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300 Leonard Street

Hellertown, PA 18055

Tel: 610-838-8161

Email: secretary@sttheresaotcj.org

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Principal's Welcome

Deacon Peter Schutzler, Principal

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Administrative Staff

Pastor

Father Tauber

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Admin

Rose Koslap

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Dir. of Advancement

Hilary Jebistch

Hilary comes to St. Theresa School with a 20+ year background in museum administration and collections management. As a school parent and a member of the Parish, she is excited to be in a position to advocate for and promote St. Theresa School. Hilary believes that St. Theresa School provides children with a kind and nurturing environment that promotes academics, character, leadership, and faith.

 
Specials

S.T.R.E.A.M.

Stream Teacher

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Music

Music Teacher

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Language

Language Teacher

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Religion

Religion Teacher

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Physical Education

Mrs. Fowler

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Art

Mrs. Flock

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Early Education Staff

Pre-K 3

Mrs. Fitzgerald

Mrs. Fitzgerald believes young children learn best when provided with concrete, direct experiences.  Academics will be presented through purposeful play incorporating multisensory learning strategies.  We strive to provide a nurturing, positive, Christ-centered environment. Behavioral and learning challenges will be addressed using a collaborative problem-solving approach between home and school.  Parents will be consulted and kept informed and we will work together for the desired outcome.  Joyful learning and a love of school will be fostered through hands-on, interactive experiences.  

Pre-K 4

Mrs. Williams

Donita has a 30-year background in early education focusing on physical education and early childhood. She has

been with

St. Theresa School for over 10 years and has worked with the Allentown Diocese for close to 30 years. Her philosophy focuses on the well-being of the whole child. Learning in a caring, structured and creative environment enhances the child's abilities and further develops their social skills. Her love of children is evident in her interactions and abilities.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten Teacher

Kindergarten is a time for personal growth that leads to
independence. Math, reading, and language arts form the basis
of the academic curriculum with numerous opportunities for
social/emotional development enhanced by daily spiritual lessons
and a burgeoning prayer life.

We consider the Kindergarten classroom to function like a healthy
family, meaning each child learns the importance of rules in order
to become good listeners and good leaders. They learn their value
in helping to make the classroom run smoothly through weekly jobs
and cooperative activities.

Kindergarten is a time of wonder, when imagination and creativity
are strongly promoted and encouraged. Each child is a seed that blossoms
and blooms into a beautiful flower as the year progresses because needs
are met in a developmentally appropriate manner. They are challenged to
take responsibility for their progress in conjunction with parent/guardian
and teacher input. Students begin to discover their talents and gifts in
a safe environment and learn how these gifts can be used to serve and
honor God.

 
Lower School

First Grade

I am a firm believer in teaching ideas that are everlasting, and to seek enduring truths which are constant, as our natural and human worlds at their most essential level do not change. It’s important that we focus on the whole child; i.e., physically and spiritually. It is my goal to have my students actively involved in learning, hands-on activities and kinesthetic movement, providing experiences so that my students learn by doing. I want my students to become thinkers and problem solvers. Consequently, project-based learning in 1st grade incorporates Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math (STREAM). My lesson plans revolve around Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences with an emphasis on music and movement. Every day I acknowledge God as the master educator and thank Him for any and all successes in my students and our school.

Second Grade

Third Grade

Mrs. Randich

I teach from my heart to the heart of each and every one of my students. I strive to create a positive classroom community where my students feel empowered to share their thoughts and where they are compelled to interact with kindness and love, as Jesus taught. As a mom of three children and a former teacher and parent educator for children with autism, I enthusiastically and empathetically support parents because I deeply understand that all children succeed in different aspects of their development on their own timeline. As a third-grade classroom teacher, it is my goal to provide all students with the opportunity to grow in their confidence as learners in all subject areas, including math and science, increase their love for literature, develop collaboration skills, and most importantly grow in their Catholic faith. I have a bachelors degree in English and secondary education from Hunter College, a Masters of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Molloy College, and an endorsement from Walden University in Special Education. I am certified to teach in both New York State and Pennsylvania.

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It’s an incredible responsibility, and an amazing vocation, to be charged with guiding young minds through the worlds of history, mathematics, literature, and most importantly, faith. My goal as a teacher is to do this in a way that enables EVERY student to navigate these subjects with confidence and inquisitive minds. I want every student that enters my classroom to feel comfortable and safe to learn, take chances, and be themselves. In my classroom students are scientists, engineers, artists, mathematicians, musicians, researchers, teachers, friends, ...and always a Christian community of believers. I invite all families and parents to join me in my efforts of making 4th grade the best year it can be for each and every student.

My forty plus years as an educator has been based on a belief that teaching is about student learning and that students who become active learners and take on responsibility for their learning are more successful in school and beyond. It’s my role to provide my students with the needed resources and tools to become active learners in a safe classroom environment that fosters collaboration and promotes problem-solving and critical thinking skills. I focus on issues and concepts which help them expand their understanding. I use my knowledge as a Library Media Specialist to promote the use of technology in my classroom through collaborative assignments, using Google docs, PowerPoint and slide presentations, web-based research, and STEM activities. It is my goal to be a model of Christ’s teachings, to facilitate learning in a safe, challenging, and collaborative environment, and to have prepared my students by year’s end for the learning experiences that awaits them in middle school.

 
Middle School

Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

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I am a certified teacher in Pennsylvania at the middle school and high school levels. I have Pennsylvania Certification in English Grades 7-12, Social Studies Grades 7-12, English Language Arts and Reading Grades 7-8, and All Subjects Grades 4-6; in addition to Massachusetts certification in English Grades 5-9 and Early Childhood Education. My extended teaching career as a middle and high school English teacher, in both private and public school settings, provided me many opportunities to work with a diverse population of students over the last 25 years in both Vermont, Massachusetts, and now in Pennsylvania. I have been teaching at St. Theresa School for two years. I am blessed to be at such a warm, welcoming community such as St. Theresa's where our faith in Christ guides us to live better lives, support our students in making thoughtful decisions, and promote kindness everywhere. I strongly believe that our Lord's inspiration is powerful in helping us all become better people wherever we are in our lives.

Eighth Grade

My call and vocation from God is to be a Catholic Educator for all my students, families, peers, and school community. Believing in my Catholic faith enables me to encourage my students to achieve and do their best while we serve the Lord our God. It is imperative that I put my Faith into action and be a role model for everyone, especially my students. It is my responsibility to create a caring, safe and inclusive environment that allows my students to grow spiritually, personally and academically. As a Catholic Educator, I have the honor of witnessing my students, God’s creations, grow spiritually, succeed academically and become responsible participants in our Catholic Faith.