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The St. Ann's Academy Team





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St. Ann's Academy Faculty 2021-2022

 
   
Deanna Williams
Deanna Williams
Pre-K 3
Deanna Williams has been teaching preschool at St Ann's Academy since the Fall of 2016. Before teaching preschool, Deanna taught a character education program to K–6 students in the inner-city schools of Oklahoma City. After completing her internship in Oklahoma City, she returned home to New York. While attending college for early childhood education, Deanna completed her teaching hours at St. Ann's Academy. Upon completion, St. Ann's offered Deanna a teaching position. One of her passions is to give preschoolers a positive first experience in the school environment. She is thrilled to be a part of the St. Ann's Academy team and enjoys teaching children in her hometown community.

Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart
Pre-K 3

Mary Stewart joined St. Ann's Academy in 2016, serving as a substitute teacher for three years and a teacher's assistant for one year. In the Fall of 2020, she joined St. Ann's Academy as a Preschool Teacher. She has an Associate's degree from Alfred State College in Accounting. Before coming to St. Ann's, she was a stay-at-home mom for seven years.

She lives outside of Canisteo, New York with her husband Joe and her two children Josephine and Leo. Mary is also a Religious Education teacher at St. Mary's in Rexville, New York. Mary enjoys going for walks with her family, gardening, canning, and baking. She is very excited to be a part of St. Ann's Academy and looks forward to helping her students grow in a fun environment.


Kirsten Lawrence
Kirsten Lawrence
Pre-K 4

Kirsten Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alfred University and a Master of Science in Education from Alfred University. She holds provisional NYS certification in Elementary Education, Grades 1-6; permanent certification in Early Childhood Education, Birth – Grade 2; and permanent certification in Literacy.

Kirsten lives in Hornell with her husband Travis and 3 daughters Ellie, Kate, and Sammie. All three girls attend St. Ann's Academy and Kirsten has been the Pre-K4 teacher at St. Ann's Academy since 2013.


Jessica Leib
Jessica Lieb
Kindergarten
Jessica Lieb has taught kindergarteners at St. Ann's Academy since the Fall of 2019. Prior to joining SAA, she accumulated ten years' experience teaching Pre-K kids at the Hornell Y, serving as a teacher aide for 5-12 year olds in the Y's after school programs and leading summer programs and sports camps. These positions have helped Jessica hone her coaching skills. She is currently the Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Arkport Central School as well as Assistant Girls Varsity Soccer Coach. The Board is grateful to have Jessie on our teaching team, putting her enthusiasm to work helping our children learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment. While at SAA, Jessica will continue to pursue her Bachelor's degree in early childhood education.

Jean Pilgrim
Jean Pilgrim
Grades 1-2

Jean graduated from Alfred University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Literacy with NYS Permanent Certifications in Pre-K -6 and Literacy.

She has taught UPK through 2nd grade at various schools, including Jack's and Jill's Nursery School, Head Start, Centerpoint Christian Academy, and Lisa's Daycare. She led two STEM outreach programs at Alfred University and has been active in science outreach in schools.

She volunteered on the Almond Library board for many years and was church financial secretary, board member, Vacation Bible School (VBS) and Sunday school teacher, and event planner at church. Jean enjoys cooking, gardening, reading and traveling. She is excited to be part of St. Ann's Academy.


Melissa Hooker
Melissa Hooker
Grades 3-4

Melissa Hooker earned her Bachelor's degree in Education from SUNY Geneseo. She has her provisional NYS certification in Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 2.

Melissa joined St. Ann's Academy in the Fall of 2021 after serving as a substitute teacher for one year. In prior years, she taught at St. Ann School, Lisa's Daycare, and ProAction. Melissa was also a Waiver Service Provider working with children with special needs through the company formerly known as Finger Lakes Parent Network, Inc. (now AspireHope NY Inc.).

She continues to volunteer at her church as a board member, Sunday school teacher for 3rd/4th grade and special needs classroom. She enjoys spending time with her two children, reading, crafting, and baking.


Brittany New
Brittany New
Grades 5-6

Brittany New graduated from Alfred University in May 2021 with a Bachelor's degree in English. She also holds an Associate's degree in Human Services. She fell in love with teaching while completing a student teaching practicum with placements in 2nd and 6th grade, and I am now excited to begin my teaching career!

In her free time, Brittany loves to spend time reading, sailing, hiking, painting and crafting. One of her favorite things about teaching is the creativity that it involves! She recently said "I have a passion for learning that I hope to pass on to my students here at St. Ann's Academy."

   
 
     


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