Administration and Support Staff

Fr. Joseph Tran – Pastor
Fr. Joseph Tran – Pastor

Fr. Joseph has been pastor in many different parts of the New Orleans area. He is a native of New Orleans, LA. This is his 5th year at St. Matthew as pastor.

Dennis Panepinto – Principal
Dennis Panepinto – Principal

Mr. Panepinto has over 31 years in education. He has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of New Orleans and is a native of New Orleans, LA. He starts his 8th year at St. Matthew as Principal.
Email: panepintod@smaschool.net

Jim Paci – Vice Principal
Jim Paci – Vice Principal

Mr. Paci has over 21 years in education. He has a master’s degree from St. Thomas University in Miami and is a native of Metairie, LA. This is his 9th year at St. Matthew as Vice Principal.
Email: pacij@smaschool.net

Rhonda Foret – Assistant Principal/School Counselor
Rhonda Foret – Assistant Principal/School Counselor

Mrs. Foret has been teaching for over 16 years.  She is a New Orleans native who currently resides in River Ridge.  She has a BS in Education from Louisiana State University and a MA in Counseling from the University of Alabama.  She is certified in Secondary Social Studies and has been the St. Matthew Middle School Social Studies teacher for over 11 years.  This is her 1st year as Assistant Principal and Counselor.
Email Address: foretr@smaschool.net

Susie Martello – Financial Secretary
Susie Martello – Financial Secretary

Mrs. Martello has over 21 years in education and over 20 years of financial experience. She is a native of Metairie, LA. This is her 16th year at St. Matthew as Financial Secretary.
Email Address: martellos@smaschool.net 

Charlene Brinkman – Front Office Secretary
Charlene Brinkman – Front Office Secretary

Mrs. Brinkman has over 30 years in Catholic education – long-term substitute teacher, parental involvement in the Archdiocese of New Orleans schools – CCSCC, Director of Before and After School Care/Summer Camp Programs.  She was hired in August, 2007 as SMA’s Permanent Substitute Teacher (PreK3-8th).  In August, 2011, Mrs. Brinkman moved to the front office as School Secretary – loving and enjoying her 11th year at SMA!
Email Address: brinkmanc@smaschool.net

Denise Peltier – Front Office Secretary
Denise Peltier – Front Office Secretary

Ms. Peltier has been at St. Matthew for 19 years.  She was a Kindergarten Assistant for 4 years.  This is her 15th year in the front office.  She is a parishioner and all 4 of her sons graduated from St. Matthew.
Email Address: peltierd@smaschool.net

Liz Ehrhardt – Resource Program Coordinator
Liz Ehrhardt – Resource Program Coordinator

Mrs. Ehrhardt has over 19 years in education.  She has a bachelor's degree from the University of New Orleans and a certification in elementary education from Our Lady of the
Holy Cross College.  She is married and has two sons who both attended St. Matthew.  This is her 16th year at St. Matthew and will be in charge of our resource program.
Email Address: ehrhardte@smaschool.net

Lil Crusaders

Tracie Senior - Lil Crusaders, 1 year olds
Tracie Senior - Lil Crusaders, 1 year olds

Ms. Tracie attended St. Matthew and has been a parishioner her entire life.  She has 2 daughters, one that graduated from St. Matthew and one that remains a student in the 7th grade.  Ms. Tracie was a NICU nurse for 20 years and is very excited to be teaching the one year olds this year.
Email Address: seniort@smaschool.net

Monica Torry – Lil Crusaders, 2 year olds
Monica Torry – Lil Crusaders, 2 year olds

Mrs. Monica has 9 years of experience in early childhood education.  This is her 6th year at St. Matthew.  She has been a St. Matthew parishioner for 16 years.  She has three children, two of whom have attended St. Matthew and one who is currently attending.
Email Address: torrym@smaschool.net

