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Bryan Carter

Bryan Carter
President and CEO

bryan.carter@gesuschool.org

Bryan Carter’s life has come full circle as the President of Gesu School, the nationally renowned independent Catholic school serving North Philadelphia’s children. As someone who credits his Catholic grade school and Jesuit high school education with helping him face the challenges of growing up with five brothers in a single-parent household in the heart of Cleveland, he knows first-hand the incredible power a quality education can have for children living in the inner city.

In June 2011, Carter became Gesu School’s 3rd president and CEO since the school became independent in 1993. Prior to joining Gesu School, Carter served as Resource and Community Development Director for the national adoption agency, The Cradle. Through his position with The Cradle, which has placed more than 14,000 children into permanent homes since its founding in 1923, Carter increased the number of donors by 67 percent, increased the number of dollars raised by 86 percent, and achieved goals set for encouraging African-American individuals to become adoptive parents. Carter believes the work was a wonderful way to apply the business skills he developed as an entrepreneur and Pharmaceutical Manager with Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, and Pfizer towards a valuable cause while giving back to the community — and he looks at his position at Gesu as an extension of that privilege. Additionally, Carter serves on the Diversity Committee at Waldron Mercy Academy, the Equity and Justice Committee at Merion Mercy Academy, the Board of Trustees at the Shipley School, and the Board of Directors for the SpeakUp! organization.

Carter holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Business Management from Case Western Reserve University. He and his wife, Joan Roebuck-Carter, reside in Chestnut Hill with their daughter, Elaina.

 

Sr. Ellen Convey, IHM
Principal

ellen.convey@gesuschool.org

Sr. Ellen Convey, IHM, has been the Principal at Gesu School since 1990. One board member aptly describes Sr. Ellen’s critical role at Gesu in just two words — "the GLUE." Sr. Ellen began her career in education at the age of 20, as a 4th grade teacher at an inner-city parochial school in Philadelphia. She later taught in elementary schools in Somerville, New Jersey; Athens, Georgia; and Reading, Pennsylvania. She has a B.A. from Immaculata University and an M.A. in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

During her career, Sr. Ellen has received a number of awards, including the inaugural Robert Molyneux, S.J., Award from the Center for Catholic and Urban Education at Saint Joseph's University in 2013 for making "exceptional advances in innovation and efficacy for Catholic schools – capturing the essence of the magis – to do something of deeper worth, in the current moment, for the greater need." The Please Touch Museum presented Sr. Ellen with the Great Friend to Kids Award for Education in 2001, and in 2004 she was the first recipient of the Sherrerd Excellence in Teaching Award. The Catholic Historical Society honored her, along with Fr. George Bur, S.J., and Winston J. Churchill, with the Barry Award, in November 2006, for their enthusiastic dedication to Gesu School.

 

Rev. Neil Ver'Schneider, SJ

Rev. Neil Ver’Schneider, S.J.
Vice Principal, Chaplain

neil@gesuschool.org
B.S. Industrial Relations, LeMoyne College
M.A. Education, Fordham University
Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Woodstock College, MD

“I believe that every child is blessed by God with a special uniqueness that allows him or her to be a blessing to others. When a child learns to share his/her gifts, there comes a strength and peace that helps them weather the ups and downs of life. I would hope that the Gesu students would develop a habitual sense of God in their lives and of being called to reach out to others with respect and in gratitude for what others have shared with them. I would hope that Gesu graduates would lead the way in making a difference because they have walked this earth in faith and love.”

 

Alana Lee

Alana Lee
Vice Principal

alana.lee@gesuschool.org
B.A. Communication Arts, Minor in Performance Theater, Neumann University
Certificate: Youth Ministry, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
M.S. Education & Instructional Leadership, Neumann University
Certificate: Urban School Leaders, Harvard University
In progress: Doctorate in Educational Leadership/Certification in Principal/Superintendent

"Gesu provides a positive and supportive environment for our students to do their best and to be their best selves. It is my firm belief that the success our students is built on the partnership we have with our families, faculty, staff, and school community. It is truly inspiring to see all the amazing things the people of our school community do for one another. I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of the Gesu School Community. We are more than just a school, we are a family!”

