My name is Shelly Rose, and I have been at St. John the Baptist School for 25 years. I have taught preschool through high school before I came here. I taught grades 5, 6 and 7, and I also taught remedial help at St. John's before I became principal. I earned the Grinspoon Teacher of Excellence Award in 2003. I am a parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Belchertown. I love being a part of the St. John the Baptist School family!
My name is Christina Ratkiewicz. I earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Elms College and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood with Special Education from American International College. I have over 20 years of experience teaching young children. In 2015, I earned The Grinspoon Teacher of Excellence Award.
I am a parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena Church. My family and I live in Wilbraham. I am so happy to be part of the St. John the Baptist School family!
My name is Helena Vale, I live in Ludlow with my wonderful husband, two children and fun little Olaf..(our family dog - not the real one :) I have been happily working and teaching here at St John the Baptist school alongside Mrs. Hewes, while also helping other wonderful teachers in various grades. I received my Bachelors degree and education at Western New England University. Graduated summa cum laude in my class. I decided I wanted to try the corporate world and did that for a while. I was working full time until I had my two daughters who are both successful graduates of St John the Baptist school. While my children attended school here, I became increasingly engaged in the entire school community and decided that I wanted to be part of the staff to help teach and guide children in positive ways. The years I have spent with students and faculty here have been the most rewarding and gratifying experience anyone could ask for. I believe that there is always something to learn and share each and every day. My mission as a teacher is to help children discover the joy of learning, and to help each child develop a strong belief in his or her own ability to achieve success in everything they do. I want them to recognize and respect each other, for who they are. To know that their hard work will push them to be their personal best. When not in school, you will find me anywhere out in nature. Hiking, Biking, skiing, swimming... and/or snuggled up with a good book.
Mrs. van Noordwyk
My name is Stacy Szwarckop, and I earned a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Human Resources from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. My experience includes working for the Department of the Navy, Judge Advocate General, as a Human Resources Manager and management analyst, which included supervision of its training program. Enjoyment of adult learning and education inspired me to redirect my attention to the foundation of learning. I returned to college to earn a Master's Degree in Education. Prior to joining Saint John the Baptist School in 2008, I worked at Saint Stanislaus in Chicopee, teaching 5th and 6th grade.
My name is Matthew Lowney, I am very excited to join the St. John the Baptist School team. A passion of mine is the outdoors and traveling, I love to see and experience new places and cultures. I am a very active person, engaging in just about any activity. I also have a love for food, and trying new delicious dishes!
My name is Heather Gaj, and I graduated from Westfield State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in History. I am certified with the state of Massachusetts to teach grades 1-6. I have been teaching in the Springfield Diocese at St. John the Baptist for sixteen years. I belong to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Granby. I am married to my husband Peter, and I have two daughters; Madyson and Kyrsten.
Grade 5 - 8 Math
My name is Amanda Crespo, and I am very excited to be the Fifth through Eighth Grade Math Teacher here at St. John the Baptist School. I earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Westfield State College with a concentration in Math in 2009. I have over 10 years of experience with young children from working in the Springfield, Chicopee and Holyoke communities. I'm excited to start a new journey and hope to inspire the kids to be the best they can be. My goal is to teach and guide all children in a positive way. When not in school you will find me on the beach, cuddled up reading a book or playing with my fur baby Lola.
Mrs. Shannon Chaves
I am a graduate of Holyoke Catholic and went on to college to become a nurse. I worked many years at Baystate, and most recently started as the nurse at St. John the Baptist School, which I love. I am a mother of three active girls who love to play soccer. I am happy to do what I love, and do it in a such a great environment.