Bache-Martin Elementary School
2201 Brown Street  
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Meet the Bache-Martin Team!

​​Our faculty, and staff are committed to provide Bache-Martin students with every opportunity to expand their minds and create Life Long Learners. ​ Please introduce yourselves next time you see them!

Administration
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    Mr. Mark D. Vitvitsky
    Principal
  2. Executive Director
    Ms. Danielle Merrit
    Assistant Principal
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    Ms. Gretchen Stewart
    Principal Fellow
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    Ms. Sue Lickfield
    Secretary
Lower School Faculty
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    Ms. Jennifer Ganci
    Kindergarten (114M)
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    Ms. Emmaline Imbriglia
    Kindergarten (113M)
    Emmaline (or Emma) Imbriglia is very excited to begin her teaching career at Bache-Martin as a kindergarten teacher! She grew up in Swarthmore, PA, not too far from Center City. After attending Boston College, Emma received her MSW from Penn, and worked for a year with children and young adults diagnosed with autism in Northeast Philadelphia. After realizing her heart belonged in the classroom, she attended Penn’s Teacher Education Program, during which she student taught third grade and kindergarten. When she is not in the classroom, Emma enjoys exercising, watching Netflix, and hanging out with her dog, a Pomeranian named Tank. Emma is very grateful for the opportunity to teach at a school as wonderful as Bache-Martin, and hopes to integrate her love for children’s literature into the classroom.
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    Ms. Sharon DeSalvo
    1st Grade (112M)
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    Ms. Heather Chiminello
    ​1st Grade (110M)
    Heather Chiminello joined Bache-Martin in 2015. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Masters of Teaching from the University of Virginia. This will be Heather's ninth year teaching. Her first two years, she taught elementary special education in Virginia where she gained multiple strategies for supporting early literacy and math. Since then, she has been teaching 1st grade in Philadelphia. During this time, she has worked with the Children’s Literacy Initiative and has had extensive training in Expeditionary Learning. Heather loves helping students develop the tools to access new knowledge and cultivate a lifelong love of learning.
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    Ms. Mary Brehouse
    2nd Grade (115M)
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    Ms. Alexis White
    1st Grade (117M)
    Hi, my name is Alexis White. I started teaching at Bache-Martin last year. I received my Bachelor of Science in Early Grades and Special Education from West Chester University. Currently, I am working on completing my Master’s Degree. This will be my fourth year teaching and my third year teaching first grade. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, watching TV, and traveling. I look forward to meeting you this school year!
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    Ms. Vashti Mophi-West
    3rd Grade (Rm 121M)
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    Ms. Emily Sharon
    3rd Grade (103M)
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    Ms. Lisa Liu
    4th Grade (124M)
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    Ms. Jennifer Malloy
    4th Grade (107b-M)
    This is Mrs. Malloy's third year at Bache-Martin! Originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Malloy came to teach in Philadelphia in 2003. She has taught various grade levels throughout the city! Mrs. Malloy loves Reading Workshop and cannot wait to share her favorite books with her classroom community this year.
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    Mr. Michael Hennigan
    4th Grade (104M)
Middle School Faculty
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    Mr. Daniel Granger
    5th Grade (9B)
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    Ms. Jelena Markovic
    5th Grade (6B)
    Mrs. Markovic teaches fifth grade at Bache-Martin. She is looking forward to working with the Bache-Martin community to ensure another successful school year. There is so much to learn and she is excited to get started. This will be her seventh year as an elementary school teacher. She received her Master of Education degree from Temple University. Teaching is her number one passion but she also loves traveling, art, and yoga. After realizing her heart belonged in the classroom, she attended Penn’s Teacher Education Program, during which she student taught third grade and kindergarten. When she is not in the classroom, Emma enjoys exercising, watching Netflix, and hanging out with her dog, a Pomeranian named Tank. Emma is very grateful for the opportunity to teach at a school as wonderful as Bache-Martin, and hopes to integrate her love for children’s literature into the classroom.
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    Ms. Jeanne Makdisi
    6th Grade (8B)
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    Blue
    7th/8th Grade Social Studies (24B)
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    Ms. Gabriana Nisiotis
    7th/8th Grade Math (21B)
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    Ms. Kristin Luebbert
    7th/8th English (20B)
    ​​I am a 17 year veteran of the School District of Philadelphia and the Bache-Martin School. I previously taught at Saint Michael’s School in Fishtown and The University of Nebraska at Omaha. ​​ I believe that reading, writing, and discussion of literature, current and past events enables and empowers our students to grow in both their skills and their realization of their impact in the world. Middle-years students have wonderful questions and ideas about the world in which they live—giving them the tools to read, question, think, and write about the world helps them realize their full potential. I love using our great city and all its resources to help our students explore ideas and events. As an educator, I also value my work as a social justice unionist and an activist for ensuring our Philadelphia students have the schools they truly deserve. My husband and I have raised our family in Fairmount and enjoy all the cultural, natural, and civic attractions our neighborhood and city have to offer.
