In The Q

August 24, 2022 Special Edition Newsletter

Meet QCSD's Newest Teachers

QCSD's newest teachers stand in front of the school board dais in the Community Room of the District Services Center.

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Carly Althauser

Education: Bachelors in History and Spanish, Seattle University; Masters in Latin American History, University of Texas; Master in Teaching, Seattle University.


In QCSD: English Language Arts, 6th Grade Center


Previously: Six years at a public school in Washington State, five years at an international school in South Korea, and five years at an international school in Israel.


Fun things: Painting, reading, gardening


Why did you become a teacher? “I love working with middle school students and am passionate about helping people learn.”

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Shannon Barlow

Education: B.A, M.S, Delaware Valley University; M.Ed, Lehigh University


In QCSD: Emotional Support, Pfaff Elementary


Previously: Emotional Support, Centennial School of Lehigh University; Special Education, Central Bucks School District


Fun things: Coaching college basketball, running, spending time with friends and family


Why did you become a teacher?: “I've always loved working with and teaching students with special needs and being a positive role model for all students.”

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Brooke Cobb

Education: B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; working on Masters in School Supervision: Special Education


In QCSD: Learning Support, QCHS


Previously: Dieruff High School, Allentown


Fun things: Reading, hiking, crafting, Legos


Why did you become a teacher?: "For my love of learning and wanting to help instill that in others. My love of working with people of all ages and abilities. A desire to help these populations."

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Dan Cymerman

Education: Gwynedd Mercy University


In QCSD: Third-grade, Trumbauersville Elementary


Previously: Emotional Support, Boyertown; Autistic Support, Wissahickon


Fun things: Playing sports, hanging with my new puppy, Ruby


Why did you become a teacher?: "To help make a difference and encourage students that anything is possible."

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Jennifer DiCrisco

Education: Bachelor’s, Secondary English Education, West Chester University


In QCSD: Ninth-Grade English, Creative Writing, QCHS


Previously: First-year teacher!


Fun things: Going to concerts, kayaking, hiking, reading


Why did you become a teacher?: "Teaching is something I’ve always wanted to do. I feel passionate about educating and empowering young adults. I’m also excited for all of the learning opportunities I will have while working closely with other teachers and administrators."

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Jamie Hunt

Education: Bachelors, Kutztown University; Masters, Neumann University


In QCSD: Special Education, Richland Elementary


Previously: Bristol Township School District (15 years)


Fun things: Spending time with my family, traveling, shopping, cooking, reading


Why did you become a teacher?: "My brother was my inspiration. He struggled in school due to dyslexia. He came home from school growing up, discouraged and hating school. I don't want any of my students to feel that way."

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Jessica Jones

Education: Master of Science in Educational Leadership


In QCSD: Fourth-grade math/science, Trumbauersville Elementary


Previously: Mathematics specialist, Mastery Charter Schools, Philadelphia


Fun things: Rugby, Sudoku puzzles, board games with family


Why did you become a teacher?: "I struggled with math as a child. I'm committed to teaching students math through fun, practical ways. Fractions should be cool to everyone."

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Emily Lubitz

Education: West Chester University/Lehigh University


In QCSD: Emotional Support, QCHS


Previously: Centennial School of Lehigh University; Palisades School District


Fun things: Running with my dog, ultimate frisbee, hiking


Why did you become a teacher?: "I became a teacher to be one of the many who help students feel empowered and successful."

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Joanne McGough

Education: B.S. Secondary Education, Social Studies, Clarion University; M.S. Special Education, Lehigh University; continuing education courses, Delaware Valley University (Autism Endorsement certification credits) and Holy Family University (Reading Specialist certification credits)


In QCSD: Learning Support, Trumbauersville Elementary


Previously: Learning Support Teacher, Central Bucks School District (16 years); Exeter Junior High (1 year), Centennial School of Lehigh University (2 years)


Fun things: Getting lost in a good book, shore trips with my husband and two boys, and playing in the garden with plants


Why did you become a teacher?: "The need to help others. My father struggles with a language-based learning disability. He showed me that life is not always easy, but to never let it hold you back."

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Eric Molchan

Education: East Stroudsburg University; University of Scranton


In QCSD: Seventh-grade Math, head soccer coach, Strayer


Previously: Northampton Middle School


Fun things: Soccer, basketball, video games, snowboarding, sports card/MTG collector


Why did you become a teacher?: "Both my parents were teachers while I was growing up. My mother would bring me to her classroom for 'Take Your Child To Work Day.' The students were always happy to see me and looked up to me like an older sibling. This resonated with me when picking my career path. I want to be someone my students can always come to and feel comfortable to express who they are. In turn, I want to set them up for success and make learning as engaging as possible."

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Maegan Mostellar

Education: Bachelor's, Early Childhood Education PreK-4, Special Education PreK-8; Master's, Special Education


In QCSD: Learning Support, Neidig Elementary


Previously: Third-grade Learning Support Teacher, Pleasant Valley School District


Fun things: Playing with my dog, exercising, reading


Why did you become a teacher?: "My second-grade teacher made such a positive impact on me. She inspired me to want to make a positive impact as a teacher in the future."

