MEET OUR DYNAMIC TEACHERS
At MTC, our amazing teachers set high expectations for their students and do not give up on any child who is struggling to meet them. They are equally organized and adaptable – both accountable to MTC’s curriculum standards and to the diversity of their classrooms. Our teachers – rich in educational achievement, valuable certifications and deep experience in their respective fields / grade levels – challenge and engage students, forming creative thinking environments. In turn they ask students to ask “why” and challenge the status quo. They build classrooms forged in respectful relationships amongst the students and are acutely in tune with possible threats to children’s well being, be it bullying or otherwise. Finally, our faculty insist on openness and transparency with parents, communicating often around performance, calendars, expectations, etc.
MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE & RELIGION
8TH GRADE HOMEROOM
Hello! I am Alexa Augustine and I am the 5th-8th grade Science teacher at MTC as well as the Student Council advisor, Science Explorers leader, and helping out with the CARES program. I graduated from Drexel University in 2020, where I played soccer and lacrosse. Prior to teaching, I pursued Biomedical Engineering and am so happy to be able to apply my experiences in that field to my science classroom. I am a HUGE fan of Philly, not only the sports (Go Birds), but also the food, the skyline, and the history. When I'm not planning for the school year, I enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, writing, painting, reading, and hanging out with my rescue dog, Koda. I am SO excited for this school year and all of the memories to come!
ENGINEERING & MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH
7TH GRADE HOMEROOM
I have been teaching at MTC for about six years. I received my master's in education from Neumann University with certifications in elementary, special education, and middle school math. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked as a product test engineer. I currently have the privilege of teaching Middle School Math and K - 8 grades Engineering. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family, fixing things, and playing tennis. I am passionate about developing students' skills until they achieve that "Aha!" moment!
MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH
My name is Erzsi Monsanto. I just joined the MTC family in August- very excited to be here and to be a part of it! I am teaching math in grades 5-8; first year here, 37th overall. I have lived in this area my entire life: attended St. Bernadette for elementary, Academy of Notre Dame for high school, and Villanova (V's up!!) for college and grad.
My husband and I are celebrating 27 years of marriage and have two boys, Kristian (24) and Nickolas (22)- they are graduates of the Prep, Temple, and Penn State respectively.
I am really excited to be here and look forward to our year together!
MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES
6TH GRADE HOMEROOM
Hello! My name is Greg Kobilka, and I am the middle school Social Studies and 6th Grade Homeroom teacher. I am a 2001 graduate of MTC (formally Mother of Divine Providence). I also am an Archbishop Carroll and Penn State University, graduate. WE ARE! I live in Devon with my wife, daughter, and a Poodle mix dog named Wicklow. Outside of school, I love spending as much time as I can with family and friends. We love to travel as often as possible too. I am looking forward to a great year here at MTC.!
5th Grade Homeroom
MIDDLE SCHOOL RELIGION
Hi! My name is Philip Poche. I graduated from MDP/MTC in 2009 and continued my Catholic education at Archbishop Carroll and Immaculata University. I currently live in Quakertown and enjoy exploring the local area for interesting sights and finds. I perform regularly in the Christmas shows held annually, and am excited to participate in MTC school life in a more direct way.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
I am thrilled to be teaching in my 3rd year at MTC! I teach 6th and 8th grade ELA. I received my English Education degree from the University of Delaware and I currently live in Philadelphia with my husband, son, and dog. I enjoy relaxing with my family, reading, traveling, and being outdoors in my free time. I look forward to a fun-filled year of learning and growing together. Also, Go Eagles!
I am the music teacher at Mother Teresa Regional Catholic School. I graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. This is my eighth year teaching at MTC and I love providing fun and meaningful musical experiences for the students! Whether it’s performing in concerts or learning a new musical instrument, I enjoy challenging students’ thoughts and preconceptions about music. When I am not teaching, I love playing instruments, spending time with my family, engaging in bible study, socializing with friends, cooking, and completing DIY projects around the house. I am looking forward to another great year at MTC!
Hi! My name is Joy Mittman and I will be teaching art at MTC this year. This is my 13th year teaching art, and I have taught every grade from K-12 in West Chester and Radnor School Districts. I have my Master's in Education from Cabrini University post-baccalaureate degree in Art Education from Moore College of Art & Design and undergraduate degrees in Fashion & Textile Design from Michigan State University (Go Spartans!) and the Fashion Institute of Technology. When I'm not teaching art, I enjoy watercolor and acrylic painting and am also a mom to 3 boys who keep me pretty busy! I am looking forward to a fun year in the art room!
I am excited to return to MTC as the Physical Education Teacher. I graduated from the Hill School in 2000 and attended the University of Pittsburgh on a full scholarship for Wrestling. I graduated with a Degree in Communications and went on to coach Wrestling at various high schools in the area. I also started my own Personal Training LLC business in 2008 when I moved back to the East Coast after spending a few years training professional athletes in Scottsdale, Arizona following college. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, two children, and two dogs. We love going to the beach, hiking, and other outdoor activities. I am looking forward to another successful year here at MTC!
ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT
Hello, MTC community! My name is Kristine Kennedy and I am the Lower School Instructional Assistant. I am a local girl, hailing from Havertown, Pa. I attended Sacred Heart Academy in Bryn Mawr and then went off to Ursinus College where I played lacrosse and earned my Bachelor of Science. After graduating, I taught for 7 years at my alma mater while also coaching Varsity lacrosse. I took some time off to raise my two boys, Hayden and Finnegan, and am happy to be back in school and in a supportive role at MTC. My position is such a fun and unique way of meeting and working with all the kids walking the halls of the second floor. Thank you for entrusting us with educating your wonderful children. I appreciate being a small part of their educational journeys.
