Faculty & Staff


Sister Karen Brink, OSB, Principal

  • BS LaRoche College BA History
  • MSEd Duquesne University Guidance / Counseling
  • MA Duquesne University Theology
  • Elementary Administration Certification California University of Pennsylvania
  • 48 years in Catholic Education, 29 years as principal
  • 15 years at Saint Teresa School

Email  412-367-9001 x531

“Catholic education is a unique privilege… to teach as Jesus did… what a beautiful opportunity… especially in a school as wonderful as Saint Teresa of Avila!” (It’s good to be back!)


Mrs. Marian Saunders, Principal

  • Certification in Elementary Education K-8
  • Certification in Special Education K-12
  • B.S. Duquesne University
  • M.S. of Reading and Language Arts Duquesne University
  • Certification as a Reading Specialist
  • Designated as highly qualified teacher by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • 25 years teaching
  • 20 years at Saint Teresa School

Email  412-367-9001 x531

“As Catholic educators, we strive to create an environment that is safe, loving and faith based.  At Saint Teresa our goal is to provide a quality education so that each child can reach their highest academic potential.”


Mrs. Debbie Brungo

  • Certification in Elementary Education K-8
  • B.S. Elementary Education University of Pittsburgh
  • Additional Credits from Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh, and Allegheny Intermediate Unit
  • Designated as highly qualified teacher by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Who’s Who Among American Teachers
  • Golden Apple Nominee
  • 30 years teaching
  • 26 at Saint Teresa School

“Catholic education is the fire that spreads the warmth and light of Jesus from generation to generations.  St. Teresa kindles this fire.”


Mrs. Jacalyn Cardella

  • Certification in Spanish K-12
  • Certification in Library Science K-12
  • Certification in Elementary Education K-6
  • B.A. Education/Spanish University of Pittsburgh and University of Madrid, Spain
  • Master of Library and Information Sciences University of Pittsburgh
  • Designated as highly qualified teacher by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • 18 years teaching
  • 13 years at Saint Teresa School

“Catholic education at Saint Teresa continues to provide generations with an environment that nourishes each child, both academically and spiritually.  As part of their daily education, this establishes a Faith foundation upon which they may build throughout their lives.”.


Mrs. Tracy Coll

  • Certification in Elementary Education K-6
  • B.S. La Roche College
  • Designated as highly qualified teacher by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • 12 years teaching
  • 11 years at Saint Teresa School

“As a graduate of St. Teresa School I know the effects a religious education has on a child’s life.  I believe when education and faith go hand in hand a young mind not only learns but believes.”


Mrs. Celeste Gaber

  • Certification in Elementary Education
  • Certification in Reading Specialist
  • B.A. in Communication University of Pittsburgh
  • M.S. in Reading: University of Pittsburgh
  • Additional credits in Art CCAC
  • Designated as highly qualified teacher by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • 20 years teaching
  • 8 years at Saint Teresa School

“Catholic education continues to foster moral and spiritual virtues. A Christ-like character is developed through the personal, prayerful, and sacramental relationship with Jesus.”


Mrs. Mallory Gurney

  • Certification Elementary K-6
  • B.Ed. Thiel College
  • M.Ed. in Reading and Language Arts
  • Designated as highly qualified teacher by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • 9 years teaching
  • 7 years at Saint Teresa School

“Catholic Education provides each individual student with spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and social values. It is my goal as a teacher to instill these values and help each child rise to their full academic potential.”


Mrs. Michelle Kalish

  • Certification Elementary K-8
  • B.Ed. Indiana University of PA
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Mathematics Indiana University of PA
  • Designated as highly qualified teacher by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • 27 years teaching
  • 12 years at Saint Teresa School

“Catholic Education shapes heart and character in such a way as to make a permanent impression upon the student. Catholic education helps the student to grasp the meaning of a purposeful life; that we are able to better ourselves which helps us to make life better for others. St. Teresa of Avila School has been preparing students for over a century to make the world a better place for its community and the world.”


Mr. Harry Levicky

  • Certification Music Technology
  • B.S. Education Duquesne University
  • Designated as highly qualified teacher by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • 27 years teaching
  • 17 years at Saint Teresa School

“Over the past one hundred years, the foundation of Catholic education has prepared our students to face the ethical and moral challenges of the 21st century. Our students are equipped with spiritual sensitivity for helping to build a more responsible society.”


Ms. Susan Lindow

  • Certification Elementary K-8
  • Certification Reading Specialist K-12
  • B.S. Elementary Education University of Pittsburgh
  • M.S. Reading and Language Arts Duquesne University
  • Designated as highly qualified teacher by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Two Time Golden Apple Nominee
  • 29 years teaching
  • 29 years at Saint Teresa School

“Over the past one hundred years, the foundation of Catholic education has prepared our students to face the ethical and moral challenges of the 21st century. Our students are equipped with spiritual sensitivity for helping to build a more responsible society.”


Ms. Amanda Monnich

  • Certification in Elementary Education K-6
  • B.A. Elementary Education Westminster College
  • M.S. Reading Edinboro University
  • 4 years teaching
  • 1 year at Saint Teresa School

“With Christ at the center of your life, you will never be disappointed” – Pope Francis 


Mrs. Jackie Mueller

  • Certification in Communication 7-12
  • Certification in Midlevel Citizenship Education, 7-9
  • B.S. Communication Ohio University
  • Additional credit hours: University of Pittsburgh, Carlow College, Allegheny Intermediate Unit
  • Who’s Who among American Teachers
  • North Hills Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator
  • Designated as highly qualified teacher by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Golden Apple Nominee
  • 32 years teaching
  • 24 years at Saint Teresa School

“Catholic schools have a triple vocation to develop character, instill Christ-centered values and model compassion to a world that only pays lip service to these qualities. For the past 100 years, St. Teresa School has dedicated itself to this vocation and the children of the North Hills.”


Mrs. Susan Noker

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Mrs. Pip Scalise

  • Certification in Elementary Education K-8
  • B.Ed. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • 16 years teaching
  • 16 years at Saint Teresa School

“Having been a part of Catholic Schools as both a student and educator, a Catholic Education is an integral part of every student’s faith journey. My goal is to encourage, enable and nurture this journey.”


Miss Jennifer Searles

  • Certification in Music Education
  • B.S. in Music Education Duquesne University
  • 4 years teaching
  • 2 years at Saint Teresa School

Miss Erica Seigneur

  • Certification in Elementary Education K-6
  • Certification in Mid-Level Science 7-9
  • Certification in Mid-Level Math 7-9
  • Certification in Early Childhood N-3
  • B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education Grove City College
  • Currently pursuing Masters of Education La Roche College
  • 5 years teaching
  • 1 year at Saint Teresa School

“A Catholic education provides a rounded education for the whole child.  It fosters intellectual, social, and physical development with a strong moral foundation.”


Mrs. Patrice Trettel

  • Certification in Elementary Education
  • Certification in Early Childhood Education
  • B.S. Edinboro University
  • Designated as highly qualified teacher by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • 36 years teaching
  • 32 years at Saint Teresa School

“The philosophy of a Catholic education has not changed over the past 100 years at St. Teresa School. The faculty, staff and students are different but the values and beliefs that are taught are still the same. This is a comforting thought to have in the world we live in today.”


Mrs. Nancy Wiegand

  • A.S. Business Management Community College of Allegheny County
  • A.S. Accounting Community College of Allegheny County/li>
  • 21 years in business

“Students are encouraged to recognize the presence of Jesus in themselves. The religious formation of children begins at home and is continued at St.Teresa of Avila School.”