The St. Ann's Academy Team
Back row: Mark Morrissey, Amy Morrissey, Deanna Williams,
Tonya Cornish, Deb Crosby, Jill Bradley.
Front row: Elizabeth Williams, Hollie Hoover, Kirsten Lawrence.
A lifelong resident of Hornell, Elizabeth is the fifth born of seven children. She graduated summa cum laude from Corning Community College. Elizabeth has always had a love for learning and teaching. She spent time as a college tutor prior to the 2015-2016 school year when she joined St. Ann’s Academy as a substitute teacher. Elizabeth has a wide range of interests ranging from photography to music performance to dog training. She is a member of the Hornell Area Wind Ensemble where she plays the clarinet and enjoys singing in the annual Christmas Cantata held at St. Ann’s church. Since 2004, she has been a volunteer puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a non-profit organization that trains guide dogs for blind individuals and service dogs for children with autism. In addition to currently training her ninth dog named Drifter, Elizabeth is also a class instructor for the volunteers who are training dogs in the Hornell area. Elizabeth is excited to be teaching PreK 3 where she anticipates laying a strong foundation for a lifelong love of learning.
Kirsten 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. Her husband, Travis, is the assistant nurse manager at Highland Hospital. They have two daughters, Ellie is two and Kate is three months old. This will be Kirsten's 4th year teaching at St. Ann's Academy.
Deanna was born and reared in Hornell, NY. She is the 4th born of seven children – six girls and a boy. Growing up, she always wanted to be a teacher. After graduating from high school, Deanna interned in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where she worked for many semesters in the inner city schools with a non-profit organization. She taught a character based program to K-6th graders. After school hours, she and the other interns would conduct Bible clubs at various locations and churches. On the weekends, they volunteered to help families in need. As she invested in the children’s lives, she realized that she was part of something great. After completing her internship program in Oklahoma City and receiving the level 1 and 2 certificates, she returned home to New York.
After her return from Oklahoma City, she began her work in the activities department at the Hornell Gardens nursing home where she worked for 7 1/2 years. While working and attending school, Deanna chose to complete her teaching hours at St. Ann’s Academy. She loved every minute of being back in the classroom and teaching children. She is currently completing her early childhood education degree. She is thrilled to be a part of the St. Ann’s Academy team and enjoys teaching children from our community to make a positive impact on the world.
Hollie graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2007. She formerly taught 3-year-old preschool at Bishop John King Mussio Elementary School in Steubenville, Ohio. She spent her first year at SAA (2015-16) as a Pre-K 3 teacher and is very excited to now teach our Kindergarten students. She truly believes in the value of Catholic education and feels so blessed to be a part of the St. Ann's Academy family. Hollie’s husband, Jonathan, is the Men's Head Soccer Coach as well as the Men's Head Lacrosse Coach at Alfred State College. They have four children Sophia, Aurelia, Micah and Olivia, who attend St. Ann's Academy. Hollie, Jonathan and their four children live in Hornell, NY.
Grades 1-6 ELA, Religion
Amy grew up in Hornell and was the youngest of three children in her family. Amy graduated from Hornell High School in 2009 where she excelled as an athlete and was a member of the National Honor Society. After high school, Amy attended Alfred University and earned a BA in Early Childhood/Childhood Education in 2013. While at Alfred, she was a four year college athlete and earned academic honors on the Empire 8 President's List and being recognized on the Dean's list. Amy then attended SUNY Oneonta, where she earned a MS in Special Education. She also holds initial NYS certification in Early Childhood Education, Birth through Grade 2; initial certification in Childhood Education, Grades 1-6; and initial certification in Students With Disabilities: Childhood, Grades 1-6.
Grades 1-6 Math, Religion
Deb is a lifetime resident of Hornell and member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish. She received an accounting degree from SUNY Alfred in 1991. She left the accounting field in 1999 to become a full-time Mom. From 2004 to 2006 Deb was the creator and coordinator of the current preschool program at the Hornell YMCA (previously called the "Y-Tots" program). Since 2006 she has been a K-6 substitute teacher for the Hornell City School District. She has also been a Catechist at Our Lady of the Valley Parish since 2006: Religious Ed Teacher - kindergarten and second grade, currently teaching second grade; Children's Liturgy Teacher - coordinated and taught the Children's Liturgy program for 2 years and now serves as a substitute teacher for the program. Deb’s other community activities include: Hornell Little League - President of the Board for 2 years; Hornell Babe Ruth - President of the Board for 3 years. As president, she oversaw and implemented all aspects of these leagues. She currently serves as a board member for the Hornell Girls Soccer Booster Club and co-runs the concession stand. She has also been a YMCA Youth Soccer Coach for 12 years. Deb’s family incudes her husband, David, and her 3 children: Natalie, who is a Music Education teacher in Nevada; Dan, who is a sophomore at SUNY Alfred studying Engineering; and Erin, who is a senior at Hornell High School.