 

Rev. Raymond J. Donaldson, S.J.

Rev. Raymond J. Donaldson, S.J.
Chaplain

raymond.donaldson@gesuschool.org
B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland College Park
Master of Divinity, Weston Jesuit School of Theology/Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

"Part of our charism as Jesuits is to be available for new missions. In the Society of Jesus, a Jesuit does not normally choose where he works. The Provincial Superior has the responsibility to decide, after conversation and prayerful discernment of God's will, to what work he will mission a particular Jesuit. Thus missioned to Gesu School, it is a joy and a gift for me to return where I served as a teacher from 2005-2008. Now as Chaplain and part of the new Mission and Ministry team, I look forward to serving the entire Gesu community as the school carries out the mission of the Church and the Society in Philadelphia."

 

Rachel Most

Rachel Most
Director of Finance

rachel.most@gesuschool.org
B.A. Accounting, Widener University
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

“Gesu School is an amazing institution with faculty and staff who are wholeheartedly devoted to providing quality education to empower children to break the cycle of poverty and violence. I am so grateful to be part of such an incredible school.”

 

Robert S. Weinstein

Robert S. Weinstein
Vice President of Development

rob.weinstein@gesuschool.org
B.A. History, University of Rochester
M.A. History, University of Rochester

“The moment you step through the door of Gesu School, you can feel the spirit and infectious nature of this unique school. Gesu’s holistic approach to education and its devoted faculty and volunteers make the school a true model for a successful urban education. It is an honor to come to work every day knowing that I, along with a talented Development Team are helping to ensure that Gesu continues to have a lasting impact on the lives of so many deserving young children now and in the future.”

 

Tammi Crummy

Tammi Crummy
Dean of Students

tammi.crummy@gesuschool.org
B.A. Sociology, Virginia State University
M.S. in Education, Elementary and Pre-K, St. Joseph's University
Mental Health First Aid Certification, St. Joseph's University

“I hope students take with them a sense of pride and respect for themselves, their classmates, and Gesu School, knowing they can accomplish anything with hard work and determination.”

 

Jose Gonzalez, Jr.

Jose Gonzalez, Jr.
Director of Graduate Support 

jose.gonzalez@gesuschool.org
Bachelor's in Business Administration, University of Notre Dame

"Gesu is very much like the grade school I attended in Cleveland, Ohio. Knowing that there are students and families like mine at Gesu is what gets me up in the morning. My mother had the vision to enroll us in a school like Gesu, and I love helping parents and families who have entrusted their children's education to us. I love connecting our graduates/alumni to the vast network of resources that exist at Gesu as a result of the dedication and commitment of the Gesu board of directors, sponsors, faculty, and staff!"

 

Mark Smith

Mark Smith
Director of Facilities

mark.smith@gesuschool.org

“The atmosphere of the school moved me from the moment I walked in. I had a young student come up to greet me and welcome me to Gesu School.”

Myra Fields
Executive Assistant to the Principal

myra.fields@gesuschool.org

Andrea M. Kellner
Executive Assistant to the President

andrea.kellner@gesuschool.org

Vicki Thompson
Administrative Assistant

vicki.thompson@gesuschool.org

Terry Rivers
Office Volunteer

Tammi Crummy

Tammi Crummy
Dean of Students

tammi.crummy@gesuschool.org
B.A. Sociology, Virginia State University
M.S. in Education, Elementary and Pre-K, St. Joseph's University
Mental Health First Aid Certification, St. Joseph's University

“I hope students take with them a sense of pride and respect for themselves, their classmates, and Gesu School, knowing they can accomplish anything with hard work and determination.”

 

Jonathan Jackson

Jonathan Jackson
Lead Counselor

jonathan.jackson@gesuschool.org
Bachelor's in Labor Industrial Relations, Penn State University
Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with concentration in Trauma, Rosemont College

"I enjoy the opportunity to come full circle. I was a student here, and I also have a son here. Now I get the opportunity to work here as well and to give back."

