Kelley Barbieri–Physical Education Teacher, Snack, Lunch and Breakfast Coordinator.
Physical Education Teacher, Snack, Lunch and Breakfast Coordinator. Miss Kelley also works in the Preschool Plus before care program on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday.
Miss Kelley received a Bachelor’s degree from Wilmington University and has an Early Childhood Teacher certificate from the state. Miss Kelley has two children who are both St. Mary’s Preschool graduates. Gabriella is a junior at Gettysburg College and Anthony is a freshman at Penn State. Miss Kelley loves teaching and working with the children at St. Mary’s Preschool. Miss Kelley has been a parishioner at St. Mary’s for 21 years and has been working at St. Mary’s Preschool for the past 16 years.
5-Day Pre-K Teacher.
Mrs. Bauer has a Master’s degree in Child Development from Ohio State University. In the past Mrs. Bauer worked as an educator in foster care and as a director of a teen parent child care center. In addition, Mrs. Bauer has worked with infants through adults. Mrs. Bauer began teaching at St. Mary’s Preschool in 1998. Over the years, Mrs. Bauer has really enjoyed working with our St. Mary’s families. This is Mrs. Bauer’s is Mrs. Bauer’s 22nd year at St. Mary’s Preschool.
Laura Brutsche—-3Y5D Teacher
Mrs. Brutsche received a Bachelor's degree in Education from West Chester University. She holds state certificates in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. Mrs. Brutsche has a variety of teaching experience over the past 23 years, working with students ranging from preschoolers through 6th graders in public, private, and hybrid/homeschool settings. Mrs. Brutsche and her husband, Paul, have 3 daughters ages 18, 16 and 8. Her older two daughters are graduates of St. Mary's Preschool. Mrs. Brutsche previously taught at St. Mary's in the 2 & 3 year old program, leaving on maternity leave to have her third daughter. She is excited to be back working with young learners, guiding their exploration and witnessing their discovery in the caring environment of St. Mary's Preschool.
3-Day Pre-K Assistant Teacher.
Mrs. Carsch is both honored and proud to say that she has been a member of the staff here at St. Mary’s Preschool since 1999; and what a wonderful program it is! Being at St. Mary’s Prsechool for twenty years has afforded Mrs. Carsch the opportunity to work with, and learn from many different teachers, students and families that have been a part of our St. Mary’s community. Mrs. Carsch’s educational background began on Long Island, New York, where she is originally from, and is in business. However, since moving to Delaware and, while working in the early childhood profession, Mrs. Carsch received her certification to be a Preschool Teacher.
Now that Mrs. Carsch’s two sons are all grown; one lives in Hong Kong, the other in New York and ships out to sea every other month, she enjoys and appreciates even more the interactions and experiences with everyone affiliated with St. Mary’s Preschool! This is Mrs. Carsch’s 21st year at St. Mary’s Preschool.
Diane DeStefano—3Y3D Assistant Teacher.
Mrs. DeStefano has been working with preschool children for over 27 years and holds a Preschool Teacher certificate from the State of Delaware. Mrs DeStefano and her husband Mike have three children; a daughter and two sons. Mrs DeStefano enjoys working with the St. Mary’s families. She will make learning a fun and exciting experience. This is Mrs DeStefano’s 14th year at St Mary’s.
5-Day Pre-K Assistant Teacher.
Mrs. Donnelly has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Vanderbilt University . After staying home with her children for several years, Mrs. Donnelly obtained her certification in Early Child Care and Education to begin her career as a preschool teacher. Mrs. Donnelly loves working at St. Mary’s and having wonderful conversations with the children in her class! Mrs. Donnelly is married and has 2 sons ages 16 and 18. This is Mrs. Donnelly’s 5th year teaching at St. Mary’s Preschool.
Sarah George—3Y2D Teacher.
Mrs. George is excited to join St. Mary’s as a 3 year old teacher. Mrs. George received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in Foreign Languages and Literature. She then went on to complete her Masters Degree in Elementary Education at Wilmington University. Mrs. George is also certified in Special Education. She taught Kindergarten, first and second grades and also has experience teaching 3-5 year olds at a Montessori preschool. Mrs. George and her husband have two daughters, Ryleigh and Madison. Both girls are students at St. Mary’s Preschool! Mrs. George’s favorite things to do include spending time with her family, traveling, staying active, cooking and reading.
Nicole Guariano–2Y2D & 2Y3D Assistant Teacher.
Ms. Nicole is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Ms. Nicole also holds an Assistant Teacher certificate from the state of Delaware. Ms. Nicole and her husband Sal have three children; a daughter who is a senior at the University of Delaware, a son who is a freshman at the University of Delaware, and another son who is in freshman at Salesianum. Ms. Nicole loves working with the children and their families. This is Ms. Nicole’s 8th year teaching at St. Mary’s.
3-Day Pre-K Teacher.