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Laura Olchewsky

Education: Bachelor of Science in Education, minor in Integrative STEM Education, Millersville University


In QCSD: Long-term substitute, third grade, Pfaff Elementary


Previously: First-year teacher!


Fun things: "I love to explore and be creative! When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy cooking and spending time outside."


Why did you become a teacher?: "I became a teacher because of the impact that I can make on future generations. I enjoy seeing the spark in my students when they understand the content as well as their continued passion for learning."

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Tara Paglia-Curato

Education: Bachelor's, Psychology, La Salle University; Master's, Special Education with Elementary certification, Lehigh University


In QCSD: Learning Support, Neidig Elementary


Previously: Learning Support Teacher, Wilson Area School District


Fun things: Playing games with my son and daughter, going to local farms for seasonal picking festivals, fishing, reading, and learning the ukulele


Why did you become a teacher?: "To support exceptional students through the barriers to their learning, and instill a lifelong love of learning for all students."

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Kristy Sparwasser

Education: Bachelors of Science, Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Athletic Coaching Minor, Millersville University; Graduate Level Endorsement, Social Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness, Lehigh University


In QCSD: First-grade, Richland Elementary


Previously: Substitute, Quakertown Elementary schools; Learning Support Aide, Richland Elementary


Fun things: Playing volleyball and hiking with my kids, gardening, reading, jogging


Why did you become a teacher?: "Teaching brings out creativity, continuous learning, eagerness to try new things, and allows for differences to shine. Every day brings something new and challenging and provides opportunities to inspire each student in a different way. These are all motivating things that I value."

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Claire Surovi

Education: West Chester University, Lehigh University


In QCSD: Emotional Support, Pfaff Elementary


Previously: Whitehall Coplay School District; Centennial School of Lehigh University


Hobbies: Reading, cooking, going to concerts, being outdoors


Why did you become a teacher?: "To make a positive impact on students. Meet the social/emotional needs of all learners."

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Colleen Vazquez

Education: Bachelor's, Childhood Education PreK - 6, St. John's; Master's, Childhood Education & Special Education, Molloy College


In QCSD: Third grade, Neidig Elementary


Previously: Taught in New York for 12 years, teaching grades 1-3, and spent the last 10 years teaching in Texas, teaching fourth grade.


Fun things: I love crafting, painting, reading, and spending time with my family.


Why did you become a teacher? "I absolutely love learning and helping students develop that desire to learn as much as you can in everything you do. Each day my mission is to inspire, challenge, and help empower students to drive their own learning. There is absolutely nothing more rewarding."

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Kristen Vorwaller

Education: Bachelor's, Elementary/Special Education; Master's, Special Education, Holy Family University


In QCSD: Emotional Support, Sixth Grade Center


Previously: Autistic Support and Learning Support, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, School District of Philadelphia

Fun things: Attending concerts, playing board games, yoga, hiking


Why did you become a teacher? "The impact certain educators had on my life inspired me to follow a similar path and help students develop and grow in a loving environment."

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Timothy Wolfe

Education: Bachelor's, Music, Lebanon Valley College; M.A.T. Music Education, University of the Arts; Master's, Jazz Studies, University of the Arts

In QCSD: Elementary Orchestra, Trumbauersville, Quakertown Elementary, Richland


Previously: Freelance work performing and recording music (I play the bass professionally); adjunct professor of music, Lebanon Valley College


Fun things: Yoga and good coffee


Why did you become a teacher? "I was fortunate to have a number of excellent teachers in my life, and I feel called to 'pay it forward' by returning some of their wisdom back into the world."

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Shannon Barlow

Education: B.A, M.S, Delaware Valley University; M.Ed, Lehigh University


In QCSD: Emotional Support, Pfaff Elementary


Previously: Emotional Support, Centennial School of Lehigh University; Special Education, Central Bucks School District


Fun things: Coaching college basketball, running, spending time with friends and family


Why did you become a teacher?: “I've always loved working with and teaching students with special needs and being a positive role model for all students.”

Laura Olchewsky

Name: Laura Olchewsky

2. College and Education: I graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and completed a minor in Integrative STEM Education Methods.

3. What you'll be doing at QCSD: This year I will be a long term substitute teaching 3rd grade at Pfaff Elementary School.

4. Where did you previously work: I just graduated in May from Millersville, but have had several part-time jobs working with children.

5. Hobbies: I love to explore and be creative! When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy cooking and spending time outside.

6. Why did you become a teacher: I became a teacher because of the impact that I can make on future generations. I enjoy seeing the spark in my students when they understand the content as well as their continued passion for learning.

Dan Cymerman

Education: Gwynedd Mercy University


In QCSD: Third-grade, Trumbauersville Elementary


Previously: Emotional Support, Boyertown; Autistic Support, Wissahickon


Fun things: Playing sports, hanging with my new puppy, Ruby


Why did you become a teacher?: "To help make a difference and encourage students that anything is possible."