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Our Faculty and Staff

Sister Daniela Bronka,CSFN
Principal

Hello, I am Sister Daniela Bronka, the Principal of St. Bede School. I was born and raised in southern Poland – yes, POLAND!

Soon after taking my first vows, I worked in one of the preschools in Krakow as an assistant teacher while studying for my degree in education. In 1999, I was sent to Kiev-Ukraine and worked as a CCD director for two years. After taking my final vows in 2000 I was sent to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA!  In Philadelphia I received my BA in Early Childhood/Elementary Education.  For seven years I taught 4th grade in a local elementary school while working on my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with a Principal certification.  After 13 years of living, studying and working in Philadelphia, I was once again reassigned — to Pittsburgh!  My first assignment in my new hometown was serving as Principal of St. Bernard School in Mount Lebanon.  And next, in the summer of 2018, I was selected by leaders of both the School and Parish to join St. Bede School as Principal.

I am thrilled to be a part of St. Bede for so many reasons…perhaps, most of all, the wonderful environment.  We have a joyful community based upon the core belief we are ALL one family TOGETHER.  Each day it is such a privilege to work with, and be with children as they grow, learn and develop…building a foundation essential to each St. Bede graduates happy, faithful, healthy, successful and good life!

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Elizabeth Brown, M.Ed.
Administrative Assistant

I have held many positions in the school system from Educator to Therapist to Clinical Supervisor, but being the school secretary is by far the BEST JOB EVER!

I enjoy working with such a great staff, supportive parents and adorable kiddos. They remind me daily to live life to the fullest, enjoy the simple pleasures and smile often.

Frank Grande

Business Manager
businessmanager@stbedepgh.org
412-661-7222

Beth Bandurski
Preschool

St. Bede school has been part of my life for 30 years, I was a student here, my children attend 4th and 6th grade here and I’m now a teacher here. The environment allows students to grow and learn in a supported and strong educational setting.

Rebecca Baverso, B.A., B.S., M.S.Ed.
8th Grade Homeroom
6th Grade Creative Writing and Social Studies
6th, 7th and 8th Grade Reading, English, Spelling, Handwriting and Vocabulary

I love teaching at St. Bede because I have been afforded the opportunity to create academically dynamic and rigorous Language Arts curriculum for the Middle School. I love teaching middle school kids! The students and families of St. Bede are wonderfully supportive, caring, and generous people.

Mrs. Celeste Ross Cancilla
Spanish

I teach at Saint Bede school because it allows me the opportunity to share my faith with others and because the students and families here are great people.

 Amanda Catanzaro, B.A. Art Education
Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade ArtI love teaching at St. Bede because of how kind and caring everyone is. As a new teacher, it is great working with people that are so kind and caring. I love teaching Art here because of how excited the students are to have fun! It makes for a great environment.

Jennifer Graves
3rd Grade Homeroom
Language Arts, Religion, Science, Social Studies

Teaching at St. Bede School has been a wonderful experience.  St. Bede feels like a family.  I have so many fantastic memories.  Most of them are centered around our rituals and traditions.  We have so many that is hard to name one favorite.  I love going to basketball games and cheering for our teams.  May Crowning in the Spring is always beautiful.  And I love our annual talent show.  The students jump right in, ready to showcase a talent, knowing that the audience will cheer them on.

Bridget Kelly, M. Ed.
2nd Grade Homeroom Teacher

The community of St. Bede has always been a special place. My family joined the parish in 1980 and the interdependence, strength, love and generosity of this faith community is beyond compare. It’s a rare experience to have the honor of teaching at one of your alma maters and I highly recommend it!

Elizabeth Killmeyer
5th – 8th Science

I love teaching at St. Bede.  My joy is helping my students become scientific thinkers and creative problem solvers.  Watching them grow from elementary ideologies of science in 5th grade to a more mature understanding of natural world when they leave in 8th grade, is the best part of teaching science at St. Bede.  Thank you for giving me that opportunity! 

Cynthia Kozak
4th Grade Homeroom
4th and 5th Grade Language Arts (English, Reading, Spelling, Handwriting)

St. Bede School is a special place because of the sense of community that exists between and among creative, dedicated staff members; caring and generous parents; and a student body with tremendous potential in areas including, but not limited to academics, the arts, and athletics. This spirit is the driving force in our pursuit of excellence.