Clara Reed - Lil Crusaders, Assistant
Clara Reed - Lil Crusaders, Assistant


Email Address: reedc@smaschool.net

Elisabeth Reed - Lil Crusaders, Assistant
Elisabeth Reed - Lil Crusaders, Assistant
Debbie Sanders – Lil Crusaders, Assistant
Debbie Sanders – Lil Crusaders, Assistant

Email Address: sandersd@smaschool.net

Pre-Kindergarten

Ashley Ledet – Pre-Kindergarten, 3 year olds
Ashley Ledet – Pre-Kindergarten, 3 year olds

Mrs. Ledet has over 10 years experience in education.  She has degrees and certifications in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  Her degrees come from Spring Hill College, Nunez, and Our Lady of Holy Cross.  Mrs. Ledet is a native of Metairie, LA and is excited to be a part of the St. Matthew community.
Email Address: ledeta@smaschool.net

Kim Davis, Pre-Kindergarten, 3 year olds
Kim Davis, Pre-Kindergarten, 3 year olds

Mrs. Kim is a native of New Orleans but spent most of my teen and young adult life living and working overseas.  She has been a parishioners of St. Matthew the Apostle for the past 12 years.  She has completed her Early Childhood Diploma in 1989 and am currently working on my certification in Early Childhood.  She is very excited to be starting my first yearat St. Matthew.
Email Address: davisk@smaschool.net

Misty Exnicios – Pre-Kindergarten, 3 year olds
Misty Exnicios – Pre-Kindergarten, 3 year olds

Mrs. Misty is delighted to be working in the early childhood program at St. Matthew.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from LSU. Mrs. Misty has 3 children, two of whom are currently attending SMA, and one son at Jesuit High School.
Email Address: exniciosm@smaschool.net

Jeanette Battle – Pre-Kindergarten, 4 year olds
Jeanette Battle – Pre-Kindergarten, 4 year olds

Mrs. Jeanette has 20 years experience in Early Childhood Education.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Orleans and Elementary Education from Our Lady of Holy Cross.  Mrs. Jeanette is a parishioner and alum of St. Matthew the Apostle, and promotes great education and family values.  Her three children were educated at St. Matthew and successfully entered catholic high schools of their choice.  Mrs. Jeanette dedicates her time and talents to forming the best possible foundation in the youth of our school.
Email Address: battlej@smaschool.net

Leslie Delaune – Pre-Kindergarten, 4 year olds
Leslie Delaune – Pre-Kindergarten, 4 year olds

Mrs. Leslie has been working as a teaching assistant at St. Matthew for over 17 years.  She has a bachelor of science degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.  She has three children, all of whom attended St. Matthew the Apostle school.
Email Address: delaunel@smaschool.net

Kindergarten

Maureen Mason – Kindergarten
Maureen Mason – Kindergarten

rs. Maureen has over 25 years of experience in early childhood education in Catholic Schools.  She has a B.S. in Elementary Education and a certification in Kindergarten and Elementary Education from Our Lady of Holy Cross College.  She is a native of New Orleans and resides in Kenner with her husband and daughter.  She taught Kindergarten for 13 years at St. Andrew the Apostle and 5 years at St. Rita (Uptown).  She is excited about starting her 6th year at St. Matthew.
Email Address: masonm@smaschool.net

Robin Ferrara – Kindergarten (Assistant)
Robin Ferrara – Kindergarten (Assistant)

Mrs. Ferrara 13 years of teaching experience in early childhood education.  She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from LSU.  Both of her daughters attended St. Matthew from
Kindergarten through 7th grade.
Email Address: ferrarar@smaschool.net

Lynne Perronne – Kindergarten
Lynne Perronne – Kindergarten

Mrs. Lynne has over 25 years experience in Catholic and Jefferson Parish Public Schools teaching Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten.  She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of New Orleans and is certified from Nursery through Eighth Grade.  Her three children were educated at St. Matthew the Apostle and now two of her grandchildren are students at our school.  Mrs. Lynne is a St. Matthew parishioner and resident of River Ridge.
Email Address: perronnel@smaschool.net

