Staff members are fully qualified professionals committed to bringing out the best in all students.

Mr. Gabriel Fadale
General Music & Band

Mr. Fadale developed his love of music as a student at St. Mary's School. He is thrilled to be back and teaching music classes, instrumental lessons, chorus, and band. He earned his BM in Music Education and Performance from Ithaca College, and has been fortunate to complete graduate studies in music, perform, and work across the United States including NY, PA, SC, FL, and IN. However, there is truly no place like home! When he is not performing or teaching, Mr. Fadale serves as a volunteer firefighter with the Homer Fire Department. 


Mrs. Cynthia Dwyer
PreK Teaching Assistant

Miss Eileen Hoyt
6th Grade

Miss Hoyt is a proud graduate of St. Mary’s School, along with her 5 siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.  She cherished her time as a student at St. Mary’s School, and has been happily serving as a teacher since 2009.  Miss Hoyt completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education with a Concentration in English Language Arts, and her Master’s Degree in Literacy Education, from SUNY Cortland.  “I’m overjoyed to be teaching at St. Mary’s School, and I look forward to each new day.  I love that we are a family here!  We have a strong foundation in Christ with an emphasis on academic excellence and service.  Our faith permeates everything we do; it is an incredible blessing to be at St. Mary’s School!”  In light of this, Miss Hoyt and her students strive to live out the words of St. Teresa of Calcutta daily, “I’m a little pencil in the Hand of a writing God, Who is sending a love letter to the world…Let’s do something beautiful for God!”






Mrs. Hoyt has worked at St. Mary's After-School Program for five years before joining the St. Mary's team full time.  All six 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.

Mrs. Theresa Smith 
2nd Grade

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.

Ms. Meghan Henry

PreK Teaching Assistant

Our Staff

Mr. Nathan Kirschen

Physical Education

Mrs. Julie Carr - SOAR Program
Orchestra and Instrumental Lessons

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.

Mrs. Jennifer Fischer
Office

The Mom of 7 children, Jennifer has two SMS graduates and five currently enrolled students. She received a Bachelors degree from St. Bonaventure University in 2000 and is also the DRE and Youth Minister of St. Mary's Church. She joined the staff in 2018 as a secretary and loves everything about being a part of St. Mary's School family. 


Mrs. Jenna Brown
Nurse

Mrs. Andrea Gutierrez Fourth Grade​


Mrs. Barber is a proud mother of 8 children. Family is everything to her. Since 2013 Mrs. Barber has been on assignment with us, working for Cortland City Schools.  She loved St. Mary's  so much that she officially joined our school family in 2017.

Mrs. Amber Hoyt
PreK-4 Teacher

​Mrs. Arlene Barber 
Library

​Miss Kim Barbieri

Kindergarten

Miss Barbieri received a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Cortland and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Albany. Originally from Long Island, Miss Barbieri came to Cortland for college and immediately knew she’d build her life here. Her favorite part about the Cortland community is how everyone cares about one another. Miss Barbieri came to Saint Mary’s after teaching UPK for 4 years in the community. Saint Mary’s School is such a special place to be and Miss Barbieri feels so blessed to be here. SMS is truly the family that takes you in.




Ms. 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."
Ms. 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. Deb Kelly
1st Grade

Mrs. Kelly joined our staff in 2019. “I love teaching at St. Mary’s School because it is the best of both worlds for me - I can pursue my passion for teaching and share my love for Jesus at the same time.” Mrs. Kelly graduated from Lycoming College with a B.S. degree in Psychology and Elementary Education. Her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education is from Hofstra University.


Ms. Denise Hall
Principal

Mrs. Marisa Gobel
5th Grade

  Mrs. Gobel received her B.A. in Adolescent Education of Social Studies from SUNY Cortland and received her M.S. degree in Literacy Education at SUNY Cortland. As a life-long resident of Cortland, she 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 enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and the outdoors.



Mr. Nathan Kirschen is honored and proud to be a part of such a welcoming and wonderful school community here at St. Mary’s. Nathan attended SUNY Delhi for two years and received his associate's degree in Science. He then attended SUNY Cortland to help further achieve his career goals, and fuel his passion for Physical Education. There, he received his Bachelors of Science in Education. Mr. Kirschen is dedicated to creating the best learning environment and learning experience for the bright young students at St. Mary’s Catholic school.


Mrs. Katherine Cohen

Pre-K


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.



Ms. Joy Hammond

PreK Teaching Assistant


Mrs. Samantha Augur 
Office

 As the parent of 4 graduates, 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."



Ms. Molly Reagan
Art  


Mrs. Sheila Guido
3rd Grade

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  alumni . 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. 

Our Staff
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