Mrs. Hunter is excited to be teaching the 3-day Pre-K class. Mrs. Hunter has holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from West Chester University. Her experiences the past 27 years include toddlers, two’s, three’s and kindergarten age. Mrs. Hunter, and her husband Paul, have 4 children–3 girls and one boy.
Mrs. Hunter enjoys getting to know each child and loves watching them experience new things and seeing their excitement. This is Mrs. Hunter’s 11th year at St. Mary’s Preschool.
5-Day Pre-K Teacher.
Mrs. Jezyk has Bachelor’s Degree from The Catholic University of America, a Masters of Education degree from Wilmington University, and is a certified Special Education Teacher. Mrs. Jezyk has 14 years experience as a lead teacher and has taught many grades from Pre-K through 8th grade. Mrs. Jezyk is excited and proud to join the St. Mary’s Preschool staff and to have the opportunity to work with the children here and foster their academic and social growth. Although new to the preschool, Mrs. Jezyk has been a part of the St. Mary’s community for six years as a parishioner of the church and both a religious PREP teacher and Cub Scout leader. This is Mrs. Jezyk’s 3rd year at St. Mary’s Preschool.
Mrs. Jezyk is one of our aftercare teachers and works in that program on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Julie Kramedas–3Y2D & 3Y3D Assistant Teacher.
Mrs. Kramedas is a graduate of the University of Delaware and has a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. Mrs. Kramedas holds an Assistant Teacher certificate from the state. Mrs. Kramedas has two children; her daughter is a Speech and Language pathologist in the area and her son is a senior in college. Mrs. Kramedas is excited to be working in the Preschool Plus Program in the before care on Tuesdays and Thursdays in addition to being an assistant teacher in the three-year-old program. Mrs. Kramedas has been at St. Mary’s Preschool for 16 years.
Pam LoCurcio– 2Y2D & 2Y3D Teacher.
Miss Pam teaches the two-year-old classes at St. Mary’s Preschool. Miss Pam has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware and an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Wilmington University. Miss Pam has two children who also attended St. Mary’s Preschool. Her son, Michael, is a freshman at the University of Delaware and her daughter, Morgan, is a junior at Conrad. Miss Pam has taught toddlers her entire teaching career and she loves being a part of their very first school experience.
Miss Pam enjoys getting to know each family and finds it amazing to see how much two-year-old’s develop over the school year! This is Miss Pam’s 12th year at St. Mary’s Preschool.
Jennifer Lutes– 5-Day
Pre-K Assistant Teacher.
Mrs. Lutes attended the University of Delaware earning a BS in Early Childhood Development and Education. After college she worked in corporate child care teaching toddlers, pre-k, and kindergarten before becoming a Program Coordinator.
Mrs. Lutes has spent 13 years as a Stay at Home Mom to her 3 children. With the kids now in school all day, Mrs. Lutes is excited to join the St. Mary’s Preschool team, getting back to her passion of working with young children.
As a native to Hockessin, Mrs. Lutes is happy to be raising her family here. This is Mrs. Lutes 3rd year teaching at St. Mary’s Preschool.
Michele Michalcewiz– 2Y2D & 2Y3D Assistant Teacher.
Miss Michele is a graduate of the University of Delaware and holds an assistant teacher certificate from the state of Delaware. Miss Michele has two daughters who are both St. Mary’s Preschool graduates. Brynn is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware and Erin is a sophomore at the University of Delaware. Miss Michele has been working at St. Mary’s Preschool for 16 years.
Miss Michele works in the Preschool Plus program in the before care on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Sandy Myrick– 3Y3D Teacher.
Mrs. Myrick teaches a three-day, three-year-old class. Mrs. Myrick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from the University of Delaware. Mrs. Myrick enjoys her time at St. Mary’s and loves working with the children and their families. Mrs. Myrick is married and has three grown children. This is Mrs. Myrick’s 20th year at St. Mary’s Preschool.
Melinda Oriani– Music Teacher.
Since receiving her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Minnesota, Miss Melinda has sung with a variety of professional groups including the Dale Warland Singers in Minneapolis, Virginia Opera chorus, Houston Grand Opera chorus, Houston Chamber Choir, the Philadelphia Singers and VoxAmaDeus. Miss Melinda has held soloist positions with a variety of churches, and currently sings with Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington. In addition to singing, Miss Melinda loves teaching music to young children! Miss Melinda has completed all of the training for both Kindermusik and Musikgarten programs and has a Level 1 certification from ECMMA. In 1995, Miss Melinda started Clear Lake Kindermusik in Houston. Miss Melinda has worked full-time for The Music School of Delaware since 2006, as the Early Childhood Department Head. This is Miss Melinda’s 15th year teaching the wonderful children at St. Mary’s Preschool.