Grades 1-6 Science & Social Studies, Religion
Jill was born in Dansville NY and is the oldest of her two sisters. She graduated from St. John Fisher College with a B.A in Childhood Education and Special Education grades 1-6. During the summer she spent her time directing the summer recreation program in Avon NY. She student taught in a special education classroom at School #14 in the Rochester City School district and a first grade classroom in Rush Henrietta NY. She taught first grade in an inclusive classroom in Greece NY. Jill currently resides in Canisteo NY with her husband and two year old son. She is passionate about Catholic education and is excited to be a part of the St. Ann’s family.
Tonya grew up in Rochester, NY. While finishing her senior year of high school she began a career in the Hospitality field working her way up to the position of Regional Support Manager. While working in the hotel industry, Tonya met her husband. They have been married for eight years. After having their son Connor, Tonya and her husband decided to move to Hornell to be closer to friends and family. During the 2015-16 school year, Tonya worked as a part-time teaching assistant at St. Ann's Academy, assisting our students and teachers. She is very excited to now be a full-time member of the SAA team!
Mark Morrissey is perhaps best known for his work at the Hornell YMCA, where he had extensive experience with parents, staff and children. Mark also comes from a teaching background having taught early in his career in Penn Yan, NY. Through the years, Mark has served in many Board capacities, including the Hornell School Board. Mark has also coached in youth soccer, basketball and baseball and been active in the community as a member of the Kiwanis Club and many community committees. He currently serves as a member of the Finance Committee for St. Brendan and Jude Parish in Alfred. Mark is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo with his Bachelor’s Degree in English, with provisional secondary school certification.
Mark and his wife Kathy have three children; Christopher, Rebecca and Amy (a teacher at St. Ann’s Academy). Mark and Kathy have spent most of their lives living in Hornell, enjoying the quality of life the rural area has to offer for families.
During the 2016-17 school year, Mark will have a number of duties. He looks forward to working with students, parents and the teaching staff.
Bio Coming soon
Classroom Foster Grandmother: Connie Carl
Grandma Connie is starting her second year as a foster grandparent. She previously worked with the kindergartners at St. Ann School. Grandma Connie has three grandchildren. She is very excited to be working with the first and third graders.
Administrative & Facility Volunteers
Jim Moore (mysticmedia.com): Website Hosting
Ron Norman, CPA: Accounting & Payroll Services
Board of Directors
Back row: David Gray, Eric Jones, Jerome O'Connor, Hector Hoyos.
Front Row: Joan Coleman, Sister Dolores Ann Stein, Penny Gray, Laura Picco.
Missing from photo: Grant LaFrance
Jerome O'Connor, President
Jerome O’Connor graduated from St. Ann’s School, attended HHS and then Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a professional engineer who worked at the DOT for 20 years, 10 as a Bridge Management Engineer. He joined the earthquake research center at University at Buffalo in 2002 to manage research on bridges and is now Professor of Professional Practice. His wife is Nancy Brink-O’Connor. All their children (Kate, Kevin, & Kerry) graduated from St. Ann School. Jerry formerly coached a Modified Cross Country team at St. Ann’s called the Running Rebels. He says that he wants today’s kids to have the same opportunity that he and his 8 siblings were provided when his parents chose to send them to a Catholic school. “The transition to St. Ann’s Academy was hard but the bright side is the financial independence will allow us to control our own destiny, while continuing a fine tradition of faith-based education.”
Joan Coleman, Vice President
Joan Studied Viola and Voice at the Potsdam College Crane School of Music and Elementary Education at Geneseo State Teachers' College and Alfred University. She was a member of the St. Ann's School Board until being hired to be the school’s Librarian in 1977. In 1985, she began to teach computer literacy to grades Kindergarten through eighth. Joan and her husband, Bob, had three children: Patrick, Michael and Kelly. All three graduated from St. Ann's School and went on to earn 4-year college degrees. Patrick has two daughters, Michael has 4 daughters, and Kelly is expecting her first child. Unfortunately, Bob died in 1994, after many bouts of cancer. Joan is grateful to have had the support and prayers of the St. Ann’s School family during those difficult times. Joan retired from SAS in 2002 after 25 years, and has been volunteering ever since. Her hope is to create a school similar to St. Ann School... one that will provide support to students who need it; one that will help to shape their spiritual, intellectual and social growth.
