Our Teachers

OUR STAFF

PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Gina DeGennaro says, “I have the privilege to serve as the Preschool Director at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church.  I have been working with children for over twenty years in a variety of learning environments.  I hold my bachelors in elementary education and have taught in the classroom for many years with all different age groups.  My passion is early childhood education and I am honored to work with such an amazing team of kind and compassionate teachers.  I love to see the work of God come together and this preschool is a fine example of just that.  We have been blessed to hire the best staff, enroll an amazing group of families, and be showered with materials by the most generous parishioners known. It has been delightful to see Father Terry’s vision unfold.   I am humble to come to my job each and every day and fulfill this purpose that has been assigned by the Lord.

On a personal note, I am a native New Yorker and have been in Georgia for 20 years.  I have truly enjoyed raising a family in this beautiful state and calling it “home”.  I have been married to my husband Joe for eighteen years.  He also is an educator and is currently a special education teacher for Troup County.  We have two teenage boys, Anthony and Michael.  My husband, children and I are very active in our Boy Scout Troop 57.  We also enjoy camping, hiking, and spending time together.  My favorite hobbies include cooking, dining, reading, socializing, and spending time outdoors.

I am grateful to serve each and every one of you and look forward to growing our preschool family each year.”

You may reach Mrs. Gina at gdegennaro@smmcatholic.org or 678.854.9990.

PRE K-4 TEACHER 

Lindsay Jenness teaches 4-year-olds in a private Pre-K setting.  She says, “I am so blessed to teach at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church Preschool. I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee and I moved to GA in 2020. I graduated from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education with a focus on PreK-3. In August of 2020, I completed my Masters degree in the same field of study. I taught kindergarten for one year before moving to preschool. I attended Catholic schools from kindergarten until my senior year of high school, making my faith is very important to me. I am so excited to have the opportunity to instill the Catholic faith in the minds of young children. My classroom will be a place where all diversities (academic, cultural, economic, etc.) will be embraced and celebrated. My husband, Aaron, and I have been married for almost two years. We have one dog, a Boston Terrier, named Nellie. I love to bake, spend time with my family, read, and embroider for my Etsy shop.”

You may reach Mrs. Lindsay at lremeta@smmcatholic.org or 678.854.9990.

PRE K-3 TEACHER

Jessica Ivey is the lead teacher for children in our three year old program.  She says, “I am excited to be joining your child in their learning journey.  This is my first year teaching at St. Mary Magdalene, but my 9th year teaching Pre-K3.  After a small break from teaching, I realized that my true calling is to teach little ones about Jesus.  I truly enjoy working with this age group; they are so much fun, and I love helping them learn through play.

I grew up in Alabama where I met my loving husband of 14 years, Luke Ivey.  We moved to Newnan about 12 years ago after living in Washington State for a bit.  We have three amazing  children: Cheyanne, Alex, and Tori, and three energetic dogs: Thor, Bear, and Luna.  As a family we love to spend lots of time outside and in the kitchen.  My hobbies include reading, baking cookies, and organizing things.”

You may reach Mrs. Jess at jivey@smmcatholic.org or 678.854.9990.

PRE K-2 TEACHER

Amelia Crine teaches our 2 year olds.  She says, “I am a graduate of Georgia State University. I have been married to my wonderful husband Billy for 17 years and we have three children, Evangeline (10), Lola (7), and Graeme (5). My children attended this incredible preschool over the past 6 years. My oldest daughter was in the first class to graduate from this preschool followed by my second daughter, and finally my son last year. I poured my heart and soul into this preschool since it opened and now I am thrilled to be a part of this fantastic team. I just couldn’t leave this special place!

My family and I are parishioners at SMM. I have been a catechist and have spent many hours volunteering here at SMM Preschool and at my children’s elementary school to help children reach their full potential reading. I want your children to feel loved and secure while developing an early love of God and school. I have seen the amazing things this school has done for my children and I cannot wait to share this with our newest students.”

You may reach Mrs. Amelia at acrine@smmcatholic.org or 678.854.9990.

TEACHERS’ ASSISTANTS 

Heather Alley is the Assistant Preschool Director and Teaching Assistant for the 4 year old classroom.  She states, “I started at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Preschool in February 2017 as the assistant for Pre-K2 and Pre-K3.  I attended the University of West Georgia after high school.  I have been married to my husband Mike for nine years and we have a son named Stephen who is 13 years old.  My husband and I are also busy with owning a local business called Storks Newnan which delivers food from restaurants that do not deliver. In my spare time, I enjoy watching my son play baseball.  I love country music, Atlanta Braves, and Alabama Football “Roll Tide”.  In my free time I like to read, attend concerts, hang out with family and friends, and go to movies.

Working with children and the staff at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Preschool has truly been the most rewarding blessing to me.  There is nothing better than seeing a child light up when learning. ”

You may reach Mrs. Heather at halley@smmcatholic.org or 678.854.9988.

Jennifer Fleming is a Teacher Assistant for our 3 year olds. She says, “Both my husband Kevin and I were born and raised in New York. His career relocated us to Dallas, Texas just after we became married 13 years ago. Later, we moved to Georgia and we currently reside in Sharpsburg with our three young sons; Padraig  Cavyn, and Keagan.  We have a sweet Persian Cat named Ballybunion and a silly little Labradoodle named after a character in the children’s series Land Before Time, (Cera).

With baseball being a passion of each of our boys, you’ll generally find us at one field or the other, watching practice or cheering at games and weekend tournaments.

In the past, I have served as an assistant in evening Faith Formation here at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. Our youngest son attended Saint Mary Magdalene Preschool for three years.  During that time, we created many friendships. It truly was an environment that enriched the life of our family.

It’s a blessing to be able to continue as part of this wonderful community, by having become a Teacher’s Assistant for Pre-K3.  I consider it an honor to help bring other families the same joy that we found here. “

You may reach Mrs. Jen at jfleming@smmcatholic.org

Teresa Calderon is a Teacher Assistant, 2 year olds.  “Allow me to introduce myself.  I was born and raised in Staten Island, NY, by two beautiful parents and a wonderful sister.  Growing up in the North taught me a lot to be aware of my surroundings and live amongst people with different nationalities which was a great experience, to learn cultures and languages of others.  I am married to my high school sweetheart of 32 years.  He is from Ecuador and I am Korean, Italian and Irish.   Together we raised 3 beautiful girls, who are my pride and joy.  I am also a grandmother of 2 sweet grandchildren.  I stayed very much involved with all my girls’ activities and education.  I worked while my girls were in school.  I have several years of child care experience in daycare and as a substitute teacher in the county.  My favorite thing about working in the education field is when a child finally understands or completes a task they have been working on.  Working with children has always been a passion of mine.  I am super excited to get to know your little ones and make each day they spend with me a happy fun time as well as learning.”

You may reach Mrs. Teresa at 678-854-9990 or  tcalderon@smmcatholic.org