Jeremiah (Jerry) Clark, of Berwyn, Pennsylvania will teach Social Studies and assist the Dean of Students at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia. Jerry is a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A in History and minors in Economics and Political Science. He also spent a semester at the London campus. His strong commitment to civic engagement and education landed him internships in Senator Robert Casey’s office and with the Wolf gubernatorial campaign. Jerry has tutored high school students while attending Pitt through the Neighborhood Learning Alliance. Jerry knows Philadelphia well as a graduate of Saint Joseph’s Prep and is excited to return.
Magenta Dumpit, of Spokane, Washington will serve at St. Martin of Tours as a Learning Support teacher. Magenta is a graduate of Gonzaga University with a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education. During her time at Gonzaga, Magenta taught Kindergarten through 12th grade in field experiences, culminating in a placement at Willard Elementary. She also volunteered at Center Pointe Recreation Center as a creative writing teacher to individuals with disabilities. She is excited to bring her experience from these placements into the classroom at St. Martin of Tours.
Kevin Gregorio, of Haddonfield Township, New Jersey will teach English at Mercy Vocational High School in Philadelphia. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in English and a minor in Secondary Education. During college, Kevin served in several leadership-based roles as an associate in the Resident Mentor Program and as a co-instructor on educational policy in the Department of Juvenile Justice. Kevin spent a semester at the University of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England. He has an active interest in social justice issues, particularly education reform and diversity.
Eric Jackman, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will return to his alma mater, Gesu School, as the Coordinator of Service Programs. He graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Eric attended Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia. He attributes his passion for education and diversity to his time at both the Gesu School and St. Joseph’s Prep. During his time at St. Joseph’s University Eric participated in the Ignatian College Connection program as a student worker, teacher, and chairman of the Ignatian Connection Guys Conference. He volunteered at My Brother’s House in Philadelphia, published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and played on the men’s rugby team.
Erin Knox, of Narberth, Pennsylvania will teach middle grades at St. Veronica School in Philadelphia. She graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Middle Level Education with a specialization in Mathematics. Erin completed her student teaching at Penndale Valley Middle School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania and completed her field placement at Welsh Valley Middle School. Erin is also the head coach for the freshman girls’ basketball team at Lower Merion High School, her alma mater.
Caroline Lembo, of Manhasset, New York will serve West Catholic Preparatory High School as a Reading Specialist. She graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a B.A. in English, a B.S. in Secondary Education and a minor in Italian. Caroline completed her field placements at several schools, including Parkway West High School, Lingelbach Elementary School, Waldron Mercy Academy, Marina Bracetti Academy, and Haverford Middle School. She is an active member of Phi Sigma Pi, a National Co-Ed Honors Fraternity, and Gamma Kappa Alpha, the National Italian Honor Society. Caroline also plays the clarinet and coaches tennis in her free time.
Nymira Nelson, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will co-teach 3rd grade at St. Thomas Aquinas School in Philadelphia. She graduated from Rosemont College with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Nymira was a camp counsellor at the 76ers Basketball Camp where she taught basic skills to the camp attendees. Nymira also served as an after-school teacher at Rosemont School of the Holy Child and a Kindergarten Teaching Aid at William Dick Elementary. A graduate of St. Martha School and Archbishop Ryan High School, Nymira also has an intense commitment to diversity stemming from her involvement with such diverse communities and is excited to teach in South Philadelphia.
Anna Phelan, of New Haven, Connecticut will teach 2nd grade at St. Helena – Incarnation School in Philadelphia. She taught 1st grade at Nagoya International School in Japan. Anna graduated from the University of Scranton with a B.S. in Early and Primary Education and a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. Anna led University of Scranton’s first “Women’s Retreat” and is a mentor for the Big Brother/Big Sister Program. She has acquired classroom experience in several schools during her time at Scranton and is excited to utilize that experience through the ACESJU program. Anna has also participated in a number of service trips to such places as Haiti, Honduras, Alabama, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ghana, and Ethiopia.
Alexandria Salansky, of Buffalo, New York will teach 2nd grade at St. Barnabas School in Southwest Philadelphia. Alexandria graduated from Canisius College with a B.S. in Early Childhood and Childhood Education with a concentration in English. Alex has experience in the classroom from her placements at Lindbergh Elementary, Durnham Early Headstart Program, and Frontier Senior High School. Alexandria is excited to be teaching in a community environment and feels that her time at Canisius gave her the preparation required for such an experience.
Christine Saraco, of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania will teach English at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia and work in the Brisson Center for Academic Excellence. She graduated from Ursinus College with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Secondary Education. At Ursinus, Christine received the Elizabeth Rockefeller McCain Prize for Writing. In addition, she presented an academic paper at the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium at Temple University. Christine has experience as a student teacher from her time at Perkiomen Valley High School where she taught 10th grade English courses and participated in the Teaching and Learning Initiative at Ursinus. She has travelled to several countries in Europe while studying in the United Kingdom and also spent time in Hong Kong.
Daniel Satterfield, of Jamesville, New York will teach Religion and serve in Campus Ministry at Gloucester Catholic High School. He graduated from the University of Scranton with a B.A. in Theology and Philosophy and a minor in History. Danny served as a teacher’s aide at Washington Jesuit Academy in Washington D.C. and spent a year teaching literature, religion, and music at Xavier High School in the Federated States of Micronesia. During his time in Micronesia, he developed an appreciation and passion for diversity and for Catholic education. He also engaged in service trips to Philadelphia and Staten Island through the University of Scranton and participated in World Youth Day in Spain.
Elizabeth (Liz) Van Pelt, of Forest Hill, Maryland will teach Science and Math at Drexel Neumann Academy in Chester, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a B.S. in Geosciences, researching social and environmental concerns with hydraulic fracturing. Liz has also served as a classroom assistant at Blacksburg High School in Blacksburg, Virginia, volunteered in Haiti and served as a camp counselor at Camp St. Vincent de Paul in Baltimore, MD. Liz has a passion for ballet having served as an instructor at Sapphire Dance Academy and Virginia Tech Recreational Sports.
Sierra Wilson, of Buffalo, New York will serve as a Learning Support teacher at the Gesu School in Philadelphia. She graduated from Canisius College with a B.S in Early Childhood and Childhood Education with a concentration in English. During her time at Canisius, Sierra accumulated an impressive amount of experience in the classroom at Tapestry Charter School, the Dr. George Blackman School of Excellence, and Windmere Elementary. She also volunteered in the Urban Leadership Learning Community, Relay for Life, Community Day in Buffalo and has done service immersion work in New Orleans. Sierra also has an interest in American Sign Language and the performing arts.