Meet Our Staff
Cetronia Elementary School
Fogelsville Elementary School
Hello, my name is Jessica Holben. I am the reading specialist at Fogelsville Elementary School. I began my career in Parkland in the fall of 2000. Throughout my time in Parkland I have worked as a third and first grade teacher. I am happily married and have two amazing daughters. I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy hiking, cooking, and traveling. I can often be found curled up with a good book. It is a privilege to be Fogelsville's reading specialist. I hope to instill a love of reading in all children.
Ironton Elementary School
Hi, I’m Amanda Williams, Reading Specialist at Ironton Elementary. Prior to becoming a Reading Specialist in 2017, I was a classroom teacher for several years. I have experience teaching Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 4th grade. I received my Master’s degree in Elementary Education from West Virginia University and my Reading Specialist certification from Kutztown University. I live with my husband, Chris, two daughters, Claire and Cora, and our cat, Carl. I love spending time with my family, going on vacation to new places, and being outdoors. I love to read and hope to instill the same love of reading in the students at Ironton Elementary!
Fred J. Jaindl Elementary School
Hello, I am Kathy Pearson, Reading Specialist at Jaindl Elementary School.I have been working as a reading specialist in the Parkland School District for over 6 years.I am married and I have an 11 year old son and 15 year old daughter. Our family enjoys all kinds of sports and outdoor activities. My favorite place is the beach.I love to grow flowers and READ good books!
Kernsville Elementary School
Hello! I am Andrea Marzano, Reading Specialist at Kernsville Elementary School. I received a B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education and a Master’s in Education in Reading from Kutztown University. I have been teaching for 30+ years, and I have worked at Schnecksville Elementary, Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21, Ironton Elementary, and I am presently at Kernsville Elementary. I am married, and I have two daughters. I love spending time with my family, going to the movies, and finding a quiet spot to read a good book.
Kratzer Elementary School
Hello, I am Nikki Gelfo, Reading Specialist at Kratzer Elementary School.I have had the pleasure of being the Reading Specialist at Kratzer since 2007. Prior to that, I taught first grade in a neighboring district for eight years. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Social Work from Elizabethtown College and then received my Masters in Education in Reading from Kutztown University. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, watching sports and cooking. My favorite place is the beach! I love sitting in the sun and listening to the sounds of the water.
Parkway Manor Elementary School
Hello! I am Nicole Mandry, Reading Specialist at Parkway Manor Elementary School. Prior to joining the wonderful learning community at Parkway Manor, I taught fourth and first grades at Schnecksville Elementary for ten years. I also have experience teaching sixth through eighth grades. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. I then earned my Master of Education in Reading and Reading Specialist certification through East Stroudsburg University. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, participating in my book club, hiking, and doing yoga. My husband and I try to visit our two daughters who live in Charlotte, North Carolina and West Palm Beach, Florida as often as possible.
Schnecksville Elementary School
Hi! My name is Kaylee Swavely. I joined the Schnecksville family in March when our schools transitioned to online learning. This is my first year “at” Schnecksville and I could not be more excited to get to know the staff and students. I graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education and then earned my Master’s degree in Language and Literacy and my Reading Specialist Certification from Penn State University. Prior to coming to Parkland, I was a first grade teacher and held a Reading Specialist position in a district near Hershey, PA. I got married this summer and live in Allentown with my husband and our puppy, Cash.
Veterans Memorial Elementary School
Hello, I am Taryn Gergar, Reading Specialist at Veterans Memorial Elementary School. I am thrilled to be part of the Veterans Team, where I can support my love of literacy. Before coming to Parkland, I taught kindergarten, first grade, and held a Reading Specialist position in another local school district. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at East Stroudsburg University. I then earned my Master’s in Education and a Reading Specialist Certification through Cabrini College. Outside of work I love spending time with my wonderful daughter and husband and my two rescue pups. I also enjoy working out, reading, and going to the Florida Keys to visit my family.
- Parkway Manor
- Veterans Memorial
Hi, my name is Zaheda Hasham and I am a Title 1 Aide at Cetronia Elementary! I graduated from Aston University in Birmingham, UK with a Bachelors in Business Administration, and then went on to work for Kaplan Test Prep as an Academic Coordinator. After having 2 sons, I stayed home for a few years and volunteered at my local Sunday School as a Kindergarten/Pre School Teacher. When my sons started school, I started working as a Co-Teacher at the Goddard School with students of various ages. I love teaching and inspiring children to be the best they can be. In my free time, I like to spend time with my family, cooking, and keeping fit!
