St. Joseph the Protector School

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The Specialty Teachers

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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 Specialty Teachers!

Find out about the teachers that do not have homerooms but regularly see the students.

About Mrs. Frazer


    Mrs. Frazer

    Honors Math



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    Lynn is the Honors Math teacher at St. Joseph the Protector School. She has been teaching mathematics for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia since 2005.  Lynn attended high school at Germantown Academy, acquired a BS in Biology from Augusta University, a Masters in Child Development from San Diego State, and a Masters in Education from Chestnut Hill College.  She has  a K-6 Elementary Instructional II Certification and a Middle School Math Certification. Lynn believes, as Ben Franklin once said, "An investment in education pays the best interest."

    Lynn has three children, a son who graduated from La Salle College High School and is a junior at Temple University and twin daughters who graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy and are sophmores at Franklin & Marshall College.   Lynn enjoys spending time with her boxer and two cats, playing the piano, and playing mind challenging games.

    This year will be Lynn's third year teaching at St. Joseph the Protector School.  She finds teaching at StJP a real treat. She finds the community to be warm and the school to be full of opportunities and challenges for its students. Lynn believes that teaching at a Catholic school enables her to help young people develop both academically and spiritually, to be the best they can be.

About Mrs. Santarelli


    Mrs. Santarelli

    Physical Education



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    Mrs. Mary Santarelli was born in Philadelphia and then moved to Glenside where she attended Saint Luke the Evangelist School from 3rd to 8th grade. She attended LaSalle, Chestnut Hill and PennState to earn her Bachelors Degree. She loves photography and is the person responsible for the great pictures around the school. Mrs. Santarelli can be seen riding her bike to school as she loves biking, physical fitness and travel. Did you know that she is learning to speak Italian?

    Mrs. Santarelli loves teaching physical fitness, cooperative activities and games to the students. She has been teaching for 31 years and loves being able to express her Catholic Values and ideals as well as encouraging the students to develop theirs through the gym activities. Each class her students pray and try to involve God in all of their actions.

About Mrs. Heinz


    Mrs. Heinz




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    Mrs. Terry Heinz was born in Wynnwood, Pa. but moved seven times and now resides in Perkasie, Pa. which she really enjoys. She graduated from Temple University where she earned her Bachelors Degree and has been teaching for 18 years now.

    Mrs. Heinz likes photography and to walk, bake, read and sew (especially Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls). She enjoys gardening and watching sunsets on her back porch with her granddaughter. Cutting the grass and shoveling snow are other things she enjoys because she loves being outside.

    She enjoys teaching Art of course, but she also likes working with students in music, technology, writing and social studies. She feels that Music, technology, writing and art are ways that a person can be very creative and unique. She has taught students as well as adults these subjects. Mrs. Heinz feels that Social Studies is very exciting in that we can learn about the world around us and our past history.

    Besides being the Art teacher she runs the before and aftercare program, teaches a variety of arts and crafts classes for childrenof all ages including those with special needs and organizes and conducts children's birthday parties. She is also the art director for a drama workshop for grade school children. For the past 8 summers she has worked as the Art Coordinator at the Ambler YMCA summer dance camp for 3 - 12 years old children.

    Mrs. Heinz graduated from our school when it was called Saint Luke School. In fact this year the new art room was her first grade classroom! She likes teaching in a Catholic School because she can help her students discover their God given talents to be shared with others.

About Ms. Cherewaty


    Ms. Cherewaty




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    Miss Alyssa Cherewaty was born in Illinois but spent most of her life in Lehigh Valley. She graduated from Chestnut Hill College where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. She is a member of a string quartet, and participates in community theatre. She enjoys creating music with friends and is a big karaoke enthusiast. Her quarted used to play at a theme park for Halloween in full costume, hair and makeup.

    This will be her third year teaching and she enjoys teaching general music, string intruments, vocal music and musical theatre. Teaching multiple subjects within the music gives her the opportunity to help students have a broader understanding and appreciation for many musical art forms. This is the person responsible for our wonderful musical productions for the past two years!

    Mrs. Cherewaty's favorite thing about teaching at StJP is the kindness and compassion that she sees in the faculty, staff and school families.

About Mrs. Burkholder


    Mrs. Burkholder




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    Mrs. Burkholder was born and raised in Glenside, PA. She is a life-long parishioner and graduate of St. Luke’s. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Clemson University. After graduation, she returned to the Philadelphia area to take her first teaching position with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. While attending Arcadia University, Mrs. Burkholder taught Middle School Reading for the Hatboro-Horsham School District. In 2004, Mrs. Burkholder earned her Master’s Degree in Reading from Arcadia University. In 2006, Mrs. Burkholder decided to take some time off to raise her four children. She has enjoyed these past few years at home, but she is ready to continue teaching and she is excited to be joining the staff of STJP.

