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Faculty & Staff

Mrs. Mary Rushkoski has been with St. Mary's School since 2001, beginning her tenure here as the school's technology teacher. In 2008, she assumed responsibility as principal. Mrs. Rushkoski received her Bachelor of Science from Siena College and earned her MSEd from St. Joseph's College with a degree in Education Administration.  She holds a Graduate School Certificate in Catholic Leadership from St. Joseph's College as well. She also enjoys her role in the St. Mary's Parish community, where she is an active communicant and a Eucharist Minister.

Contact Mrs. Rushkoski at principalstmarys@nybiz.rr.com 


Mrs. Lori McCoy joined St. Mary’s School in July 2017.  Prior to her joining our staff, she worked at the Capital District YMCA as administrative assistant to the CEO/President.  She has many years of experience as an administrative assistant and was the administrative assistant at St. Ambrose School in Latham New York for 4 years.  She earned her Associates degree from Hudson Valley Community College.

Contact Mrs. McCoy at stmarys1@nycap.rr.com


Mrs. Carrie Devine is a proud alumnus of St. Mary's school, and a lifelong resident of Waterford. She has worked in the field of Early Childhood education since she was a teen, and her classroom at St. Mary’s reflects her two decades of experience. Her Preschool classroom environment provides and encourages essential work and play encounters for the children, all of which contribute to the orderly process of growth and development of the child. Mrs. Devine attended Hudson Valley Community College and The College of St. Rose, and is married to a local high school English teacher and author. Together they have two daughters attending St. Mary’s as the third generation of Carrie’s family to receive an education there. She is proud of her school and community, and strives to maintain the important bonds between the two.

Contact Mrs. Devine at devinec@smswaterford.org  


 

 Mrs. Patricia Keough joined our community in 2015, when she supervised of our Before and After School Care programs. She is responsible for our Pre-Kindergarten program for 3 year olds and 4 years (3 days a week). Mrs. Keough was previously a teacher for 14 years in Winooski, Vermont. She holds her Bachelors of Science from Russell Sage College in Psychology with a minor in Elementary Education. 

Contact Mrs. Keough at keoughp@smswaterford.org


Mrs. Mary Kate Green has been teaching for 35 years. She began her teaching career at Saratoga Springs Public Schools prior to joining St. Mary’s, where she taught math remediation. Mrs. Green has been at St. Mary’s for 29 years teaching Kindergarten. She received her B.S. degree in Elementary Education from S.U.N.Y. at Plattsburgh and went on to get her M.S. degree in Early Childhood Education at the College of St. Rose.

Contact Mrs. Green at greenm@smswaterford.org


Ms. Victoria Donnelly joined St. Mary's School in 2007. She studied at The College of Saint Rose and is certified to teach Childhood Education grades 1-6 with a concentration in Spanish. Ms. Donnelly is currently working on a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from The College of Saint Rose.

 Contact Ms. Donnelly at donnellyv@smswaterford.org 


Mrs. Laurie DelSignore has been teaching at St. Mary's since 1996. She is currently teaching third grade, but has also taught first and second grades. Mrs. DelSignore graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 1996. She received her Master's in Education- Reading from SUNY Albany, as well as her Literacy Certification.

Contact Mrs. Delsignore at delsignorel@smswaterford.org

 


Ms. Katelyn Peat is a proud alumnus of St. Mary’s School. She attended Russell Sage College where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Childhood Education. She is currently working toward a Master’s degree in Special Education at the Sage Colleges. Ms. Peat came back to the St. Mary’s community in 2016 working in the preschool as an Assistant and running a Drama Club for middle school. She is now teaching First Grade. 

Contact Ms. Peat at peatk@smswaterford.org


Miss Susanne Norton has been teaching second grade at Saint Mary’s School for the past 38 years. Miss Norton received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Russell Sage College. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Developmental Reading from SUNY at Albany. In 2004, Miss Norton was awarded the Elizabeth Ann Seton Distinguished Teacher Award by the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese.

Contact Miss Norton at nortons@smswaterford.org


Mrs. Lynn Slater is our school's 3rd grade teacher. Mrs. Slater graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Education from the State University of New York at Cortland. She then earned her Master's Degree from the University at Albany in Literacy and Early Childhood Education. 

Contact Mrs. Slater at slaterl@smswaterford.org


Mrs. Beth Keegan taught here for 15 years, before joining St. Mary's of Ballston Spa. Back in our community after a number of years away, Mrs. Keegan teaches 4th grade once again. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the College of St. Rose and her Master of Science from the State University of New York at Albany in reading.

