Faculty & Staff

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Marjorie Frank

4th-6th Grade Teacher

Educational Background:

B.S. in Elementary Education, Pennsylvania State University

A.S. in Business Administration, Pennsylvania State University

Masters coursework in Literacy, Pennsylvania State University

Writing Consultant, Indiana State University


Classroom Teacher Grades 1 trough 8 (23 years)

Kids’ College Instructor, Saint Francis University

Diocesan Mentor Teacher

Favorite Quote:  “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of
our children.” -Walt Disney

Favorite Bible Verse:“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be 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.

Ms. Abby Zeek

2nd Grade Teacher

Educational Background:
B.S in Early Childhood Education, Elizabethtown College

Hollidaysburg and Tyrone Area School Districts

Favorite Quote:Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” Dr. Seuss

Favorite Bible Verse:Do justice, and love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

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 

Patty Fabinyi

Music Teacher

Educational Background:

B.S. in Music Education from PSU, with a vocal emphasis


Music Teacher at St. Patrick and at St. Matthew Schools

Kindermusik Instructor

Blair Concert Chorale Children’s Choir Director

Organist, First Church of the Brethren

Favorite Quote:There’s music in every child, and it’s my job to find and nurture it!

Mary Jane Rudakewich


Educational Background:

S. in Library Science ,Clarion State College


Elementary librarian for Tyrone Area School District for 38 years

Volunteer and former part time staff member at the Tyrone Snyder Public Library

Favorite Quote:Think before you speak. Read before you think.” – Fran Lebowitz

Reverend Father Michael Pleva

Pastor and School Administrator


Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA

Saint Mark Seminary, Erie, PA

Gannon University


Saint Matthew Parish, Tyrone and Saint Joseph Parish, Bellwood

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Philipsburg

Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, State College

Chaplin Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Boalsburg, and Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College

Favorite Quote: “Upon you I call, Oh God, my mercy, who made me and did not forget me when I forgot you.” St Augustine 

Favorite Bible Verse: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Support Staff

Sara Wagner​

Reading Teacher/Reading Specialist

Educational Background:

M.Ed of Reading with Reading Specialist K-12 Certification, Edinboro University

B.S.  Elementary Education, Mansfield University


Reading Teacher & Interventionist K-4- 11 years

Instructional Support Teacher K-6 – 2 years

Middle School Reading Teacher Grades 7-8- 3 years

Itinerant Learning Support Teacher K-12- 2 years

3rd Grade Teacher- 2 years

Dawn Mellott​

Act 89 Mathematics Specialist

Educational Background:

BA from St. Francis University in Mathematics, Minor in Physics

BS from Indiana University of Pennsylvania Secondary Mathematics Education

Additional Certificate in General Science 7-12


Instructor for the IU8 for 25 years

18 years of Alternative Education and 8th year in the Act 89 Programs

Favorite Quote:The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow

Mrs. Monica Neri-Hamer

School Counselor

Educational Background

M. Ed. in Elementary and Secondary Guidance, Frostburg State University

B.S. in Secondary English, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown


School Counselor for the Appalachia IU8 since 1997

Favorite Quote:Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.”  – Robert Louis Stevens

Roberta Woomer

Reading and Math Support Teacher and Librarian Support Teacher

Educational Background:

B.S in Elementary and Special Education, Lock Haven University


Special Education Teacher, 36 years

SCI Huntingdon Prison Adult Education Instructor

Prison Ministry Volunteer Rockview and Benner State Prisons

Favorite Bible Verse: “Let all you do be done love.” 1 Corinthian 16:14 


Our vision and purpose in life should be to love one another as God loves us. God puts us where He wants us in our lives, and this has been a blessing to have the opportunity to make a difference at St. Matthew School. I learn something new during each encounter with the students. It has been a Win-Win situation each and every day.

Steven Stoner

Educational Enrichment Instructor

Educational Background:

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Supervision, University of Pittsburgh

B.S. in Special Education and Elementary Education, Kutztown University


Sixth Grade Teacher, Tyrone Area School District

Study Skills and Support, Grier School

Third Grade Gifted Teacher, Altoona Area School District

Academic and Life Skills Teacher, Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, Pittsburgh, PA

Favorite Quote: It isn’t hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day.”  Willie Mays

Favorite Bible Verse:Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Ms. Cindy Mann

Math Support Teacher

Facility Staff

Ralph Stimer​

Saint Matthew School Janitor


What I love about Saint Matthew is being part of a team doing what I can to help the school and the students. The joy of being able to observe some of what the children are learning and their achievements throughout the year and the love and smiles they share with me each day are the best parts of my job.  

Favorite Quote:Smile, God loves you!

Mark Dietze

Saint Matthew School and Church Maintenance Supervisor


We take pride in keeping our school campus clean, safe, and attractive for the students and staff. Having the students greet me in the halls or cafeteria is the best part of the day.