    Mrs. Burkholder loves reading and running. She considers Stone Harbor, NJ her “home away from home” and during the summer months she can often be found sitting on the beach enjoying a new book or running along the beautiful beaches. Mrs. Burkholder can also be found at one of the many local fields watching her four children play baseball, softball, soccer or field hockey. Spending time with her family whether on or off the field is definitely her favorite weekend activity.

    Mrs. Burkholder is looking forward to sharing her love of reading with the students of STJP. She is excited to have this opportunity to share her faith and her love of learning with the entire STJP community.

About Sister Sandra


    Sister Sandra

    Library Volunteer



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    Sister Sandra Kessler, SSJ was born and raised in Philadelphia. She entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill after completing high school. Sister received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Chestnut Hill College and her Masters of Education at Rutgers University. She has a Professional Certificate in religious Education from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She also received a Certificate of Advanced Study in Pastoral Counseling from Neumann. College. Sister has a great respect for the importance of Catholic Education.

    Being a member of a religious community, Sister has served in five different dioceses as a principal, teacher and librarian.

    Sister was the school librarian for many years at Saint Luke's School. After the merger she decided to stay on as a volunteer and help the new librarian, Mrs. Foley. Sister Sandra reads to the students in grades K-2 each week in the library. She has devoted most of her life to Catholic Education and it is her desire is to plant a seed in each student that will blossom into full grown men and women who possess a great love of God, self and the world.

About Mrs. Puccini


    Mrs. Puccini




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    Mrs. Daneilla Puccini was born in Hollywood California graduated from Mount Saint Mary's College in Los Angelos, California State, and Grand Canyon University earning degrees in Foreign Languages, Spanish and a Masters in Education. She is a certified Yoga and zumba instructor too! Mrs. Puccini moved to PA in 2004 and balances her time between school, running a yoga studio, her husband, dog and cat, and spending time with her daughter Gia who is in the 4th grade at StJP.

    Mrs. Puccini appreciates the sense of family that exists and the parental involvement at StJP. She attended Catholic School for 15 years and feels that she owes not only her education, but the life long friendships she has made to the dedicated teachers and families that she encountered throughout those years.

About Mrs. Ortolani


    Mrs. Ortolani




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    Mrs. Lisa Ortolani grew up in Willow Grove and moved to Glenside after she got married. She went to Archbishop Wood High School and then attended Temple University where she earned her Bachelors Degree. After a number of years raising her children she went back to school at Saint Josephs University for her Masters Degree in Instructional Technology. In the years in between the two she took classes at Penn State Abington for her graphics design and webmaster certification. Mrs. Ortolani teaches the technology classes, creates and maintains the school website and trouble shoots the technology in the school.

    In her spare time she likes to paint and draw, watch scary movies, and learn about new technologies. She really enjoys her job and teaching technology to the students who are like sponges with the subject. It comes so easy to most of them she says if she just gets them started many of them just go! She is very excited about the new coding club which was started at the end of last year and hopes that one of her students will someday be the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.

    Mrs. Ortolani feels blessed to be able to teach in an envionment that is filled with God. She is proud to be able to ask the "What would Jesus do?" question when talking about Internet ethical issues. She feels that being able to do this makes her job so much easier in discussing those kind of topics. She also feels blessed with the support that the technology equipment gets from the school. StJP is constantly striving to keep as up to date as possible and to have the right equipment for the teachers and students.

About Mr. Schmauk


    Mr. Alex Schmauk




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    A native to Montgomery County, PA, Alex Schmauk is the band director at St. Joseph the Protector School in Glenside and St. Basil Academy in Jenkintown. He has recently accepted a position as the trumpet teacher at Cairn University in Langhorne PA. In addition to these schools, he is also the founder and conductor of the Jenkintown Community Band, a year round ensemble for advanced high school students and adults. Over the last two years, Mr. Schmauk conducted the Archdiocesan Honor Band, a concert band comprised of the top instrumentalists in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

    During his studies, Mr. Schmauk attended the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA, and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO as a part of their fellowship programs. While at Tanglewood, he worked with such notable conductors as Andre Previn, James Conlin, Seji Ozowa, and Robert Spano.

    Mr. Schmauk is currently the Assistant Principal Trumpet with the New Jersey Capitol Philharmonic and Principal Trumpet with the Boheme Opera Co. in NJ. He has also performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Helena Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Mr. Schmauk has also enjoyed working with popular performers such as Josh Groban, Anne Murray, Maureen McGovern and Kansas.

    Alex Schmauk holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD, and a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.