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Bryan Carter

Bryan Carter
President and CEO

bryan.carter@gesuschool.org

Bryan Carter’s life has come full circle as the President of Gesu School, the nationally renowned independent Catholic school serving North Philadelphia’s children. As someone who credits his Catholic grade school and Jesuit high school education with helping him face the challenges of growing up with five brothers in a single-parent household in the heart of Cleveland, he knows first-hand the incredible power a quality education can have for children living in the inner city.

In June 2011, Carter became Gesu School’s 3rd president and CEO since the school became independent in 1993. Prior to joining Gesu School, Carter served as Resource and Community Development Director for the national adoption agency, The Cradle. Through his position with The Cradle, which has placed more than 14,000 children into permanent homes since its founding in 1923, Carter increased the number of donors by 67 percent, increased the number of dollars raised by 86 percent, and achieved goals set for encouraging African-American individuals to become adoptive parents. Carter believes the work was a wonderful way to apply the business skills he developed as an entrepreneur and Pharmaceutical Manager with Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories, and Pfizer towards a valuable cause while giving back to the community — and he looks at his position at Gesu as an extension of that privilege. Additionally, Carter serves on the Diversity Committee at Waldron Mercy Academy, the Equity and Justice Committee at Merion Mercy Academy, the Board of Trustees at the Shipley School, and the Board of Directors for the SpeakUp! organization.

Carter holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Business Management from Case Western Reserve University. He and his wife, Joan Roebuck-Carter, reside in Chestnut Hill with their daughter, Elaina.

 

Sr. Ellen Convey, IHM
Co-Principal

ellen.convey@gesuschool.org

Sr. Ellen Convey, IHM, has been the Principal at Gesu School since 1990. One board member aptly describes Sr. Ellen’s critical role at Gesu in just two words — "the GLUE." Sr. Ellen began her career in education at the age of 20, as a 4th grade teacher at an inner-city parochial school in Philadelphia. She later taught in elementary schools in Somerville, New Jersey; Athens, Georgia; and Reading, Pennsylvania. She has a B.A. from Immaculata University and an M.A. in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

During her career, Sr. Ellen has received a number of awards, including the inaugural Robert Molyneux, S.J., Award from the Center for Catholic and Urban Education at Saint Joseph's University in 2013 for making "exceptional advances in innovation and efficacy for Catholic schools – capturing the essence of the magis – to do something of deeper worth, in the current moment, for the greater need." The Please Touch Museum presented Sr. Ellen with the Great Friend to Kids Award for Education in 2001, and in 2004 she was the first recipient of the Sherrerd Excellence in Teaching Award. The Catholic Historical Society honored her, along with Fr. George Bur, S.J., and Winston J. Churchill, with the Barry Award, in November 2006, for their enthusiastic dedication to Gesu School.

 

Alana Lee

Alana Lee
Co-Principal

alana.lee@gesuschool.org
B.A. Communication Arts, Minor in Performance Theater, Neumann University
Certificate: Youth Ministry, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
M.S. Education & Instructional Leadership, Neumann University
Certificate: Urban School Leaders, Harvard University
In progress: Doctorate in Educational Leadership/Certification in Principal/Superintendent

"Gesu provides a positive and supportive environment for our students to do their best and to be their best selves. It is my firm belief that the success our students is built on the partnership we have with our families, faculty, staff, and school community. It is truly inspiring to see all the amazing things the people of our school community do for one another. I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of the Gesu School Community. We are more than just a school, we are a family!”

 

Rev. Raymond J. Donaldson, S.J.

Ed Beckett
Vice President for Mission, Identity, and Inclusion

ed.beckett@gesuschool.org
Former Gesu Trustee, 1993-2021
B.A. History and Minors, Psychology and Sociology, Rutgers University
M.A. Philosophy, St. Louis University; M.Div. Weston Jesuit School of Theology; M.A. Philosophy (Peace Studies), Trinity University College, Dublin, Ireland & M.A. Educational Administration, Seton Hall University

"Gesu’s mission is grounded in the Gospel’s call for each of us to protect, promote, and respect human dignity. We educate the whole person: spiritually, emotionally, physically, and academically. The interreligious, ecumenical identity of the school as a jointly sponsored independent Catholic School by the IHM Sisters and Jesuits provides a vital tradition and rich legacy of education for empowerment that is over 100 years old. Our mission to empower our students here in North Philadelphia is rooted in a collaborative, innovative approach to student learning centered on character formation, lifelong learning, and successful outcomes. We are a nationally recognized leader in urban education. Gesu School is rooted in the belief that we are all family in the sight of God and that at the heart of the family, all are welcome.”

