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St. Joseph the Protector School

Empowered by Faith ~ Achieving now and tomorrow

 

6th - 8th Grade Faculty

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Find the Faculty & Staff

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Early Childhood Center

These people are usually found at the preschool on the Jenkintown campus. The Early Childhood Center has 2 classes each of 2 year olds, 3 year olds, and three classes of 4 year olds. Find out more about them by clicking the button.


Lower Building Faculty

The faculty that teach kindergarten to third grade are found in the lower building most of the time. Instead of looking all over the lower building for them just click the button to learn about these teachers.


Upper Building Faculty

The teachers that teach the 4th and 5th grade students are found on the second floor of the upper building. You can find out more about them by clicking the button.


Upper Building Faculty

The 6th, 7th and 8th grade teachers are teach by subject area so there are quite a few of them in the upper building. Click the button and find out more about them.


Other Staff

This group is scattered all over the buildings. Some of these people are from the Montgomery County IU, others take care of the place and some others promote the school and direct the "Little Joe's".


Administrative Staff

This is a small but mighty group that leads the school. They can be found in the school principal's office, the rectory, or around the school. Click the button to find out more about them.


Specialty Subject Teachers

This group teaches math, technology, physical education, library skills, music and spanish. This is a diversified group and they are all over the buildings but you can find out more about them too.


These people are all around the school but do you know anything about them?

Check out the information about each member of the StJP faculty, staff, and administration.

 


Meet the 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Teachers!

Find out more about some of the teachers in the upper buiding


About Ms. Pio

  • ALT NAME

    Ms. Pio

    6th-8th Grade

    Religion

    DPio@stjpschool.org

    6th

    7th

    8th

  • A little information...

    Ms. Pio was born and raised in Philadelphia. A graduate of St. Ambrose Grade School and Cardinal Dougherty High School, she credits her parents for the greatest gift ever received - her Catholic faith. She holds a BA in Communications from Temple University and a MS in Education from Gwynedd Mercy University. She is also a certified instructor of the Wilson Reading Program which assists students who are dyslexic and aids in literacy development.

    An avid gardener, Ms. Pio enjoys the serenity of a quiet afternoon in the garden reading a good book - a mystery. She loves to travel and is quite a talented cook. Another interesting tidbit about Ms. Pio? She collects PEZ dispensers and has nearly 200 so far!

    Ms. Pio enjoys teaching Religion because her faith is so important to her. She love sharing this faith with others and teaching at StJP affords her the opportunity to spread the Good News of Jesus! She feels we need to keep God as the center of all we do. Helping students come to know Jesus as Savior is a blessing and honor for her.

     


About Mr. Baldasano

  • ALT NAME

    Mr. Baldasano

    7-8th Grade

    ELA

    JBaldasano@stjpschool.org

    7th Class

    8th Class

  • A little information...

    Mr. Baldasano was born and grew up in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Penn Christian Academy and Lansdale Catholic, which deepened his faith and relationship with God. Mr. Baldasano received a BA in Psychology from Temple University. He completed a graduate education program with a concentration in ELA at Arcadia University for his teaching certificate. He also has experience working as a Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) for students with autism. Mr. Baldasano believes that every child should have the opportunity to learn and succeed at school. Through differentiation and other inclusion techniques, Mr. Baldasano strives to meet every one of his student’s individual needs. Technology plays a crucial role in preparing all levels of learners for their future outside of school, which is why Mr. Baldasano incorporates it extensively in his classroom.

    Mr. Baldasano loves Star Wars. He can talk about the movie franchise for hours on end. He read Star Wars novels growing up, which acted as a gateway to a life long passion for reading and literature. A few of Mr. Baldasano’s favorite authors include Steinbeck, Waugh, Faulkner, Salinger, and of course Stephen King! Mr. Baldasano enjoys the outdoors and reading a good book on the beach. He also has a great appreciation for art and encourages his students’ creativity.
       
    Mr. Baldasano felt a strong calling to teach and finds the work rewarding. His mother was a teacher and inspired him to pursue a career in education. Mr. Baldasano is excited to have the opportunity to freely discuss the Catholic Faith and teach at Saint Joseph the Protector School!  

     


About Ms. McGinley

  • ALT NAME

    Miss McGinley

    6th Grade

    ELA

    SMcGinley@stjpschool.org

    6th Class

  • A little information...

