La Salle Academy said “Good Bye” to Mrs. Bryson this last year as she retired from teaching Kindergarten. However, Mrs. Bryson still comes to La Salle to Substitute teach when teachers in K-4th grades are out but also to see her grand daughters who attend La Salle Academy. We love Mrs. Bryson and pray for her as she cruises into some well-deserved, golden retirement years.
Kathleen Mihalik has been teaching in the Diocese of Allentown for over 40 years, most of which have been at St. John’s and La Salle Academy. She taught at St. Mary’s, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Paul’s and Cabrini Academy, before coming to St. John’s and La Salle Academy. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. Mrs. Mihalik is a graduate of Reading Central Catholic High School. She graduated from Kutztown University with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. She holds an Instructional II Certification.
Mrs. Mihalik is a master teacher and a member of NCEA.
Mrs. Mihalik is La Salle’s Religion Coordinator. She works closely with the Pastors and Religious Education Directors of the two parish community. Mrs. Mihalik supervises the daily and weekly Faculty Prayer.
Fun Activities in Third Grade:
Stephen W. Mickulik has been in education for 15 years. He has taught in the classroom, worked as a Campus Minister and Director of School Counseling and been in administration, with experience from K-12 within the Diocese of Allentown System of Education and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Mr. Mickulik has served in Berks county as vice-president and president of the Berks Area School Counselor’s Association. He currently volunteers at his local parish as the Cubmaster for his local cubscout pack.
Mr. Mickulik graduated from the University of Scranton with a B.A. degree in Theology and Philosophy. He holds an M.Ed. in Elementary School Counseling and a Certificate in Secondary School Counseling from Kutztown University, as well as a K-12 Principal Certificate from Alvernia University.
Mr. Mickulik is honored to serve as Principal of La Salle Academy.
Mrs. Lisa Galvin graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Mrs. Galvin has been substitute teaching at La Salle Academy and Governor Mifflin Elementary schools since 2009.
Mrs. Galvin’s five children all have attended La Salle from 1997 to the present. She is also been the La Salle CYO Cross Country coach and has been an integral part of St. John’s Vacation Bible School summer program.
Fun Activities in Physical Education class:
Everything in Physical Education class is meant to be fun. Children are involved in activities that are designed to help them grow in many different ways. Sportsmanship, team building, physical fitness, health and personal growth are stressed within the curriculum.
Robert Woodland has been teaching at La Salle Academy since 2002. He holds a Masters in Education from Cabrini, B.A. degree in Business and Secondary Education in History from Alvernia College and an A.A. degree in Industrial Engineering. Mr. Woodland attended Penn State University for three years majoring in forestry and biology. He was a certified lab technician in the United States Army and worked in industry for over 30 years in quality assurance, industrial engineering, purchasing, and plant manager.
Mr. Woodland is La Salle Academy’s Science Coordinator. In addition, he coordinates La Salle’s Science Fair and involves the students in the Reading Berks Science and Engineering Fair. He maintains the science lab.
Fun Activities in Seventh Grade:
Seventh grade is an important year because students start to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation which they receive in eighth grade.
Seventh grade students utilize the science lab to perform experiments, create slides to examine under microscopes, build models of cells, and dissect animal parts. They learn more about the scientific method by participating in the Science Fair and visiting a science center. In addition, the students visit the Renaissance Fair to experience history. They develop public speaking skills by participating in the Declamation Contest.
Mrs. Kathy Snyder graduated from Albright College with a B.A. degree in Secondary Education and History. She was involved in numerous sports and was named Outstanding Senior Athlete. Mrs. Snyder has been teaching over 24 years, and has been teaching at La Salle Academy since 1998. Previously, she taught 7th, 8th, and 10th grade social studies in the Daniel Boone School District. Mrs. Snyder holds an Instructional II Certification in Social Studies and Special Education. She is a member of NCEA and was named in Who’s Who Among American Teachers.