 

Rev. Raymond J. Donaldson, S.J.

Rev. Raymond J. Donaldson, S.J.
Chaplain

raymond.donaldson@gesuschool.org
B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland College Park
Master of Divinity, Weston Jesuit School of Theology/Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

"Part of our charism as Jesuits is to be available for new missions. In the Society of Jesus, a Jesuit does not normally choose where he works. The Provincial Superior has the responsibility to decide, after conversation and prayerful discernment of God's will, to what work he will mission a particular Jesuit. Thus missioned to Gesu School, it is a joy and a gift for me to return where I served as a teacher from 2005-2008. Now as Chaplain and part of the new Mission and Ministry team, I look forward to serving the entire Gesu community as the school carries out the mission of the Church and the Society in Philadelphia."

 

Rachel Most

Carolynn Thompson, MSCM
Chief Finance Officer

carolynn.thompson@gesuschool.org
B.A. Business Administration/Accounting, Rutgers University
M.S. Church Management, Villanova University 

“Working with people who make a difference in the lives of children is an incredible opportunity. Working with people who impact the lives of children by providing them with quality education--and teaching them how to overcome obstacles with the tools needed to achieve success--is a blessing. And I get to do just that--every day. I am honored to be a member of the staff at Gesu School! With this honor brings great joy, immense gratitude, and many blessings.”

 

Robert S. Weinstein

Robert S. Weinstein
Vice President of Institutional Advancement

rob.weinstein@gesuschool.org
B.A. History, University of Rochester
M.A. History, University of Rochester

“The moment you step through the door of Gesu School, you can feel the spirit and infectious nature of this unique school. Gesu’s holistic approach to education and its devoted faculty and volunteers make the school a true model for a successful urban education. It is an honor to come to work every day knowing that I, along with a talented Development Team are helping to ensure that Gesu continues to have a lasting impact on the lives of so many deserving young children now and in the future.”

 

Dontae Leaf '06
Dean of Students

dontae.leaf@gesuschool.org
B.S. Professional Studies, Drexel University 
Associate’s in Humanities, Valley Forge Military College

“As an alum, working at Gesu is meaningful to me because I can leave a lasting impact of inspiration just like former and current teachers here at Gesu. Along with inspiring others, teaching good moral values is essential in creating outstanding young men and women who will become leaders in our society.”

 

Maria Pardini
Director of Graduate Support 

maria.pardini@gesuschool.org
B.A. Special and Elementary Education, Cabrini University 
M.A. Educational Leadership (in progress), Immaculata University 

"One of the greatest privileges of being an educator is the daily opportunity to meet children where they are and help them to realize that God has designed each and every one of them for greatness." 

 

Mark Smith

Mark Smith
Director of Facilities

mark.smith@gesuschool.org

“The atmosphere of the school moved me from the moment I walked in. I had a young student come up to greet me and welcome me to Gesu School.”

 

Myra Fields
Executive Assistant to the Principal

myra.fields@gesuschool.org

Christine Burrell
Executive Assistant to the President
christine.burrell@gesuschool.org

Vicki Thompson
Administrative Assistant

vicki.thompson@gesuschool.org

Terry Rivers
Office Volunteer

 

Dontae Leaf '06
Dean of Students

dontae.leaf@gesuschool.org
B.S. Professional Studies, Drexel University 
Associate’s in Humanities, Valley Forge Military College

“As an alum, working at Gesu is meaningful to me because I can leave a lasting impact of inspiration just like former and current teachers here at Gesu. Along with inspiring others, teaching good moral values is essential in creating outstanding young men and women who will become leaders in our society.”

 

Jonathan Jackson

Jonathan Jackson '99
Lead Counselor

jonathan.jackson@gesuschool.org
Bachelor's in Labor Industrial Relations, Penn State University
Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with concentration in Trauma, Rosemont College

"I enjoy the opportunity to come full circle. I was a student here, and I also have a son here. Now I get the opportunity to work here as well and to give back."

