Christopher Diehl of Dedham, Massachusetts teaches English at Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School. Christopher is a 2016 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. As an undergraduate Christopher earned double majors in English and Theology. During his time at Saint Joseph’s, Christopher served as a coordinator for the Philadelphia Service Immersion Program, help lead the Appalachian Experience immersion program, worked in the Faith Justice Institute, cooperated with faculty in facilitating discussions about various social justice topics within a service-learning class. As an undergraduate, Chris gained experience teaching English Literature through the Acing High School summer enrichment program.
Shannon hails from Kearny, New Jersey. Shannon graduated from Neumann University with a double major in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She is a member of the international education honors society, Kappa Delta Pi, the national leadership society, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the national Catholic scholastic honors society, Delta Epsilon Pi. Shannon previously served at the Bergen county zoo as the educational intern. Shannon also has educational experience at Chester Community Charter School and Marcus Hook Elementary School, and completed her student teaching at Lombardy Elementary School in Wilmington, DE. During her time at Neumann, Shannon served as a student minister and coordinated Hunger and Homelessness week. Shannon teaches in the 7th & 8th Grade resource room at Saint Martin of Tours School in Philadelphia.
Melissa earned her undergraduate degree at Rockhurst University. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri ‘Mel’ graduated with a double major in Applied Mathematics and Medical Physics and is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honors society. She has accrued teaching experience from her participation in inquiry-based learning during her Medical Physics Capstone, being a supplemental instructor at Rockhurst and a volunteer tutor at the Newhouse Women’s Shelter. During her time at Rockhurst, Melissa was a Global Ambassador for International Studies, was the Vice President of Alumni and Heritage for Alpha Sigma Alpha, and studied abroad herself in Prague during the summer of 2015. Melissa has participated in many service opportunities as an undergraduate. Her most favorite service experiences include volunteering at the Newhouse Women’s Shelter and a service immersion trip to Guatemala. Melissa teaches Mathematics at Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School in South Philadelphia.
Marissa, a native of Hammonton, New Jersey, is an alumnus of the College of Saint Elizabeth. A double major in History and International Relations, Marissa was a recipient of the President’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence, a member of the National History Honors Society, Phi Alpha Theta, and a recipient of the Vincentian Award. She served as an assistant teacher for the Primrose School in Florham Park, New Jersey where she assisted in classrooms with children of various age groups. During her time at the College of Saint Elizabeth, Marissa participated in the Campus Ministry Club and served on the club’s executive board for several years. She also served as president of the college’s Residence Hall Council, served on the Vocation Advisory Board for the Sisters of Charity and volunteered as a religious education instructor at Christ the Redeemer parish in Atco, New Jersey. Marissa teaches Social Studies at Saint Frances Cabrini School in West Philadelphia.
Andrew Kulesh of Gaithersburg, Maryland is a 2016 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. As an undergraduate Andrew majored in History. At Saint Joseph’s, Andrew participated in the World Affairs Council’s “Global Smarts Internship Program.” Through this program, Andrew worked with students at the Gesu School in North Philadelphia and prepared them for a Model U.N. debate. Andrew also worked for the University’s Campus Ministry throughout his time on Hawk Hill. Andrew also proudly served as president and treasurer for the club volleyball team. During the summer, Andrew enjoyed working for the Valley Mill Camp where he was responsible for planning and chaperoning camp attendees on half-day trips on the Potomac River. Andrew is a Life Scout. Andrew works as a member of Student Services and teaches Social Studies at Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School in Drexel Hill.
Kathleen Logan of Springfield, Pennsylvania is a 2016 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. As an undergraduate Kathleen majored in Biology and double minored in Behavioral Neuroscience and Healthcare Ethics. During her time at Saint Joseph’s, Kathleen was a McNulty Scholar, a recipient of the Board of Trustees Scholarship, and a member of Alpha Sigma Nu. She participated in research for the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers as a Qualitative Research Associate Intern, interned at The Franklin Institute’s Philadelphia Science Fair and was a research fellow for the Saint Joseph’s University Institute of Catholic Bioethics. Kathleen also served on the University’s Board of Academic Review, the Dean’s Leadership Program and as treasurer of the University’s Student Women’s Leadership Group, Hawk Women. Kathleen teaches Biology and Physical Science at Mercy Vocational High School in North Philadelphia.
Maura McKenna of Blue Bell Pennsylvania will be teaching at St.Frances Cabrini school in West Philadelphia during the 2017-2018 school year. Maura is a 2016 graduate of LaSalle University. While attending LaSalle, Maura earned a double major in Early and Special Education and a minor in American Studies. Maura has acquired teaching experience from working as a student teacher at Hallowell Elementary School, as an aide at the Variety Club Camp, and as an assistant teacher at The Goddard School. She has further field experience at several schools in grades ranging from Kindergarten to eighth grade. During her time at LaSalle, Maura was a part of the National Association of Collegiate Scholars, co-coordinator for the LaSalle Habitat for Humanity service trip, a recipient of the Robert Dean Writing Scholarship, and a four-year varsity athlete.
