Our Faculty and Staff

           One mission drives the Nativity faculty and staff: to prepare their students intellectually, morally and spiritually for high school and, ultimately, college.

           The faculty is comprised of experienced master teachers with expertise in both their subject matter as well as inner-city education. Full-time intern teachers from the Sisters of St Joseph Volunteer program who are committing up to two years to the school add to the learning environment as well as oversee the after-school programs, tutoring sessions and Saturday activities. This leads to a student-faculty ratio of seven students to each faculty member.


Bill Carpenter: President

Becky Maloney: Principal

Becky is an experienced Catholic school administrator who has all the skills and attributes necessary to continue the development and mission of Nativity.   She received her BS from Nazareth College and a Masters in Elementary Education from SUNY Brockport.  Becky has spent over 30 years educating elementary and middle school students.  Her fifteen years of administrative experience as principal at St. Ambrose, Our Mother of Sorrows and Holy Cross School clearly provides the administrative grounding, curricular expertise and commitment to mission that will benefit Nativity in the years ahead.  





Loretta Yatteau: Graduate Support Director & MATH

Loretta has taken on an expanded role as both the Math teacher as well as the Graduate Support Director for Nativity.  In this latter role, her primary goal is to support and advocate for our recent graduates as they begin their high school education and ensure that their transition is smooth and successful.  Loretta has played a fundamental role in establishing the learning environment at the school at Nativity since the school opened in 2009. Strong as an educator and avid as an advocate, she brings out the best in our students. A long time resident of the Southwedge neighborhood, she received her BA from SUNY Brockport and Masters from St. John Fisher.



Emma Yatteau: Science

Emma graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a BA in Psychology.  She continued on to receive her Masters’ in Adolescent Education from St. John Fisher College.  Emma taught in the Rochester City School District for five years before joining Nativity full time.  She has worked at Nativity as a volunteer since its inception and has been a Summer Tutor and Summer Camp Director for the past two years.  Emma is thrilled to be teaching Science in the same classroom where she was first taught the subject  when she attended St. Boniface from Pre-K to 6th Grade.  When Emma is not teaching she is working on her home, playing with her Shih tzus, and working on her goal to travel the world.  Emma hopes to start her Doctorate at the University of Rochester in the Fall of 2014.

Pat DePippo: ELA

Patrick DePippo is the 6th, 7th, 8th English Literature and Writing Skills teacher.  After graduating from Saint Joseph’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Secondary Education, Patrick joined Nativity Prep as was a teacher and coach through the Sisters of St Joseph volunteer corp.   After completing his two-year service commitment, Patrick moved to New York City where he pursued and earned his Master’s in Literacy Education from Fordham University.  He then taught at a middle school in Harlem where he taught multiple subjects including Social Studies, English, and Podcasting, as well as taking up a variety of coaching and extracurricular positions.   Pat realized he had a strong connection to improving education for all students and wanted to make sure that happened in his hometown of Rochester and soon returned to Nativity, this time as a full-time teacher.   Patrick enjoys practicing guitar, playing sports, reading, writing scripts, and traveling. We are thrilled to have Patrick back at Nativity!   



Sandy Casey: 5th Grade

Sandy graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York with a B.S. in Special Education and Childhood Education, with a concentration in English Language.  She spent last year at Nativity as a SSJ Volunteer Americorp Teacher focused on teaching ELA following expereiince in three other Nativity Schools throughout college, two in New York City and one in Buffalo. Three summers ago, she worked at The Working Boys Center in Quito, Ecuador and spent a month last summer caring for children and teaching English in a Polish orphanage.  With the decision to add a dedicated 5th grade class at Nativity, Sandy was a terrific choice given her terrific background and wonderful relationship with our students. 



Marian Carney-Ryan: Religion






Amy Stell: Social Studies

Martha Capozzi: Office Manager



Sue Petronello: Director of Advancement


Sue  brings a wealth of education and fundraising experience to Nativity.  As Executive Director for the Star Kids Scholarship Program in Rhode Island, she raised more than $500,000 per year to provide tuition aid and placed over 100 high risk, low income students in local private and parochial schools.  A returning Rochesterian, Sue received her BS in Education from SUNY Geneseo and Masters from Nazareth and taught for eight years in Webster prior to leaving Rochester.  

Roxanne VanDeWalker: Food Service Coordinator

We are pleased to have Roxanne back to oversee our food services and this year she has taken on additional responsibilities to help maintain the school.

We are fortunate to have three intern teachers from the SSJ Volunteer Program again this year to help oversee the educational experience of our students. These dedicated young people put in endless hours teaching, coaching, tutoring, overseeing meals and enrichment activities as well as mentoring our students. There commitment, enthusiasm and uniques skills are very much appreciated.

Alyssa Rodriquez

Alyssa graduated from Ithaca College with a B.M. in Music Composition with a concentration in violin performance. During college, she was a member of the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, performing with the group on tour, and regularly held performances of her original compositions. She studied music in Vienna, Austria for four months via IES Abroad. She also participated in various service opportunities such as helping out at Loaves and Fishes and the Dorothy Day Hospitality House. She acted as a camp counselor and taught music at the Ithaca Family Math Camp and Ithaca College Summer Music Academy the past three summers. At Nativity Preparatory Academy, Alyssa teaches Art and Music classes, and leads a drum circle. She wanted to pursue a year of service to gain more experience teaching Music in the classroom before going to graduate school to become a teacher. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys playing Irish fiddle, hiking, and traveling. 


Gretchen Erlichman 


Madeline Magee