Hi! My name is Michele Gagliardi. I was a substitute teacher in Parkland and Northwestern Lehigh for eight years before starting here at Cetronia. My family and I reside in the district and both my son and daughter have had the pleasure of being educated in Parkland schools! My hobbies include reading (of course), spending time with my family, and scrapbooking with Mrs. Folk. I also enjoy watching Flyers hockey and Vikings football.
Hi, my name is Amy Johannes. My husband, Frank, and I have 3 sons, Matt, Eric, and Drew. I graduated from West Chester University with a B.S. in Liberal Studies. I love walking, gardening, and spending time outdoors. I have worked in the Parkland School District since 2008.
Hi, my name is Robyn Kleinhenz. I am married with three children and have lived within the Parkland School District for over twenty years. I graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in accounting. I enjoy reading, spending time watching my children playing sports and going to the beach in the summer.
Hi, my name is Judith Ortiz and I'm a DRP/ Title 1 aide at Cetronia Elementary. I am very excited about this great opportunity and strive to do my very best here at Parkland. I love working with children and hope to make an impact on their lives. I graduated from Purdue University Global with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Administration. I am a proud mom to 3 wonderful boys who currently attend Parkland. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family, crafting, and taking long walks with my husband.
Hi my name is Chantel Benes and I am a Title 1 Assistant at Fogelsville Elementary. I am very excited to help the kids in both reading and math. I have 2 daughters at Kernsville Elementary and when I am not at a soccer game or dance practice you can find me enjoying a good book out in my sun room.
Mrs. Bickel is a graduate of Southern Lehigh High School and Shippensburg University, having majored in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She spent approximately 15 years as a preschool teacher in Quakertown before joining the Fogelsville Title staff in the fall of 2020. In her spare time, Mrs. Bickel enjoys playing the clarinet with the Macungie Band. Her family includes her husband Paul, children Micah and Erin, two cats, a rabbit and two fish.
Hi! My name is Linda Bolasky. It's my first year at Fogelsville School as a Title 1 Aide. Before coming to Fogelsville School, I was a music teacher, and later a 4th Grade Paraprofessional. I am also a professional musician, and play in community bands and musical theater. In my spare time I like riding bicycle trails, camping and sewing. I'm happy to be teaching the students here at Fogelsville.
Hi! My name is Jamie Csencsits. After graduating from Kutztown University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Special and Elementary Education, I was a special education aid for 5 years in Hershey. I am excited to get back to working in an elementary school after being a stay at home mom to my two children! In my free time I enjoy baking, walking outside and spending time with my family.
Hi! My name is Karen Rideout and this is my first year as a Title 1 Aide at Fogelsville. My husband, David and our daughters, Kailyn and Alyssa just moved back to Breinigsville. We are thrilled to be back home and settling back into the Parkland School District. In our spare time we love taking weekend trips to visit our older daughter at Penn State and spending time with friends and family.
My name is Cheyenne Rossanese! I have been working with children since I was a freshman at Parkland High School in 2009, and have fallen in love with being around kids for a career. I am so excited to be returning to my own district, and working with all of the foxes at Fogelsville Elementary School.
I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with the kids at Fogelsville. I have 3 kids of my own in the Parkland School District who keep me very busy between swim team, baseball, soccer, basketball and board games. I love helping children find the magic of reading. In my spare time I love to be outdoors, playing sports, going running, doing yoga and am eagerly awaiting the first snowfall so I can get out my snowboard.
Hi everyone! I am excited to be at Fogelsville this year. Outside of school you can find me hiking or creating art. I also love to read.
Hi friends! My name is Tori Batchelor, and I am so excited to be a part of the Stallion family. As a Parkland Alumni and someone that has grown up in the district, it is such a full circle moment being able to work with your kiddos. I’m a Penn State Alumni and love to spend my weekends cheering on the Nittany Lions and the Giants... hopefully to a win. I like to enjoy my free time snuggling with my dogs and reading a good personal development book. My favorite hobbies include photography and yoga. I know this year is going to be amazing and I’m so grateful to play a small role in your children’s education.
Hi! My name is Janet Bigley. I am married and have four daughters. I have a Bachelors Degree from Bloomsburg University. This is my ninth year working in the Parkland School District and my third year as a Title/DRP assistant. In my free time I like to read, spend time with my family and watch my two youngest daughters play softball. I am very excited to work with the wonderful students and staff here at Ironton!
Hi! My name is Stacy Daniels. I am a certified teacher and worked in the Saucon Valley School District for 12 years before having children. I have 2 boys who attend Parkland School District. In my free time I enjoy skiing, hiking, running marathons, doing yoga, and traveling with my family. I've traveled to over 30 countries! I'm excited to be working with the students at Ironton Elementary this year and doing lots of learning!
