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Grade 5; Grade 6
44Blahovec, Ellen
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 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
Kindergarten - Nonfiction Animal Research
29Brecht, Jessica
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 and I have recently earned my Master's Degree in Special Education at Seton Hill University.
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
Weekly Updates for Miss Zimmerman's PK 3 and PK 4 Classes:


Pre-K 4:

Monday: Day 1 - No Special
Wednesday: Day 3 - Gym Class
Friday: Day 5 - Music Class

Preschool 3:

Tuesday: Day 2 - Art Class

Thursday: Day 4 - French Class

Please return your brown family envelopes!

***Please return signed preschool progress reports as soon as possible! Thank you!!
8Culley, Maggie
Grade 6; Grade 5
32Davis, Jennifer
Grade 5; Grade 6
27Policastro, Lori
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 3; 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 3; Grade 2; Grade 1
19Poole, Kathleen
Hello. My name is Adam Seifert. I live in Greensburg, PA with my wife and 2 children. I love music and the arts and regularly write and perform songs all around the Pittsburgh area. I am passionate about teaching young children and building a positive school experience. This is my 6th year teaching.  I previously taught Kindergarten in Chicago and Pittsburgh. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Northeastern Illinois University in 2013 and worked in the Chicago Public Schools for 3 years before moving to Pennsylvania. I have been an Aquinas Academy parent since 2017 and now have both of my children here. 
I am excited to get to know your scholar and play a constructive role in their academic journey.
I am looking forward to a great year working with you!
Grade 3; Grade 4
45Seifert, Adam
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 27 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
*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 32 years.
15Storch, Kara
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
Please return the Shrek permission form and $6.00 asap.
Friday:  No Dress-Downs   We will be walking to the Palace Theater in the morning to see Shrek the Musical.  We will be attending Mass in the afternoon.  Please send a note to school if you are attending Mass and are taking your child home with you.
13Ustazewski, Annette