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. 


Michael Harris: Religion


Michael Harris is very excited to be joining the Nativity faculty as a religion teacher for grades 5, 6 and 7. A Webster native, Michael attended Franciscan University prior to receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from St. John’s University and is currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Counseling through the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education.  From 2012 through 2014 Michael attended The Catholic University of America’s Graduate School of Theology and Religious Studies in Washington, DC. and has experience working in a variety of catechetical and youth ministry positions in Illinois, New York City and Rochester, NY. He has recently worked as an intern at a large Rochester-area parish and as an Area Director at Camp Stella Maris of Livonia. Michael hopes to create an environment where the unique religious perspectives of all students are respected and valued while at the same time preparing them for the demands of high school level religious studies. 


Amy Stell: Social Studies


Amy is a graduate from the University of Rochester with a BA in History, specializing in European, American, and Music History, and a MA in Social Studies Education 5-12. As part of her Master's program, Amy student taught at Young Women's College Preparatory Academy and Greece Athena High School before gratefully finding her way to Nativity in the 2014-2015 year. She has a passion for history, music, and food and pursues all by travelling the world as much as possible! When she is not teaching, Amy works as a barista at Starbucks, and spends time reading, cooking, singing, and playing with her two adorable puppies!

Martha Capozzi: Office Manager


Martha has been part of the Nativity family for six years. In addition to being the school office manager and secretary she is also a nurse, having received her degree from Isabella Graham Hart School of Nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse 45 years ago. Prior to joining Nativity, Martha worked at Nazareth Academy for 19 years as the nurse and book store manager. She feels that “it is a special gift to watch these students achieve and realize their goals for high school. I am blessed to work at a place that makes students and parents feel like family”.



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.


Brynn Champney


Brynn graduated from the University of Rochester with a BA in Cultural Anthropology. Her focus involves alternative forms of kinship and the coping skills of children in the aftermath of conflict. She lived with genocid orphans in rural Rwonda, and hopes to return there for future fieldwork. She is currently applying to PHD programs in Anthropology. Brynn is thrilled to be working with children again at Nativity Preparatory Academy; she believes they are her true teachers.


Carley Stokes 


A graduate of Nazareth College in May of 2015, with a major in studio art, concentration in painting and a minor is psychology, Carley is working with fifth through eighth grade in the Art Classroom. She knows the power of personal expression and how effective it can be in helping students gain confidence and creativity for their furture. One goal this year is to use her skills in marketing and graphic design to help share information about the school through creation of a Nativity Facebook page. The enrichment program has given her an opportunity to lead a Zumba and mural development group. Carley is also art director for developing set designs for Nativity's musical production of Aladdin this spring.  She is very pleased to be part of the Nativity school community.