SMSA Faculty & Staff
MRS. PATTY BALMER, PRINCIPAL
Mrs. Balmer’s experience is extensive with over 32 years in education, including 12 as an administrator, where her calm and steady manner is well known and admired. She has been principal at SMSA since 2017, describing her position as her “dream job.” She taught at St. Theresa School in Buffalo, in the North Colonie School District in Colonie, the Niskayuna School District, and at Hebrew Academy of the Capital District where she also served as the principal. Mrs. Balmer has held positions in other Albany Diocesan schools including principal of St. Augustines, interim principal at St. Mary’s Institute and as Prevention Services Coordinator for the Diocese. She holds a BS in Elementary Education from Medaille College, MS in Literacy and Advanced Graduate Certificate both from SUNY Albany, she has permanent certifications in Elementary Education N-6, Literacy K-12 and School Building Leadership N-12.
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MRS. BEVERLY KERPKA, DIRECTOR OF NOAH'S ARK PRE-K/DAYCARE
In 1994 Mrs. Kerpka started the program; serving children ages 3-5, and served as a warm and loving teacher, full time, for 23 years while building the program. In 2017 she assumed her supervisory role full time. She received AAS Certification in Early Childhood Education (Birth- Pre-K) from SUNY Canton, and worked as a preschool teacher in Lockport New York before becoming part of our school family. Let her welcome you to one of the most nurturing and enriching programs our area has to offer!
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MRS. BONNIE SMITH, NOAH'S ARK TEACHER, 3 YEAR OLD PROGRAM
Mrs. Smith joined SMSA in 2014 and brings her love of children and passion for excellence into all she does in the classroom. Mrs. Smith has been in education for 21 years, graduated from Hunter College with a BS in Medical Computer Science and has certification in Early Childhood Development. Prior to being at SMSA, Mrs. Smith worked in a nursery school in Westchester, NY.
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MRS. JESSICA VIGER, NOAH’S ARK TEACHER, 3 YEAR OLD PROGRAM
Mrs. Viger comes to us with over 20 years of experience as a Preschool teacher. She is a mother of two daughters ages 4 and 15, and has a love for adding music to all activities. Mrs. Viger is currently enrolled to finish her Children’s Development Assessment certificate, and is taking classes to finish her teaching degree.
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MISS DANITRA CALDERON, NOAH'S ARK TEACHER, 4 YEAR OLD PROGRAM
MISS GENEVIEVE COON, NOAH'S ARK TEACHER, 4 YEAR OLD PROGRAM
MISS KELSEY TAYLOR, NOAH'S ARK TEACHER, 4 YEAR OLD PROGRAM
MRS. AMANDA PHILLIPS, NOAH'S ARK TEACHER, 4 YEAR OLD PROGRAM
Miss Phillips was welcomed into the “Ark” in 2018. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education and a Masters of Science in Educational Technology (Specialist)from SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Oneonta, as well as certifications in Early Childhood Education (Birth-6). Miss Phillips’ four year olds are big huggers in this happy classroom at SMSA. Miss Phillips also taught at Washington County Head Start before teaching at SMSA.
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MRS. BROOKE KELLY, TEACHER, KINDERGARTEN
Mrs. Kelly graduated from The College of Saint Rose with a BS in Early Childhood Education. She is currently working on her Masters Degree at The University of Albany, in Literacy Specialty. Mrs. Kelly has worked at St. Mary’s for many years in Noah’s Ark. She has been with us since 2008.
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MRS. JESSICA TRZASKOS, TEACHER, FIRST GRADE
Mrs. Trzaskos has seventeen years of teaching experience, joining the SMSA teaching staff in 2018. She has a BS in Elementary Education from Fulton Montgomery Community College and the College of St. Rose, as well as a Master of Library Science degree from SUNY Albany. She is on the go with her four year old class, embracing each student’s unique gifts into her sunny classroom.
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MRS. MARY GREGORIO, TEACHER, SECOND GRADE
Mrs. Gregorio has a BS in Psychology and an MA in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Herbert H. Lehman, with Elementary Education Permanent Certification in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. She has 35 years of teaching experience, first teaching in Philadelphia and New York City schools before becoming SMSA’s 2nd grade teacher 27 years ago. Since 2015, she has been the Director of Religious Education, and, since 2018, served as our AIS Reading Instructor. She is now our 2nd grade teacher. Mary has a particular heart for service, one that manifests itself not only in the classroom, but as organizer of our many school wide service projects.