 

Jonathan Jackson

Shawmell Johnson '03
Counselor, Pre-K - Grade 4

shawmell.johnson@gesuschool.org
B.S., Pennsylvania State University, Human Development and Family Studies
M.A., Rosemont College, Counseling Psychology, Additional Certification in Trauma/Family and Addictions
Capella University, Developmental Psychology, Ph.D. in progress

"I choose to work at Gesu as a way of paying it forward in full circle, while being able to do the work I love the most. My philosophy is to always devote my all to the children I work with, the families, and my fellow co-workers at Gesu School, to be a pillar of my community, and to give 100% of what is required of me, while being willing to go the extra mile for every individual."

Maria Pardini
Director of Graduate Support 
maria.pardini@gesuschool.org
B.A. Special and Elementary Education, Cabrini University 
M.A. Educational Leadership (in progress), Immaculata University 

"One of the greatest privileges of being an educator is the daily opportunity to meet children where they are and help them to realize that God has designed each and every one of them for greatness."

Rev. Raymond J. Donaldson, S.J.

Ed Beckett
Vice President for Mission, Identity, and Inclusion

ed.beckett@gesuschool.org
Former Trustee, 1993-2021
B.A. History and Minors, Psychology and Sociology, Rutgers University
M.A. Philosophy, St. Louis University; M.Div. Weston Jesuit School of Theology; M.A. Philosophy (Peace Studies), Trinity University College, Dublin, Ireland & M.A. Educational Administration, Seton Hall University

"Gesu’s mission is grounded in the Gospel’s call for each of us to protect, promote, and respect human dignity. We educate the whole person: spiritually, emotionally, physically, and academically. The interreligious, ecumenical identity of the school as a jointly sponsored independent Catholic School by the IHM Sisters and Jesuits provides a vital tradition and rich legacy of education for empowerment that is over 100 years old. Our mission to empower our students here in North Philadelphia is rooted in a collaborative, innovative approach to student learning centered on character formation, lifelong learning, and successful outcomes. We are a nationally recognized leader in urban education. Gesu School is rooted in the belief that we are all family in the sight of God and that at the heart of the family, all are welcome.”

 

Rev. Raymond J. Donaldson, S.J.

Rev. Raymond J. Donaldson, S.J.
Chaplain

raymond.donaldson@gesuschool.org
B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland College Park
Master of Divinity, Weston Jesuit School of Theology/Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

"Part of our charism as Jesuits is to be available for new missions. In the Society of Jesus, a Jesuit does not normally choose where he works. The Provincial Superior has the responsibility to decide, after conversation and prayerful discernment of God's will, to what work he will mission a particular Jesuit. Thus missioned to Gesu School, it is a joy and a gift for me to return where I served as a teacher from 2005-2008. Now as Chaplain and part of the new Mission and Ministry team, I look forward to serving the entire Gesu community as the school carries out the mission of the Church and the Society in Philadelphia."

Rachel Most

Carolynn Thompson
Chief Finance Officer 

carolynn.thompson@gesuschool.org
B.A. Business Administration/Accounting, Rutgers University
M.S. Church Management, Villanova University

“Working with people who make a difference in the lives of children is an incredible opportunity. Working with people who impact the lives of children by providing them with quality education--and teaching them how to overcome obstacles with the tools needed to achieve success--is a blessing. And I get to do just that--every day. I am honored to be a member of the staff at Gesu School! With this honor brings great joy, immense gratitude, and many blessings.”

 

Barbara Gallagher
Tuition/Accounting Assistant

barbara.gallagher@gesuschool.org

 

Robert S. Weinstein

Robert S. Weinstein
Vice President of Institutional Advancement 

rob.weinstein@gesuschool.org
B.A. History, University of Rochester
M.A. History, University of Rochester

“The moment you step through the door of Gesu School, you can feel the spirit and infectious nature of this unique school. Gesu’s holistic approach to education and its devoted faculty and volunteers make the school a true model for a successful urban education. It is an honor to come to work every day knowing that I, along with a talented Development Team are helping to ensure that Gesu continues to have a lasting impact on the lives of so many deserving young children now and in the future.”

