to share my faith and love for God with these children. I am looking forward to meeting my students and their families and growing in faith in the wonderful St. Gregory community, which has already made me feel welcomed and loved.
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. Ashlynn Dunn
Grade 4, Math 4-5, LA 4, SS 4
Mrs. Ashlynn Dunn Biography
My name is Mrs. Dunn 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, LA 5, Science 4-5, Religion 5 & 7, Computer K-3
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, LA 6, Social Studies 5-6, Religion 6 & 8
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!
Dr. Brian Gilchrist
Grade 7, LA 7 & 8, Social Studies 8, Science 6
Mrs. Cassie McHugh
Grade 8, Science 7-8, Math 6
Mrs. Cassie McHugh Biography
I am incredibly excited to begin the school year at St. Gregory's and be your middle school science teacher! I want to take this opportunity to give you a little background about myself. I graduated from Penn State, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education and then a Master’s degree in Learning, Design, & Technology! I also have certifications for Middle School Mathematics and Science. Life long learning is a goal I hope to continue to pursue!
Before coming to St. Greg's I taught 4-8th grade math and science at St. Wendelin School. I also have held long-term substitute positions at North Allegheny, Hampton, and Ellwood City school districts teaching primarily in grades 4-8.
Ms. Emily Brown
Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry 7 & 8, Computer 6-8
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
Ms. Sarah Bodkin
Mrs. Deb Drew
Ms. Dawn Hack
Mrs. Nan Lewis
Mr. Andy Harmer
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
Mr. Allen Bayer
After School Care
Mr. Adam Blotzer
Organist / Children’s Choir
Mrs. Carol Keener