 

Amanda Rice

Amanda Rice
Counselor

amanda.rice@gesuschool.org
B.S. Clinical Psychology, Saint Peter's University
M.S. School Counseling, University of Scranton
Pre-K - 12 Professional School Counselor Certification, National Certified Counselor

“I care deeply about educating students to be whole, happy people with the social-emotional skills needed to navigate school and life. I want them to be determined and have a sense of ‘stick-to-it-ness.’ I hope students gain an understanding that they are capable of succeeding in school and life, no matter the challenge.”

 

Jeanne Wood

Jeanne Wood
Counselor

jeanne.wood@gesuschool.org
B.S. Psychology, Saint Joseph's University
M.S. Couples and Family Therapy, Jefferson University Hospital/Counselor for Relationships
Law Degree, Graduate/Professional Studies, Delaware Law School

"What gets me up in the morning is wanting to see the children and help them. What I enjoy about working at Gesu is the wonderful staff that supports each other."

 

Jose Gonzalez, Jr.

Jose Gonzalez, Jr.
Director of Graduate Support 

jose.gonzalez@gesuschool.org
Bachelor's in Business Administration, University of Notre Dame

"Gesu is very much like the grade school I attended in Cleveland, Ohio. Knowing that there are students and families like mine at Gesu is what gets me up in the morning. My mother had the vision to enroll us in a school like Gesu, and I love helping parents and families who have entrusted their children's education to us. I love connecting our graduates/alumni to the vast network of resources that exist at Gesu as a result of the dedication and commitment of the Gesu board of directors, sponsors, faculty, and staff!"

Rev. Neil Ver'Schneider, SJ

Rev. Neil Ver’Schneider, S.J.
Vice Principal, Chaplain

neil@gesuschool.org
B.S. Industrial Relations, LeMoyne College
M.A. Education, Fordham University
Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Woodstock College, MD

“I believe that every child is blessed by God with a special uniqueness that allows him or her to be a blessing to others. When a child learns to share his/her gifts, there comes a strength and peace that helps them weather the ups and downs of life. I would hope that the Gesu students would develop a habitual sense of God in their lives and of being called to reach out to others with respect and in gratitude for what others have shared with them. I would hope that Gesu graduates would lead the way in making a difference because they have walked this earth in faith and love.”

 

Rev. Raymond J. Donaldson, S.J.

Rev. Raymond J. Donaldson, S.J.
Chaplain

raymond.donaldson@gesuschool.org
B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland College Park
Master of Divinity, Weston Jesuit School of Theology/Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

"Part of our charism as Jesuits is to be available for new missions. In the Society of Jesus, a Jesuit does not normally choose where he works. The Provincial Superior has the responsibility to decide, after conversation and prayerful discernment of God's will, to what work he will mission a particular Jesuit. Thus missioned to Gesu School, it is a joy and a gift for me to return where I served as a teacher from 2005-2008. Now as Chaplain and part of the new Mission and Ministry team, I look forward to serving the entire Gesu community as the school carries out the mission of the Church and the Society in Philadelphia."

 

Laura Weatherly

Laura Weatherly
Mission and Ministry, Religion Coordinator, Yearbook

laura.weatherly@gesuschool.org
B.A. History, Lincoln University
M.A. Sacred Scripture, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

“I like to live by this verse: ‘We've come this far by faith."

Rachel Most

Rachel Most
Director of Finance

rachel.most@gesuschool.org
B.A. Accounting, Widener University
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

“Gesu School is an amazing institution with faculty and staff who are wholeheartedly devoted to providing quality education to empower children to break the cycle of poverty and violence. I am so grateful to be part of such an incredible school.”

 

Barbara Gallagher
Tuition/Accounting Assistant

barbara.gallagher@gesuschool.org

Robert S. Weinstein

Robert S. Weinstein
Vice President of Development

rob.weinstein@gesuschool.org
B.A. History, University of Rochester
M.A. History, University of Rochester

“The moment you step through the door of Gesu School, you can feel the spirit and infectious nature of this unique school. Gesu’s holistic approach to education and its devoted faculty and volunteers make the school a true model for a successful urban education. It is an honor to come to work every day knowing that I, along with a talented Development Team are helping to ensure that Gesu continues to have a lasting impact on the lives of so many deserving young children now and in the future.”

