Miss Heidi Rodgers, Kindergarten - Section A

“We have a great community of teachers, students and families who are all truly invested in reaching one goal - making SPS the best it can be.”

Awards / Distinctions:

  • 2018 St. Philip Distinguished Alumni

Education / Certifications:

  • Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction (Clarion University)
  • Dual Certification in Elementary Education and Early Childhood (Carlow University)

Experience:

  • 16 Years as SPS Primary Grades Teacher
  • 19 Years as SPS Afterschool & Summer Camp Instructor
  • 2 Years as SPS 3- and 4-year-old Child Care Instructor

SPS Legacy:

  • Second generation in her family to attend SPS
  • Second generation in her family to teach at SPS

Classroom+: 

  • Summer Camp, Afterschool Program, Craft Club, Talent Show, Yearbook, Afterschool Tutoring, Camp Invention Instructor since 2017

 

Mrs. Megan Pattinato, Kindergarten - Section B

The tight-knit community of teachers here makes such a positive impact on what we can accomplish with the students.”

Education / Certifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Elementary Education (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Arts (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Pennsylvania Certifications in Special Education, K-12 & Elementary Education, K-6

Experience:

  • 9 years teaching
  • 7 years as 4B Teacher

Classroom+:

  • Afterschool Study Sessions; Safety Committee; SAP (Student Assistance Program)

 

Miss Kati Rodgers, First Grade

My peers here and the families I meet are so helpful and encouraging.”

Education / Certifications:

  • Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Clarion University)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Special Education (Carlow University)

Experience:

  • 14 years as 3B Teacher at SPS
  • 3 years as 2B Teacher at SPS
  • 2 years as 1A Teacher at SPS
  • 21 years as SPS Afterschool & Summer Camp Instructor
  • 4 Years as Camp Invention Director

SPS Legacy:

  • Second Generation in her family to attend SPS
  • Second Generation in her family to teach at SPS

Classroom+: 

  • Craft Club, Talent Show, Afterschool Tutoring, Afterschool Program, Summer Camp, Yearbook

 

Ms. Carrie Gallagher, Second Grade - Section A

“I am very excited to be a part of St. Philips School. I am honored to be called by God to lead the children to His table by celebrating the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.”

Education/ Certifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education (California University of PA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Ohio Dominican University)

Experience:

  • I grew up in Columbus, Ohio. Before starting my family, I taught full day kindergarten there.
  • After having 3 beautiful children I returned to teaching as a preschool teacher. I taught preschool for many years before going back to teaching in an elementary school.
  • After our family relocated to PA in 2007, I went back to school to earn my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood.
  • In 2014 I joined the staff of St. Patrick School in Canonsburg where I taught second grade for five years.

 

Mrs. Colleen Pilarski, Second Grade - Section B

“I'm so excited to be a part of the St. Philip School community.”

Education / Experience:

I grew up in Pittsburgh, then lived abroad in Mexico for ten years!  After returning to Pittsburgh, I pursued a teaching degree at the University of Pittsburgh.  I've taught in a variety of settings, and have taught almost every grade level except 12th grade! 

SPS Legacy:

My husband and I live in Sheraden with our 17-year-old son, though we still spend a lot of family time with our three adult daughters as well.  As a family we enjoy camping, hiking, biking, and board games.  My other passions include reading and cooking.  As an active member of St. Philip Parish and a lector at 9:30 Masses, I am thrilled to be a new member of the SPS faculty!

 

Mrs. Anne Peterson, Third Grade

I love the children and families of St. Philip. They truly make this a special place to work!”

Education:

  • Bachelors in Education (Duquesne University)
  • Pennsylvania certification in Elementary K-6, 7-9 Mathematics

Experience:

  • 3 years teaching 3rd grade at SPS
  • 15 years teaching Middle School Math, Algebra, History, and Spanish

SPS Legacy:

  • My daughter currently attends.

Classroom + :

  • After-school tutoring, Spelling Bee Moderator, After-school Program, Reading Festival, Student Council Moderator, Safety Committee

 

Mrs. Robin Sanders, Fourth Grade - Section A

The main reason I love teaching at St. Philip is the sense of community among the administration, faculty, and families that has been around and remains a constant since I started here in 2001”

Education / Certifications:

  • Master's in Education (Duquesne University)
  • Bachelor's in Health Service Management (Robert Morris

Experience:

  • 16 years teaching
  • 15 years as 5A Teacher at SPS

SPS Legacy:

  • Her two children currently attend SPS

Classroom+: 

  • Elementary Student Assistance Program Coordinator, Spell-a-thon, Craft Club, Talent Show, Afterschool Tutoring; Safety Committee.

 

Mrs. Carly Jozwiakowski, Fourth Grade - Section B 

“Creating a strong bond with students and families allows the classroom to feel like home.”  

Education / Certifications:

  • Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education (Clarion University)
  • Certification in Pre-kindergarten through sixth grade
  • Active Shooter and Bomb Threat Certified
  • First Aid, AED and CPR Certified
  • A.L.I.C.E Trained

Experience:

  • 5 years teaching in school setting; Coddlers, Chartiers Valley and South Fayette 
  • 4 years teaching in religious education program; St. Patrick Parish

 

Miss Lauren Astwood, Fifth Grade - Section A

The community atmosphere, the faculty, and the amazing students and families are just a few reasons why there is no other place I’d rather be teaching.”