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MISS ANNE CASOLA, TEACHER, THIRD GRADE
Miss Casola has taught for ten years, and at SMSA since 2012. A graduate of Siena College with a BBA in Accounting, as well as the College of St. Joseph where she received her Masters in Elementary and Literacy Certification (Birth-6), her background includes three years of teaching in public schools in the area before joining SMSA in 2012 to teach 2nd grade. She is also the driver behind our newly created Summer Enrichment Program which launched this summer. Miss Casola is also a Certified Teacher Birth-Grade 2 and Grades 1-6. Look for high expectations (and a patient teacher) in Miss Casola’s 2nd grade class.
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MRS. NOREEN HARRIS, TEACHER, FOURTH GRADE, DIRECTOR OF CAMP KERRY
A native of New York City, Mrs. Harris has been in education for 43 years. She taught in the South Bronx Public and Catholic Schools, and has been at SMSA for the past 33 years as our 3rd, 5th, and 6th Grade teacher. Her bar is high, but count on Mrs. Harris to add fun and new adventures to each new year. She holds a BS in Education and Spanish from Iona College and an MS in Early Childhood Education from the College of New Rochelle. In addition to her busy days teaching 3rd grade, she is also the Director of Camp Kerry, SMSA’s after-school program.
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MRS. MICHELE MERGEN, TEACHER, 5-8 GRADE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY COORDINATOR, YEARBOOK ADVISOR
Mrs. Mergen has been teaching for 13 years, including the Armed Services YMCA, Navy College Whidbey Island, WA and at Chimney Lakes Elementary in Jacksonville, FL. She “loves the job” since coming on board in 2018 as our STREAM instructor for all students Pre-K through 8th Grade. Starting in 2019-20 she is also the 5th Grade homeroom and science teacher. Mrs. Mergen holds a BS in Child & Family Studies and Sociology from SUNY Oneonta, and an MS in Human Resources from Chapman University, with NYS Childhood Education Certificate and Florida Professional Certifications K-6 & Math 5-9. Our students are crazy about STREAM, thanks to Mrs. M.
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MISS ANNETTE GERMAN, TEACHER, ENGLISH, SOCIAL STUDIES GRADES 5-8
A veteran teacher, Miss German grew up in Buffalo. She has held previous teaching positions in Portsmouth VA and New Orleans. A graduate of SUNY Buffalo, Miss German has a BS in Education, a BA in History and her Master’s degree in creativity. SMSA welcomes our newest addition to our outstanding faculty!
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MRS. MARA POWELL, TEACHER, 6-8 MATH
Mrs. Powell is a graduate of Boston University with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. She also has a Masters in Materials Engineering from RPI. An active SMSA parent for the past twelve years, she added “teacher” to her resume in 2016. With a special gift for making difficult concepts understandable, Mrs. Powell is in the right seat on the bus as SMSA’s math teacher.
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MISS LAUREN OGDEN, TEACHER, WORLD LANGUAGE K-8
Miss Ogden, SMSA Class of 2005, has taught French and Spanish at SMSA since 2015 to students at all levels. She received her BA in Foreign Language and Theatre Arts at Sarah Lawrence College in 2013, and worked for a year as a language assistant at the Lycee des Heberges, France. She teaches theatre during the summer at Saratoga Arts, and offers private language tutoring after school for Elementary and Noah’s Ark students. Her French/Spanish celebrations are a much anticipated part of life at SMSA, and parents love that not only do all students at SMSA take language, but that her older elementary students are sufficiently confident in their budding language skills to read and play games in another language with our youngest children in Noah’s Ark.
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MRS. ELAINE STOCKER, TEACHER, RELIGION GRADES 5-8, LIBRARY COORDINATOR
MRS. KIMBERLY VANDERWARKER, TEACHER, AIS, REMOTE LEARNING AND RELIGIOUS COORDINATOR
MRS. PEG CLOHESSY, TEACHER, ART K-8
Mrs. Clohessy brings out the creative spirit in every student, and surprises us constantly with exceptional work that graces our historic halls and walls. She is a former SMSA parent, 1st grade teacher’s aide, and Camp Kerry Director, and has taught art at SMSA (all levels) for over 25 years. The annual art showcase of student talent is one of our most celebrated events at SMSA. Mrs. Clohessy has a BS in Art from Skidmore College with extension classes from NYU.