4TH GRADE- 4A
I am so excited to be a part of the MTC family this year! I currently live in West Chester with my puppy Marley! I graduated from West Chester University in December of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and received my certification for grades PreK-4. I am currently in graduate school at West Chester to receive my Special Education Certification as well. I have taught both Kindergarten and Preschool in the past and I am so excited to start my third-grade journey here at MTC.
This is my first year teaching 4th grade at MTC. I grew up and live a few miles from King of Prussia. I graduated with a degree in Psychology from East Stroudsburg University and later went to Cabrini University to get my Elementary Education teaching certificate. For the past couple of years, I have been working as support staff for Tredyffrin Easttown School district as a special education paraprofessional, reading paraprofessional, building substitute teacher, and long-term sub-teacher. I played lots of sports through high school but my favorite was being on the Conestoga High School football team. I am an avid Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite is the Philadelphia Eagles, but I still enjoy the Sixers, the Phillies, and the Flyers.
My name is Myrta Asplundh, I'm the MTC School third-grade teacher; the students call me Miss A. I graduated from Connecticut College in 2018 and pursued a certificate in Elementary Education. I went on to get my Master's in Elementary Education from Lesley University. Outside of school, I enjoy watching our Philly sports teams, baking, reading, and playing field hockey. I love what I do and am so happy to be a part of this community!
Hi families, my name is Hailey Conner. I am super excited to be joining the MTC family while teaching second grade this year! I received my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Saint Joseph’s University. “The Hawk Will Never Die!” In my free time, I love to read especially outside in the sun. I am a huge Philly sports fan, especially the Eagles! I am an avid traveler, I have visited over 20 countries. I love to see and learn about the world while experiencing it with my friends and family. I look forward to what fun and success this year will bring!
1ST GRADE 1A
Bio coming soon...
1ST GRADE 1B
Hello! My name is Regina Mason, and this is my first year here at MTC as a 1st grade teacher. I attended Bloomsburg University, where I majored in Early Childhood Education and earned a bachelor’s degree in education. In my free time, I love to be outside either reading a book or going on hikes with my family. I also love to go camping on the weekends and spend time with my family watching Philly Sports. I can’t wait to see what this year brings us!
Hello! My name is Caroline Stiles and I am a Kindergarten teacher here at MTC. I graduated from Eastern University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and am currently pursuing a Master’s in Reading and Literacy. In my free time, I love reading and camping. A dream of mine is to camp in every state in the country! I am so excited to be teaching here at MTC and watching wonderful students grow every day!
PRE K 5
Hi, my name is Wendy Spangler, and I am so excited to join the Mother Teresa community this year! I am originally from this area but spent many years teaching in North Carolina. I recently moved back to the area to be closer to my family. I have taught children ranging in age from toddlers to first grade, in both private and public schools. I love teaching children of all ages but found my niche in the preschool setting.
I received my undergraduate degree in English and went on to pursue a Master of Education degree from Cabrini University. I have three grown children, Suzanne, Griffin, and Meghan. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors walking my husky and maltipoo, swimming, and reading.
PRE K 4
My name is Hailee Kerkes and I am a PreK-4 teacher! This will be my first year teaching. I grew up in Minnesota, started at the University of South Alabama, and then transferred to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Over the summer of 2022, I worked at a camp in Hawaii where I could share about Jesus with kids from ages 6-18 & and gained a passion for teaching children. My husband and I just recently got married on June 2nd, 2023! We moved to Malvern and belong to St. Mary’s Parish. In my free time, I love to travel- especially to Hawaii and Colorado. I love snowboarding, reading, cooking, The Latin Mass, and my nephews!
MARY JO CARLIN
PRE K 4
My name is Mary Jo Carlin and I love teaching at MTC! I have a passion for working with our youngest learners and helping each child progress in all areas of their development. I strive to create a community of learners that nurtures this growth in a positive, fun environment.
I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Temple University. I have 26 years of experience teaching young children. Personally, I have been married for 34 years and have two beautiful daughters, Christine, 31, and Bridget, 30. I enjoy reading, music, vacationing at the beach, and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to working together with you as partners in your child’s growth and development.
PRE K 3
My name is Lexie and this is my second year here at MTC as the Pre-K 3 teacher. I went to Indiana University of Pennsylvania where I majored in Child Development and Family Relations. Since graduating in 2018 I have been teaching preschool ever since! I love the look on the child's face when they learn something new and being able to help them grow as a person/ student. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family and friends. I also love to travel and explore new places. I am from Upstate New York and love the Buffalo Bills. Along with being a huge Bills fan, I'm also a huge soccer fan. I grew up playing soccer my whole life and also played on the IUP soccer team in college. I can't wait to see what this year brings us at MTC!
PRE K 2
My name is Sara Smith and I am thrilled to be teaching PK 2B! In my seven years of experience with children, this age is my absolute favorite!
I attended Cabrini University and have Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and United States History. I worked at a small elementary school throughout college and quickly found my place in the older PK2 classroom. Getting to be a part of a child’s development is very special to me and I love watching them grow! I look forward to being your child’s teacher this year!
In my free time, I love to cook, read, and spend time with my family in New Jersey.
PRE K 2
My name is Michele Rhine. I have an Associate Degree in Early Childhood, I have been in this field for over 20 years. I have three children and one daughter-in-law. My son is Marc and his wife is Brittany, my daughters are; Karina and Vanessa. I also have two dogs, Karma and Holly. My interests are; Reading, Music, Musicals, Plays, and Opera. I love going to the Beach, I can sit there for hours and be content. I also love to go to Disney, huge fan! My favorite childhood book is: "The Velveteen Rabbit"