Mary Jo Marks
1st Grade Reading and Language Arts.

I chose to teach at St. Bede 30 years ago because I had two sons who were students at the school.  The atmosphere is loving and nourishing.  Because my involvement spans over three decades St. Bede is like a second home to me.  A treasured memory, which dates back to my first days at St. Bede, is that I never felt I did not belong.

Joshua Matthews
7th Grade Homeroom
6th, 7th and 8th Grade Mathematics as well as 7thand 8th Grade Social Studies
After Care Staff

When looking for an environment that I could express my love for teaching, while still staying true to my faith and beliefs, St. Bede was the perfect fit. Being a teacher at St. Bede has given me a chance to practice and live my faith daily through prayer and to lead children by example. I am truly blessed and grateful to be a part of St. Bede School and know that because of the supportive and loving environment, it is where I can make a difference.

James Metzger, BS in Music Ed and Masters in Music Ed & Performance 
4th – 8th Band Lessons

Retirement wouldn’t be nearly as good without my days teaching the wonderful students at Saint Bede. This school is blessed to have a wonderful administration, a dedicated faculty and fantastic students. 

Rachel Mollen, B.A. English & Education, M.A. English
K through 8th Grade Technology
K-8 Technology and STREAM

St. Bede is a wonderful community that my family has been a part of since 2001.  As a parent and now a teacher at St. Bede School, I have always enjoyed the traditions that make this school a special place.  Our students look forward to these traditions from year to year, and find comfort belonging to the St. Bede family.  I am happy to be a part of it.

Jessica Pais, B.A.
K through 8th Grade Physical Education
8th Grade Health

I love teaching at Saint Bede School because of the welcoming environment.

 Lexi Partin
3rd – 5th Grade MathI love teaching at Saint Bede because of the welcoming environment. The faculty, parents, and students are amazing! I feel so blessed to have been given the opportunity to teach at Saint Bede.

Leanna Petrarca-Ballog
4th Grade Homeroom
4th Grade Social Studies
4th and 5th Grade Science
5th Grade Reading

I love teaching at Saint Bede because of the families, my colleagues and having the ability to impact children’s lives in a faithful way.

Lisa Rajakovicj

Nutrition For everyone!

Lisa provides nutritious and delicious meals!

Kurt Riedel, BS, MSEd.
5th Grade Homeroom
4th Grade Writing and Religion
5th Grade Social Studies and Religion
7th Grade Religion

What I love about teaching at St. Bede is: the flexibility I am given to teach beyond the curriculum; the parental support I receive; the ability to teach the Catholic faith and pray with the students; and, of course, the great kids!

 Theresa Rossey

 

Nutrition For everyone!

Theresa provides nutritious and delicious meals!

Tina Sevin, B.S., M.S.Ed.
Kindergarten Aide

I have enjoyed being a part of the St. Bede community for many years.  It’s so special to work at the same school that my children attend and teach such delightful children!  St. Bede has many wonderful traditions that make it an extraordinary place to work and send your children!

 Emily Truxell

 

Kindergarten A
Kindergarten Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies and Religion

My sister-in-law has been teaching at Saint Bede for nearly 8 years so when she told me there was an opening to be a teacher here I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve always heard such wonderful things about Saint Bede and I was excited as well as honored to teach here as well.

 Jacquelyn Truxell, M.S. E.d.

 

1st Grade Homeroom Teacher

As a former student and now a teacher, I love the sense of family at St. Bede. This is a place where everyone belongs and everyone looks out for one another. It is a special place.

 Melissa ViatorSafe Environment/Sacramental Coordinator
Amanda Vogel, B.S. Early Childhood Education

 

Kindergarten B
Kindergarten Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies and Religion

I love teaching at St. Bede School because of the support and community of our school environment. I strongly enjoy building solid relationships with the families in my classroom. We work as a team at St. Bede to promote educational and social growth for our students.

Jeanie Werner

PK – 8 th Grade Music
K – 3 rd Grade CAPA
2 nd Grade Mathematics
St. Bede has consistently turned out individuals with a strong sense of independent
learning who take pride in their academics.
 Afterschool Staff:

 

Elizabeth Brucker

Stephen Opresko

Bradley Matthews

Jaden Matthews