The Art Program at St Agnes follows a timeline from Cave art in Kindergarten to Modern art in 8th Grade.
We explore methods and materials , styles and periods of art and artists. architecture, portrait drawing, printmaking, clay . illustration , watercolor techniques and drawing skills.
Mrs. Judith DeSimone
Judy DeSimone is a Moore College of Art and Design graduate with a Bachelor of Science in art education. She did graduate work in fine arts at West Chester University and Philadelphia College of the Arts. Judy proudly taught art at South Brandywine Middle School, Coatesville, PA for thirty one years, one and a half years in the Catholic schools, and currently teaches in various programs in the Delaware Valley area, such as the youth camp at the Chester County Art Association.
Judy is an artist that specializes in low fire white clay, painted with under glazes and gloss glaze in the bas relief technique. The relief encompasses low, medium and high forms, with themes varying from nature, city scenes, to the whimsical. You may view her professional Facebook page at www.facebook.com/judydesimoneceramics.
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Christina Hodlofski has resided in West Chester her entire life. She was baptized at St. Agnes, and is a graduate of this school. She attended Bishop Shanahan High School in West Chester, and then went to Cabrini College where she obtained a Degree in Education. She received her Pennsylvania State Teaching Certification in 1992, and quickly began her teaching career as a classroom teacher at Nativity BVM School in Media. Through the last twenty years in education, she has gained experience in teaching many different academic levels. Her experience ranges from teaching third graders to eighth graders. In 2003, she decided that she wanted to place her emphasis on teaching what she loves the most which is MATH. Tina transitioned from grade level teacher into the Honors Math Classroom. Educating the same children for four years, and being able to teach one’s passion is very rewarding! She prides herself on ensuring her students have a positive classroom environment in which they can consistently succeed to the best of their ability.
She is ready and eager to begin the next chapter of her career at St. Agnes. As sad as it was to watch Nativity BVM close its doors in June, she truly believes that when one door closes… another opens. How blessed she is to continue with her passion of teaching Honors Math in a school that molded her as a student so many years ago!
The Music Curriculum of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is designed to broaden a student’s general knowledge of basic musical skills and concepts at all levels of elementary education. Through participation in the music program, students are lead in a deeper appreciation of liturgy, ethnic cultures, and musical styles. Music holds a prominent place in the spectrum of Arts and is of paramount importance in the development of the whole child.
Mrs. LeeAnne Hosking
Mrs. Hosking was inspired by her 2nd grade teacher to become a music teacher. She is a graduate of York Catholic High School and West Chester University where she earned her BM in Piano Performance. During her years at WCU she was chosen to perform the Schumann Piano Concerto (1st mvt) with the University Orchestra.
Mrs. Hosking is a member of the National Piano Guilds and a certified piano teacher for the American College of Musicians. She has 26 years of experience teaching classroom music and piano at St. Agnes School.
Mrs. Hosking is the wife of Frank, Jr. and the mother of SAS alums Frank III (Class of 2010) and Matthew (Class of 2015).
In addition to sharing her love of music to her students, she enjoys gardening, baking and sports (especially football).
Physical Education at St. Agnes includes the teaching of physical skills as well as social skills. Children of all grades should be able to listen and follow directions, develop honesty, cooperate with teammates and teacher, use equipment properly and safely, practice good sportsmanship, and have fun.
Mrs. Stacy Brennan
Mrs. Brennan grew up in Downingtown. She attended Penn State University and West Chester University. She has a BS in Health and Physical Education and an MS in Elementary Education. She taught in Downingtown Area School District and St. Elizabeth Parish School prior to coming to St. Angnes.
Mrs. Brennan is married to Frank and has three children. Kaitlin is a senior nursing major at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware and is on the lacrosse team. Drew is a freshman Mechanical Engineering major at University of Pennsylvania and is on the football team. Caroline is in 8th grade at Lionville Middle School and plays soccer, basketball, and lacrosse.
Mrs. Brennan has a passion for teaching and loves to see joy on the student’s faces! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching her children’s sporting events, and going to the beach as well as the mountains.
Spanish instruction is completed weekly in our Kindergarten to 8th grade classrooms. In addition to learning the Spanish language, students are also taught about the Spanish culture and customs.
Ms. Monica Pica (Grades K-2)
Ms. Monica Pica earned her undergraduate degree from Villanova University in both Economics and Geography with a minor in Business and her MBA in Finance from West Chester University. She began her love of Spanish early in life and eventually tutored it to college students at Rider University. She combined her passion of music and theater and languages and created and developed an interactive program teaching Spanish and American Sign Language through music and has been teaching children at several schools and directing children’s theater for decades. She uses the strategy of TPR (Total Physical Response), which allows students to remember vocabulary via body movements, songs, mnemonics, and learn an additional language in American Sign Language.
Ms Pica is a private voice and acting instructor and a professional photographer. For 16 years, she has been a live on air guest on QVC and also internationally on The Shopping Channel in Canada.
Ms. Barbara Medina (Grades 3-8)
Miss Barbara Medina is excited to be joining the St. Agnes School community teaching Spanish! She is also currently teaching Spanish at both St. Teresa of Calcutta School and St. Francis of Assisi School. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico but grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Having been a part of the Allentown Diocese from Kindergarten through High School, she returned to Notre Dame High School to begin her teaching career in 2004. In 2008, she moved to Chester County to pursue new teaching opportunities and in 2016 she joined the Philadelphia Archdiocese. She graduated from Moravian College with a BA in Spanish and Education with a minor in graphic design. She holds a PA Private School Certification in Spanish K-12. Barbara is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education in Instructional Technology K-12 at DeSales University.
The Technology curriculum provides students with instruction in basic computer skills, Internet research and the ethical use of technology. Integrating technology throughout the curriculum enables the students to transfer concepts and skills learned in one area to another part of the curriculum. Emphasis is placed on engaged learning through a progression of skills to achieve higher order thinking skills and acquire twenty first century technological skills.
Mrs. Emily Freney
Emily Freney graduated from West Chester University in 2009 and still lives in West Chester with her husband and son. This is her 4th year teaching in the diocese and her 6th year in education. She is very excited to continue teaching and sharing her faith at a Catholic school. In her free time Emily enjoys spending time with family, reading, crafts, watching and playing sports. She especially loves rooting for the Philadelphia Union! Emily is looking forward to another great year at St. Agnes School.
Through our Lab Learners Program, students in grades 1 to 8 visit our Science lab on a weekly basis.