Mrs. MacLacklin earned her M.Ed from Temple University and has been a classroom teacher for nine years, focusing on the education of young children. She holds a diploma through the North American Montessori Council and is a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner. She has enjoyed applying this training to her work at Regina Angelorum Academy, and also enjoys implementing the philosophy and methods of Charlotte Mason, particularly during the study of truth, beauty and goodness in art, music and nature.. Mrs. MacLacklin is also certified in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I and considers it an honor to spend time with the children, contemplating the love of the Good Shepherd. I am grateful every day that you granted me the opportunity to learn and grow here at Regina Angelorum Academy.
Kathleen Ranieri is in her fourth year of teaching Kindergarten at Regina Angelorum Academy. Prior to teaching at RAA, Mrs. Ranieri taught Kindergarten for five years. She graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and has Pennsylvania and Catholic School certifications in education. Mrs. Ranieri loves to read, garden, and spend time with her four children.
Monica Viola is a first grade teacher at Regina Angelorum. She joined the RAA faculty in 2021 after relocating from Miami, Florida.. She has taught at three Catholic schools in Miami, before teaching at RAA. Monica is certified in the Orton-Gillingham reading program. She loves teaching phonics and reading to young children. She is also certified in level 1 and 2 of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
Maryanne Mercede grew up on Bryn Mawr and earned a Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Influenced by experiences tutoring in West Philadelphia schools as an undergraduate, Ms. Mercede decided to pursue a career in teaching and joined Teach for America. Following graduation, she moved to Phoenix, AZ to teach elementary grades at a K-8 Classical, public charter school and earned an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. Since moving back east in 2014, Ms. Mercede has been teaching elementary grades in public charter, parochial Catholic, and public district schools in Washington D.C. and northern Virginia. With a particular passion for early literacy and writing, and a strong devotion to her Catholic faith, Ms. Mercede is excited to work with the first-grade students and families at Regina Angelorum Academy.
Ms. Ukalovic is our 2nd grade teacher at Regina Angelorum Academy. Ms. Ukalovic graduated from Alvernia University in 2019 with an Elementary and Special Education degree. She started at Regina Angelorum in the Fall of 2019. Ms. Ukalovic is certified in Wilson Language Reading System, Level 1 and loves reading with her 2nd grade students. She is an assistant coach for RAA XC and loves running and supporting the team.
Mrs. Tara Barrabee joined Regina Angelorum Academy in 2019 and is a third-grade teacher. She graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 2000 where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with a minor in Early Childhood Development. She is certified to teach Kindergarten through 6th grade. She has acquired 30 graduate credits from Indiana Wesleyan University with a G.P.A of 4.0 and obtained her Level II teaching certification. She has taught elementary school for over 15 years in various school districts such as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia and Lower Merion School District. Mrs. Barrabee also worked as a summer program leader in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for over ten years. She and her husband Beau have two teenage daughters, Emma Louise and Lily Theresa and live in Lower Merion Township.
Kim McBryan has been teaching at the Regina Schools for 18 years. She began her teaching career at the first school, Regina Coeli Academy in Wyndmoor, trained teachers for the sister school, Regina Angelorum, and subsequently moved to the RAA for a permanent position.
A graduate of Chestnut Hill College with a BA in History, and married in 1978, Mrs. McBryan worked for a brief time in the advertising business. While raising a family of four children, she stayed at home and was sole proprietor of two business ventures. Mrs. McBryan has been involved in the pro-life movement as a chastity speaker, primarily in the Tristate area for ten years. Presently, Kim McBryan is the fourth-grade teacher at Regina Angelorum Academy, and recently certified as a Wilson Language practitioner.
Kathleen Dalton, Assistant Principal
Kathleen has spent her entire adult life as an educator. She has taught multiple grades ranging from kindergarten through eighth grades for 16 years in diocesan parochial schools. Her passion for education and the formation of children in the midst of a rapidly changing culture caused her to undergo a journey of discovery through prayer, study and her own ongoing formation on the big questions of life and culture. She has embraced the philosophy of Catholic Liberal education as the premiere model of bringing young minds to eternal truth. She holds an undergraduate degree in Education from Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI and a Masters Degree in Catholic Leadership from St. Louis University.