1st Grade

Joan Madere – 1st Grade
Joan Madere – 1st Grade

Ms. Madere has 20 plus years in education. Her teaching experience ranges from 1st throurgh 11th grade. She is a graduate of the University of New Orleans with a B.A. in Education and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a native of the New Orleans' area.
Email Address: maderej@smaschool.net

Sabrina Trouard – 1st Grade
Sabrina Trouard – 1st Grade

Mrs. Trouard is currently in her 18th year of teaching at SMA.   She has a degree in Education from Our Lady of Holy Cross College.  She has a three children attending SMA and is a resident of River Ridge.
Email Address: trouards@smaschool.net

2nd Grade

Sharon Perret – 2nd Grade
Sharon Perret – 2nd Grade

Mrs. Perret has 29 years of experience.  She has a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of New Orleans.  Her teaching experiences range from 2nd grade to 8th grade in the Catholic, public, and private school systems.  She is a native of New Orleans, and this is her 7th year teaching at St. Matthew.
Email Address: perrets@smaschool.net

Gwen Scott – 2nd Grade
Gwen Scott – 2nd Grade

Mrs. Scott has been a parishioner of St. Matthew the Apostle for over 30 years. She is a graduate of the University of New Orleans.  This is her 9th year teaching, and her 7th year at St. Matthew the Apostle School.
Email Address: scottg@smaschool.net

3rd Grade

Kimi Klotz – 3rd and 4th Grade Math
Kimi Klotz – 3rd and 4th Grade Math

Mrs. Klotz is entering her 11th year of teaching at St. Matthew.  She is a lifelong parishioner of St. Matthew and an alum of St. Matthew school.  She earned a bachelor degree in education from the University of Texas at Austin and is certified in elementary education.  She has two children who attend St. Matthew.
Email Address: klotzk@smaschool.net

Carla Lewis – 3rd and 4th Grade Language Arts
Carla Lewis – 3rd and 4th Grade Language Arts

rs. Lewis has over 20 years teaching experience.  She earned a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and is certified in elementary education.  She is a native of New Orleans.  This is her 7th year at St. Matthew. 
Email Address: lewisc@smaschool.net

4th Grade

Kelly Frilot – 3rd and 4th Grade Social Studies, Science, Religion
Kelly Frilot – 3rd and 4th Grade Social Studies, Science, Religion

Mrs. Frilot has 16 years of experience in education.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science with a minor in History from Our Lady of Holy Cross College.  She also attained her teaching certification from Holy Cross.  She is a native of Gretna, LA.  This is her 11th year at St. Matthew.
Email Address: frilotk@smaschool.net

Middle School

Joanne Caldcleugh – Middle School Religion/Art
Joanne Caldcleugh – Middle School Religion/Art

Mrs. Caldcleugh has been a parishioner of St. Matthew the Apostle for over 35 years. She has over 19 years teaching experience and is certified in Religious Education.  She teaches middle school religion and coordinates the First Communion and Confirmation programs.
Email Address: caldcleughj@smaschool.net

Gina Filostrat – Middle School Social Studies
Gina Filostrat – Middle School Social Studies

Ms. Filostrat has been teaching for 10 years. She has taught grades 2nd - 12th. She has her BA from the University of Washington and MS of Education K-12 from Walden University.  This is her first year at St. Matthew..
Email Address: filostratg@smaschool.net

Jonathan Gianfala – Middle School Language Arts
Jonathan Gianfala – Middle School Language Arts

Mr. Gianfala has been teaching for 6 years, and is a Metairie native.  He has a BA in Secondary Education from the University of New Orleans and is certified in Secondary Education Social Studies.
Email Address: gianfalaj@smaschool.net

Janice Hensley - Middle School Assistant
Janice Hensley - Middle School Assistant

Mrs. Hensley has over 35 years of experience in Catholic school education.  She is a St. Matthew the Apostle alumna and has been a teacher at St. Matthew for 32 years.
Email Address: hensleyj@smaschool.net