Silvino Alexander 
Marketing and Communications Associate 

silvino.alexander@gesuschool.org
B.S. Entertainment Marketing, Minor in Music Industry, Saint Joseph's University
M.S. Business & Organizational Leadership (in progress), Neumann University (ACE SJU Program)

"The most meaningful part of working at Gesu for me is the caring environment our entire Gesu family hopes to cultivate each day. Our faculty works so diligently to help instill a sense of self worth in our students because we truly care about their future and well being. The thing I enjoy most about working at Gesu is the manner in which our students' culture is ever present in the overall learning environment. When you come to Gesu, you can see culture on the walls and in the hallways, and I feel that makes our school so authentic and distinct."

 

Kimberly Brennan
Senior Director of Advancement  

kimberly.brennan@gesuschool.org
Musical Theatre, American Musical and Dramatic Academy
 
“Working in the development office at Gesu gives me the chance to work with an array of different people—not only donors and volunteers, but also our students and mission-driven teachers and staff. It gives me a great sense of pride and fulfillment to be a part of the Gesu family. I enjoy my time working directly with our generous donors and community who share our mission to empower our students to develop their strengths, overcome challenges, and become positive, engaged members of the community and the world.”

 

Dia Becker<

Bartley Jeannoute 
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

bartley.jeannoute@gesuschool.org
B.S. Secondary Ed-English, Temple University
M.S.Ed. School Leadership, University of Pennsylvania

"The commitment to living a purposeful life, personal growth, and service to others is what inspires me the most about Gesu School. From leadership to our youngest learners, the members of this school all work toward positive change for themselves and their communities. I'm excited to be here and to support the school's mission."

 

Megan Ryan

Megan Ryan
Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

megan.ryan@gesuschool.org
B.A. American Studies and Spanish, University of Notre Dame
M.A. English, Boston College

"Gesu School’s leadership, teachers, staff, and community are truly dedicated to its mission to provide innovative education for children in North Philadelphia. I'm grateful to work with such a dedicated and mission-driven team, who strives each day to ensure that students maximize their potential and have bright futures."

 

 

Margaret Moore

Margaret Moore
Pre-K Teacher

margaret.moore@gesuschool.org
B.S. Elementary Education, Gwynedd Mercy College

“It is my hope that each student embraces reading and a love of books. I hope that I am a positive role model imparting strong values to each child in my class.”

 

Lily Bilbao
Pre-K Teacher

lily.bilbao@gesuschool.org
B.S. Educational Studies, King’s College
M.A. Elementary Education (in progress), St. Joseph’s University (ACESJU Program)

"I strongly believe that it is important for my students to be in an environment that is both consistent and secure. Gesu provides a nurturing and supportive school environment that makes children feel safe and instills confidence in them. Therefore, I hope to make a real difference in their lives."
 

Kathy Asta

Kathy Asta
Kindergarten Teacher

kathleen.asta@gesuschool.org
B.S. Elementary Education, Chestnut Hill College

“My hope and prayer is that when a child leaves my class, he or she will have a love for learning, love of God, and respect for the world.”

 

Dillan Leonard 
Kindergarten Teacher

dillan.leonard@gesuschool.org
B. S. Elementary and Special Education and Minor, Political Science, Rosemont College
M.S. Reading Specialist (in progress), Saint Joseph's University (ACESJU Program)

“I have always wanted to be a teacher. I think my greatest inspirations were all of the wonderful teachers I had growing up as well as my parents who always emphasized the importance of education. My students are definitely my motivation to get out of bed on school days. They make it all worth it."
 

Margaret Cornish
1st Grade Teacher

margaret.cornish@gesuschool.org
B.A. English/Education, St. Joseph's University
M.S. Reading Specialist, St. Joseph's University

 

"I am so happy to be teaching at Gesu. I feel very at home here and look forward to seeing my students and coworkers each day. I want my students to look forward to coming to school every day and develop a love for learning. My favorite thing about teaching is watching a child have an 'aha' moment; now it all 'makes sense'! I hope to have many of those moments this year!"

 
Amanda Kane
1st Grade Teacher 

amanda.kane@gesuschool.org
B.A. Elementary Education and Applied Psychology & Human Development, Boston College
M.Ed. Educational Leadership and Policy, Boston College

"I believe that all children are entitled to a quality education in a safe, loving, and consistent environment. I hope that my students are excited to come to school everyday and I hope to help shape them into hardworking, compassionate, and confident citizens of the world. Gesu is a uniquely welcoming and supportive place to work. People are passionate about what they do, and committed to helping each other succeed."
 

