FACULTY & STAFF
Miss Linda Pirolli - School Principal
I have been the Principal of this fine school for the past 23 years, and have taught in Catholic schools for 46 years. My Catholic school journey began in the first grade, attending St. James in Ventnor, and then Holy Spirit High School in Absecon. I did my undergraduate work at Atlantic Community College and Glassboro State (now Rowan University,) and finished with my graduate studies at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia. My teaching career began at St. Phillip the Apostle School in Brigantine and St. James School in Ventnor, where I taught grades 3, 2, 8, 7, and 6. In 1995, I was invited to interview for the position of Principal here at St. Vincent’s. The rest is history!
In my spare time, I enjoying going to the beach and watching football, especially Notre Dame.
Ms. Samantha Kern - PreK3 & PreK4
I have always loved working with children. I knew from a young age that teaching was what I wanted to do. I went to Richard Stockton College and received my degree in Psychology. After that, I attended Western Governors University and received my degree in Early Childhood education, while working full time at a day care center in Ocean City. I started there when I was 18 years old and continued for ten years before receiving a teaching job at Gospel of Grace. I then accepted a position at Son Catchers Learning Center as the Kindergarten teacher. Now I start a new adventure here at St Vincent De Paul Regional School as the 5th grade teacher. I couldn't be more excited to start this new chapter in my teaching career and look forward to a wonderful school year.
Mrs. Pamela Reynolds – PreK-4
I have been teaching for more than 13 years. I received my undergraduate degree in sociology from Stockton in 1988. My first career was as a human resources specialist for an aeronautical engineering company. When my children were born, I was fortunate to be able to stay home with them for several years. When they went to school, so did I! I did my graduate work at Montclair University, and became certified to teach pre-k through 3rd grade. Although teaching pre-k wasn’t my original plan, it is the best and most rewarding job I have ever had. Teaching four year old children is the best!!! Every day is an adventure filled with new discoveries, fun, and laughter. It’s never too late to find your bliss! I am delighted to be teaching at SVDPRS. I live in Egg Harbor Township with my husband and my 18 year old son, Steven (my 22 year old daughter, Kassidy, lives in NYC), our greyhound, cat, and a menagerie of smaller animals (I am an animal lover!). My spare time is spent gardening, cooking, and enjoying the company of family and friends.
Ms. Catherine Fortna - Kindergarten
I graduated from Alvernia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. I was born and raised in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. I attended St. Mary’s Grade School and Lebanon Catholic High School. I moved to Ocean City in 2000, and I began teaching third grade at St. Nicholas in Egg Harbor City. After a couple more moves and teaching Physical Education, then eighth grade Language Arts, Math, and Religion at St. Joan of Arc and Prince of Peace. In 2008, after moving back to New Jersey, I began teaching Kindergarten at St. Vincent’s.
I have two beautiful daughters, Riley and Makenzie. When I’m not in school I love to watch my girls play soccer for GPS New Jersey, go to the beach and spend time with my family! I love Penn State football and I am a huge DISNEY fanatic!!
I love teaching Kindergarten!! I find myself inspired by small moments each day. I believe that children learn best when provided with a stimulating, safe, nurturing and structured environment.
Mrs. Jennifer Tadros - Grade 1
Catholic education has been a way of life for me, and I couldn’t have chosen anything better. I attended St. Mary’s in South River for grade school and Bishop George Ahr/St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Edison. I graduated from Rider University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Shortly after graduating I worked at FSA, Family Service Association, as a therapist and group facilitator, assuming a caseload of about 25 clients. I have always had a passion for teaching. I went on to receive my teaching certificate and became certified to teach K-8. For the past 12 years, I taught re-k/k aged children at Trinity Learning Center in Egg Harbor Twp. I developed a comprehensive curriculum to academically challenge the students, with necessary social advancement opportunities. I am excited to further foster my love for teaching here at St. Vincent de Paul.
I have been happily married for 15 years and have 3 beautiful daughters whom are an absolute blessing. My oldest recently graduated from St. Vincent’s; my second will be graduating at the end of this school year and my youngest will be attending Pre-K3. Outside of school, I love spending time with my family: going to their sporting events, church on Sundays, and quality time together wherever we go.
Overall, children are my passion and seeing them learn is a gratifying experience. The vast amount of knowledge that they are capable of absorbing is astounding, therefore challenging them will allow them to work at their fullest potential. I love the primary years!!