Miss Karen has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Delaware. Miss Karen is certified to teach children from birth through 3rd grade. Some of the credentials Miss Karen has received over the years are the Early Childhood Preschool Credential, Early Childhood Inclusion Credential, Early Childhood Administration Credential, National Director’s Credential and an Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment Credential. Miss Karen’s teaching experience began in public Kindergarten and then continued at St. Mary’s Preschool where she began the two-year-old program back in 1996 Miss Karen taught in the two-year-old program at St. Mary’s Preschool for 5 years before becoming director.
Miss Karen and her husband have three grown children and two little twin grandbabies!!
Miss Karen feels blessed to have found a second home at St. Mary’s Preschool for the past 24 years and feels honored to be working with such dedicated teachers. Miss Karen hopes to connect with the families at St. Mary’s Preschool and work together for the sake of the children and their education. This is Karen’s 24th year at St. Mary’s Preschool.
5 Day Pre-K Assistant Teacher.
Carolyn Shampine is a graduate of the State University of New York and has professional experience in wildlife biology, environmental education and teacher training. She has two children - a daughter in 2nd grade, and a daughter in kindergarten, at Cooke Elementary School. Both girls are St. Mary’s Preschool graduates. Mrs. Shampine is excited to be working in the Preschool Plus program aftercare on Wednesdays and to also continue as the assistant teacher in a Pre-K class for a 2nd year. Mrs. Shampine has been a substitute at St. Mary’s for years and also served as a PTO office, and PTO president of the St. Mary’s Preschool PTO.
Cathy Shields—-3Y5D Assistant Teacher.
Mrs. Shields is a graduate of St. Mary's College. After earning her degree, she worked in Marketing and product development for a medical diagnostic company and then as an office manager for a pediatric office. She enjoyed her time at home raising her children and volunteering in their schools for many years. She returned to the workforce as an assistant teacher in kindergarten for three years.
Mrs. Shields enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and their three children. Andrew will be a freshman at Salesianum, Will is going to be in 6th grade and Mary will be in 4th grade at St. John the Beloved School. She looks forward to becoming a part of the St. Mary's community and meeting many new families and their children.
Mrs. Shields will also be working in our aftercare program on Monday and Friday afternoons this year.
Cindy Spence– 5 Day Pre-K Teacher.
Mrs. Spence received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Delaware and is a certified teacher for children ages birth through 8th grade. Mrs. Spence has been a teacher for over 22 years, starting as a summer camp teacher while in college. Mrs. Spence’s experiences have been wonderful and encompass a wide range of student abilities and ages. Mrs. Spence’s teaching positions include: Elementary Workshop (preschool), Centreville School (a school for children with learning disabilities where she taught preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st-2nd grade children; Mrs. Spence also worked in the admissions office), Pike Creek Christian School (Elementary), and of course, teaching here at St. Mary’s Preschool.
Mrs. Spence and her husband, Jason, have 2 children -identical twin boys. Jake and Justin who will be freshman at the University of Delaware.
Mrs. Spence truly loves teaching and working with children and will take care of your children while they are at school as if they were her own. This is Mrs. Spence’s 11th year at St. Mary’s Preschool.
Mrs. Sutherland teaches a 3-day, 3-year-old class. Mrs. Sutherland received a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Delaware and is certified to teach children ages birth through 3rd grade. Mrs. Sutherland’s teaching career began in public school Kindergarten. Mrs. Sutherland also has experience as a preschool teacher in a traditional childcare setting and as an assistant in a Montessori School. Mrs. Sutherland works in our Preschool Plus program in the before care on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Mrs. Sutherland, and her husband Andy, have been blessed with four wonderful children; 3 sons and one daughter who are all grown and in their 20’s. Mrs. Sutherland feels very lucky to have them all close by but must admit to enjoying life as an emptynester.
Mrs. Sutherland simply enjoys teaching children. She makes her class feel like a home to every student; valued, intelligent, safe and comfortable. Her classroom is conducive to learning, welcomes everyone’s opinions, and encourages and respects every student’s differences. Mrs. Sutherland is energetic in teaching because she loves what she does! Mrs. Sutherland has worked at St. Mary’s for 20 years.
Natalie Tucci– 2Y2D & 2Y3D Teacher.
Mrs. Tucci has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Wilmington University. Mrs. Tucci has worked with all age groups throughout her 27 years of teaching experience. She has a son Bryce who will be a freshman at St. Mark’s High School and daughter Amanda who is a senior at St. Mark’s High School.
Mrs. Tucci has always had a passion for working with children. Mrs. Tucci is thankful for the opportunity to teach in such a nurturing and loving preschool where there is a wonderful sense of community between families and teachers. Mrs. Tucci believes that children develop and learn so much in their early years. Mrs. Tucci strives to make their first preschool experience a mix of exploring, learning, and fun. It is also exciting to see the children build friendships that last for years!”
This is Mrs. Tucci’s 5th year at St Mary’s Preschool. In addition to teaching the two-year-old classes, Mrs. Tucci also works in the Preschool Plus aftercare Monday through Friday.