Caroline Dodds

Jasmine Joseph
2nd Grade Teacher

jasmine.joseph@gesuschool.org
B.A. Anthropology, Howard University 
M.S. Reading Specialist, Saint Joseph's University

“Working at Gesu School is meaningful to me because I am able to be a part of a community that actively seeks to educate and empower the whole child. I hope that the students in my class will take the value of respect with them throughout their years at Gesu and into their adult lives. It is my hope that my students find their voice and help others find theirs so that we live in a more caring and accepting society.”

 
Sarah Keffer 
2nd Grade Teacher

sarah.keffer@gesuschool.org
B.A. Elementary Education & Political Science, Boston College

"I believe every student deserves a high-quality education that provides them with the opportunity to reach their full potential. I hope my students feel valued and empowered when they leave my classroom. The supportive community at Gesu challenges students to be their best selves and challenges me to be a better educator, and I feel fortunate to be a part of this team."
 

Colin Coder
3rd Grade Boys Teacher

colin.coder@gesuschool.org
B.A TV/Film, DeSales University


"I want my students to understand two things. First, is that they each have their own amazing talents and abilities that they contribute to the classroom and to the Gesu community as a whole. Second is that if they never settle for anything less than their best work, they will have the world in their hands. My belief is that if they understand these two things, that they will be unstoppable. I look forward to coming to work every day and introducing new classroom games and activities to the students, and seeing which ones excite them the most."

 

Kristen Herrmann
3rd Grade Girls Teacher

kristen.herrmann@gesuschool.org
B.S. Elementary Education and Special Education, Minor in Faith-Justice Studies, Saint Joseph's University 
M.S. Reading Specialist (in progress), Saint Joseph’s University (ACESJU Program)

"I believe that children should be given the opportunity to learn through exploration, be celebrated for their strengths and efforts, and be reminded that they are loved every day. I hope that when my students leave our classroom, they feel confident in their abilities and use them compassionately to help other people. I am very grateful to be working at Gesu because the school is filled with passionate and positive educators who care about their students and their community."

 

Sean O'Brien

Sean O’Brien
4th Grade Boys Teacher

sean.obrien@gesuschool.org
B.A. History, Penn State University

“What I love about teaching at Gesu is the family atmosphere. I especially enjoy teaching the subject of math, particularly multiplication.”

 

Charlotte Tully 
4th Grade GIrls Teacher 

charlotte.tully@gesuschool.org
B.A. Elementary/Special Education and Psychology, Providence College
M.S. Reading Specialist, Saint Joseph's University

"I want my students to have the tools necessary to grow as individuals in the world and inspire others to contribute positively to their community. Gesu is an amazing community and family that allows students these opportunities to grow as learners and as future leaders. I am blessed to have joined this community and all of the amazing students, families, faculty, and staff who are a part of it."

 

Alexis (Alli) Harmon
5th Grade Girls Teacher

alexis.harmon@gesuschool.org 
B.A. Elementary & Special Education, Saint Joseph’s University
M.S Reading Specialist (in progress), Saint Joseph’s University (ACESJU Program)

“As a part of the Gesu community, I feel as though I am part of a team of success that values the whole child. It is meaningful for me to teach in a place that aligns with my philosophy of allowing each student to feel safe in expressing themselves and see themselves as being capable of great accomplishments. I hope my students take with them the tools, confidence, and love to succeed.”

 

Michael Talvacchia

Michael Talvacchia
5th Grade Boys Teacher

michael.talvacchia@gesuschool.org
B.A. Journalism, Temple University

“My goal as a teacher is to instill a ‘never quit’ mindset that students can take with them for the rest of their lives, both in and out of the classroom. I believe in cultivating a judgement-free space for students to indulge in education and discover new interests each day. My hope is that students will embrace the challenges ahead with enthusiasm and perseverance. During my time at Gesu, I have been fortunate to be blessed with such a supportive community that truly cares for one another, and I only hope to add to an already special place.”

Anthony Trapani
6th Grade Boys Teacher
anthony.trapani@gesuschool.org 
BS and MA, Wilmington University

Regina Johnson 
6th Grade Girls Teacher

regina.johnson@gesuschool.org
B.S. Education, Chestnut Hill College
M.A. Education, Eastern University in progress

“I have always had a passion for working with children. I am amazed at the enthusiasm our youth show when learning new things, and I love helping them discover and develop their talents. When students leave my classroom, I hope they take with them confidence and pride in themselves and that they also have a passion for learning.”

