Profile: "As the parent of 3 graduates, and 1 child currently attending SMS, Samantha spent many hours volunteering at our school. She has been the past President of the Parents' Guild, and has been a frequent substitute teacher. She is married to a local dairy farmer, David. She received a BS in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland in 1994. She joins us as our school secretary. "My children are doing great at the high schools they went to after attending St. Mary's."
Mrs. Catalano was born and raised in the Cortland area and graduated from Cortland High School. She attended college at TC3 and has been married for 34 years having three now adult children. She spent 30 plus years as a home daycare provider, obtaining certification as a NYS Registered Home Day Care through OCFS and obtaining a CDA certification. With an empty nest at home she decided to close her home day care. She worked in the food service industry for a few years, which made her realize what she missed and where her true passion was; that is, caring for and teaching children.
She has been a lifelong communicant of St Mary's Church and when the opportunity arose to work at St. Mary's School as a Pre K Teacher's Aide, she embraced that opportunity. She is enjoying herself tremendously and feels blessed to be working with children again at St Mary's School.
Beth Gailor joined St. Mary's in 2008 to teach Art. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. Before coming to SMS, she was a member of the faculty at Corcoran.
Mrs. Gailor is the mother of a student at St. Mary's, and her husband is an alumnus. While teaching at Corcoran, she always considered herself fortunate to be able to work with dedicated and knowledgeable professionals. "I am thrilled to say the same is true at St. Mary's," she said. "The faculty and staff are intelligent and creative. They are dedicated to the intellectual and spiritual development of the students. I am honored to be a part of that effort."
Julie Along Carr received a Bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree from the University of Kansas. She retired from the Cortland City Schools after teaching the string program for twenty-seven years and serving as the district music curriculum leader for ten years. Since her retirement she has been teaching string pedagogy, class strings and supervising the junior string teachers for Ithaca College. In the fall of 2008, she started a string program at St. Mary’s School in Cortland to serve as a lab school for the junior teaching field experience program.
Mrs. Carr is the associate conductor for the Binghamton Youth Symphony conducting the Preparatory Symphony and has served as a guest conductor for festivals across the state. She is an All-State certified adjudicator, past New York State School Music Association string chairperson, served six years as the Zone 3 representative and was the treasurer for NY- ASTA for over 20 years. As member of the NYS Academy for Teaching and Learning, she is committed to the development of music curricula and has served as a co-facilitator for the academy’s Peer Review conferences. She has had music reviews and articles published in the Instrumentalist Magazine and in the New York State School Music News.
In May 1999 Mrs. Carr received the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Outstanding Music Educator’s Award and in May 2001 she was named the Cortland Rotary Club Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She maintains a private studio and performs with the Ovation String Quartet.
Profile: "I could never imagine working anywhere else," says Gail Teeter, a secretary in the School Office since 1987. She handles a wide variety of administrative jobs in the Office and keeps track of a whole list of key mailing addresses. She also serves as a receptionist. Mrs. Teeter enjoys the "warm, friendly atmosphere" at SMS. "The School is my second family and second home."
A veteran as a SMS faculty member, Sheila Guido joined St.Mary's in 1993. "It's rewarding to watch the children grow into bright and caring young adults." She and her husband, Jeff, are the parents of three children: two alumni and one who is currently enrolled at St Mary's. Jeff teaches history at Cortland High School and has many of Sheila's former students in his classes.
Mrs. Guido has a B.A. in English Literature and Elementary Education from SUNY Potsdam. She also has an M.S. in Elementary Education with a Concentration in Reading from SUNY Cortland. She is permanently certified in Elementary Education in New York State.
Mrs. Denise Hall has been at St. Mary's since 2002. "St. Mary's is an awesome place to be because the teachings of Jesus are integrated into all aspects of School life. Children, parents and staff work together like family."
Mrs. Hall graduated from SUNY Cortland with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology. Her Master's Degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy is from Walden University. She studied Administration and School Building Leadership at LeMoyne College.
Mrs. Hall and her husband are the parents of three children. Her husband and their children are St. Mary's graduates.
Miss Dovi joins SMS after completing her BS in Psycholoogy concentrating in Elementary Education and Special Education at LeMoyne College in 2008. She received her MST in Health Education from SUNY Cortland in 2010.