Mrs. Snyder is La Salle Academy’s Social Studies Coordinator and monitors La Salle’s History Fair. She coordinates the mock presidential elections as well as other activities. Mrs. Snyder serves on the Diocese of Allentown Middle School Committee.
Fun Activities for Sixth Grade:
Sixth grade students look forward to presenting the “Sixth Grade Play” for their parents and the school. Sixth grade students also assume a leadership role by working with the younger students on a variety of activities throughout the year. They become involved with a social justice project in religion class and reach out to special needs children at the John Paul II Center. Sixth grade students enjoy participating in the jr. high school dances, and CYO sports activities. In addition, they learn more about science by visiting the Franklin Institute and participating in La Salle’s Science Fair.
Denice Cannon has been teaching at La Salle Academy since 1998. She has taught physical education, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Mrs. Cannon is a graduate of Holy Name High School. She received a B.A. degree from DeSales University in Politics, and Elementary Education Certification from Alvernia College. Mrs. Cannon holds an Instructional II Certification. She coaches CYO girls basketball. Mrs. Cannon is a member of NCEA.
Mrs. Cannon is La Salle’s Student Council Coordinator. The Student Council is responsible for providing fun activities for the students throughout the year such as: the faculty vs. the volleyball team, red and green day, boys vs. girls basketball game, the Easter egg hunt, raffles, contests, and bake sales.
Fun Activities for Fifth Grade:
Fifth grade students travel to Valley Forge to learn more about American history. Fifth grade students also give witness to their faith by reaching out to the community through numerous activities.
Mrs. Susan Teskey has over 25 years of teaching experience. She has taught at La Salle Academy since 1990. Previously, she taught at Marysville Preschool, St. Christopher’s, and substituted for various public schools.
Mrs. Teskey graduated magna cum laude from Kutztown University with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. She holds an Instructional II Certification and is a master teacher as well as a mentor teacher. Mrs. Teskey has her master catechist certification and she is a member of NCEA, and is listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers.
Mrs. Teskey is La Salle’s Rainbow for All God’s Children Coordinator. She is co chair of the Middle States committee.Mrs. Teskey is head teacher at La Salle Academy.
Fun Activities in Fourth Grade:
To enhance the science and social studies curriculum, fourth grade students travel to Harrisburg. The students enjoy participating in the “Butterfly Project” where they observe the growth and development of butterflies before releasing them in the spring.
Rogers has been teaching since 2006. Not only is she a graduate of Holy Name High School, but she also graduated from La Salle Academy! Mrs. Rogers received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Kutztown University where she received two faculty awards for excellence. She has taught in kindergarten, second, and third grades. We welcome Mrs. Rogers back to La Salle!
Fun Activities in Third Grade:
Third grade students enjoy participating in the Festival of Saints as well as the Christmas Show. They learn about Native Americans by visiting the Museum. They travel to the DaVinci Center to learn more about science. Third grade students really enjoy creating Power Point presentations in computer class.
Mary Ellen Greenich has been teaching at St. John’s and La Salle Academy for over 40 years. Mrs. Greenich is a graduate of Alvernia College. She received her B.A. degree in Elementary Education from Penn State University with English as a dual major. She holds an Instructional II Certification. Mrs. Greenich was named in Who’s Who Among Teachers, and is being considered for Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Education. She received the Governor’s Award for Safety in Education. She is a member of NCEA, and a member of the National Dean’s List for Teachers. Mrs. Greenich is proud to be a certified Catechist.
Fun Activities in Second Grade:
Second grade is an important year because the students receive two sacraments, Reconciliation and Holy Communion. In the spring they also enjoy attending the sacrament breakfast with the older students.
Mrs. Greenich does numerous activities to enhance the curriculum. Each month begins with a new book and incorporates and theme-based activities. The students look forward to Halloween, a visit from Santa, Mardi Gras, and field trips to the Museum & Planetarium, the Hands-on House, and the Oregon Dairy.