 

Dia Becker<

Dia Becker
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

dia.becker@gesuschool.org
B.A. Interpersonal Communication, Bloomsburg University

"Gesu has inspired me since I first entered the building. It's a special institution where children are empowered to use their gifts and talents, develop an academic spirit, and envision a future beyond obstacles. There is a full-circle culture here: we build exemplary students who go on to succeed, and they remain lifelong champions of the school who return as alumni, employees, parents, and donors. Gesu is a family, and a deservingly reputable one at that."

 

Sarah Stirzel Cuzzolina

Sarah Stirzel Cuzzolina
Director of Annual Giving

sarah.cuzzolina@gesuschool.org
B.A. Sociology, Seattle Pacific University
M.S.W., Temple University

"It is rare to work in a place where the mission isn’t only something you strive for, but something that you get to see working and completed. At Gesu, our goal is to break the cycle of poverty through phenomenal holistic education. The day in and the day out of that is hard work, and oftentimes you don’t immediately feel successful. But then, you run into alumni, who are now successful and managing a business or getting promoted at work. These former children from Gesu show that Gesu Works, and that makes this one of the best places to work."

 

Susanna Novoa

Susanna Novoa
Director of Individual Giving and Stewardship

susanna.novoa@gesuschool.org
B.A. English Literature, McGill University

"Gesu is a special place, where heart meets faith in action. I believe deeply in the transformative power of education, and it is a true joy to learn about how Gesu has changed the lives of not only individual students, but entire generations of families. Gesu was built by the local community, and it is a gift to be a part of seeing the school give back to the community every day, in so many ways. I am honored to be a part of such a caring, committed, and passionate team working toward educational equity."

 

Megan Ryan

Megan Ryan
Director of Communications

megan.ryan@gesuschool.org
B.A. American Studies and Spanish, University of Notre Dame
M.A. English, Boston College

"Gesu School’s leadership, teachers, staff, and community are truly dedicated to its mission to provide quality education for children in North Philadelphia. I am grateful to work with such a dedicated and mission-driven team, who strives each day to ensure that students’ maximize their potential and have bright futures."

Margaret Moore

Margaret Moore
Pre-K Teacher

margaret.moore@gesuschool.org
B.S. Elementary Education, Gwynedd Mercy College

“It is my hope that each student embraces reading and a love of books. I hope that I am a positive role model imparting strong values to each child in my class.”

 

Erin Kelley

Erin Kelley
Pre-K Teacher

erin.kelley@gesuschool.org
Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science, Philosophy, Marywood University 
Master's in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K - 4), Saint Joseph's Universty (in progress) 

“I love coming into school in the morning because the staff and the teachers are great. They are so helpful and passionate about teaching. The students are friendly and respectful. My philosophy is that learning should be fun and engaging. Students should want to learn and enjoy coming to school.”

 

Kathy Asta

Kathy Asta
Kindergarten Teacher

kathleen.asta@gesuschool.org
B.S. Elementary Education, Chestnut Hill College

“My hope and prayer is that when a child leaves my class, he or she will have a love for learning, love of God, and respect for the world.”

 

Taylor Schuck

Taylor Schuck
Kindergarten Teacher

taylor.schuck@gesuschool.org
B.S. Early Childhood and Primary Education, University of Scranton
M.S. in Special Education, Saint Joseph’s University (in progress ACESJU Program)

"I hope my students take with them every day and after they leave my class that they are cared for and that my classroom is a safe and enjoyable place where they are free to be themselves and explore. Making sure my students know they are smart, kind, amazing, and that they can succeed is most important and what I hope they can feel about themselves."

 

Tiana Mack

Tiana Mack
1st Grade Teacher

tiana.mack@gesuschool.org
Bachelor's in Education, Saint Joseph's University

“What wakes me up in the morning on school days is knowing the impact I can make on one child's life each day. When my students are through the year, I hope they take with them that they can do anything and that being themselves and loving education makes for a powerful adult.”

 

Melanie Colozzi

Melanie Colozzi
1st Grade Teacher

melanie.colozzi@gesuschool.org
B.S. Early Childhood Education (Pre-K - 4) and Special Education (K - 8), Saint Joseph's University

"I am genuinely excited to come to work at such a special place every morning. The reasons for this are many, but mainly because of my students and my second floor family. Walking through our bright and beautiful school hallway on the second floor every day is made so enjoyable by all of the smiling faces that are working very hard for our students. My extremely hard-working first grade students, who are both funny and very intelligent in so many different ways, are also what gets me up in the morning."