Hi! My name is Laurie Dovico. I graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in Psychology. I love working with children and am very excited to be part of the Ironton Family! I have three children, Maci, Liam, and Owen, who all go to school within the Parkland School District.
Hello! My name is Stacey Sanchez and I am a Title 1 Assistant at Ironton Elementary School. I love working with children and I am so excited to work with and help all the Stallions at Ironton. When I am not at school, I am enjoying time with my family. We spend a lot of time on the soccer and football field. I am looking forward to an amazing year!
Mary Ann Huber
Hello! My name is Mary Ann Huber. I grew up on the West Coast.I am married and have four children that graduated from Parkland.I have been very involved with my children’s activities including soccer, basketball and baseball.I have been with Parkland for many years, serving as a Teacher assistant or Title I aide at Kratzer, Cetronia and Jaindl.
Hello, my name is Melissa Severo. Most students at Jaindl know me as Mrs. S. This is my fourth year in the Parkland SD and my first year working in Title I. I grew up in the Poconos and received my B.A in Psychology from Cedar Crest College and my M.A in School Counseling from Rosemont College. I have two young children who both attend Parkland. When I’m not in school, I enjoy watching my children play sports, reading, relaxing on the beach and spending time with family and friends.
Hi, my name is Molly Bombich. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and attended Robert Morris University where I obtained my teaching certification. I took a break from teaching to stay home with my children, but I am thrilled to be back working with kids! I enjoy reading and exercising, but LOVE spending time with my family. I am very excited to be working with the students at Kernsville Elementary and watching them learn and grow!
I am Rebecca Hagemes. I earned a B.S. in education at Kutztown University. I was a swimmer in high school and college. While I was in college I taught pre-k and kindergarten classes in a daycare setting. I love animals and have 2 dogs. I am married with 2 children. After having children I stayed at home for a few years. I have always loved working with children of all ages. In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching football and soccer and going to my children’s activities.
My name is Cindy Herring, and I am a Title I Assistant at Kernsville Elementary. I attended DeSales University and received my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I have been a substitute teacher for Parkland School District, as well as other districts. I love working with children and helping them learn and grow. When I am not at school teaching, I love spending time with my husband and our twins. Some of my hobbies include gardening, decorating, baking, reading and visiting the beach. I am very excited to be a part of the Kernsville PACK!
Hi, my name is Julie Snyder. I am a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and have worked with children in various capacities, including the field of Child Abuse Treatment and Prevention. I have worked as a Title 1 Assistant at Kernsville since 2008, and consider it a great joy and privilege to help our students improve their Reading and Math skills. I am happily married with four adult children, a grandson and a rescue dog! In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, gardening, reading, and participating in outdoor and charitable activities.
Hello! My name is Donna Verna, and I am thrilled to be a Title 1 Assistant at Kernsville Elementary School. I have a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Cabrini University and a Reading Specialist Certificate from Cedar Crest College. I am an experienced teacher with several years in first grade, third grade, and the last few in kindergarten. All three of my daughters went through Parkland schools, and I am proud to be a part of such an excellent school district.
Hi! My name is Denise Yesenofski, and I started at Kernsville in 1997 as a Title Aide. I am happily married. I have three grown children, one son and two daughters, all graduates of Parkland High School. In my free time I enjoy traveling, hiking, reading and spending time with my family and friends.
Hi! My name is Elizabeth Annunziata. I am married and have three grown children. I am a former school teacher, and am excited to return to the classroom to work with the Title I program. Working with children has always been a joy of mine. I have been working with the Title I children for over eight years and look forward to another year helping students achieve. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, children and friends. For relaxation, I enjoy gardening and swimming.
Hi! My name is Stephanie Berger. I have worked at Kratzer for the last several years as a Teaching Assistant and Substitute. This year, I am excited to work with the Kratzer Kids as a Title Aide! I am also very busy with my family…my husband and I have three boys who all attend Parkland School District. I am looking forward to a great year of Reading and Math FUN!!
Hello! My name is Tara Imdorf. I have been married for 20 years and have 3 children in the district. My daughter and older son are in the high school and my younger son is at OMS. They keep me very busy along with my job as a title aide. I have worked at Kratzer for over five years, first as a playground aide and last year I was very excited to become a title aide. I am looking forward to working with all the great students at Kratzer!
Hi! My name is Jill Nevenglosky and I am a Parkland graduate. I have a son who is also in the Parkland School District. I’ve taught infants up to school age children for a few years. I started at Parkland as a non-teacher sub and was hired on to be a Title 1 Assistant. I absolutely love working with children and am excited to start my career at Kratzer. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and going shopping.