Meghan who is also an alumna of Saint Mary's said " I am so grateful for the strong academic and spiritual foundation I built at Saint Mary's and I look forward to helping my students build the same foundations. It gives me great pleasure to know that everyday I am surrounded by individuals who share similar beliefs and values as I do. I honestly cannot imagine working anywhere else!" Meghan is the youngest of three. Her brother and sister also attended Saint Mary's School. In her spare time, Meghan loves running, reading, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Laurie Stannard first joined St. Mary's faculty in 2002. Returning in 2012, she feels blessed to have the opportunity to teach at St. Mary's, once again. "I feel like St. Mary's is my extended family," Stannard said. "I am so happy to be a part of a school community that is so welcoming, kind, and committed to creating a wonderful spiritual and academic environment."Laurie received her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from SUNY Cortland in 1999, and her NYS Teaching Certification in Pre-K - 6 in 2001. Additionally, she received her Master's Degree in Teaching Students with Disabilities from SUNY Cortland in 2008.
In her spare time, Laurie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves being a mommy to her daughter, Anna. "I couldn't ask for a better place to work as I raise my baby girl!"
A veteran teaching at St. Mary's since 1999, Lori Prine holds two degrees from SUNY Cortland -- a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Curriculum Studies. She has New York State Permanent Certification in Elementary Education.
Mrs. Prine admires the "warm, caring atmosphere" at SMS and appreciates the "friendly faces around here." She notes that "watching the children grow throughout the year and seeing their excitement as they develop is incredibly rewarding." Mrs. Prine says she likes to be with her husband and their children. As a family, they love to travel and explore new places together.
We are happy to welcome Miss O'Mara to St. Mary's. Miss Marisa O'Mara received her B.A. in Adolescent Education of Social Studies from SUNY Cortland. Miss O'Mara is currently working on her M.S. degree in Literacy Education at SUNY Cortland. As a life-long resident of Cortland, Marisa feels blessed to be able to work in her hometown. She is so grateful for the opportunity to work in a school that has such a solid academic foundation, with such amazing students, and wonderful faculty and staff. She is looking forward to getting to know all the students at St. Mary's and all of their families. Miss O'Mara is a member of Kappa Delta Pi international honor society in education. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and the outdoors.
With great joy, Miss Eileen Hoyt began her teaching career at St. Mary's School, the very place she began her educational career. She and her five siblings are all graduates of SMS, and Miss Hoyt is proud to see another generation of Hoyts, her niece and nephews, begin their educational journey at St. Mary's. Catholic Education is very dear to her as her family has benefited from the Catholic Education System for over the past 100 years. Miss Hoyt relayed, "I cherish the sound spiritual and academic foundation I received at SMS; I feel blessed and privileged to be back as a teacher at St. Mary's. I am committed to perpetuating our Roman Catholic Faith and upholding our strong academic ideals."
Miss Hoyt graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Cortland with a BS in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and a Concentration in English Language Arts in 2007. She received her Master's Degree in Literacy Education (Birth-Grade 6) in August of 2009. Miss Hoyt is a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society, and Tau Sigma Academic Honor Society. She was the recipient of the Senior Academic Achievement Award from SUNY Cortland in 2006 and 2008. Miss Hoyt is a New York State certified General Education Teacher (Grades 1-6 ) and Literacy Specialist (Birth- Grade 6). She looks forward to the school year ahead!
Mrs. Hoyt has worked at St. Mary's After-School Program for five years before joining the St. Mary's team full time. All five of her children have attended St. Mary's School as well as her husband. Mrs. Hoyt says she loves this school and everyone that makes it such a wonderful family. She truly feels blessed to be a a part of the St. Mary's family.
A teacher at SMS since 2002, Theresa Smith loves morning prayers to start the school day and is happy to share God with her students. A favorite description of St. Mary's School for her is "the family that takes you in."
Mrs. Smith received a B.S. degree in Elementary Education at SUNY Fredonia and minored in Mathematics. She has an M.S. from State University at Buffalo, specializing in Elementary Mathematics Education. She has New York State Permanent Certification in Elementary Education, and has held a Math Endorsement in grades 7-12.
Mrs. Smith has prior teaching experience at schools in Buffalo, Baltimore and Cleveland. The mother of three SMS grads, and she loves to find new books to read.
St. Mary's is a proud tradition in Mrs. Cohen's family. Her father , herself and her children have attended or are attending St. Mary's School. Mrs. Cohen received a degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Cobleskill. She loves working at St. Mary's because it is not just a school. It is a home and everyone in it is family.
Michael Roddy is excited to joined the St. Mary's community. He is a graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School and Notre Dame Jr/Sr High School in Utica, NY. Michael received his bachelors degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Nazareth College of Rochester and his Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College. Before returning to graduate school, he taught general music, chorus, and instrumental music in the Ilion Central School District. In addition to singing, Michael is a bagpiper with the Mohawk Valley Frasers Pipe Band and also plays uilleann pipes, border pipes, and small pipes. He performs regularly and has appeared with Mercury Opera Rochester, the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, and the Mohawk Valley Choral Society, among others. Michael loves the many ways to learn about and create music in the classroom, and is excited to work with the students of St. Mary's!