Laura Picco, Secretary
Laura holds a BA in Elementary Education and an MS in Literacy from Alfred University. She also holds an AAS in Mortuary Science from Hudson Valley Community College. Laura has 13 years teaching experience. During that time, she served as grade level chairperson and was active on several committees to develop curriculum maps, scheduling, and unit planning guides. Laura currently works at the Dagon Funeral Home and is a Parish Council member and communicant at Our Lady of the Valley Parish. Laura and her husband, Pasquale, have three children who currently attend St. Ann’s Academy. Gennaro is a fifth grader, Pasquale is in fourth grade, and Marco is in third grade. Their son, Nicholas, is a sophomore in college.
David Gray, Treasurer
Dave holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri - Rolla and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is the President & CEO of Gray Manufacturing Industries, LLC. Dave also serves on the Board of Directors of Maple City Savings, is a current Board Member and past Board President of the Hornell YMCA, and is a past Board Member and Finance Committee Member of St. James Mercy Health Systems. He brings 20+ years of financial and operations management experience to St. Ann's Academy. Dave and his wife, Penny, have been a part of the St. Ann's family for many years. Their son, Nicholas, is in fourth grade at St. Ann's Academy; their son, Matthew, attended St. Ann School for 7 years and is now a senior at Hornell High School; and their daughter, Kaelyn, attended St. Ann's for 10 years, graduated from Hornell High School and Syracuse University, and now works as a Graphic Designer in Syracuse.
Penny Gray, Technology/Communications
Penny holds a BA and an MS in Teaching & Curriculum / Mathematics from the University of Rochester. She has a long history with St. Ann's School and is thrilled to be a part of St. Ann's Academy. She and her husband, Dave, have a son, Nicholas, who is in fourth grade at St. Ann's Academy. Their son, Matthew, attended St. Ann School for 7 years and is now a senior at Hornell High School; and their daughter, Kaelyn, attended St. Ann's for 10 years, graduated from Hornell High School and Syracuse University, and now works as a Graphic Designer in Syracuse. Penny was a computer teacher at St. Ann's School for many years, and is enjoying helping St. Ann's Academy with their IT needs, including maintaining the school's network and website and assisting the teachers with instructional technology integration.
Sister Dolores Ann Stein, RSM
Sister holds a Bachelor of Science from Marywood College and a Master of Science from the State of New York at Albany. She holds NYS Permanent Certification in Business Education and NYS Permanent Certification in Administration and Supervision. She taught in Catholic Schools throughout the Diocese of Rochester from 1958-1984: St. Andrew School in Rochester from 1958-1961; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Rochester from 1961-1966; St. Mary’s School in Corning from 1966-1968; and Notre Dame High School in Elmira from 1968-1984. In 1984, Sister was appointed Principal of St. Ann’s School in Hornell, NY, and kept that position until her retirement in 2007. After her retirement, she worked from 2007-2012 as the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendents in The Diocese of Rochester, Department of Catholic Schools. Currently, she works as an Administrative Assistant at Nazareth Elementary School in Rochester.
Hector Hoyos Graduated with a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Autonoma de Puebla and did his Graduate studies at Ball State University in Urban and Regional Planning. Hector Has worked in a variety of projects such as the construction of Medical Facilities for the Mexican Institute of Social Security to the “Laguna Verde” Nuclear facilities and the Petrochemical Complex “La Cangrejera” in his native Mexico. He also taught Math and Structures to Architecture students in the Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, and was a Partner in an Engineering Consulting Firm prior to moving to the US. Hector worked in the private sector with Infra Tech Associates in New York City prior to taking a position with the NYS DOT where he has worked for the last 26 years in different capacities, presently working as Assistant Regional Bridge Maintenance Engineer for the last 10 years. During his early education years he attended Catholic Schools through High School in his native City of Puebla, his wife also attended Catholic schools in the different countries where she lived and attended Saint Columba in Indiana. Both their children attended and graduated from St. Ann’s School.
Bio coming soon
Grant has studied at Alfred State College and also attended RIT, where he studied Business and IT Administration. He and his family have owned and run the Country Kitchen in Hornell for the past 30+ years. Grant and his family reside in Hornell, his children Angelina and Adam are both students at St. Ann's Academy. Grant's wife Lauren (Marino) has been a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish for many years. He is thrilled to now be a part of the SAA family and honored to be on the Board of Directors. Grant looks forward to helping SAA grow and thrive for many years to come.