Hi! My name is Vanesa Peters. I have been married for 15 years and I have three children. My twins are at Kratzer and my oldest daughter is at OMS. I was a stay at home mom for 12 years and prior to that I was a Social Worker. I love working with children. During my free time I am a cheerleading coach for my youngest daughter for the North Parkland Flags team. I also enjoy watching my son play flag football for North Parkland and my oldest daughter plays softball for a tournament team. I am looking forward to a great year at Kratzer!
Hi, My name is Priya Suresh. I graduated from Madras University, India with a Computer Science and Mathematics major. I was working as a high school teacher in India before moving to the United States. I love teaching and working with all age groups of students. My family resides in the Parkland School District, and my children go to Parkland Schools. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, volunteering, gardening, and reading.
Mary Jane Ward
Hi, my name is Mary Jane Ward. My husband, Bob and I live in South Whitehall Township where we raised our four children, all graduates of Parkland High School. I am thrilled to have been a part of the “Kratzer Family” since 2005. Watching the students here grow and learn has been extremely rewarding to me. It’s an honor to be part of their elementary school experience!
Hello! My name is Julie Nolan and this is my second year as a DRP/Title 1 Aide at Parkway Manor Elementary School. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know the students and helping them improve and strengthen their reading and math skills. The teachers and staff are awesome and so dedicated to the success of each student. I am a graduate of Shippensburg University with a BA in Communications. I also have a MBA from Alvernia University. When I am not at Parkway Manor, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, sports, gardening, music, and working out. I consider myself as a lifelong learner and the students help me learn everyday.
Hi, my name is Zainab Soonasra. This is my first year at Parkway Manor and I am excited to be part of the Parkland family! I have 2 children, my son attends Springhouse and my daughter Veterans Memorial. I was born and raised in Allentown and received my Bachelors in Nursing from Cedar Crest College. Prior to this, I was practicing as a pediatric nurse for 14 years. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies with my husband and kids and watching my kids play soccer. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to work with children in a different but meaningful manner.
My name is Hilda Seier and I am happy to be part of the Title I Team at Parkway Manor. I have a business degree in Accounting from DeSales University and worked as an accountant for 30 years. When I am not working, I enjoy camping, reading, gardening and hanging out with my grandchildren.
Hello, my name is Holly Rizzuto. I am a Title I/DRP Aide at Parkway Manor. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Business from Wesleyan in 1993. I have been working with the Parkland School District since 2008. I have been married for 25 years and have three children, twins who are Seniors at PHS and a Sophomore at Penn State University Park. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, sports of all kinds, hiking, gardening, traveling, cooking and READING!
My name is Jen Frame. I have worked with children for the past 20 years and I cannot imagine ever doing anything else! I attended West Chester University and I have worked as a preschool teacher, Director of a Youth Fitness Program, and in both East Penn and Northwestern Lehigh School Districts in autistic support. This is my first year working in the Title 1/DRP program. My family and I moved to the Parkland School District this summer and love it here. My husband Steve and I have a daughter and 3 sons who are very involved and active in sports and activities and keep us super busy. I am so excited to continue working with students and supporting them in any and every way I can.
Hi, my name is Andrea Blauvelt. My family and I recently moved to the Allentown area from New York City. I graduated from St. John’s University with a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. In New York, I taught early elementary school for over 13 years. During my spare time, I enjoy cooking, taking long walks, and spending time with my daughter, who also attends Parkway Manor. I am very happy to be a part of the Parkway Manor Title 1 team and I am looking forward to supporting our students in reading and in math.
Laurie Wallace Theisen
Hi! My name is Laurie Wallace Theisen. Before my husband & I moved to Allentown in 1999, I taught special education at the high school & middle school levels for 10 years. Since we’ve been here, I work at a church and teach at Northampton Community College. My husband and I met doing a show and our daughter Olivia inherited the "theatre bug" as well! I also enjoy crossword puzzles, history books/documentaries and travel. I am very excited to be working at Schnecksville!
Hi! My name is Marsha Cervantes. I joined the staff at Schnecksville Elementary in October, 2007. However, I have been a part of the Schnecksville family since 1998 when my oldest daughter started kindergarten. I have 3 daughters, Erica, Rebecca and Victoria, and a granddaughter, Adeline. Erica recently graduated from DeSales, Rebecca attends DeSales and Victoria is a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Educating children and helping them reach their full potential is my passion.