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    Mr. Jeffrey Rupertus
    7th/8th Science (23B)
Specialty Faculty
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    Ms. Samantha Battle
    Visual Art (Rm 107a-M)
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    Ms. Rachel Gelb
    ESOL (Rm 11B)
    Rachel Gelb joined Bache-Martin in 2015, she is a native Philadelphian and holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a M.A.T. from Simmons College. She has a decade of teaching experience at private and public elementary schools in Boston and Philadelphia. She has a deep interest in how children learn languages and is excited to teach ESOL at Bache-Martin.
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    Ms. Vanessa Taylor
    Instrumental Wind (Rm 10B)
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    Mr. Aaron Hoke
    Instrumental Strings (Rm 201M)
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    Ms. Dana Fiero
    Music (Rm 127M)
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    Ms. Janna McAdoo
    Physical Education (Rm 109M)
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    Ms. Julie Tice
    Physical Education (Rm 109M)
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    Ms. Charlotte McCracken
    Science K-4 (Rm 131 M)
    Ms. McCracken joined Bache-Martin last year. Previously she taught at private schools in Philadelphia for five years. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University and Masters degrees from University of the Arts and Drexel University. For the past ten years she has worked part time at the Franklin Institute in the Programming and Education department. She draws upon that experience to help her prepare for K-4 science. She looks forward to helping students develop inquiry skills, and have fun with science. Outside of school, she enjoys being a mom to a lovely daughter who was born last year.
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    Ms. Erin Pierce
    Reading Specialist (Rm 138M)
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    Mr. Armando Jenkins
    Computer Science and Technology (Rm 126M)
    Mr. Armando Jenkins has been teaching Computer Science and serving as a Technology Teacher Leader (TTL) at the School District of Philadelphia since 2004. He has obtained a BS in Accounting and an MBA with a concentration in Information Technology. Mr. Jenkins completed the Post-Baccalaureate teacher certification program offered through Drexel University, and he currently holds a level II, K-12 Business, Computer & Information Technology Instructional Certification. Before teaching, he worked as an Accountant for a large mutual fund company, an Auditor for a governmental agency and a Program Officer at a charitable foundation. Mr. Jenkins enjoyed his career in finance; however, over time he learned education was his true passion. Since then, Armando has been leveraging technology to better educate the youth. Mr. Jenkins is thrilled to be joining the Bache-Martin staff and looks forward to working with the school’s staff, students and parents.
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    Ms. Yvonne Drayton
    3rd-6th Writing
Special Education Faculty
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    Ms. Caitlin Sheehy
    ​​Special Education Liaison (133M)
    Caitlin Sheehy has been teaching Special Education in the School District of Philadelphia for nine years. She joined Bache-Martin last year. Caitlin earned her B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy at Villanova University and M.Ed. at Eastern University. Last summer, she will completed a certification program in Digital Photography at University of the Arts. Caitlin’s interests outside of the classroom include travel, art, and spending time with family and friends. She looks forward to teaching a new class of creative, life-long learners!
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    Ms. Ginna D'Alba
    Autism Support, K-2 (102M)
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    Ms. Melissa Aglidian
    Autism Support, 3-5 (Rm 104M)
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    Ms. Linda Fitzpatrick
    Autism Support, 6-8 (Rm 128M)
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    Ms. Kanika Williams
    Life Skills Support, K-2 (Rm 106M)
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    Ms. Kinshasa Rodgers
    Life Skills Support, 3-5 (Rm 130M)
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    Ms. Lisa Sanuck
    Upper Level LSS, 6-8 (Rm 1B)
    I am Lisa Sanuck. I have been a special education, Life Skills teacher, for 13 years! This is my 4th year at Bache Martin school. I teach Life Skills grades 6th-8th. I have two sons, a husband, a dog, and a cat. When I am not teaching, I am driving my boys to and from sports, taking graduate classes, cleaning, and watching tv.
