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4-year-old Pre-Kindergarten
30Bialecki, Bonnie
Pennsylvania Professional Certificate - Instructional Level II                                                                  

Pennsylvania Professional Certificate - Instructional Level II                                                                             

M.S. INFORMATION L.I.S. (Library and Information Services / School Media)
University of Michigan                                   

Oberlin College (with Honors) 
3-year-old Pre-Kindergarten; 4-year-old Pre-Kindergarten; Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade K; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
Kindergarten - Nonfiction Animal Research
29Brecht, Jessica
Grade 6; Grade 5
32Davis, Jennifer
Grade 5; Grade 6
27Policastro, Lori
This is my second year working for the Diocese of Greensburg as the PK-6 music teacher. I am also entering my 4th year of teaching drumline for the Greater Latrobe High School Marching Band. After graduating from Greater Latrobe High School in 2012, I attended Seton Hill University where I graduated from in 2016 and earned my Bachelor of Music degree and K-12 Teaching Certification. I am now pursuing a Master's Degree in Special Education, K-8.
3-year-old Pre-Kindergarten; 4-year-old Pre-Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade K; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Kindergarten
Students participating in the musical please take some time to view the rehearsal schedule and listen to the songs!
6Firment, Emma
I attended Geneva College in Beaver Falls and received an elementary education a Bachelor of Science degree. I have an Instructional Certification II in elementary Education.

 I am married to Dan Mahoney, who is the Athletic Director at Greensburg Central Catholic. We have three children, who all attended Aquinas Academy and then Greensburg Central Catholic.

I have been teaching fourth grade at Aquinas Academy for 20 years; I also teach 3rd grade science

Also, I am the athletic coordinator for all the sports that Aquinas has to offer.
Grade 4
10Mahoney, Kathleen
  My Name is Rick Papurello, I have beeen employed at Aquinas Academy since 2012. I teach Health and Physical Education in grades
K thru 6.
   I have an Instructional II certification from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and 9 Graduate credits from California University of Pennsylvania in Special Education.
   I started my teaching career in the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1988, teaching 25 years along with 2 years of teaching experience in the Leechburg and Southmoreland public school districts.
Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade K; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
   We have just recently finished up our "Jump Rope for Heart "event in the Gym. Everyone had a great time with all the fun games and we raised money for a great cause.
    This coming March 9th, 10 of our 6th graders will be "Bowling for Disaster Relief" at Main Street Bowling, another great cause.
   In the Gym, we have been doing agility and coordination activities, running and tag games, and many team games. The students are getting great exercise and having a bunch of fun.
9Papurello, Rick
I graduated from Saint Vincent College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education.
I began teaching at Aquinas Academy this past fall and I am currently teaching Kindergarten. I am very passionate about early childhood education and I am very thankful for this opportunity to serve the Aquinas Academy family!
37Pashel, Samantha
I am Kathleen Poole.  I graduated from Greensburg Central Catholic then attended California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education.  I taught at the former St. John the Baptist School in Scottdale; the former St. Bruno School in So. Greensburg then came to Aquinas Academy when the merger took place in 1995.
Grade 6; Grade 5; Grade 4; Grade K; Grade 2; Grade 1
19Poole, Kathleen
After Graduating from Greensburg Central Catholic High School, I attended the University of Pittsburgh. It was there that I met my wife and earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I then attended Seton Hill University to earn my teaching certification. Once certified K-8, I began teaching at Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville.  While there, my wife and I had two sons and I went back to school to earn my Master's Degree in School Administration. I earned this degree from Duquesne University and became principal at Mother of Sorrows in 2007. In 2016 I moved to Aquinas Academy where I am the current principal.
3-year-old Pre-Kindergarten; 4-year-old Pre-Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade K; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Kindergarten
New programs have been added this year.  PK-4 is now 3 Day and 5 Day.  All PK programs are half day and full day now.  All students from PK-3 through Grade 6 will have Spanish. Before School and After School Programs have been added for all students as well.  Finally,  students in Grades 1-6 will experience Maker Space.
5Rice, Joe
3-year-old Pre-Kindergarten; 4-year-old Pre-Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade K; Kindergarten
39Sigut, Jerrie
I attended the University of Pittsburgh and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a minor in Political Science. In 1993 I received my Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. From 1993-1995, I was a fifth grade teacher at the former St. Edward School. After staying home with my children I returned to teaching in 2002, first as a grade 1 teacher at the former St. Edward School and then as a grade 2 teacher at Aquinas Academy. I have an Instructional II Certification in Elementary Education Grades K-6. My husband Danny is a graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic. We have been married for 26 years and have 3 children. Our oldest daughter and son attended Aquinas Academy. Our youngest daughter is currently a student at Aquinas Academy.
Grade 2
3Sigut, Jerrie
I am a product of  Catholic school education as I attended St. Agnes School  for grades 1-8. Upon graduation from Norwin, I attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania. There I received an elementary education Bachelor of  Science degree. Permanent certification (instructional II) was earned through Penn State University graduate classes. I began my career as  a substitute teacher at Norwin. My first job was a 5th grade teacher at St. Paul School. Upon merging with the other Greensburg Catholic schools, I began  teaching at Aquinas Academy. My homeroom is 113.I am teaching grade 3 all subjects and 4 math,
I was married in 1997 to Dennis. We belong  to Sacred Heart parish.
Grade K; Grade 4
MATH -Grades 2 and 3
The end of the 3rd marking period is next week. Therefore I will be closing the books on firstinmath on Monday, March 27. Any points earned after that will be for the 4th grading period. All students will need 300 for this time. Unfortunately not everyone has met their goal yet. Please try to get this done before Monday.
11Soles, Carla
*Graduate of Greensburg Salem School District
*Bachelors degree in History from St. Vincent College
*Elementary Certification from Seton Hill University
*Instructional I and II from State of Pennsylvania K-6