Awards / Distinctions:

  • Diocesan Golden Apple Award for Excellent Performance in the Classroom

Education / Certifications:

  • Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction (Clarion University)
  • Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with a Minor in Psychology (Clarion University)

Experience:

  • 11 years as 6B Teacher

SPS Legacy:

  • Proud SPS Alumna
  • Established Middle School Newspaper in 2006

Classroom+:

  • Director of Middle School Musical, VP for Cheerleading, Morning Math Help, Co-Moderator of Student Council and Middle School Newspaper, Yearbook, Safety Committee

 

Mr. Shawn Prinkey, Fifth Grade - Section B

“I'm excited to complete my first year teaching here at St. Philip School. I hope to make a lasting impact on my students.”

Education/Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Grades 4-6 All Subjects
  • Grades 7-8 Math and Social Studies

Experience:

  • Student taught 6th Grade Math at Elizabeth Forward School District
  • Day to day substitute at Elizabeth Forward School District

 

Miss Meghan Heymann, Sixth Grade - Section B

“Everyday is a brand new day!”

This will be my first year teaching, and I’m excited to start it here at SPS!

Education/Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Middle Childhood Education from the University of Mount Union
  • Minor in Mathematics for Education
  • Concentration in Science
  • PA Certifications in: 
  • Middle Grades 4-8 Mathematics
  • Middle Grades 4-8 Science
  • General Science 7-12
  • Google Certified Level 1 Educator

 

Mrs. Jessica Shade, Sixth Grade - Section B

“By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others.”

 

Education / Certifications:

  • Master’s in Educational Leadership (Edinboro University)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Level Education (4-8)
  • Additional Certification in Early Childhood Education (PK-4)
  • Google Certified Educator
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Experience: 

  • 1 Year Substitute Teaching in Various School Districts
  • 2 Years as a 6th Grade Mathematics & English Language Arts Teacher
  • 1 Year as an Intervention Tutor
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Classroom+:

Middle School Musical, Safety Committee

 

 

Mr. Roy Fischer, Eighth Grade

 

The teachers at St. Philip will never let a student down.”

Education / Certifications:

  • Associates Degree in Education from CCAC
  • B.A. in Education (Carlow University)
  • Master’s degree in Secondary Education Social Studies.

Experience:

  • Student teaching at Carrick High School
  • 5 years as Afterschool & Summer Camp Instructor
  • 4 years as SPS Middle School Teacher

SPS Legacy:

  • Proud SPS alumnus
  • Alumnus of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Coraopolis. Main interests were playing volleyball, working at the school’s news station (WCHR)

Classroom+: 

  • Chess Club, AV Club, Middle School Musical, Afterschool Program, Summer Camp, Camp Invention.

 

Mrs. Samantha Wilfert, Middle School

“Teaching is a work of Heart.”

Education / Certifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Special Education (Slippery Rock University)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education with dual-minors in Elementary School Mathematics and Special Education (Slippery Rock University)
  • Pennsylvania Certifications in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education, 
  • Middle School Mathematics, and Middle School Language Arts

Experience:

  • 7 years teaching 3rd grade at SPS
  • 1 year teaching 4th grade at SPS
  • 2 years teaching 1st grade at SPS
  • Currently teaching middle school math and English

 Classroom+: 

  • Talent Show, Yearbook, Middle School Musical, Student Council 

 

Mr. Patrick Baker, Spanish and STEAM (Seventh Grade Homeroom)

“I’m very excited to join the faculty at SPS. SPS has a remarkable reputation and I’m honored to be here.”

Education / Certifications

  • Master’s in International Education, Universidad de Alcalá, Class of 2015
  • Certificate in Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, and Serbian languages from the University of Pittsburgh
  • Bachelor of Arts, Slippery Rock University, Class of 2014,
  • Majors: Spanish with Business Administration with International Emphasis, and Political Science
  • Minors: International Relations & Comparative Politics, and Asian Studies with a focus on China and Chinese language

Teaching Experience:

  • 1 year teaching ESL in Spain
  • 1`year teaching ESL in China
  • Permanent Substitute as the Bishop Canevin STEAM teacher
  • STEAM Teacher with What About STEAM

Mr. Patrick Baker is originally from Washington, PA. He attended John F. Kennedy Catholic School and then Bishop Canevin. He completed his undergraduate work at Slippery Rock University and his Master’s at the Universidad de Alcalá in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. Since then he has worked and studied in Spain, China, and Montenegro. He has a passion for traveling and studying foreign languages.

Mr. Baker began exploring STEAM fields after returning from working in China and has been teaching Lego Robotics, 3D Design and Printing, computer programming, graphic design, along with other exciting STEAM areas. He is continuing to learn and loves sharing what he knows with students.

 

Miss Margaret McGaughey, Art, Music, and Library

“I love to explore new ideas and materials with my students.

Their enthusiasm and creativity inspire me every single day.”

Education / Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art Education from West Virginia University
  • K-12 Art Certification in the state of West Virginia 

Experience:

Second Year Working at SPS

5 years teaching throughout the following facilities - 

  • Sweetwater Center for the Arts - Class Instructor
  • Interlochen Arts Academy - Middle School Arts Counselor 
  • Painting with a Twist - Painting Teacher
  • Fern Hollow Nature Center - Homeschool (Elementary) Arts Teacher
  • BOPARC Arts Camps - Paper Arts and Ceramics Teacher
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  •  Classroom+: 

    • Diocesan Art Show, Square One Art Fundraiser, K-5 Christmas Concert, Middle School Stations of the Cross, Afterschool Program

 

Mrs. Sara Cornetti, Pre-K and Preschool

“My children have learned so much more than academics at SPS. The teachers have provided them with gift of the ANGEL way. I am so blessed to be part of the SPS family, as a parent and now a faculty member.”

Education / Certifications:

  • Bachelor’s in Education (Clarion University)
  • Certifications in Elementary and Special Education

Experience:

  • 16 years of teaching
  • 3 years at SPS

SPS Legacy:

  • Son graduated from SPS
  • Daughter is currently attending