 

Ryan Hooper 
7th Grade Boys Teacher

ryan.hooper@gesuschool.org
B.A. History and Minor Political Science, Marquette University
M.S. Education, Johns Hopkins University

"Being able to help students grow and develop to their fullest potential, both academically and as young people, is what inspired me to become a teacher. Watching students become their best selves, equipped with the skills and knowledge to take on the world, is the best feeling. I chose to work at Gesu School because I strongly believe in the school’s mission, which emphasizes academic excellence, character formation, and developing young women and men for others. I look forward to serving the students and families of the Gesu School community."
 

JoAnne Young

JoAnne Young
7th Grade Girls Teacher

joanne.young@gesuschool.org
B.S. Science, Morgan State University
M.Ed. Science Education and Administration, Neumann College

“I hope my students take with them the knowledge that they can do and be anything they want. It’s important that they leave my class with a good foundation in study skills, reading, and writing. I also try to help them master real-life, daily experiences, so they can function outside as well as inside Gesu School.”
 

Andrew Miller 
8th Grade Boys Teacher

andrew.miller@gesuschool.org
B.A. History, Yale University
JD, Georgetown University Law Center

“I fell in love with teaching when I coached my twins in soccer when they were six years old. I was practicing law at the time, but coaching them and their teammates was the highlight of my week because they gave back to me more energy than I ever could give to them. Now I teach older students academic subjects, but the exchange of intellectual energy is just as inspiring. Teaching at Gesu is meaningful for me because I grew up in Philadelphia and would like to help prepare the future leaders of our city, our nation, and our world.”
 

Annette Pickett

Annette Pickett
8th Grade Girls Teacher

annette.pickett@gesuschool.org
B.S. Education, Saint Joseph’s University
M.S. Education, Saint Joseph’s University

“I hope my students become lifelong learners. I hope that they begin to understand that the key to all their dreams is education. I hope that my history lessons stay prevalent in their hearts so that the mistakes of the past are not repeated.”

 

Sean Deal

Sean Deal
Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director

sean.deal@gesuschool.org
B.A. Elementary Education, Temple University
M.Ed. Multicultural Education: Health and Physical Education (in progress), Eastern University

“In addition to healthy eating and exercise habits, I try to teach my students the importance of respect, how to win with dignity, how to lose with dignity, and to be humble and shake hands.”

 
Aileen Moore 
Advanced Writing Teacher 

aileen.moore@gesuschool.org
B.S. Early and Primary Education, University of Scranton
M.S. Reading Specialist, Saint Joseph’s University

"I hope my students develop a stronger sense of confidence and conviction in their writing. They are the authors’ of their own stories. Independent writing creates a deeper and meaningful sense of self. I chose to work at Gesu because of the unique opportunities presented here, the welcoming community, and my faith in Catholic and Jesuit education."
 

Taylor Klein

Taylor Klein
Advanced Math Teacher, Grades 6-8

taylor.klein@gesuschool.org
B.A. Education, Penn State University

"When I was growing up, I always wanted to pursue a career in which I could help kids. I found teaching to be the perfect fit. I love watching kids grow and learn. I love all topics in math, but my favorites are when I get to work with fractions, decimals, and percents. These are truly topics that follow you everywhere you go in life!"

 

Bria Hawkins '09
Art Teacher

bria.hawkins@gesuschool.org
B.A. English and Fine Arts, Saint Joseph's University 

"I chose to work at Gesu because I believe every child can benefit from and is entitled to a proper art education. I do not believe it is possible to serve the whole child without exposure to the arts. Art is not just something we do, it is a reflection of our innermost thoughts, feelings, and values. Art has the power to strike conversations, empower generations, and create change. It is my goal to share this power with our future leaders of the world."

 

Pat Leaf

Pat Leaf
Science Lab Coordinator

patricia.leaf@gesuschool.org
A.A.S. Nursing, Community College of Philadelphia
Former Lab Technician

“My favorite topics that we cover in the science lab are the microscope and photosynthesis.”

 

H. L. Ratliff

H. L. Ratliff
Music Teacher and Choir Director

hl.ratliff@gesuschool.org
B.A. Music Education, Catholic University of America
Graduate Studies in Classroom Music, K-5, Villanova University Summer Program 

“I want my students to be open to new cultural experiences that broaden their world and help shape who they are and will be.”