 

Caroline Dodds

Caroline Dodds
2nd Grade Teacher

caroline.dodds@gesuschool.org
B.S. in Elementary Education, Drexel University
M.S. in Reading with Reading Specialist Certification, Saint Joseph's University (in progress)

"I want my students to know that they are loved and that they can make a difference!"

 

Mary Ryder

Mary Ryder
2nd Grade Teacher

mary.ryder@gesuschool.org
B.A. History, University of New Hampshire
M.Ed., Cabrini College

“What keeps me going is the challenge, the smiles on the children’s faces as they walk through the door every morning, the never-ending questions (can I answer them all?), faith in God, and the HOPE that something I say that day will reach or teach at least one child.”

 

Tyrone Myers

Tyrone Myers
3rd Grade Boys Teacher

tyrone.myers@gesuschool.org
B.S. Health and Education, Temple University

“My students’ quest for knowledge gets me up in the morning on school days.”

 

Mary Liva

Mary Liva
3rd Grade Girls Teacher

mary.liva@gesuschool.org
B.A. Communications and Minor, Elementary Education, Villanova University
M.S. Reading Specialist, Saint Joseph's University (ACE SJU Program)
Fox Leadership Certificate, University of Pennsylvania

"My goal as a teacher is to create a class family where my students feel safe and comfortable. I want my students to gain confidence and realize that they can accomplish anything they put their minds to. I hope that I can help my students become lifelong, compassionate learners who never give up on their dreams."

 

Sean O'Brien

Sean O’Brien
4th Grade Boys Teacher

sean.obrien@gesuschool.org
B.A. History, Penn State University

“What I love about teaching at Gesu is the family atmosphere. I especially enjoy teaching the subject of math, particularly multiplication.”

 

Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller
4th Grade Girls Teacher

jessica.miller@gesuschool.org
B.S. Early Childhood Education and Special Education, Minor in Autism Studies, Saint Joseph's University
M.S. Reading Specialist, St. Joseph’s University (in progress ACESJU Program)

“I enjoy working at Gesu because I am surrounded by students who are excited to learn and a faculty who truly cares. I love working with my amazing 4th grade students and guiding them as they open new doors in their educational journey. I strive to make my classroom a community of learners and hope every student knows they are loved and cared for.”

 

Michael Talvacchia

Michael Talvacchia
5th Grade Boys Teacher

michael.talvacchia@gesuschool.org
B.A. Journalism, Temple University

“My goal as a teacher is to instill a ‘never quit’ mindset that students can take with them for the rest of their lives, both in and out of the classroom. I believe in cultivating a judgement-free space for students to indulge in education and discover new interests each day. My hope is that students will embrace the challenges ahead with enthusiasm and perseverance. During my time at Gesu, I have been fortunate to be blessed with such a supportive community that truly cares for one another, and I only hope to add to an already special place.”

 

Mariah Casilla

Mariah Casillas
5th Grade Girls Teacher

mariah.casillas@gesuschool.org
B.A. English, Concentration in Writing, Cabrini University
M.S. Education with PA Secondary Teacher Certification (English 7-12), Saint Joseph’s University (in progress ACESJU Program)

“I believe waking up and knowing I can help the future nurse, doctor, teacher, psychiatrist, chef, basketball player, artist, become closer to their dreams brings me all the motivation I will ever need as a teacher. I believe there should always be someone showing love, support, and striving for greatness in a child’s corner."

 

Rufino de Santos

Rufino de Santos
6th Grade Boys Teacher

rufino.desantos@gesuschool.org
B.A Classics, The College of the Holy Cross
M.A. Elementary Education, Loyola Marymount University

"Over these last five years, I have transitioned from outside admirer to active participant to a true believer. Gesu works. The commitment to students demonstrated by the whole community supports me on my best days and encourages me on my worst. I am blessed to be a part of this team, who prioritize learning, imagination, and relationships."

