St. John Vianney Staff

The staff at St. John Vianney are committed to providing a 21st century Catholic Education. Each teacher has their own web-page. Click on their "Grade" below their name to be linked too it!

  • Sue Fabian

    PRe-K3 & 4

    Mrs. Fabian, an SJV alum, has been teaching in Catholic Schools since 1989. She enjoys sharing her faith and making learning fun for the youngest members of our school community. She provides a solid foundation and the necessary building blocks to better enable her students to become lifelong learners. 

  • Kim Pacer

    Pre-K 3 & 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.

  • Raeann O'Brien


    I have been an early childhood educator for over 25 years. My goal is to give each child the tools they need to succeed in kindergarten and also provide a loving, nurturing and safe environment. I hope every child that walks through my door

    knows God’s love.

  • Maria Arnold

    Pre-K4 Aide

    It has been my utmost pleasure to be a part of the SJV school family for the past eleven years. I have been an Aide in the Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and presently in Pre-k4. I am also thrilled to plan school wide events such as The Merry Moose Christmas Shop and Field Days. I love working with the children and being a part of helping them grow and learn!   

  • Jenelle Nyitrai
    PreK-4 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!   

  • 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.

  • Dana Szydlowski


    Mrs. Szydlowski loves teaching Kindergarten! This is her third year teaching at St. John Vianney School. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.S. in Literacy Education from Medaille College. Her teaching experience includes teaching First Grade, Kindergarten, and Universal Pre-Kindergarten, in addition to having experience tutoring and coaching students. Mrs. Szydlowski's favorite things about teaching Kindergarten is seeing her students excited about learning, being creative through hands on learning experiences, and developing as young readers and writers.

  • Lori Sullivan

    Kindergarten Aide


    This has been my 3rd year working at SJV. I have been a Kindergarten Aide for 2 years and First Grade Aide for 1. It has been so rewarding being a part of helping the children kickstart their reading, writing and math skills. I have an A.A.S. in Physical Therapists Assistant, and along with my faith, is why I have a strong feeling for the acceptance of all individuals.

  • Charlene Corwin

    Kindergarten aide


    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. 

  • Katie Goodrich

    Grade 1

    Mrs. Goodrich loves teaching first grade! She attended Daemen College to receive her Bachelor of Science in Childhood and Special Education with a concentration in English. Mrs. Goodrich has been working with the Diocese of Buffalo for four years and this is her third year teaching at SJV. She has a wide range of experience, including 6th and 7th grade English, Kindergarten, and First Grade. She also has experience in Early Childhood. Mrs. Goodrich loves seeing her students succeed and become independent. She enjoys seeing her students enthusiastic about learning.

  • Marcia Manley

    Grade 2

    Mrs. Manley has been part of the S.J.V. School family for more than twenty years.  She attended SUNY College at Buffalo and received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education.  Mrs. Manley promotes Christian values throughout her teaching and feels honored to help her students prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. She strives to provide a classroom environment where all students achieve to their potential through hands-on and cooperative learning experiences, STREAM activities, and opportunities to live their faith.

  • 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.

  • Cindy Maloney

    Grade 5

    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.

  • Jennifer Crane 

    Grade 6/7/8 Science & 7 Health

    6th grade homeroom & Stream Coordinator

    Mrs. Crane is a lover of all things Science and Nature. She has over 10 year experience in Science Education and Curriculum Development. She received a Bachelor of Art Degree in Environmental Education at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania. Mrs. Crane also has two Master of Science degrees; Multidisciplinary Science and Science Education from SUNY Buffalo State. Incorporating hands-on learning and technology integration in her class are of utmost importance. 

    Mrs. Crane is our STREAM coordinator so make sure you check out the STREAM page on our site for more details!

  • Lindsay SaccA

    Grade 7/8 ELA/Religion

    7th Grade Homeroom

    Ms. O'Dell loves teaching ELA and religion because she loves reading and writing and helping students learn more about the history of their faith. Her background is in special education and literacy education. Her favorite things about teaching are learning about students through their writing, helping students find books they love, and doing group projects and games. 