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    Mueller
    Multiple Disabilities Support (122M)
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    Ms. Laverne Fletcher Mack
    Learning Support, K-2 (Rm 129M)
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    Ms. Cara Donahue
    Learning Support, 3-5 (Rm 119M)
    My name is Cara Donahue and I am very excited to be teaching at Bache-Martin again this year! I have been a teacher in Philadelphia for almost 10 years. I am came from John Marshall Elementary, where I was a Learning Support Teacher and the Special Education Liaison. I have always wanted to be a teacher, especially since both my mom and grandmother were teachers. My favorite subject to teach is Social Studies and I love planning field trips to the Old City neighborhood in Philly. I graduated from St. Joe’s in 2005 with a degree in Elementary and Special Education and I am currently working on my master’s at Drexel University. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and reading. I live in Blue Bell, PA with my husband, Paul, and our dog, Hurley.
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    Ms. Shakira Wimberly
    Learning Support, 6-8 (27B)
    Hello Friends! My name is Shakira Wimberly and I am very excited to be teaching at Bache-Martin this year. I was raised in a family of phenomenal teachers and leaders in the School District of Philadelphia. Teaching is my passion because my goal is to build strong students who someday will be the spark that will ignite a beautiful bright flame. I enjoy being a Learning Support teacher and challenging students to reach their greatest potential. I am a Philly native and success of the Philadelphia Public School system. When I'm not teaching, my children, reality TV, and painting keep me smiling! My daily goal is to enjoy the flowers with my family and friends.
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    Ms. Julie Papalia
    ASL, K-2 (Rm 105M)
    My name is Julie Papalia and my students call me JP which is linked to my American Sign Language (ASL) sign name. This is my second year at Bache-Martin; I teach K-2 Deaf students using American Sign Language and English. I received my BA from Penn State (Go Lions!), my MA from Gallaudet University, and did my PhD work at the University of Texas at Austin. I have 15 years of experience teaching Deaf students (Phila, Maine, Scranton, Austin) and 8 years of experience as an administrator at Deaf schools (Washington State, Scranton, Ohio and Brooklyn). I am very happy to be in the Philadelphia School District! I have a fabulous group of students and really great co-workers. Stop by room 105 at the Martin School sometime and say hello!
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    Ms. Garcia
    ASL, 3-5 (Rm120M)
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    Jaques
    ASL 6th-8th (Rm15B)
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    Ms. Lyndsay Albert
    AUD/ORAL, K-2 (Rm 101M)
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    Ms. Meredith Lynch (Jeffries)
    AUD/ORAL, 3-5 (Rm 15B)
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    Ms. Gonzalez
    AUD/ORAL 6th-8th (Rm18B)
Support Staff
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    Ms. Janna McAdoo
    Director of Student Services
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    Jenkins
    Director of Student Services
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    Ms. Jan Moss-Horwitz
    Speech Language Pathologist (Rm 123b,M)
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    Ms. Ashley Cocca
    School Counselor (Rm 134M)
    I’m excited to start my second year as the Bache-Martin School Counselor! I have a varied background in education, school counseling and the mental health field. I graduated from the GSE at the University of Pennsylvania with a dual Master's degree in Education and Professional Counseling. I worked in the School District of Philadelphia as a School Counselor for 3 years and then focused on building my clinical skills as a Mental/Behavioral Health Clinician for 4 years. I am excited to be back in the role of School Counselor and look forward to being a part of the Bache-Martin community ​I lived in the Fairmount neighborhood for 6 years and recently bought a home in Brewerytown. We have a beautiful two year old daughter, Evelyn, who keeps us on our toes and always laughing! I love to run, eat Italian food (Angelino's is the best!), drink tea at OCF and be with my family and friends. I am ready to continue to learn and grow as your School Counselor and I hope to create a safe space where students, family and the school community are listened to, serviced and supported. Note: Ms. Cocca has created the Bache-Martin School Counselor website; it has information, and helpful resources, for Bache-Martin families!​ http://bachemartinschoolc.wixsite.com/mysite
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    Ms. Monica Marwah
    School Psychologist (Rm 14B)
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    Occupational Therapist (108M)
Bright Futures Program
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    Ms. Lianne Earley
    Pre-Kindergarten (5B)
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    Ms. Lydia Merriweather
    Pre-Kindergarten (3B)
Children's Crisis Treatment Center - CCTC - Room 13B/14B
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    Rachel Morrison
    Bache-Martin Team Leader
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    Caleb Jones
    Lead Clinicia
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    Paul Hassan
    Lead Clinician
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    Katia Navas-Taylor
    Care Coordinator
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    Steve Walters
    Administrative Assistant
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    Shaquita Adams
    Clinician
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    April Lancit
    Clinician
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    Nisheia Andrews
    School Therapeutic Workers (STW)
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    Dorian West
    School Therapeutic Workers (STW)
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    Jafar Muhammad
    School Therapeutic Workers (STW)
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    Camille Bates
    School Therapeutic Workers (STW)