 

Dana Gilbert<

Dana Gilbert
Learning Support Teacher

dana.gilbert@gesuschool.org
B.A. English, La Salle University
M.S.Ed. Reading Specialist, Saint Joseph's University
M.S. Secondary Education, Saint Joseph’s University

“I greatly enjoy teaching literature in my classes because it opens the lines of communication between the students and myself. Through stories and character examination, students can find ways to share their own feelings and relate to each other. While we have discussions and tell stories, the classroom becomes more connected.”

 

Dana Zern

Sierra Wilson
Grades 2-5 Resource Room Teacher

sierra.wilson@gesuschool.org
B.A. Early Childhood/Childhood Education, Canisius College
M.S. Special Education, Saint Joseph’s University

"What keeps me going is knowing the impact I am having on my students’ lives and watching as they grow throughout the school year. We learn together and by the end of the year, my students teach me just as much as I teach them. I love each new and exciting lesson the day brings!"

 

Sr. Mary Bur, IHM

Sr. Mary Bur, IHM
Librarian

mary.bur@gesuschool.org
B.A. Music and English, Immaculata University
M.A. English, Villanova University

“Being a part of the Gesu community is a privilege, for I am daily surrounded by people who passionately love what they are doing. All my life I have loved books, and reading is my favorite past time to this day. To share the love of books is a joy which I hope to share with the students I meet. Reading gives joy, eases pain, transports the reader to new places and experiences, and can give direction in life. All young people need this today as an antidote to our fast-paced culture.”

 

Raven Manrique

Jack Paris
Service Coordinator, Spanish Teacher (K-3), GEM Coordinator

jack.paris@gesuschool.org
B.S. Managing Human Capital, Minor in Spanish, Saint Joseph's University 
M.S. in Organizational and Strategic Leadership, Neumann University (in progress ACESJU Program)

"I am inspired towards a career in a Catholic school community because I know I can be part of something that goes beyond myself. To inspire students to grow into people who will create a better world is why I am here. With my position at Gesu, I am most excited to see students develop skills and learn life lessons to become the best versions of themselves. I also want to see students begin to love learning the language of Spanish."

 

Vito Asta

Vito Asta
Kindergarten Aide

vito.asta@gesuschool.org

“Every morning I’m greeted like I’m some kind of super star by the kids. They look up to me, so it’s my responsibility to make sure I’m the best role model and teacher I can be every single day.”

 

Joseph Caraway

Joseph Caraway
Kindergarten Aide

joseph.caraway@gesuschool.org

“Working at Gesu is meaningful to me because it's not only a school, it’s more like a family. I've been working at Gesu for a long time and I continue to grow. Gesu is my second home. I enjoy the gym program and coaching girls basketball. They are good ways to keep the kids off the street and out of trouble.”

 

Jackie Johnson

Jackie Johnson
1st Grade Aide and Long-Term 2nd Grade Subsitute Teacher

jacqueline.johnson@gesuschool.org

“I’ve been at Gesu for about 18 years, and my greatest joy is the children. Being able to say that I made a difference in their lives, whether something small or big that I did to have an impact. I love seeing the smiles on their faces walking down the hall and the hugs that they go out of their way to give me. Gesu is definitely a family where we give our best to our students.”

 

Desire’e Porter

Desire’e Porter
Pre-K Aide

desiree.porter@gesuschool.org

“Growing up, I had great teachers that showed a genuine interest in my all around well-being, no matter the subject. I always felt that my teachers were there to help me be and do my best. They are my inspiration, and I try to do the same for our students. I look forward to greeting the students in the morning when they arrive to school. I believe it makes a huge difference in children’s school day if they feel welcomed.”

 

Andrea Warner

Andrea Warner
Pre-K Aide

andrea.warner@gesuschool.org

“I very much enjoy coming to a safe place to work and pray that I have made a difference in children’s lives.”

 

Mark Smith
Director of Facilities

mark.smith@gesuschool.org

Vernon Gooseby
Maintenance Staff

Isiah Wilson
Maintenance Supervisor, 2nd Shift

Denise Jackson
Director of the After-School Program

afterschool@gesuschool.org

Jack Paris
Service Coordinator

jack.paris@gesuschool.org