James Lundy – Middle School Language Arts
James Lundy – Middle School Language Arts

Dr. James Lundy was Honorably Discharged from the US Marines prior to college.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Slippery Rock University, his Master of Arts Degree from Miami University (Ohio) and his Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University.  He has taught for over 30 years and at all levels (Elementary through Post Grad). 
Email Address: lundyj@smaschool.net

Marianne Mipro – Middle School Math
Marianne Mipro – Middle School Math

Miss Mipro has over 23 years of teaching experience.  She has a BA degree from the University of New Orleans and is a native of New Orleans, LA.  This is her 6th year at St. Matthew as a middle school teacher.
Email Address: miprom@smaschool.net

Kayla Watson – Middle School Science/Curriculum Coordinator
Kayla Watson – Middle School Science/Curriculum Coordinator

Miss Watson obtained her master's degree in educational leadership from Louisiana State University.  She has a bachelor’s degree in middle school math and science from Southeastern Louisiana University and is state of Louisiana certified in both subjects.  This is her 5th year teaching at St. Matthew, and she will also serve as the curriculum coordinator this school year.
Email Address: watsonk@smaschool.net

Electives

Dennise Brennan – Physical Education
Dennise Brennan – Physical Education

Mrs. Dennise has worked in the Catholic Schools for 19 years.  This is her 8th year at St. Matthew.  She has PE classes for PreK-2 thru 3rd grade and Middle School girls.  She coaches the girls’ volleyball team and is the league coordinator for the EJCSAS volleyball league.  She has worked with the Archdiocese of New Orleans Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry program for 32 years, and has held the position of Athletic Coordinator for the past 20 years.
Email Address: brennand@smaschool.net

Edmond Eberle – Computer Education
Edmond Eberle – Computer Education

Mr. Edmond is a St. Matthew the Apostle Alumni.  He has a B.S. in Math from LSU.  This is his 1st year teaching at St. Matthew the Apostle.
Email Address: eberlee@smaschool.net

Susan Guidry – Physical Education/5th Grade Religion
Susan Guidry – Physical Education/5th Grade Religion

Mrs. Guidry was born and raised in Metairie.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from University of New Orleans and has been teaching for 44 years. She is a certified catechist and a certified CPR instructor.  Her passion is the Catholic Committee on Scouting for which she has served as Chairperson of that committee for the last 25 years.  This is her 38th year at St Matthew. 
Email Address: guidrys@smaschool.net

"Coach" Dave McCuller – Physical Education/Youth Group

Coach Dave has over 47 years of experience coaching an in Athletic and Recreation Administration.  Coach serves as President of the Metro Middle School Athletic League and is the Chairman of the Catholic School Athletic League of New Orleans.  He is also the Director of the Parish Youth Group, Young Adult Ministry, Bereavement Ministry, Co-Directs CYO and serves on many Parish Committees at St. Matthew.  He has been at St. Matthew for 38 years.
Email Address: mcculerd@smaschool.net

Freyda Quinonez – Spanish Teacher/Kindergarten Assistant
Freyda Quinonez – Spanish Teacher/Kindergarten Assistant

Mrs. Freyda finished her studies at the Universidad De San Carlos in Guatemala City in Business Administration.  She was born and raised in Guatemala and moved to New Orleans in 2010.  She is bilingual. She has been a St. Matthew parishioner since 2010 and is beginning her third year teaching at St. Matthew the Apostle School.  She has two children who are currently attending St. Matthew.
Email Address: quinonezf@smaschool.net

Edward Rockvoan – Music and Choir
Edward Rockvoan – Music and Choir

Mr. Rockvoan starts his first year at St. Matthew the Apostle with a Bachelor of Music Education from Loyola University. With over 5 years performing with various musical groups in the New Orleans Metropolitan area, he is excited to share his passion and knowledge of music with the many students at St. Matthew the Apostle as well as lead the St. Matthew Choir to new heights.
Email Address: rockvoane@smaschool.net