Educators

Photo of Alpha House Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten building

All of our teachers hold at least a Bachelor Degree in Education and are certified in Early Childhood Education. Nursery and Pre-K class sizes range from 10-12 children and our Kindergarten class sizes range from 15-20.

Alpha House does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national, or ethnic origin, or handicap in administration of its education policies or admissions policies.

Alpha House Staff

Mary Becker, Director of Alpha House
Connie Dema, Secretary

Nursery Staff

Karen Barnes, Full-Day Teacher
Maria Kasperowicz, Full-Day Teacher

Cate Logan, Two-Day Teacher

Pre-K Staff

Christine Humphries, Full-Day Teacher
Maureen Pristera, Full-Day Teacher
Cate Logan, Three-Day Teacher

Kindergarten Staff

Deborah Allison, Teacher
Georgia Trantas-Weiss, Teacher

Specials

Sister Evy, Spanish and Religion Teacher
Mrs. Denise Manto, Technology Teacher
Rosemary Parmigiani, Educational Consultant
Sister Roslynn Nguyen, Teaching Assistant

Kids Club

Mrs. Christine Humphries, Kids Club Co-Director
Mrs. Marybeth Kane, Kids Club Co-Director


Staff Credentials

Mary Becker
Director | Alpha House, 15 years
BA, LaSalle University | MEd, Holy Family University-Early Childhood Education

  • Director, 2006-Present
  • Teacher, 2002-2012
  • Interim Director, 2005-2006
  • Curriculum Specialist

Deborah Allison
Kindergarten Teacher
BS, Temple University, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Graduate Credits, Reading Specialist, Arcadia University

  • Full-Day Kindergarten Teacher, January 2016-Present
  • Substitute Teacher 2010-2016
  • Two-Day Nursery/Three-Day Pre-K Teacher, 2000-2002

Karen Barnes
Full-Day Nursery Teacher | Alpha House, 11 years
BS, Penn State University | MEd, Arcadia University-Special Education

  • Full-Day Nursery Teacher, 2011-Present
  • Two-Day Nursery Teacher, 2008-2011
  • Technology Teacher, 2006-2008

Sister Evelyn Figueroa
Spanish/Religious Studies | Alpha House, 24 years
BA, Holy Family University, Religious Studies | Graduate Credits, Theology, LaSalle University

  • Part-time Teacher, 1995-Present

Christine Humphries
Full-Day Pre-K Teacher | Alpha House, 13 Years
BA, Holy Family University – Certified in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
MEd in Special Education, Holy Family University

  • Full-Day Pre-K Teacher, 2008–Present
  • Co-Director, Kids Club 2018
  • Kids Club 2016-Present
  • Two-Day Nursery and Three-Day Pre-K Teacher, 2006-2008
  • Interim Full-Day Kindergarten Teacher, 2005-2006

Maribeth Kane
Kids Club Co-Director | Alpha House, 2 Years
BA, Holy Family University – Certified in Elementary Education/Middle School Math Certificate

  • Math Teacher grades 5 to 8, Nazareth Academy Grade School September 2002-Present
  • Religion, Math, Science Teacher for grades 6 & 7, St. Katherine of Siena, Sept. 1997-June 2001
  • Philadelphia Academy Charter School – 7th Grade Teacher, September 2001-June 2002

Maria Kasperowicz
Full-Day Nursery Teacher | Alpha House, 2 Years
BA, Holy Family University

  • 2-Day Nursery/3-Day Pre-K Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher, Alpha House-September 2016-May 2016
  • Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, All Saints’ Day School-September 2004-2014
  • Kindergarten Aide, All Saints’ Day School-September 2002-2004

Cate Logan
2-Day Nursery/3-Day Pre-K Teacher | Alpha House
BA, Albright College | MEd, Holy Family University-Elementary/Special Education

  • Substitute Teacher, Alpha House-2013-2018
  • Long Term Substitute, January-May 2013

Denise Manto

Technology Teacher | Alpha House, 5 years
BS, University of Pittsburgh, Certified in Elementary Education | Graduate work at College of N.J. (Trenton State College)

  • Technology Teacher, 2012-Present
  • Substitute Teacher 2010-Present

Sister Rosalynn Nguyen, CSFN
Teachers Assistant
BA, The University Texas at Arlington, Certified in History /Preparing to take TexES Generalist EC-6th Grade

Rosemary Parmigiani
Educational Technology Consultant
BS, Duquesne University-Elementary Education/M.S.Ed., Duquesne University-Reading/Language Arts/Graduate credits at a number of Universities/presently a Doctoral Student, Holy Family University

  • Teacher, Pittsburgh Public Schools, 1970-1978
  • Reading Specialist, Neshaminy School District, 1976-1978
  • Reading Specialist, Bristol Borough School District, 1978-1994
  • Assistant Principal and Principal, Bristol Borough School District, 1994-2010 (Retired 2010)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Holy Family University, 1989-Present
  • Educational Technology Consultant, 1978-Present

Maureen Pristera
Full-Day Pre-K Teacher | Alpha House, 12 years
BA, Holy Family University, Certified in Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Pursuing MEd in Special Education at Holy Family University

  • Two-Day Nursery & Three-Day Pre-K Teacher, 2012-2016
  • Kids Club, Assistant Director, 2011-2017
  • Two-Day Nursery Teacher, 2010-2016
  • Technology Teacher, 2009-2011
  • Kids Club, 2005-2017

Georgia Trantas-Weiss
Kindergarten Teacher | Alpha House, 40 years
BA, Holy Family University, Elementary Education | MA, Arcadia University, Early Childhood Education, certified in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood

  • Founder, Kindergarten Program
  • Developmental Curriculum Specialist
  • Recipient, 2012 Alumni Educator of the Year, Holy Family University
  • Fundraiser Coordinator: CHOP Toy Drive, St. Jude’s Game Day, St. Francis Inn, Food Drive