Hi! My name is Kim Gilbert. I was born and raised in Palmerton, PA. I have two children who attended Schnecksville Elementary and now graduated from college. I enjoy family time, going to the beach, and school activities. I’m looking forward to another good year!
Hi! My name is Tina Jarrett. I was born and raised in Allentown, PA and attended Catasaqua High School. I majored in Education at Lock Haven University and worked as a counselor at Kids Peace for 27 years. I have three wonderful children. I love to garden and teach.
Greetings! I am Ann Lizak Title 1 Instructional Aide. I enjoy working with students of all ages and helping them to reach their potential.I have three sons~ Ethan , Jake and Adam. My husband, Rich, is a doctor who practices in Lehighton, PA. My fellow Title workmates would tell you I enjoy trying to make them laugh and have fun at work. Creating art is another favorite of mine. I will make props or create costumes for our Reader’s Theater plays performed by students.We are a household filled with pets & friends year round!
Hi! My name is Noelle Thrash, but your children will most likely refer to me as Ms. T. I was raised in Schnecksville and graduated from Parkland High School. I began my college education in architecture at Carnegie Mellon, but quickly found the town surrounding Roger Williams University in RI to be more my speed. My passion changed to education while traveling the world as an army spouse and working in the Department of Defense’s School System. We have 5 fantastic and vastly different children that keep us busy. When I’m not out supporting the kids, you can find me working on a house reno project, crafting, or spending time in my garden.
Hello, My name is Amy Courter and I have worked in the Parkland District since 2018. My children are also Parkland graduates. My husband and I are from Buffalo, NY where I earned my teaching degree. We also lived in Ohio before moving to Pennsylvania. Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy traveling, playing games, volunteering at an animal sanctuary, and cheering on my favorite sports teams. I am happy to be part of the Veterans family and to have the opportunity to work with our Eagles!
Hello, my name is Nadine Jarossy. I earned degrees in Special Education and Elementary education and have been teaching in many different districts since 1987. I grew up here in the Lehigh Valley and am a proud graduate of Parkland (class of ‘82!). We moved to Berks County for my husband’s job in 2013 and returned home in 2020. We have three grown children, two married, and one grandchild. My husband and I love to travel. We also spend time travelling around our beautiful country in our RV. I enjoy kayaking, hiking, cooking, and reading, but being with my family no matter what we do, gives me the greatest joy. It’s been a pleasure returning to Parkland School District and joining the team at Veterans Memorial School.
Hello, I am Linda Malischewski - Mrs. Mal to my students. I am excited to be a part of Veterans Elementary! I am certified in Elementary Education, and have taught grades 1, 5, and 6, as well as being a Reading Intervention Specialist in nearby schools. I am married and have three children. I love spending time with my family, trips to the beach, enjoying nature, and cooking.
Hello! I am Sabrina Orrison or “Mrs. O”. I am a DRP/Title I Aide at Veterans Memorial. I am happy to be here, not only as a Parkland graduate but also to share my love of Reading. I have a BFA from Kutztown University and have also attended University of the Arts and Ecole des Beaux Artes in Lacoste, FR. After spending most of my career as a professional designer, I began my teaching in 2018 as an Art Instructor for the Baum School of Art where I am currently a faculty member as well. I reside in the Lehigh Valley with my husband, two daughters and our black pug named James Bond.
Hello, my name is Subrina Pyle and I am a Title I Aide here at Veterans Memorial! I love teaching and I am so proud to be working with your children. I have always wanted to help students succeed in their studies ever since I was a young child in school myself and I am finally able to live out my dream. Some of my hobbies include baking, decorating, karaoke and long walks in the park. I love to travel and try new things. I am thankful to be apart of the Veterans Family!
Hello, my name is Vania Pabon and I am a Title Aide at Veterans Memorial. I am so happy and excited to have the opportunity to work in the same district from where I graduated back in 2017. I enjoy working with kids and hope to become a classroom teacher within the following years. My hobbies include spending time with my friends/family, watching a ton of movies, and trying new things!
Hello, my name is Melissa Sutovich. I have taught Kindergarten and Third Grade and a variety of support positions in my 33 years of teaching. I earned my Elementary Education Degree from Lebanon Valley College. I have taught here in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. I have been a Substitute Teacher for many years at Parkland School District. Two of my three children are Parkland Graduates and my youngest is a Junior at Parkland High School. My hobbies include golfing, cooking, decorating and spending time with my family. We enjoy playing golf together, going to Pittsburgh Steelers games and going to the beach. I was so excited to be asked to start a new adventure in my teaching career here at Veterans Memorial this year! I look forward to working with the students as a Title teacher!