I have been a teacher in the Diocese of Greensburg for 27 years.
Grade K
15Storch, Kara
My goal as the Art Educator of Aquinas Academy is to have every student gain as much knowledge about art as possible.


Greater Latrobe High School in 2009
Seton Hill University 2009-2013
~Bachelors of Arts
~Majored in Art Education
*Studied Abroad in Italy May 2013

Teaching Certification:

Art Education K-12
*Instructional I
3-year-old Pre-Kindergarten; 4-year-old Pre-Kindergarten; Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade K; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
35Tryon, Kaitlin
My name is Annette Ustazewski, and I am honored to be the First Grade teacher at Aquinas Academy. I have been working as an early childhood and elementary educator in the Diocese of Greensburg for over twenty years. I attended Seton Hill University, where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  At Seton Hill, I earned a dual certification in early childhood and elementary education as well as my Instructional II teaching certification.  My family belongs to Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. My husband and I have been married for over twenty years and have two children, both who attended Aquinas Academy and Greensburg Central Catholic.
Grade 1
Tuesday, February 13th - Valentine's Day celebration
Students need to bring in Valentines for the class as well as a Valentine bag or box for themselves to hold all of their Valentines.  
Wednesday – Ash Wednesday – Day A (Activity Day) – No Dress-Downs
Ash Wednesday prayer service in the afternoon.  Please send in a note if you are attending and taking your child home with you.
Friday – Stations of the Cross at 2:00 (BSC)  --  Please send in a note if you are attending and taking your child home with you.

February Book-It! sheets need to be returned to school by March 2nd. 
13Ustazewski, Annette
I graduated from Clarion University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. I am currently working on completing my Level II certification.
I began teaching at Aquinas Academy in the fall of 2015. I am currently the Preschool 3&4 year-old teacher.
3-year-old Pre-Kindergarten; 4-year-old Pre-Kindergarten
For the Week of February 19 February 23


Monday:No School. President's Day

Wednesday: Music Class

Friday: Science Friday. Art Class.

PK 3: Tues/Thurs

Tuesday: Dinosaur Day. Music class.

Thursday: Library and Art Class.

Please be sure to send in your registration forms for next year!

Thank you for the clorox and lysol wipe donations! It is very much appreciated!
8Zimmerman, Maggie