  • Damaris Burgos

    PReK-8 Spanish & 8 Health

    7th Grade Homeroom

     Mrs. Burgos has taught for 18 years in Buffalo Public Schools and the Diocese of Buffalo. It has been her honor and privilege to be part of the St. John Vianney School family for the last 14 years. Providing the chance for the students to learn about other cultures and traditions is an important part of teaching a foreign language. She strives to give the students the opportunity to experience all there is to know about the Spanish speaking countries. Learning to communicate with others in their own native language shows a sign of respect and a feeling of personal accomplishment.  

  • Mary Depasquale

    Grade 6/7/8 Math & 7 Health

    8th Grade Homeroom

    Mrs. DePasquale has been an educator for over ten years in both public and private schools. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Childhood Education, a Masters in Educational Technology, and multiple teaching certifications. Mrs. DePasquale is very passionate about Math and brings that energy into the classroom. Whenever possible she incorporates hands-on learning and 21st Century Math skills. Mrs. DePasquale is also a huge fan of escape rooms and loves to utilize the ever growing resources to bring Math Escapes into her lessons.

  • Dylan Penner

    Grade 6/7/8 Social Studies & 2-8 Technology

    Technology Coordinator

    Mr. Penner is thrilled to be part of the St. John Vianney family. He holds certifications in Social Studies, Special Education and Gifted Education. He also has a specialty in Educational Technology. Frequent visitors will find Mr. Penner tinkering with Technology or having discussions about History with his students. Mr. Penner thrives to create an engaging and compassionate classroom. He loves to hear the latest updates and news from SJV Families.

  • Michael hockwater

    AIS & 6/7 Religion

    Mr. Hockwater is excited to join the SJV family as the AIS Coordinator and 6/7 Religion Teacher. He is a product of a life-long Catholic education and has spent the past few years teaching Social Studies, Spanish, Religion, Study Skills, and Character Education to students in grades 4-8 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School. Mr. Hockwater has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Adolescence Education and English from Canisius College and a Master of Education (Ed.M) degree in Literacy from the University at Buffalo. He holds several teaching certifications, including English Language Arts, 5-12 and Literacy Birth-12. In his capacity as the school AIS Teacher, Mr. Hockwater is excited to work with small groups of students to help them improve their literacy and math abilities. In his capacity as the 6/7 Religion teacher, Mr. Hockwater is excited to connect scripture to students’ lives. Mr. Hockwater is passionate about teaching and learning and strives to create an authentic, empathetic, and engaging learning environment where all students are given the tools and support to succeed.

  • Donna Ilecki

    PreK-8 Art

    Mrs. Ilecki has been teaching in the Buffalo Diocese for 20 years and thrives on sharing, exploring and creating art with her students. She enjoys teaching a new concept or idea and then observing how it can inspire and where it can take each student. She truly believes that "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." (Pablo Picasso)

  • Jonathon Rice

    Physical Education PreK-8

    I have a passion for Physical Education and helping students reach their full potential. In a society where obesity is on the rise I am here to educate students about their own health, by teaching them about the importance of exercising. Not only do I teach Physical Education, I live it. My hobbies include baseball, basketball, football, jogging, dancing, and golf.

    I knew I wanted to become a Physical Educator when i realized that i have a passion working with children through sports during my undergraduate studies at college. Through coaching and teaching I believe that I can help students reach the next level, and help them achieve their goals and chase new goals. 

  • Kelly McGarry

    PreK-8 Music

    This is Kelly McGarry's first year as the classroom music teacher here at SJV, but she taught band lessons through Paul Effman Music last year.  She has a BS in Music Education from SUNY College at Fredonia and has taught classroom music PreK through High School for 14 years.  She has also conducted bands and choirs for Middle School and High School students and directed many musicals and specialty singing ensembles.  What makes working at SJV special?  The warm and friendly staff and students have made my first year back in the music classroom wonderful.  I look forward to making long lasting musical connections and memories with all at Saint John Vianney.  

  • Sister Francianne

    PReK-1 Technology & K-4 Library

    Sister Francianne has been part of Catholic Education for over 30 years. She looks forward to working with children every day.