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.  

Russell Hendrick: Social Studies


Russell graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York with a degree in History and Education.  He has taught in various capacities in Irondequoit CSD, Greece CSD, and at Nazareth Academy.  Russell began teaching at Nativity in late 2011 as the ELA teacher but jumped at the chance to return to his favorite subject, Social Studies!  While teaching at Nativity Russell has continued his own education as he has worked to complete a masters in Social Studies Education from SUNY Brockport. 




Dorann Salvaggio: Math

Dorann has also been an educator for over 25 years both at Nazareth Academy and Christ Community Church School, where was both Principal and teacher. She received her Masters in education at SUNY Brockport.







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.

Tom O'Rourke: ELA


Tom attended the University of Dayton from 2009-2013 and majored in Middle Childhood Education with concentrations in math and social studies.  He grew up in Fairport NY and was a graduate of McQuaid Jesuit prior to heading off to college at Dayton.  In addition to teaching ELA, Tom will be the 5th and 6th grade boys basketball coach.  In his spare time, Tom loves to run and play basketball as well as discuss novels with his students at Nativity. Beyond his gifts as an educator, Tom’s enthusiasm and commitment to the Nativity mission make him a great addition to our staff and role model for our students.


Loretta Yatteau: Graduate Support Director & Religion

Loretta has taken on an expanded role as the Graduate Support Director for Nativity to support and advocate for our recent graduates as they begin their high school education and ensure that their transition is smooth and successful.  She will also retain teaching responsibilty for Religion.  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.


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.  





Sr. Magdalina Kelner SSJ: Spanish

Following 29 years teaching at Nazareth College and Academy,
Sr. Magdalena has graciously offered to share her experience with our students. Her broad background covers a BA in Math & Chemistry and a Masters in Spanish from Middlebury College.

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.

Amy Bolognino

Amy is originally from Albany New York. She is a recent graduate of Nazareth College with a Bachelors in History. She has experience locally interning at the George Eastman House in their Development Department. Also through Nazareth's program Partners for Learning, she has five semesters experience volunteering at Hope Hall School in various classes.  Last fall she interned at the Newseum, in Washington D.C, in their Education Department and helped coordinate children events and worked with local schools creating online exhibits. With an interest in Education, she wanted to pursue a service year to gain more experience in a Social Studies classroom before going to graduate school to become a teacher.


Jenna Anvent

Jenna is a recent graduate from St. Bonaventure University with a double major in Elementary Education and Special Education along with a minor in Spanish. A native of Pittsford, NY, she learned about Nativity through Sr Donna Delsanto, who leads the SSJ Volunteer Corp, and was drawn to the school since St. Boniface was her home parish growing up. At Nativity, Jenna works primarily with the fifth grade, but I also uses her educational background helping with sixth and seventh grade math as well as seventh and eighth grade Spanish. Importantly, she is also the "Beyond the Classroom Education Experience" coordinator setting up field trips and helping to plan other programs that make up the school's extended day program. In her free time, Jenna enjoys playing piano and spending time with family. 


Jillian Flanagan

Jillian graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a double major in psychology and sociology. During college she was a member of the Royal Lady Knights and the Geneseo Field Hockey team. As a member of both, she participated in various service activities throughout Monroe and Livingston County. During college she held internships at both the Center for Dispute Settlement and Livingston County Youth Bureau and was a Teaching Assistant for an Introductory Psychology class. She has been a camp counselor at day camp and sleep away camps the last four summers and enjoys working with children of all ages. She is very excited to work at Nativity Preparatory Academy located right in the city where she grew up.