Faculty & Staff

Administration

Pauline Wiley

Principal

Educational Background:

Master of Education in Curriculum and Supervision

 – University of Scranton

BS in Elementary Education Pennsylvania State University

Associates Degree –  Arts Institute of Pittsburgh

Experience:

Classroom Instructor – Hollidaysburg Area School District

Mechanic and Training Manager United States Air Force

Contact Info:

pwiley@stmatthew-school.org

814-684-3510

Reverend Father Michael Pleva

Pastor and School Administrator

Education:  

Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA

Saint Mark Seminary, Erie, PA

Gannon University

Experience:  

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

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Deborah Hewitt

Preschool Teacher

Contact: dhewitt@stmatthew-school.org

Education:  

B.A. in Human Development Youth and Family Study 

Minor in Psychology 

PA Certificate Early Education Nursery/Kindergarten.  

Experience:  

Classroom and Home Visitor Teacher, Head Start

Intermediate Classroom Teacher, Saint Matthew School

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 

Ms. Taylor Curry

Kindergarten Teacher

Contact: tcurry@stmatthew-school.org

Education

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

Minor in Special Education 

Experience:  

Kindergarten Teacher, Saint Matthew School 

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

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

Experience:
Saint Matthew School
1st Grade
3rd/4th Grade

Substitute Teacher, Altoona/Hollidaysburg/Bellwood School Districts
Diocesan Mentor Teacher
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. Marjorie Frank

2nd/3rd 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

Experience:

Classroom Teacher Grades 1 trough 8

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

Roberta Woomer

4th-6th Grade Teacher

Educational Background:

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

Experience:

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 

Testimonial:

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.

Deborah Johnson

Music Teacher

Educational Background:

B.S. in Music Education – Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Experience:

Music Teacher at St John the Evangelist School, Altoona for 23 years

Favorite Quote: 

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” 

– Henry Van Dyke

Favorite Bible Verse:

“I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” – Psalm 146

 

Mary Jane Rudakewich

Librarian

Educational Background:

S. in Library Science ,Clarion State College

Experience:

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

Beth Kasic

preschool Paraprofessional

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

Experience:

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


Kimberly Batdorf

Act 89 Mathematics Specialist

Educational Background:

Indiana University of Pennsylvania: Special Education and Elementary Education

Experience:

Appalachia Intermediate Unit 08 Math Specialist

Appalachia Intermediate Unit 08: Learning Support, Emotional Support, and Multi-Disability Support

Favorite Quote: 

“The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time” – Thomas Edison

Favorite Bible Verse: 

“Let all that you do, be done in love.” – 1 Corinthians, 16:14

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

Experience:

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

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

Experience:

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

Educational Background:

B.S. in Elementary Education, Penn State University

MEd. in Special Education, Penn State University

Math Certification, Penn State University

Experience:

Tyrone Area School District – Elementary, Middle School and Home-bound Instructor

Favorite Quote: 

“Strive to inspire, rather than to influence.”

Facility Staff

Ralph Stimer​

Saint Matthew School Janitor

Testimonial:

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

Testimonial:

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.