Faculty & Staff

Mr. Terry DeCarbo


Contact – tdecarbo@stmatthew-school.org

B.A. in Education, Duquesne University
Master of Education, Slippery Rock University

Experience – 34 Years

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 (21 years)
1st Grade (19 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. Krista Franks

2nd Grade Teacher

Contact – kfranks@stmatthew-school.org

Education – B.S., Pennsylvania State University

Certification – PA Teacher Certification

Areas of Expertise – Elementary Education

Favorite Bible Verse – “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:6)

Mrs. Tiffanie Walk

3rd/4th Grade Teacher

Contact – twalk@stmatthew-school.org

Caitlyn Smith

5th/6th Grade Teacher


Education – Master’s in Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum, Drexel University

Certifications – Teaching Certification, Pennsylvania Elementary Education

Area of Expertise – Elementary Education

Favorite Bible Verse – “Let all that you do be done in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:14)

Favorite Saint – Saint Francis

Sr. Diana Polanco-Nunez

Spanish Teacher

Contact – dpolanco@benedictpride.org

Certifications – Religion Studies Certification

Favorite Bible Verse – “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” (Luke 1:46-47)

Favorite Saint – Pope John Paul II