St. John Vianney SCHOOL Staff

The staff at St. John Vianney School are committed to providing a 21st century Catholic Education.  Some classrooms have individual web pages that you can access by clicking their "Green" grade.

  • Tara Messina

    Mrs. Messina has been teaching early childhood education for 20 years, including 2, 3, 4 year olds and Universal Pre-K.  She has her MS in Elementary Education from SUNY Fredonia.  She loves bringing fun into the classroom, and loves when her early learners are truly excited to come to school!  She is so happy to be part of the SJV family this year in PreK-3!

  • Jenelle Nyitrai
    PreK-3 Aide

    I work with the most welcoming, caring and kind staff at SJV. Although I have only been here for just over a year, I have grown so much with the help of multiple staff members who have helped me along this journey.  I am so grateful to be employed here, and absolutely adore the children and families that belong to SJV!   

  • Kim Pacer

    Pre-K  4 Aide

    Mrs. Pacer has been part of the SJV family for 13 years.  My hopes are that each student develops a love for learning while having fun!  I am truly honored to help start your child’s educational journey.

  • Liz Hart


    Mrs. Hart has been working at SJV for 5 years. This is her 4th year teaching Pre K. She attended Canisius College where she received a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Science and a Masters in Literacy Education (Birth through Grade 6).   It is her mission to create a safe, faith based, welcoming environment that builds lifelong learners. Students learn through play, music, and hands on activities. She enjoys working with Pre K students and watching them grow throughout the year. It is a pleasure to be part of the SJV community!

  • Mary Kujawski

    Pre-K4 Aide

    I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Studies in Early Childhood Education. For over 25 years, I have enjoyed working with preschool children. I am excited to share my faith and provide a nurturing, fun learning environment for each child.

  • Charlene Corwin

    KINDERGARTEN Aide / Library / Tech


    I have a Master of Science degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from Buffalo State University. Since joining the SJV family, my mission is to provide a fun, nurturing and creative environment where I can use my life skills to help all children lay the building blocks to their future. Currently, 2 of my 5 grandchildren attend SJV and one graduated from SJV in 2015. 

  • Alexandra  O' Hara

    Grade 1 (Long Term Sub)

    Mrs. O’Hara is so happy to be a part of the SJV community! She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and childhood education and am currently pursuing her master’s degree in special education. She has had many long-term substitute experiences in grades 1 through 4, as well as leading a pre-k classroom over the past five years. She strives to provide a safe and loving environment for all her students. Her goal is to ensure that they are passionate about learning and growing as individuals. 

  • Donna Gawlik

    Grade 3

    Mrs. Gawlik is an educator with over 20 years of classroom experience in the Diocese of Buffalo. Certified in grades pre k-6, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from SUNY College at Fredonia and a Master of Science in Education from SUNY College at Buffalo.  Mrs. Gawlik strives to ensure that every child's learning styles are addressed in a classroom that integrates faith, technology and engaging, hands-on lessons.  She is thrilled to be part of the St. John Vianney family.

  • Renee Scupien

    Grade 4

    Mrs. Scupien has been teaching for 13 years at SJV. She has a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Development from SUNY University at Buffalo and a Masters in Elementary Education from Medaille College. Teaching 4th grade has been her passion for the last 7 years. She promotes a fun and energetic learning environment enriched with our Catholic Faith. Mrs. Scupien incorporates STREAM activities and 21st Century Math Skills into her daily routine.

  • Brittany Donohue

    Grades 5-8 ELA/ AIS

    Ms. Donohue graduated from SUNY Fredonia with high honors as an English major and a minor in psychology. She has had a passion for reading and writing since she was a little girl, and strives to share her love for ELA with her students here at SJV. Ms. Donohue is looking forward to a wonderful year ahead! 

  • Cindy Maloney

    Grades 5-8 / Gr. 5 SS, Gr. 5-8 Religion

    Mrs. Maloney has been teaching for 18 years in the Diocese of Buffalo. She joined our SJV family when her school closed. She is overjoyed to be a part of such a great school community. Mrs. Maloney has a dual-certification in Elementary/Exceptional Education. She furthered her schooling and acquired a Masters in Learning and Behavioral Disorders at SUNY Buffalo State. Mrs. Maloney promotes a fun learning environment for all of her students. She incorporates hands on lesson, STREAM projects, and 21st Century Math activities.

  • Cory Woodrow

    Grades 5-8 Science/ AIS

    Mrs Woodrow is a dedicated educator with a diverse background of experience. She fell in love with the profession while working With children on the Navajo reservation in Arizona during her time in college. This inspired her to head home and pursue her Masters in Education from SUNY Oswego. Her journey eventually landed her in rural eastern Virginia where she could enjoy the water, nature, and history of the area while teaching 3rd-5th grade. Much of that time was spent as a school leader in science; running science fairs and opening her student’s minds to the wonder of science.

    Now, Mrs Woodrow is back home in NY so she may be closer to family. She is excited to be sharing her love of science with the middle school students of St John Vianney. In her free time she has a passion for theater, dance, and reading but most of her time is spent with her two young blessings; Maxwell and Henry.


  • Melinda bauerlein


    A Sra. Bauerlein le encanta enseñar a los estudiantes de SJV!  Following a career in chemical engineering, teaching dance to all ages, and a wide range of tutoring and volunteering, she had a wonderful experience as a substitute teacher at SJV last year.  She is thrilled to be utilizing long standing language skills to cultivate the enthusiasm of our Spanish students into a practical command of conversation and writing, with an appreciation of all the culture has to offer!

  • Susan Swords

    School nurse

    Mrs. Swords has been a registered nurse for forty years, most of which has been spent as a surgical nurse and operating room manager. She has also been a classroom LPN instructor as well as a clinical surgical technologist instructor.

    Sue’s decision to enter the world of school nursing has proven to be both gratifying and rewarding! Each day brings new challenges, acquaintances, and knowledge. The staff and students at SJV have enriched Sues life in ways she couldn’t have imagined. It is her mission to do the same for them!