Contact Mrs. Keegan at keegane@smswaterford.org 


Mrs. Lisa Shimkus joins our community this year as one of our 5th grade teachers. Prior to joining St. Mary's, Mrs. Shimkus was a teacher at St. Clement's School in Saratoga, where she taught 5th and 3rd grade over the past eight years. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Fitchburg State College in Massachusettes and a Masters degree in Education from the College of St. Joseph's in Vermont. 

Contact Mrs. Cerza at shimkusl@smswaterford.org


Miss Alexandra Selca is eager to begin her career as the new 5th grade teacher here at St. Mary’s!  She received her undergraduate degree from The College of Saint Rose in Childhood Education. She is currently perusing her Master’s Degree from The College of Saint Rose in Curriculum and Instruction as well as Special Education. In addition to teaching, Miss Selca is also a personal trainer at Purebred Athletics in Clifton Park where she is also the director of both the kids and teens fitness programs. Miss Selca is very enthused to join the St. Mary’s community.

contact Miss Selca at selcaa@smswaterford.org


Mr. Matthew Murphy joined St. Mary's in 2012, teaching fifth grade. He is currently our school's Middle School Social Studies teacher and also instructs various grades English Language Arts. He received his undergraduate degree from Salve Regina University in History with a concentration in U.S. History. Mr. Murphy also holds a Masters Degree from the College of Saint Rose in Childhood Education, certified in childhood education grades 1-6. In addition to teaching, Mr. Murphy advises our spring football club as well as Student Council.

Contact Mr.Murphy at murphym@smswaterford.org


Mr. Robert Rathbun has joined our community and is the school's Middle School Math teacher, instructing students in grades 6th, 7th and 8th as well as Common Core Algebra I. Mr. Rathbun also instructs our Middle school students in technology. He holds his Bachelor degree in Business Management from Hofstra University and earned his Masters degree in secondary education from Jones International University.

Contact Mr. Rathbun at rathbunr@smswaterford.org


Mr. Sean Debiase joined the St. Mary's School community in 2015 as the Middle School English Language Arts teacher. His role expanded in March of 2016 when he assumed the role of Technology teacher. Mr. Debiase is a graduate of St. John's University and comes to us after teaching at Cathedral Preparatory in New York, from which he is an alumnus.

 Contact Mr. DeBiase at debiases@smswaterford.org


Ms. Maria Verdile attended Siena College and the State University of New York at Albany to receive her Bachelor’s degree of Fine Art. She then attended The International School of Animation at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada for an additional three year degree in Animation and Cartooning. Ms Verdile has over thirteen years of experience in teaching art in both high school and elementary levels with the last 8 years at St. Mary’s.

Contact Miss Verdile at verdilem@smswaterford.org


Miss Laura Clow is St. Mary's School Physical Education teacher. Miss Clow holds a Bachelor of Science from Sage College of Albany in Physical Education and a Masters of Science in Health Education from Sage Graduate School in Troy. In addition to teacher physical education here at St. Mary's School, Miss Clow is a Health Coach for Community Care Physicians.

Contact Miss Clow at clowl@smswaterford.org 


Mrs. Heddy Cashman is the Spanish Teacher for grades 1st through 8th. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela and has been teaching Spanish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany for fourteen years. She taught in St. James School in Albany and St. Brigid's in Watervliet prior to joining the faculty at St. Mary's. Mrs. Cashman attended Universidad Central de Venezuela where she studied in the school of Social Communication, and Journalism. She also has an Associate Degree from Hudson Community College.

 Contact Mrs. Cashman at cashmanh@smswaterford.org


Ms. Diane Doring is St. Mary's School's music teacher and faculty advisor for our school's choir. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the College of St. Rose and has previously taught at St. Madeleine Sophie School in Guilderland and St. John the Evangelist in Schenectady. Many years a performer for the New York Catholic Chorale, Ms. Doring has served as a pianist and cantor in a number of parishes in the Albany Diocese.

Contact Ms. Doring at doringd@smswaterford.org


Ms. Liz Angelini has been blessed with the opportunity to teach here at St. Mary's. She is currently in her 10th year teaching and is now our school's Remedial Reading/Math teacher. Ms. Angelini received her undergraduate degree in Psychology/Education from LeMoyne College. From there, she went on to receive my Master's Degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University. She is New York State certified in Childhood Education Gr. 1-6 and Children with Disabilities Gr. 1-6. In addition to teaching, she has also served as a JV volleyball and softball coach at Saratoga Central Catholic in past years.

Contact Miss Angelini at angelinil@smswaterford.org