St. Joseph the Protector School

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5th - 8th Grade Faculty

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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 3rd and 4th 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 classrooms are on the top floor of 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. 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 5th - 8th Grade Teachers!

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

About Mr. Sawicky


    Mr. Sawicky

    5th Grade Homeroom

    Rm 305




  • A little information...

    Mr. Andreas Sawicky is a graduate of Millersville University of Pennsylvania. He has taught 5th and 8th grade, with an innovative approach to integrating technology into the curriculum. He has created a curriculum unit on United States government and has developed a unit on Diversity. Mr. Sawicky utilized a hybrid method of teaching which incorporates small group instruction. He uses student information and assessment data to develop lessons for his students, which complements his focus on daily behavior management.

About Ms. McGinley


    Miss McGinley

    6th Grade Homeroom

    Rm 306




  • A little information...

    Miss Samantha 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 Mr. Mullen


    Mr. Mullen

    7th Grade Homeroom

    Rm. 303


    7th Class

    8th Class

  • A little information...

    Mr. Matthew Mullen holds a Masters degree in Education from Chestnut Hill College. He comes to StJP with 15 years teaching experience, including Devon Prep and Archbishop Ryan. He has developed a public speaking course, was instrumental in updating curriculum for 6th/7th grade English, and has been active in a creative writing camp, film, camera, and video editing. Mr. Mullen has focused on test prep, grammar and writing skills in his previous English Language Arts classrooms.

About Mrs. Sweeney


    Mrs. Sweeney

    7th Grade Homeroom





  • 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


    Ms. FitzGerald

    8th Grade Homeroom

    7th & 8th Science




  • 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 Mr. Lewandowski


    Mr. Lewandowski

    4th - 8th Grade

    Honors Math


    Program Information

  • A little information...

    Mr. Jason Lewandowski holds a Masters degree in Education from Cabrini College. He comes to StJP with 10 years of teaching experience in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, most recently at St. John Neumann / Maria Goretti High School as an Algebra I and Geometry teacher. He is experienced as a Science and Math curriculum coordinator and has facilitated professional development opportunities for staff members. Mr. Lewandowksi often integrates technology in his classroom.