Faculty and Staff

Sister Danielle Truex, IHM, Principal

Sister Danielle studied theology and elementary education at Immaculata University and has a master's degree in educational leadership from Saint Joseph's University.  Prior to becoming principal at Saint Peter the Apostle School, Sister Danielle was principal in Lancaster, PA and taught middle school in several Catholic schools in Philadelphia.  

Sister Danielle's educational interests include: technology, STREAM, strengthening parent partnerships, and social-emotional learning.  Sister Danielle is excited about continuing the rich history of quality Catholic education that Saint Peter the Apostle School is known to provide and furthering the school mission to "contribute to the building up of God's Kingdom here on earth."

Contact Sister Danielle at srdanielle@stpetertheapostleschool.com.

Alexa Ledain, Eighth Grade Teacher

Ms. Ledain has a bachelor's degree in public health from Temple University and is pursuing her master's degree in elementary education. She has experience teaching in Philadelphia Charter Schools and has taught ELA, science, and mathematics. She moved from Miami, Florida to Philadelphia to pursue her education. 

Ms. Ledain has a passion for teaching, while creating an environment where students feel capable, confident and loved. She loves implementing fun yet educational practices into her lesson plans and is looking forward to having an amazing 2022-23 school year with St. Peter the Apostle School families and students.

Contact Ms. Ledain at aledain@stpetertheapostleschool.com.

Mary Lutter, Seventh Grade Teacher

Mary Lutter holds degrees in Human Services and Rehabilitation and Social Studies Education as well as Special Education.  Mrs. Lutter joined Saint Peter the Apostle School in the 2021-2022 school year as the fifth grade teacher.  She is currently teaching grades 6-8 English Language Arts and looks forward to continuing to partner with the middle school parents and teachers to support SPAS students.

Contact Mrs. Lutter at mlutter@stpetertheapostleschool.com.

Saskia Kercy, Sixth Grade Teacher

Ms. Kercy attended Catholic schools in Philadelphia and graduated from West Catholic Preparatory High School before continuing her studies.  She has a BA in Economics and Global Studies from Temple University and a MA in Economics from Howard University.

Ms. Kercy brings a variety of professional experiences to St. Peter the Apostle School including: providing financial and business education to immigrant populations, facilitating Girls on the Run programs, writing for various professional journals, and public affairs and communication experience.  

Caroline Hatala, Fifth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Hatala is the product of Catholic education.  She has a BSN in Nursing from Catholic University and a Master's of Education from Holy Family University.  Mrs. Hatala enjoys working with students to discover and develop their unique gifts and talents.

Deborah Krysztoforski, Fourth Grade Teacher

Ms. Krysztoforski studied elementary school education and has a bachelor's degree in liberal arts with a major in education. She taught in the Catholic school system for several years.

Ms. Krysztoforski's educational interests include building parent-teacher relationships to benefit the education of the students, differentiated instructions to meet the needs of all students, technology, and educating the students in a Christian environment. She is honored to be a part of the faculty of St. Peter the Apostle School.

Ms. Krysztoforski was accepted into the Notre Dame STEM Teaching Fellows program in Spring 2023.

Contact Deborah Krysztoforski at dkrysztoforski@stpetertheapostleschool.com.

Michelle Maqboul, Third Grade Teacher

Mrs. Maqboul is the product of Catholic education in Philadelphia and has been a Catholic school educator in Philadelphia since 1997.  In addition to her many years of Catholic schoole experience, Mrs. Maqboul brings a spirit of enthusiasm and desire for academic excellence to her classroom.  

Contact Mrs. Maqboul at mmaqboul@stpetertheapostleschool.com. 

Second Grade Teacher, Jennifer Gonzalez

Ms. Gonzalez has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Temple University and she is eager to work with parents and students at St. Peter the Apostle School.

Contact Ms. Gonzalez at jgonzalez@stpetertheapostleschool.com.

Nicole Quigley, First Grade Teacher

Ms. Quigley graduated from Gwynedd-Mercy College with degrees in elementary education, special education, and early childhood education.  She has experience teaching in Catholic and public school.  Ms. Quigley was named an AOP Tech Influencer in 2021 and is an active volunteer in the National MS Society.  

Contact Ms. Quigley at nquigley@stpetertheapostleschool.com.

Francesca Formica, Kindergarten Teacher

Miss Formica has a bachelor's degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from Holy Family University. Miss Formica spent one year teaching technology before finding her home at St. Peter’s in Kindergarten. 

Miss Formica enjoys teaching and shaping little minds. She enjoys teaching reading and writing to the little ones and helping them discover their love for it too!  Miss Formica also enjoys STREAM projects with her kids and sharing their projects with their families and the SPA community!

Contact Francesca Formica at fformica@stpetertheapostleschool.com.

Carla Suero, PK Teacher

Mrs. Suero earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. Upon graduation she went on to teach in both public and Catholic schools in the Orlando area. She moved to Philadelphia during the summer of 2019 and found her new home at St. Peter the Apostle School. 

Mrs. Suero loves teaching and helping children grow socially, spiritually, emotionally, and academically.  She is excited about providing a caring loving environment where children can begin to build the foundation and love for life long learning. 

Contact Carla Suero at csuero@stpetertheapostleschool.com.

Rosemary Carollo, Technology/STEM Teacher

Mrs. Carollo holds a bachelor's degree in information Systems Technology from Penn State University with a minor in business.  She has worked as an IT Support/Business Analyst as well as in the role of Director of Technology in two AOP High Schools.  Mrs. Carollo teaches technology and STEM in grades PK 4 - 8 and enjoys supporting the faculty and staff in implementing technology in the classroom.

Contact Mrs. Carollo at rcarollo@stpetertheapostleschool.com.

Jesseca Leiva, Spanish Teacher

Jesseca Leiva is a product of Saint Peter the Apostle School and now works in admissions and development while teaching Spanish in grades PK 4 - 8.  Ms. Leiva's past experiences include tutoring ESL students in a school setting, working in after school programs, and translating for parents in a school setting.  She also worked as a Spanish Interpreter in other settings.  Ms. Leiva is passionate about helping students grow in learning and fluency in Spanish.

Contact Jesseca Leiva at jleiva@stpetertheapostleschool.com.

Samirah Odoms, PE/Health Teacher

Ms. Odoms is currently studying for a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy.  Ms. Odoms has background experience as a sports performance specialist, rehab aide, track and field coach, student athletic trainer, and dance instructor and choreographer.  

Contact Ms. Odoms at sodoms@stpetertheapostleschool.com.