Miss Jeanne Girard – Grade 2
I have had strong ties with Catholic schools for many years. I attended Holy Spirit High School in Absecon and earned my Bachelor’s Degree from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. I have remained involved in Catholic schools for the past 12 years: first as a paraprofessional here at St. Vincent’s, followed by teaching Kindergarten at St. James School in Ventnor, and then teaching Religion at Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Newfield. For the past three years, I enjoyed the spontaneity and enthusiasm of fourth graders here at St. Vincent’s. This is my first year teaching second grade and I love it!
Mrs. Alice Dudo - Grade 3
Teaching is not a job but a way of life for me. I have always wanted to be a teacher and am so happy to be part of the St. Vincent de Paul community. I presently teach third grade and truly enjoy each day with my students. My day is filled with opportunities to make a difference in the life of God’s children, and for the children to make an amazing difference in my life. I am elated when students have “light bulb,” moments, those moments of “Oh! I get it.” After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Thomas Edison State College, I became certified in New Jersey in Grades K to 5, as well as English for Grades K to 12. I like teaching a variety of subjects each day which allows me and my students to explore and obtain a wealth of information. I especially enjoy reading and encourage my students to become avid readers; embracing the knowledge from each new fact or exciting adventure.
My husband and I are the proud parents of six children and enjoy spending family time together. We especially like traveling to new and exciting places in America and abroad. We have fun skiing, hiking, biking, camping, fishing, swimming and surfing. We spend much of our summer at the Jersey Shore building life-long memories. As a teacher, wife and mother, I am exceptionally blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life’s journey. Einstein said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Einstein’s words encourage me to strive each day to awaken in each student a joy of learning, motivate them to be creative, and assist them in developing their strengths to achieve greatness.
Mrs. Sally DeCarlo – Grade 4
I have spent most of my life in Catholic schools. As a student, I attended St. Joseph’s School in Somers Point and Holy Spirit High School in Absecon. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Cabrini College, I taught Special Education classes for nine years until my husband and I started our family. I was fortunate to be able to stay home with our four children for several years, and during that time I became certified to teach Elementary Education and Middle School Math. When I returned to teaching, I accepted a position at Blessed Sacrament Regional School in Margate, where I taught fifth grade along with math to fifth to eighth students for thirteen years. For the next nine years, I taught in the Math Department at Holy Spirit High School until this year when I returned to the age group I love best. I am thrilled to be here at St. Vincent de Paul Regional School!
Mrs. Lindsay Comisky - 5th Grade Homeroom and Math (5-8)
As a little girl I always wanted to be a teacher. I used to frequently play school in my basement with my stuffed animals. In pursuit of this dream, I attend Rowan University. I graduated in 2004 with my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education & Sociology and obtained my New Jersey Teaching Certificate. My career in the Camden Diocese began in December of 2005 at St. Joseph’s Regional Elementary in Hammonton, NJ. In my 12-year career at St. Joe’s I taught 4th grade for 8 years, while studying to become a certified Middle School Math Teacher, and then taught 6th-8th grade Math for 4 years. I took a year off to enter the corporate world, but realized I missed teaching way too much. It is truly my passion. So, that brought me right back to the Camden Diocese at John Paul II Regional Elementary in Stratford, NJ. I again taught 4th grade, and then last year was a 2nd grade teacher. To me teaching is everything, I love watching the students grow and learn every single day. The students are not the only ones that do the learning, I do too! In addition to learning at school, I love to grow and have fun outside of the classroom. When I am not traveling around the world with my husband, exploring new places, and creating amazing memories, I am quite the homebody. I love spending time with family, friends, and my 3 adorable cats. I am also super dedicated to my health and fitness, and always make time for a daily gym session. Whether I am teaching, traveling, working out, or spending time relaxing, I will always be motivated to be the best version of myself.
Mrs. Maggie Schulze – Grade 7
I knew that I wanted to be a teacher since I was a child and would pretend to teach my stuffed animals and younger sister (much to her chagrin). To turn this dream into a reality, I earned a BA in English education from Shippensburg University. Throughout my eleven year career, I have taught in many different schools, but have always been drawn to middle school. Upon the birth of my second child, I resigned from my full-time teaching position and stayed home to raise my two children. St. Vincent de Paul Regional School is my first Catholic school teaching experience and is by far my favorite. I really feel like family here, not only with Miss Pirolli and my colleagues but also with my students and their families.
