It’s time to highlight our excellent teachers at Saint Gregory’s!
We are lucky to have an incredible and dedicated staff to work with our students from all over the Albany and Saratoga area.
Pre-K 2 Teacher's Aid
Mrs. Pavelec brings her passion for early education to the vibrant environment at St. Gregory’s School. As a Pre-K 2 teacher’s aide, she plays an integral role in shaping the educational journey of our youngest learners. Her educational background from Creighton University is the foundation upon which she builds engaging and nurturing experiences for our students.
One of the aspects Mrs. Pavelec cherishes most about being a part of St. Gregory’s is the cohesive teamwork among the faculty as well as the faculty’s relationships with the families of the students. She finds great joy in the collective efforts that ensure every student receives an exceptional education.
Beyond the classroom, Mrs. Pavelec embraces a diverse set of hobbies. She enjoys working out at Pure Barre in Latham, coloring and doing puzzles. Additionally, spending quality time with her adult children holds a special place in her heart. Mrs. Pavelec’s multifaceted interests and her dedication to nurturing young minds make her an invaluable asset to the St. Gregory’s School community.
Meet Mrs. Barna, our dedicated Administrative Assistant at Saint Gregory’s. Since joining our team just a few months ago, she has seamlessly become an indispensable part of the SGS family, and we couldn’t be more thankful to have her on board.
What Mrs. Barna values most about her role at our school is the incredible sense of community at SGS. Whether it’s the exceptional staff, the wonderful students, or the supportive families, she finds genuine inspiration in her interactions. In her own words, “The highlight of my day is to encourage those around me and hopefully make their day brighter. I am one blessed lady!”
Beyond her work at SGS, Mrs. Barna is a loving wife and a proud parent to five children, with two grandchildren already in her life and another one on the way. When she’s not contributing her time and talents to our school, you’ll often find her pursuing two of her other passions. One is traveling to be with family, and the other is nurturing her faith. As she puts it, “When I’m not working at SGS, I’m usually working at our church with children or worship ministry. I love serving the Lord with all my heart.”
Upper School English, Grammar & Writing
We’re proud to introduce another wonderful addition to the SGS family this year – Mrs. Harris!
Mrs. Harris is a cherished member of our Upper School team, where she wears multiple hats. She serves as our dedicated writing and grammar teacher for Grades 5 through 7 and brings her expertise to 5th and 6th-grade English classes. The New York native earned her Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Oneonta and pursued her Master’s in Education at Bob Jones University in South Carolina. Her passion for education also led her across the pond to Ealing College of London and into the world of fashion at FIT.
Mrs. Harris appreciates the warm and welcoming atmosphere at Saint Gregory’s where “the student body and the faculty reflect the loving-kind hand of God upon everyone they encounter.” She has already experienced the enthusiasm for learning that our upper school students bring to the table. As she puts it, “Our upper school students have such a zeal to learn; it truly is a blessing to spend time with them.”
Beyond the classroom, Mrs. Harris enjoys Latin Ballroom Dance, arts and crafts, sewing as well as exercising. She’s an avid traveler, driven by her passion to explore and embrace “this phenomenal world.”
We’re incredibly fortunate to have Mrs. Harris as a part of our school community, and we can’t wait to see the positive impact she’ll make on the lives of our students. Join us in welcoming her to the SGS family!
Upper School Humanities & Religion
We are delighted to introduce one of our newest additions to the Saint Gregory’s family, Ms. Romaniello, who is very excited to be joining our SGS community!
Holding degrees from SUNY Potsdam and St. Joseph’s College, Ms. Romaniello brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to our Upper School. She’s responsible for teaching both Humanities for 5th-7th grade and Religion for 5th-6th grade. According to Ms. Romaniello, the highlight of her role at SGS is the warm and welcoming community she has become a part of.
Beyond the classroom, Ms. Romaniello embraces her adventurous side. You can often find her immersed in the world of books, enjoying bike rides, exploring hiking trails, and spending quality time with her friends and family.
We couldn’t be happier to have Ms. Romaniello on board as a part of our faculty. Her dedication and expertise undoubtedly promise to enrich the educational journey of our Upper School students. Ms. Romaniello is poised to play a pivotal role in shaping their academic and personal growth. Welcome to the team, Ms. Romaniello!
Arts & Technology: Lower School
A graduate of Wheelock College and Lesley University, Ms. Delaney is an essential piece of our Lower School, and the latest installment of our Featured Teachers!
Ms. Delaney is always excited for an action-packed day: teaching our young students Art, K-5th Technology, and Pre- K Support. With such a variety within her day, Ms. Delaney is excited for each day.
“I love the adventures that each day brings within the community of Saint Gregory’s. Creating, exploring and learning with each student and teacher at the school has made this year an absolute blast. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing place!”