 

Miki Randa

Miki Randa
6th Grade Girls Teacher

michelle.randa@gesuschool.org
B.S. Organizational Psychology, Saint Joseph’s University
M.S. Elementary Education, Saint Joseph’s University

“I believe that all children can learn. Their capability and ability may not be evenly appointed; therefore, I need to tailor instruction and attitude to meet their needs. I am committed to Gesu’s mission to serve our neighbor children with a quality and innovative education. It is very important to me to empower my students with the skills to help them break the cycle of poverty through the benefits of their education.”

 

Thomas Rolland

Thomas Rolland
7th Grade Boys Teacher

thomas.rolland@gesuschool.org
B.A. Social Science, Cheyney University 
M.A. Urban Studies, Temple University

"I want to make a difference in urban education. I've always enjoyed working and teaching in private schools. The opportunity is vast, and the children are serious about their education."

 

JoAnne Young

JoAnne Young
7th Grade Girls Teacher

joanne.young@gesuschool.org
B.S. Science, Morgan State University
M.Ed. Science Education and Administration, Neumann College

“I hope my students take with them the knowledge that they can do and be anything they want. It’s important that they leave my class with a good foundation in study skills, reading, and writing. I also try to help them master real-life, daily experiences, so they can function outside as well as inside Gesu School.”

 

Annette Pickett

Annette Pickett
8th Grade Girls Teacher

annette.pickett@gesuschool.org
B.S. Education, Saint Joseph’s University
M.S. Education, Saint Joseph’s University

“I hope my students become lifelong learners. I hope that they begin to understand that the key to all their dreams is education. I hope that my history lessons stay prevalent in their hearts so that the mistakes of the past are not repeated.”

 

Kevin Price

Kevin Price
8th Grade Boys Teacher

kevin.price@gesuschool.org
B.A. History, Goddard College

“I hope my students will gain confidence in their own ability to think their way through problems. I hope they will be more comfortable seeing many sides of an issue and skillfully thinking and feeling their way through it. I hope they will be more confident in their ability to solve their own problems and will better understand the tools and resources that are available to them. I hope that my year with them helps to continue to expand their world.”

 

Sean Deal

Sean Deal
Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director

sean.deal@gesuschool.org
B.A. Elementary Education, Temple University
M.Ed. Multicultural Education: Health and Physical Education (in progress), Eastern University

“In addition to healthy eating and exercise habits, I try to teach my students the importance of respect, how to win with dignity, how to lose with dignity, and to be humble and shake hands.”

 

Taylor Klein

Taylor Klein
Advanced Math Teacher, Grades 6-8

taylor.klein@gesuschool.org
B.A. Education, Penn State University

"When I was growing up, I always wanted to pursue a career in which I could help kids. I found teaching to be the perfect fit. I love watching kids grow and learn. I love all topics in math, but my favorites are when I get to work with fractions, decimals, and percents. These are truly topics that follow you everywhere you go in life!"

 

Dr. Eileen Erwin

Dr. Eileen Erwin
Backe Advanced Writing Teacher

eileen.erwin@gesuschool.org
B.A. English, Fairfield University
Ph.D. Urban Education, Temple University

“Teaching writing is so much more complicated than teaching students how to write complete sentences and well-developed paragraphs. It’s my goal to help students nurture a powerful voice within their writing that moves readers. When students’ hearts, minds, and souls echo within the words they write, I feel like I am living my mission as a teacher.”

 

Linda Hartzell

Linda Hartzell
Art Teacher

linda.hartzell@gesuschool.org
B.A. Art, Moore College of Art

“I became a teacher because I wanted to use my God-given talent in art to help children express themselves and develop a sense of personal identity and integrity.”

 

Pat Leaf

Pat Leaf
Science Lab Coordinator

patricia.leaf@gesuschool.org
A.A.S. Nursing, Community College of Philadelphia
Former Lab Technician

“My favorite topics that we cover in the science lab are the microscope and photosynthesis.”

 

H. L. Ratliff

H. L. Ratliff
Music Teacher and Choir Director

hl.ratliff@gesuschool.org
B.A. Music Education, Catholic University of America
Graduate Studies in Classroom Music, K-5, Villanova University Summer Program 

“I want my students to be open to new cultural experiences that broaden their world and help shape who they are and will be.”