Mrs. Eva Marie Quattrochi - Grade 8
My name is Mrs. Quattrochi, but over the many years I’ve spent teaching, all of my students have called me Mrs. Q. I knew I wanted to be a teacher from a very young age, and I spent countless hours as a child pretending to teach my imaginary class. The first step in fulfilling my dream was to graduate from Villanova University with a B.S. in Education and a minor in Social Sciences. Over the past twenty years at St. Vincent de Paul Regional School, I have tried to engender my love for Social Studies in my students. My passion for reading is nearly as strong as my fondness for Social Studies, especially when my students and I conquer Shakespeare’s Elizabethan drama. I truly believe my vocation in life is to teach, and I have spent the bulk of my career here at St. Vincent’s because of the family atmosphere that is created by our principal, the students and their families (including grandparents), and the loving faculty members.
Miss Linda McDevitt - Advanced Math (Grades 6-8)
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Hello, my name is Linda McDevitt. I have taught in the Diocese of Camden for the past forty-nine years, and I have a BA in Social Studies from Thomas Edison University. My first position in the diocese was teaching fifth grade at Blessed Sacrament in Margate. I then went on to teach second through eighth grades at St. Nicholas in Atlantic City, followed by eighth grade for thirty-four years at St. James in Ventnor. These past seven years, I have had the privilege of teaching pre-algebra/algebra to advanced students in grades six through eight at St. Vincent's. It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to encourage students to enhance and accelerate their math potential, as well as being a part of the amazing SVDPRS family!
Mrs. Marie Gilbride - Computer Education (Grades K-4)
Hi, my name is Marie Kelly-Gilbride. To say that I am thrilled to be teaching at St. Vincent's is an understatement. I'm a proud graduate of St. Michael's Elementary School and Our Lady of Mercy Academy. I received by teaching degree from Glassboro State (now Rowan University) and my Master's degree from Marygrove College. In 2016, I retired from the Somers Point School District. I taught various grade levels there for thirty-two years. I knew from the start of my retirement that I would miss my passion for teaching and when this opportunity became available, my prayers were answered. The computer lab is a fun, exciting place where students can be creative, solve problems, and gain the knowledge and skills to be successful life-long learners.
I live in Egg Harbor Township with my husband and son. Watching and cheering on our son as he participates in various sporting events is one of my greatest past times. I also enjoy learning about my Irish heritage, reading, traveling, and spending time at my happy place, the beach.
"Teachers who love teaching, teach students to love learning." I always strive to be one of these teachers!
Mr. Ivan Pokrovnichki - Music Education (K-8)
I hold a Master's Degree in Music with a concentration in trumpet. I have more than 30 years of professional music experience as a music educator and performer. As a performing musician, I have been a trumpet player in many different types of ensembles, including big bands, jazz ensembles, function bands and chamber orchestras. I began my teaching career as a music instructor creating individualized lesson plans that matched my students' age and ability, while also fostering music appreciation. I then went on to become a Band Director with wide-ranging responsibilities including leading the Marching Band during musical performances, retaining and supervising instructors, organizing performance opportunities, and performing administrative tasks such as grant development and fundraising. Since 2007, I have held the position of K-8 Music Teacher at St. Vincent de Paul Regional School.
My favorite part of being a music educator is teaching students to express themselves through music and seeing students' unique personalities shine through their musical expressions. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling.
Miss Gabriella Dudo
Physical Education (P3-8)
Mrs. Donna Dougherty - Basic Skills
I was born in Philadelphia, raised in Cinnaminson, NJ, and currently reside in Williamstown, NJ with my husband. My three grown children have left the nest, but I now get to enjoy watching my granddaughter learn and grow. I earned my B.S. in Child Development and Education from the University of Delaware. After teaching in a private school setting in Delaware for a few years, I entered the corporate world with a major bank. I stayed home to start a family, and then I resumed my teaching career when my youngest began first grade. I have been teaching Basic Skills/Supplemental Instruction for the past nineteen years. Fifteen of those years have been here at St. Vincent de Paul. I am fortunate to be assigned to St. Vincent’s for it is more than a school; it is a family. I enjoy working with small groups of students helping them to do their best. When I’m not teaching, my happy places include Cape May and Vermont.
Mrs. Marianne Tranchitella - PreK3 & PreK4 Aide
Mrs. Rose Malaspina -PreK-4 Aide
Mandy Liberty, BSN, RN
Reverend Edward Heitzelman, Pastor, St. Vincent de Paul Parish
Our Patron Saint
The feast day for St. Vincent, the patron of all charitable societies, is September 27.
St. Vincent's students learn in an atmosphere where education of the whole child is fundamental; an education of mind, hearts, and souls with a curriculum enhanced through the integration of Catholic faith values. We believe this is possible through the support of our school families, parishioners, and a dedicated faculty and staff committed to preparing students to lead lives of meaning and purpose.