Brendan Phillips of Lansdale, Pennsylvania is a 2016 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. Brendan majored in Ancient Studies and minored in computer science during his time at Saint Joseph’s. As an undergraduate Brendan participated in a Summer Scholars research project titled, “Tradition and Imagination in the Characterization of Helen of Troy.” Brendan’s research included a two-week tour of artistic and historic sites in Italy. He also served as a student leader with both the Magis Freshman community service outreach program, and the Koinonia student faith sharing discussion group. Brendan has served as a volunteer tutor at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School in several subjects. He was also a member of the club tennis team throughout his time at Saint Joseph’s. Brendan teaches Latin at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School in Center City.
Kyle Robinson of Ambridge Pennsylvania is a 2016 graduate of Rosemont College. As an undergraduate, Kyle double majored in History and Religious Studies and minored in Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility. At Rosemont, Kyle led the Alternative Winter Break Immersion Trip and the Alternative Spring Break Immersion Trip. He was also captain of the cross-country team and president of the Jest and Gesture theater troupe. Kyle served as an intern for the Society of Holy Child Archives where he appraised and arranged the Rosemont College Chapel Collection. He is also an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Ethel C. Levinson Leadership Award. Kyle works as a member of the admissions and development teams and teaches social studies at Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School in Drexel Hill.
Adam Richwine of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey is a 2016 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. As an undergraduate Adam double majored in Political Science and International Relations and was a member of both the honors program and the Dean’s Leadership program. During his time at Saint Joseph’s, Adam worked as a law clerk for AtlantiCare where he worked extensively with the departments of corporate compliance, risk management and worker’s compensation. Adam studied abroad in Brussels, Belgium where he was a trainee at the European Parliament. In this position Adam composed analytical summaries of various committee meetings and performed research on the political affairs of relationships between the European Union and several Eastern European countries, including Ukraine, Lithuania, and Moldova. While on Hawk Hill Adam also volunteered at Shooting Stars hospice care and played on the Saint Joe’s club Gaelic Football team. Adam teaches Social Studies at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School in Center City.
Nicole Scalfaro of Glenside, Pennsylvania is a 2016 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. Nicole graduated from Saint Joseph’s with a double major in English and Secondary Education. Her student teaching was completed at Mount Saint Joseph Academy. Nicole also gained field experience at Haverford Middle School, Waldron Mercy Academy, Gotwals Elementary School and Global Leadership Academy Charter School as an undergraduate. While attending Saint Joseph’s Nicole served as the student coordinator for the Appalachian Experience immersion program. Nicole is also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honors society, and wrote for The Hawk; Saint Joseph’s student newspaper. Nicole teaches English and Spanish at Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote, Pennsylvania.
Megan Tierney of Garnet Valley Pennsylvania is a 2016 graduate of the University of Scranton. While attending Scranton Megan majored in Middle Level Education with a concentration in Mathematics. Furthermore, during her time at Scranton, she was placed for fieldwork in North Pocono Intermediate school and Isaac Tripp Elementary School. She was employed by the Benchmark School and Garnet Valley Middle School as a special education assistant. Megan engaged in service opportunities while in college, including the SMART Mentoring Program, a weekly Christian discussion group, and the University of Scranton Service Trip to Arapahoe North Carolina. Megan also played club ultimate frisbee and varsity volleyball at the University of Scranton. Megan teaches 4th grade at St. Mary’s Interparochial in Society Hill.
Mary Rose Wheltle
Catonsville Maryland’s own Mary Rose Wheltle teaches 3rd grade at St. Frances Cabrini in West Philadelphia. Mary Rose is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University. During her time as an undergraduate, Mary Rose majored in Elementary Education. She gained experience in the classroom from her time at Waverly Elementary School, Tuscarora Elementary and Liberty Elementary. She also served as a substitute teacher in Maryland’s Fredrick County Public Schools and worked in the diocese of Knoxville as a team leader for Totus Tuus, planning and managing week-long summer camp experiences for students from ages 4-17. At Mount Saint Mary’s, Mary Rose was a Campus Ministry Student Leader and worked with campus ministry to plan high school and campus retreats. She also participated in the university’s theater program, performing in several musicals.
Victoria White of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania is a 2015 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. As an undergraduate Victoria majored in Management Counseling and minored in Theology. During her time at Notre Dame, Victoria participated in the University’s freshman retreat and went on to lead the retreat as an upperclassman. She also volunteered for the Appalachia Seminar at “Big Creek People in Action.” In Notre Dame’s Summer Service Learning Program Victoria worked for eight weeks as an aid at Holy Angels in Belmont North Carolina. After graduating from Notre Dame, Victoria served in the Augustinian Volunteers program and worked as a paraprofessional at Saint Margaret of Scotland School in Chicago, Illinois. Victoria was also a member of the Notre Dame Women’s Ice Hockey and Boxing teams. Victoria teaches 6th grade at The DePaul Catholic School in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.