Erin Haas is the sixth-grade homeroom teacher at Regina Angelorum Academy. She has taught at Regina Angelorum for five years. She grew up on Long Island and attended college at SUNY Old Westbury (B.A. in Elementary Education) followed by Long Island University (M.S. in Educational Technology). She taught for ten years in Farmingdale School District before permanently relocating to the Philadelphia area. She lives with her husband, Justin, and their four kids in Philadelphia. Erin’s children attend Regina Angelorum (grades, 4, 2 and K). Her youngest child, age 3, looks forward to joining the RAA family for preschool next fall!
Matthew Rudin is our seventh-grade homeroom teacher and middle school Latin teacher at Regina Angelorum Academy since 2021. He graduated from Canisius College in 2016, and completed a Post-Baccalaureate program in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 2021. His interests are in the classical tradition, Greek and Latin literature, and poetry. He and his wife Caitlin live in Ardmore, PA.
Mr. Maurer, Director of Classical Engagement
Mr. Maurer holds a BA in classical liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College and a MA in Ancient Greek and Latin from Brandeis University. A co-founder of the Lyceum School in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Maurer taught at a classical school, a behavioral school, an inner-city school, and at St. Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge, MA before coming to RAA. While at SPCS, where he taught math, science, and Latin, Mr. Maurer was a 2020 recipient of Archdiocese of Boston’s Excellence in Education Awards. Mr. Maurer is the moderator of RAA’s Stock Market Club. New to PA, Mr. Maurer lives with his wife in Royersford. His favorite hobbies are reading, hiking, trading, and traveling.
8th Grade Writing and 5/6th Science
Kimberly Petrucci is a composition and elementary science teacher at Regina Angelorum Academy. She graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in English. After student teaching high school English in Greenville, NC, Kimberly worked for an international nonprofit organization in Washington DC. She has teaching certifications in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Prior to raising her six children, she was employed with Ericsson Telecommunications and currently resides in the Philadelphia region with her husband and family.
Stephanie Nicholson is a classically trained artist who has studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as well as at Studio Incamminati. She earned her BFA in painting with a minor in English from Syracuse University in 2002. From teaching private lessons, she developed a love for teaching and developed her skills by obtaining her Masters in Art Education with an emphasis on Special Populations from Moore College of Art and Design in 2017. Stephanie’s teaching practice has always centered around the beauty of God’s creation, and she often incorporates a wonder for the natural world into her lessons. This is her fourth-year teaching at RAA and it is a blessing to work with such bright and enthusiastic students in an environment centered around Christ.
Anne Nyaga has been a teacher in Classical Education for nine years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Ave Maria University (Ave Maria, FL), with a minor in Latin and Greek. She recently completed her Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from Messiah University (Mechanicsburg, PA). Since 2015, she has taught music and Latin in the elementary grades at Regina Coeli Academy and Regina Angelorum Academy and leads the annual Christmas and Spring concerts. In collaboration with the schools, various choir students have been able to participate in the regional Catholic Choir Festival, Pueri Cantores (2017-2019, NYC and Washington, D.C). Prior to living in the Philadelphia area, Ms. Nyaga was born and spent a large part of her childhood in Kenya, Massachusetts, and Ave Maria, FL. She has a passion for teaching music through a classical curriculum and is interested in the link between music and languages. She believes that the study of Gregorian chant and authentic folk music is integral to a complete musical education and classical education. She speaks various languages including two African languages (Swahili and Kikuyu), and French.
Felicia Coffey, a native of Philadelphia, is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. She and her husband, Jim, live in Havertown. They have five children, four of whom attended Regina Angelorum Academy. Felicia has a love of music and math and is fascinate by the connections between the two. She has been involved with RAA since it was founded in 2007. Felicia has had multiple roles at RAA, including directing the First Friday Choir, teaching music, first grade math, and pre-algebra. She has been teaching Eighth Grade Algebra since 2016.
Mrs. Coffey has witnessed the fruits of this type of education first-hand in her children. She believes that here at RAA, our students have the freedom to be completely themselves and to grow into the person God created them to be. This is achieved because they have the comfort of learning and knowing, through the Catholic Classical Education, who created them, where they came from, where they are going and that they are each loved uniquely by God the Father.