 

Dana Gilbert<

Dana Gilbert
Learning Support Teacher

dana.gilbert@gesuschool.org
B.A. English, La Salle University
M.S.Ed Secondary Education, Saint Joseph’s University

“I greatly enjoy teaching literature in my classes because it opens the lines of communication between the students and myself. Through stories and character examination, students can find ways to share their own feelings and relate to each other. While we have discussions and tell stories, the classroom becomes more connected.”

 

Dana Zern

Sierra Wilson
Grades 2-5 Resource Room Teacher

sierra.wilson@gesuschool.org
B.A. Early Childhood/Childhood Education, Canisius College
M.S. Special Education, Saint Joseph’s University

"What keeps me going is knowing the impact I am having on my students’ lives and watching as they grow throughout the school year. We learn together and by the end of the year, my students teach me just as much as I teach them. I love each new and exciting lesson the day brings!"

 

Sr. Mary Bur, IHM

Sr. Mary Bur, IHM
Librarian

mary.bur@gesuschool.org
B.A. Music and English, Immaculata University
M.A. English, Villanova University

“Being a part of the Gesu community is a privilege, for I am daily surrounded by people who passionately love what they are doing. All my life I have loved books, and reading is my favorite past time to this day. To share the love of books is a joy which I hope to share with the students I meet. Reading gives joy, eases pain, transports the reader to new places and experiences, and can give direction in life. All young people need this today as an antidote to our fast-paced culture.”

 

Raven Manrique

Raven Manrique
Service Coordinator, Religion and Spanish Teacher (K-2)

raven.manrique@gesuschool.org
B.A. Political Science, Minor in Sociology, Baylor University
M.Ed. in progress, Saint Joseph's University, ACESJU Program

"Gesu School has great connections and relationships with the communities around us. Groups are excited to work with us, and we are excited to work with them. I hope our students see the impact they have and feel empowered to continue to serve others."

 

Vito Asta

Vito Asta
Kindergarten Aide

vito.asta@gesuschool.org

“Every morning I’m greeted like I’m some kind of super star by the kids. They look up to me, so it’s my responsibility to make sure I’m the best role model and teacher I can be every single day.”

 

Joseph Caraway

Joseph Caraway
Kindergarten Aide

joseph.caraway@gesuschool.org

“Working at Gesu is meaningful to me because it's not only a school, it’s more like a family. I've been working at Gesu for a long time and I continue to grow. Gesu is my second home. I enjoy the gym program and coaching girls basketball. They are good ways to keep the kids off the street and out of trouble.”

 

Jackie Johnson

Jackie Johnson
First Grade Aide

jacqueline.johnson@gesuschool.org

“I’ve been at Gesu for about 17 years, and my greatest joy is the children. Being able to say that I made a difference in their lives, whether something small or big that I did to have an impact. I love seeing the smiles on their faces walking down the hall and the hugs that they go out of their way to give me. Gesu is definitely a family where we give our best to our students.”

 

Desire’e Porter

Desire’e Porter
Pre-K Aide

desiree.porter@gesuschool.org

“Growing up, I had great teachers that showed a genuine interest in my all around well-being, no matter the subject. I always felt that my teachers were there to help me be and do my best. They are my inspiration, and I try to do the same for our students. I look forward to greeting the students in the morning when they arrive to school. I believe it makes a huge difference in children’s school day if they feel welcomed.”

 

Andrea Warner

Andrea Warner
Pre-K Aide

andrea.warner@gesuschool.org

“I very much enjoy coming to a safe place to work and pray that I have made a difference in children’s lives.”

Mark Smith
Director of Facilities

mark.smith@gesuschool.org

Terrence Tinsley
Maintenance Supervisor

Vernon Gooseby
Maintenance Staff

Michael Jackson
Maintenance Staff

Nikki Webb
Maintenance Staff

Isiah Wilson
Maintenance Supervisor, 2nd Shift

Denise Jackson
Director of the After-School Program

afterschool@gesuschool.org

Raven Manrique
Service Coordinator

raven.manrique@gesuschool.org