When she’s not at SGS, Ms. Delaney makes time to be with friends, family, and pursue hobbies. “I love to cook, paint, be outside, work on cars and motorcycles and, of course, I am always a fan of trying something new!”
We are so happy to have dedicated professionals in our school like Ms. Delaney. We are incredibly fortunate to have so many amazing teachers in our halls dedicated to our students and their learning.
Music: Pre-K through 8th Grade
If you’ve made it to one of our school’s musical performances, you have Mrs. Ouderkirk to thank for teaching our students about the world of music. While you’re enjoying the show, so is Mrs. Ouderkirk: “My favorite part of my job at Saint Gregory’s is watching students prepare for concerts and seeing them shine through sharing their work with the community in performances,” Mrs. Ouderkirk said.
As our music teacher from the Crane School of Music, it is no surprise that Mrs. Ouderkirk spends her free time making music herself. “I play piano, saxophone and sing in a few local bands, including my own jazz trio,” Mrs. Ouderkirks shared. In her free time, she also enjoys traveling, knitting, yoga and cooking.
We are so proud to have so many great people in our school! We are thrilled to have a creative and musical outlet for our students in Mrs. Ouderkirk and are so excited for our student’s next musical performance!
As a teacher of some of the youngest students at Saint Gregory’s School, Mrs. Daggett is not facing a shortage of excitement in her day. “I love how every small thing is so exciting to preschoolers. They have so much wonder about everything,” Mrs. Daggett said.
“My class loves to have the older students come help in our classroom, the older helpers build friendships with the younger students and love to teach, help and talk with them.” From early on, we make an attempt to have all of our students feel like they are a part of our family with an experience that involves the older students working with the younger students, something that Mrs. Daggett gets to see first hand.
In her free time, Mrs. Daggett enjoys spending time with family with outside activities like paddle boarding, country music concerts and attending her children’s baseball, soccer and lacrosse games. “I love to bake, my daughters and I like to try new cookie recipes!! My son and I enjoy biking together on the Rail Trail from Bethlehem to Voorheesville.”
Mrs. Daggett added that “At Saint Gregory’s School I feel so lucky to have such supportive colleagues and families.” The feeling is mutual, we feel lucky to have you!
Mrs. Mastromarchi, our Adventure Camp Director, 4th grade teacher and a graduate of Saint Rose is another member of our Saint Gregory’s community that we are proud to highlight.
As a student in a small town in Vermont, Mrs. Mastromarchi enjoyed being a part of a smaller, close knit school community, which is something that she continues to value as a teacher.
“My favorite thing about teaching at Saint Gregory’s is that the families are so supportive,” Mrs. Mastromarchi said. “Whether it is driving for a field trip, bringing treats for a party, or assisting their young scholars with homework, the parents are always right there to lend a hand. I also appreciate how the students are always so eager to help me and each other in the classroom.”
When she’s not in the classroom, Mrs. Mastromarchi enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.
“Outside of school I like to spend time with my family, especially my two children by watching their sporting events, attending their concerts and plays, and playing board games. I also like walking my dogs on nature trails, visiting the library, and leading my Girl Scout troop.”
Upper School Math
Mr. White is next up for a spotlight on our amazing teaching staff! We are proud to present another dedicated and talented teacher on our Loudonville campus.
His title may say math teacher, but Mr. White has many other roles within our school, also fulfilling Homework Club Advisor, Cross Country Coach, Basketball Coach, Track and Field Coach and Eucharistic Minister/Master of Ceremonies.
“My favorite part of teaching at Saint Gregory’s is that is truly feels like I am part of a family,” Mr. White said.
Outside of the classroom, Mr. White is pursuing a Masters in Education Administration to go along with his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics with a focus on Particle Astrophysics that he received from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also enjoys running, piano and choir, building computers and following the Boston Celtics.
Saint Gregory’s is proud to have educators like Mr. White working with our students and preparing them for success now, in high school and eventually onto college. Stay tuned for the next Teacher Feature from SGS!
Spanish: Pre-K through 8th Grade
Señora Grasso is a graduate of Siena College, right here in Loudonville (Go Saints!). When she’s not in the classroom teaching our students of all ages Spanish, she likes to teach exercise classes, watch sports, travel and spend time with her mother, daughter, Courtney, and dog, Lucy.
From first grade all the way through her college career, Señora Grasso attended Catholic school. Following her education, she continued to be a part of faith based education by working at Saint Gregory’s and teaching Spanish at all levels.
“My favorite thing about teaching at Saint Gregory’s is the school’s welcoming spirit,” Señora Grasso said. “Students, colleagues and families welcomed me from the beginning and I immediately felt a part of the SGS family.”
“Having grown up in Loudonville with friends who attended SGS, I am familiar with its long history and tradition. I am grateful to now be a member of the Saint Gregory’s community and to see the legacy continue for today’s students.”