St. Joseph the Protector School

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The Specialty Teachers

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 Specialty Teachers!

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

About Mr. Lewandowski


    Mr. Lewandowski

    Honors Math



  • 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.

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 Mrs. Schmauk


    Mrs. Schmauk


    Mrs. Schmauk@stjpschool.info


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    Mrs. Melia Schmauk earned her Masters of Music degree in Harp Performance from New England Conservatory and her Bachelors of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. She has been a Music Teacher and Choral Director in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for eight years and also gives private instruction on both the piano and harp. As a harpist, she has performed as a soloist as well as a member of many orchestras throughout the United States, including the Pennsylvania Ballet, Delaware, Lancaster, and Montana Symphony Orchestras. Mrs. Schmauk has also had the opportunity to perform with Josh Groban, Martina McBride, Randy Newman, and Ann Murray.

About Mrs. Rice

About Mrs. Burkholder


    Mrs. Burkholder

    Library 3rd - 8th



  • A little information...

    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 K-2



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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. Burkholder. Sister Sandra reads to the students in grades K-2 each week in the library as well as assisting in running 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 Mr. Meil


    Mr. Meil



    Program Information

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    Mr. Tyler Meil earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Chestnut Hill College. Mr. Meil has taught for the Meridee Winters School of Music using various teaching methods like Orff, Kodaly, and Suzuki to instruct students in both violin and piano. He is also a talented performer as first violin in the Philadelphia Doctors Chamber Orchestra, the Old York Road Symphony, and the Roxborough Community Orchestra.

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!

    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 ethics. 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 program gets from the school. StJP is constantly striving to keep as up to date as possible and to have the best 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.