Faculty & Staff

Mrs. Danielle Harris

Preschool Teacher

Contact: dharris@stmatthew-school.org

Education: B.S. in Elementary Education, Penn State University 

Experience: Saint Matthew Catholic School – 23 years of Preschool and Reading/Spelling for Grades 3-6 

Diocesan Mentor Teacher: 2 years 

Master Catechist 

Favorite Quote: “Take pride in how far you’ve come.  Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.” 

Favorite Bible Verse: “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord your God, is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 

Ms. Taylor Curry

Kindergarten Teacher

Contact: tcurry@stmatthew-school.org


B.S. in Early Childhood & Elementary Education, Penn State University 

Minor in Special Education 


Kindergarten Teacher, Saint Matthew School (1 year) 

Substitute Teacher/Summer Academy Teacher, Bellwood Antis School District 

Favorite Quote: “Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” ~Maria Montessori 

Favorite Bible Verse:“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” 

Mrs. Jennifer Casanave

1st Grade Teacher

Contact: jcasanave@stmatthew-school.org

B.S. in Elementary Education, Penn State University
Masters coursework completed in Language and Literacy, Penn State University

Saint Matthew School (23 years)
1st Grade (21 years)
3rd/4th Grade (2 years)

Substitute Teacher, Altoona/Hollidaysburg/Bellwood School Districts (4 years)
Diocesan Mentor Teacher (3 years)
Master Catechist

Favorite Quote: “The more that you read, the more that you’ll know; the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!” ~Dr. Seuss

Favorite Bible Verse: “Be still and know that I am always with you.

Mrs. Kimberly Shoop

2nd Grade Teacher

Contact: kshoop@stmatthew-school.org 


Post Baccalaureate Degree in Early Childhood Education, St. Francis University
B.S. Degree in Accounting, Penn State University


Substitute Teacher (10 years)
Altoona Bible Church Preschool (2 years)
Favorite Quote:
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” –Benjamin Franklin

Favorite Bible Verse:

John 14:6  : I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Mrs. Deborah Hewitt

3rd/4th Grade Teacher

Contact: dhewitt@stmatthew-school.org


B.A. in Human Development Youth and Family Study 

Minor in Psychology 

PA Certificate Early Education Nursery/Kindergarten.  


Garment Factory 9 years, School bus driver 10 years, Therapeutic Staff Support 1 1/2 year, Head Start/Home Visitor Teacher 10 years, Case Manager for halfway house re-entrants from prison 8 years, present career path Saint Matthew School 3rd and 6th grade Teacher. 

Favorite Verse: “No one can choose your mountain or tell you when to climb… It’s yours alone to challenge at your own pace and time.” – Patricia J. Hacker-Harber 

Favorite Bible Verse: O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.  

-Psalm 30:12