    Miss McGinley grew up in Villanova, Pennsylvania. She attended high school at Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Bryn Mawr. While a student at Sacred Heart, she participated in a mission trip to El Salvador with her parish, which remains one of her most rewarding life experiences to this day. After high school, she earned her BA in Nonfiction Writing and Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, where she also worked as both a writing tutor and the school newspaper’s Assistant Copy Chief. Miss McGinley discovered her passion for teaching English Language Arts while working at Pitt’s Writing Center, and she went on to complete her Masters of Arts in Teaching immediately after graduation.

    When she is not in school, Miss McGinley can be found cooking (read: watching Food Network), relaxing with her two pugs, or travelling halfway around the world. Her favorite places to visit include England, Ireland, and Iceland, among other English-speaking “lands.” She spent semesters abroad in both London and Dublin in her undergraduate years, and her next travel goal is to visit Hobbiton in Auckland, New Zealand.

    After spending the past year teaching in a large public school outside of Pittsburgh, Miss McGinley is excited to return to her Catholic school roots and get to know the rest of the St. Joseph the Protector School community.

     


About Mrs. Sweeney

  • ALT NAME

    Mrs. Sweeney

    6-8th Grade

    Math

    DSweeney@stjpschool.org

    6th

    7th

    8th

  • A little information...

    Mrs. Devin Sweeney grew up in Willow Grove, and attended St. John of the Cross & St. David's. She went on to Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Flourtown. Then, she graduated from Arcadia University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She received her teaching certificate in both Elementary Education and Middle School Mathematics. After graduating, she worked at a preschool and a school for children with special needs.

    When Mrs. Sweeney got married to her husband, she moved to Glenside. They have two children that both attend Good Shepherd Catholic School in Ardsley. Mrs. Sweeney has been at home full time with her children since birth, but had part time jobs in education. Some of her jobs included tutoring, nannying, and as a librarian & substitute at a Catholic school in Plymouth Meeting.

    Mrs. Sweeney is a true believer in the faith and formation that Catholic school gives children. She loves that her children are attending Good Shepherd, and that she is going to work with the children at St. Joseph the Protector. Her faith, family, and friends are God's greatest blessings to her. In her free time, you could find Mrs. Sweeney sewing, reading, watching movies, or having a dance party with her kids.

     


About Ms. FitzGerald

  • ALT NAME

    Ms. FitzGerald

    7-8th Grade

    Science

    EFitzGerald@stjpschool.org

    6th

    7th

    8th

  • A little information...

    Miss Elva FitzGerald has lived in Glenside all of her life and is a life-long learner with three Masters Degrees. She recived the National Catholic Educational Association Distinguished Teacher Award in 2010. In addition to teaching subject area content she strives to nurture in her students the desire to gain knowledge and a love of learning. She is a Eucharistic Minister, choir member, and cantor. She has been teaching in the classroom for 32 years and is never without a book that she is currently enjoying. Did you know that Ms. FitzGerald even tried out and passed the test for Jeopardy? She enjoys nature walks, quilting and knitting. She has aspirations to write the Great American novel one day.

    In her many years of teaching she has taught every subject but Science has always been closest to her heart. She marvels at the glories of God's creation and embraces the opportunity to share that sense of wonder with her her students. She firmly believes that the most important thing to teach students is to guide them to reach their full portential spiritually, socially, and academically. Teaching in a Catholic school allows her to share and grow her faith with the school community. It provides her with the opportunity to help parents in the faith formation of their children.


About Mrs. McGeer

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    Mrs. McGeer

    6,7 and 8th

    Social Studies

    DMcGeer@stjpschool.org

    6th

    7th

    8th

  • A little information...

    Mrs. Dianne McGeer’s story begins at Germantown Hospital where this fiery red headed baby was born.  She was raised in the Olney section of Philadelphia where she attended Incarnation of Our Lord School up to 6th grade. Her family then moved to Cheltenham where she attended Presentation B.V.M. School for 7th & 8th grade.   As for high school, Mrs. McGeer of course chose Cardinal Dougherty;and for college she was an owl, a Temple Owl.  This is where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.

    Mrs. McGeer has completed her 15th year of teaching.   She does not have one favorite subject but three:  Religion, Math, and Social Studies.  These subjects sure do bring a smile to her face each day.  Being a teacher in a Catholic School is a gift and a privilege.  This is where her faith filled journey began and continues with the students today.