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MISS ERIN DOVE, TEACHER, MUSIC/DRAMA, CHORUS DIRECTOR
Whether it’s singing, acting or dancing, Miss Dove has the special talent of not only being able to do it all but to teach it, too! Miss Dove has a bachelor's degree in Performing Arts and Music from SUNY Fredonia and received additional training in Theatre Arts as well as her teacher training from Middlesex University, London, in 2010. She has been our music/drama teacher since 2012. Miss Dove is the driving force behind our hugely successful annual musicals held at the Wood Theater, our annual Middle School musical in the spring, and SMSA’s school choir that sings at weekly Holy Mass. An active member of the local arts community, she teaches private voice, piano, and violin lessons, heads a summer program for Theater Arts at the Wood Theater, and assists our students with preparation for the annual NYSSMA competitions.
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MR. JOHN BARBIERI, TEACHER, PHYSICAL EDUCATION NA-8
Mr. Barbieri’s has a quiet and commanding presence that our children love and their rapt attention as they learn healthy habits through exercise, sport, and the importance of good sportsmanship during team play. He coaches our Middle School soccer team, boys basketball and summer track team. Mr. Barbieri has taught P.E. at SMSA since 2001. He has a BS in Physical Education from Ithaca/Castleton State and NYS Physical Education Certification.
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MRS. MARIANNE FACKLAM, MUSIC/BAND
Mrs. Facklam’s extensive teaching experience spans over four decades, and students from Greece Central School, South Glens Falls and Rawlings Middle Schools of the Arts have benefitted from her command of her subject and her wonderful ability to bring out the best in her student musicians. SMSA is proud to call her our own since 2014 where she directs and teaches the Middle School Band and Intermediate Band. Mrs. Facklan has a BS and MS in Music Education from Ithaca College and the Eastman School of Music, respectively, with NYS Permanent Certification in Music K-12.
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MRS. JESSICA PURVIS, SPEECH PATHOLOGIST
MRS. BERNADETTE LEONE, ASSISTANT TO THE PRINCIPAL
Mrs. Leone a native of Long Island and worked in the financial and insurance industries for 22 years before joining the SMSA family. She volunteered at the school while her daughter recuperated from a broken leg in kindergarten then joined the staff as the Assistant to the Principal in 2003. She has served in this role for 16 years enjoying her time spent working with parents, students and SMSA faculty & staff members.
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MRS. DEANA WHITE, BOOKKEEPER
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MR. DAVE MATTES, HEAD CUSTODIAL ENGINEER
A building our size might daunt some, but Mr. Mattes is right there, always helpful, overseeing the maintenance of our historical building. After he retired in 2007 as a corrections officer, Mr. Mattes worked as head custodian at St. Mary’s Church for six years before coming on board in the same capacity at SMSA in 2015. It’s true you can’t do without an exceptional custodian. We’ve got that in Mr. Mattes!
MRS. DANIELLE ROOKER, SCHOOL NURSE
OUR ADDITIONAL SUPPORT STAFF ARE:
MRS. JANE CLIFFORD, SPECIAL EDUCATION
Glens Falls City School District
MRS. STACEY NOONAN, AIDE, AFTERNOON RECEPTIONIST, ENROLLMENT
MRS. ASHLEE MAHONEY, NOAH'S ARK AIDE
MISS JILLIAN HARRINGTON, NOAH’S ARK AIDE
MISS STEPHANIE GRUBIAK, NOAH’S ARK AIDE
MRS. LINDA McALLISTER, NOAH’S ARK AIDE
MISS ASHLEY LOTICH, NOAH’S ARK AIDE
MRS. AYLA SCIALDONE, NOAH’S ARK AIDE
MS. LINDA ANUNZIATO, NOAH’S ARK AIDE
MISS ALEX WATKINS, NOAH’S ARK AIDE
MRS. LYNNE HUMPHREY, FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR
ARAMARK FOOD SERVICE, KITCHEN SUPERVISOR