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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.

Ms. Meghan Henry

PreK Teaching Assistant

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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

A Mom to 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. 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. 

Mrs. Andrea Gutierrez Fourth Grade​

Our Staff

Aside from raising my kids on a dairy farm in Truxton. I am a full time PK4 aide. After years of being a stay at home mom and sending them off to school here at St. Mary’s, I slowly began volunteering, then became a member of Parents Guild, subbing, which turned to full time. I’m fortunate that my kids and myself are a part of the small, close knit, family oriented school St. Mary’s offers.Type your paragraph here.

Miss Eileen Shay        1st Grade

Mrs. Niggle is a proud mother of 3 children, all who have attended SMS.  Mrs. Niggli has been a substitute teacher in our building for a few years and just joined us daily.  

​Mrs. Andrea Niggli 

​Miss Kim Barbieri


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. Amber Hoyt
2nd Grade

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.

Ms. Denise Hall

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.

Ms. Molly Reagan

Mrs. Katherine Cohen


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.

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

Mrs. Samantha Augur 

 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. Cara D'Emanuele

Music Teacher

Mrs. Cynthia Dwyer
PreK Teaching Assistant

Cindy Dwyer has worked in the field with children for over 30 years.  She has a daughter and son who both attended St. Mary's School.  Their grandmother and grandfather also attended St. Mary's School.  Mrs. Dwyer enjoys her family dog and cat.  She also likes to sew and take long walks.

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!”

​Ms. Jenna Wegzyn

PreK Teaching Assistant

Hi! My name is Jenna Wegzyn.  I'm a first year TA at Saint Mary's School in PreK. I began my education at Saint Mary's and completed my education at Cortland State with a masters degree in Community Health. When I'm not working I can be found hiking and enjoying the outdoors along with being a caregiver.  I'm super excited to be a part of the Saint Mary's team and can't wait to see what the future holds!