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. Mrs. DeSimone also teaches in various art programs in the Delaware Valley area, such as the youth camp at the Chester County Art Association. This is Mrs. DeSimone’s fifth year teaching art here at Saint Agnes School!
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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Honors Math – Mrs. Tina Hodlofski
Math Honors page: https://sites.google.com/site/stagneshonorsmath/home
Mrs. Hodlofski has 21 years experience in Catholic Education, and has taught at the primary, intermediate, and junior high levels.
She is a graduate of Cabrini College where she obtained a BS in Education with a concentration in math. She began her teaching career at Nativity BVM in Media, PA where she ironically focused on language arts and writing, and her post graduate education focused on children’s literature.
When Mrs. Hodlofski stepped away from teaching to raise her children, her course work refocused on elementary and middle school mathematics. Her studies included mathematics coaching and leadership. While spending time at home with her children, Mrs. Hodlofski began privately tutoring students in math and standardized testing; including high school placement exams.
When she re-entered the classroom in 2004, Mrs. Hodlofski went back to Nativity BVM and started the Honors Math Program. She remained at Nativity until its doors closed due to the Archdiocese restructuring program. When her role at Nativity ended, she jumped at the opportunity to return to St. Agnes where she is a proud alumnus and now educator
Mrs. Hodlofski maturated a Summer Enrichment Program for ELA and math twenty-four years ago and it is still going strong today. She is the current honors math teacher at St. Agnes, and one of the Math Curriculum Coordinators for our school. She is also a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Mrs. Hodlofski lives in West Chester with her husband and three children. Her daughter, Ashley, is a 2016 graduate of Bishop Shanahan High School and is currently a junior at Widener University where she is pursuing a degree in the medical field. Her son, Jake is a 2018 graduate of Malvern Prep and is pursuing a business finance degree at the University of Scranton and her son, Luke is a sixth grader at their parish school, Saints Peter and Paul.
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, PA. She attended Penn State University and West Chester University. She has a BS in Health and Physical Education and an MS in Elementary Education. In the past, she taught in Downingtown Area School District and St. Elizabeth Parish School, and now this is her third year teaching at St. Agnes.
Mrs. Brennan is married to Frank and has three children. Kaitlin graduated college in 2017 and is now a nurse in Wisconsin. Drew is a junior Economics major at University of Pennsylvania and is on the football team. Caroline is in 10th grade at Downingtown East High School and plays 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 reading, spending time with her family, watching her children’s sporting events and going to the beach as well as the mountains.
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. Anna Cataldo
Anna Cataldo has been teaching in the Archdiocesan schools for 6 years. This will be her 4th year teaching technology classes, and her 1st year at Saint Agnes School. She is a graduate of University of Delaware and holds her Master of Science degree in Education from Drexel University. She is very excited to continue teaching and sharing her faith at her home parish. In her free time Anna enjoys spending time with her family, reading, practicing yoga, cooking, and learning about new technologies. Anna is looking forward to a wonderful year at St. Agnes School.
Through our Lab Learners Program, students in grades 1 to 8 visit our Science lab on a weekly basis.