Teacher Bios


Principal Mrs. Susan Mareck smareck@sjbnf.org:  I am the principal of our wonderful school, St. John the Baptist. I was involved in the planning of our school from the very first days of implementation.  Prior to that, I was the director of a large and successful preschool, and was very busy raising my three children.   My husband of 40 years and I have a son and two daughters.   I’ve taught 1st grade and 5th grade and had been involved in the Religion Education program at our church for over 20 years, prior to the opening of our school.  I love St. John’s and am so happy that I can be a part of this school family where we have the opportunity to come together in prayer each day.

Kindergarten Mrs. Monica Gingrow mgingrow@sjbnf.org: I am the kindergarten teacher at Saint John’s. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from York College of Pennsylvania in Early Childhood Education as well as a minor in Special Education. I live in York with my husband John and our two daughters, Lydia who is 10 and Ada who is 4 and our two dogs, Edwin and Thurman.

This is my first year teaching at Saint John’s. I love teaching here because of the faith-based family atmosphere. I also love the smaller class size which allows me to focus on my individual students and really hone in on their weaknesses and celebrate their strengths.

1st Grade Mrs. Patti Miller pmiller@sjbnf.org:  I graduated from Frostburg State University with a BC in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. I recently completed my MS at Wilkes University in Early Childhood Literacy.  I’m married to Joe (husband) and together we have three children: Andrew, Stephen and Kathleen.  We also have Peaches, our cat and Pebbles our puppy.  This is my 8th year teaching at St. John’s having been here from the very beginning when our school opened in 2010.    I love working with the staff and the kind families.  It is extremely rare when you can honestly say that you love working somewhere.  It’s the people!  The small class sizes and how even though we are small we can accomplish big things!

2nd Grade Mrs. Cindy O’Byrne cobyrne@sjbnf.org: I attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where I received a B.S. in Elementary Education. I later attended The College of Notre Dame in Baltimore, MD and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision with a Concentration in Technology. My husband and I have two children and are parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. I have taught elementary school for twenty-six years. I started my teaching career in Dover, DE where I taught first and second grade. I then moved to Baltimore, MD and taught second and third grade for Baltimore County Public Schools for many years. Presently, I am very proud and happy to be teaching second grade here at St. John the Baptist Catholic School. I have taught second grade here at St. John’s for the past seven years. I absolutely love teaching at St. John’s because our small size allows us to teach in a very family-like atmosphere where the students feel safe and know they are cared about.  At St. John’s our students not only learn and excel in their academic life, but they also grow spiritually in their knowledge and love for God. Our students are well-mannered, helpful to others, and genuinely care for one another. The smaller class size also makes it easier to design instruction to better meet the needs of each individual student. St. John’s is a wonderful place to teach and I can truly say that I love my job!

3rd Grade Mrs. Tricia Wilding pwilding@sjbnf.org: I graduated from Towson University with a BS in Computer Science. Then I went on to receive the following:  A Masters in Business at American University;  A Masters in teaching at Towson University; Certificate in Administration at Penn State and I am currently pursuing  a PhD in Education.  I am married to my husband, Tom for 24 years and we have one child who is about to graduate from college.  We also have a German Shepherd who thinks he’s a puppy, but isn’t.

I have been teaching for 13 years, but this is my first year at St. John’s school, having been a parishioner for 15 year.  I love teaching here in our small Catholic School, with personalized classes, faithful and confident students and wonderful, supportive families.

4th Grade Mrs. Dana Baker dbaker@sjbnf.org: I have been teaching 4th grade at St. John the Baptist Catholic School for the past two years.  Previously, I spent 13 years teaching 1st grade at Stewartstown Elementary School.  I received my undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Business Administration from Towson State University and then received my Master’s degree in Education and Special Education from Goucher College.  Presently, I live in Felton, PA with my husband, 3 children and 2 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers named “Bear” and “River”.  I love teaching at St. John’s because I have the opportunity to share my faith with my students while still following an academic curriculum.  God led me to this place!

5th Grade Mrs. Michelle Williams mwilliams@sjbnf.org:  I have been teaching at Saint John the Baptist for three years.  Previously, I was a substitute teacher for the South Eastern School District for 13 years.  In 2007, I returned to school for my teaching certificate.  I graduated with this in December, 2010.  I also have a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University in Criminal Justice.  I am married to my husband, Todd, for almost 28 years.  We have three daughters, 28, 25, and 21.  My oldest daughter is married with three children, (a set of twin boys).  My middle daughter lives in Pittsburgh and is an Athletic Trainer and going back to school for nursing.  My youngest daughter is graduating from college at the end of April with a degree in Athletic Training and plans to go for her Master’s degree in the fall.  I currently reside in Stewartstown and am a member of the St. John the Baptist parish.

St. John’s is a wonderful, small school. I love the small class sizes and the collaboration with other teachers.  I am involved with the K’nex club and the 3D printing club and hope to bring these opportunities to all students in the school.  I think that it is a wonderful opportunity for the students to receive Spanish instruction at a young age and weekly specials in all areas.  Going to Mass every Friday helps bring the Catholic faith to everyone and unites the school together.  St. John’s has many opportunities to grow each child and his/her faith.

6th Grade Mrs. Sheila Doyle sdoyle@sjbnf.org: and I have been teaching at Saint John the Baptist for four years.  I taught fourth grade for two years and then moved to sixth grade.  I taught in Maryland for ten years, prior to staying home with my children.  I returned to teaching in 2010 on a part time basis and have experience in every subject except music.  I received my Bachelor of Science from Salisbury University and went on to receive my Master of Education at the same institution.  I have been married for 25 years and I have been blessed with five children.

I have enjoyed my time here at Saint John the Baptist.  Since I have been here, I have tried to do my part in getting the students involved.  We now have a safety program, an Envirothon club, student council, and a fitness club.  With the support of all of the families I only see our school getting bigger and better!