St. Joseph the Protector School

Empowered by Faith ~ Achieving now and tomorrow


Kindergarten - Second Grade Faculty

Would you like to meet the folks who make it happen?

Find the Faculty & Staff

Choose from the links below

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 K-2nd Grade Teachers

Find out more about the teachers in the lower building

About Mrs. Ireland


    Mrs. Ireland

    Room 1



  • A little information...

    Mrs. Ireland was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Jenkintown where she attended Immaculate Conception School and Bishop McDevitt High School. She received her undergraduate degree in Marketing from LaSalle University where she was a member of the women’s crew team. After working in the corporate world and managing a business with her husband, Mrs. Ireland decided to pursue a long time goal of becoming an educator. She returned to school and earned a Masters in Elementary Education from Arcadia University.  She has also earned her certification as a Wilson Reading System Instructor and a Wilson Fundations Instructor.

    Mrs. Ireland has taught in Kindergarten through fourth grade classrooms.  Her focus and passion is in kindergarten.  She brings her Wilson training to the classroom to create a strong language development curriculum base.  Her focus is to provide a multi-sensory, hand-on, exploratory environment where students learn through a variety of experiences.    She strives to create a learning environment that is both challenging and collaborative. Mrs. Ireland believes that teaching in a Catholic school gives her students a stronger sense of community through their shared faith.

    Fun things to know outside the classroom:

    • She lived in California where she met her husband and where her daughter was born
    • Her daughter Katie is a freshman at St. Joseph’s University
    • She is an Eagles fan
    • You will find her in Ocean City, NJ in the summer (and many weekends!)
    • Her favorite winter activity is skiing
    • She loves to bike, swim, and read on the beach at the shore
    • Her favorite color is blue
    • Her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird
    • Sushi is her favorite food

About Mrs. Dolan


    Mrs. Dolan

    Room 3



  • A little information...

    Mrs. Lori Dolan was born in Philadelphia and raised in Erdenheim and now resides in Glenside, PA. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Arcadia University while working as a teacher’s aide and raising her daughter. She has been in the classroom for 17 years and can still say she ‘loves her job’. Her haven is Ocean City, NJ where she loves to read and relax.

    As a teacher, Mrs. Dolan tries to make a connection with each student through whatever interests them and then build a relationship using that first connection as a building block.

    Teaching at a Catholic school allows her to incorporate the beliefs and values that were instilled in her childhood to help educate children in this generation. StJP allows her to bring the faith of God cross-curricular to make children understand that no matter where their talents lie, the basis for everything they do or say should be one of respect for each other and themselves. She says, “When we understand that, we are living our faith”. The fact that she is at a school that can stop, pray, and discuss God at anytime during the day is essential to understanding the way God wants people to live. She really appreciates the sense of family that exists and the parental involvement. As a product of Catholic Schools herself she feels she owes the education and the lifelong friendships that she made to the dedicated teachers and families that she encountered.

About Mrs. Pritz


    Mrs. Pritz

    1st Grade
    Room 5



  • A little information...

    Mrs. Kathy Pritz is no stranger to our school community. Although she was born in Philadelphia, she moved to Glenside when she was five and has never left! She obtained her BS in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College and has chosen to always teach in Catholic schools because they are a faith community as well as a learning community which leads to a greater feeling of family. She has been teaching for eighteen years and has taught 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. She says she does not have a favorite, there is something unique about each age group. One of her favorite subjects to teach is Science because it is an interesting and exciting subject that allows children to experiment and explore information in order to find answers on their own. One of her favorite things to do is hiking, especially through the Wissahicken trails. She finds it is a great way to relax and unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature at any time of the year.

About Mrs. Tome


    Mrs. Tome

    1st Grade
    Room 4



  • A little information...

    Mrs. Tome holds a Masters degree in Elementary Education from Arcadia University. In her 12+ years of teaching, she has worked with students in grades K-6, with a focus on reading instruction. Specifically, she has implemented literacy and enrichment programs. Recently, Ms. Tome earned the Hatboro-Horsham School District Champion of Learning Award. She uses small group learning centers to differentiate instruction. Ms. Tome uses her own unique evaluation system to help monitor individual student progress. 

About Mrs. Hector


    Mrs. Hector

    2nd Grade
    Room 9



  • A little information...

    Mrs. Heidi Hector was born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey. She lived there in the house her mother grew up in. She was a 'blue devil' at Saint Dominic's Academy in Jersey City, New Jersey where she attended high school. Heidi attended Bloomsburg University before transferring to Kean University where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She worked at River School for 7 years as the head teacher in the three-year old classroom before getting married and relocating to Glenside, Pennsylvania. Once settled in her new home, Heidi's passion to teach and work with children sent her back to school to get her certification in Early Childhood Education from Chestnut Hill College where she continues to work towards her Master's Degree.

    This will be Mrs. Hector's third year teaching at Saint Joseph the Protector School. She loves the family atmosphere and sense of community that is shared at StJP. Heidi is also grateful for the opportunity to prepare the students for and be a part of the two Sacraments received in Second Grade; she believes it is an honor to be a part of the student's faith journey.

    FUN FACTS about Mrs. Hector:
    - She can most often be found spending her weekends with her family, especially her husband and one year old daughter, Emma.
    - She loves reality television.
    - She enjoys arts and crafts, especially scrap booking.
    - She was a cheerleader for 12 years and loved every minute of it.
    - Her favorite color is green and her favorite food is pizza, specifically from her hometown of Bayonne NJ.

About Ms. McLaughlin


    Ms. McLaughlin

    2nd Grade
    Room 7



  • A little information...

    Ms, Maureen McLaughlin was born and raised in Abington Pennsylvania. She graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy in 2009. She went on to study Elementary and Special Education at La Salle University. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in 2013. Maureen is certified in PreK-4th grade as well as Special Education kindergarten to 8th grade. This is Maureen’s first year teaching and she is so excited to learn and grow with the students. Teaching in a Catholic School Community has been a goal of Maureen’s since she was in grade school. Maureen loves to spend her summers in Ocean City where she gets to read books while sitting on the beach with friends and family.