PADRE PIO ACADEMY - Independent Catholic School K-8 - Shawnee, KS (Kansas City)


2015-16 Faculty Staff Members 

Miss Kristin Dvorsky (Kindergarten)  Mrs. Dvorsky has her Bachelors of Religious Studies and Speech Communication degrees with a minor in Communication Studies from Iowa University. Prior to teaching at Padre Pio Academy, she was a high school youth minister and camp counselor. This is Mrs. Dvorsky second year at Padre Pio Academy.  Her love for teaching and her gentle spirit helps these young little souls reach their potential. Our youngest students leave the classroom knowing the love that God has for each and every one of them thanks to Mrs. Dvorsky and our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program.

Mrs. Ann Marie Alvey (Grade 1)  Mrs. Alvey has her Masters of Arts degree in Family and Child Counseling from St. Mary's College.  She is not new to Padre Pio Academy as she has taught Latin 2 to the middle school students in the past.  Mrs. Alvey is a Spiritual Mentor with the Apostles of the Interior Life.  She also has taught in the home school co-op for several years and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for 18 years.  Mrs. Alvey brings the experience of a mother and teacher to the classroom and is very excited about teaching these young students a love for reading and their faith.  The greatest part is that they don't even realize they are learning!

Miss Margaret Klassen (Grade 2)  Miss Klassen has her Bachelors of Theology degree from the University of Dallas.  She is also a certified Catechesis of the Good Shepherd instructor.  Before applying to Padre Pio Academy, she served as Catechist at a Montessori School for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program and was in the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph for 5 years!  All of these experiences have helped her to create a faith filled learning environment in the classroom.  She also has some wonderful mystery readers that visit her classroom!  These surprise visitors come and read a story to the classroom as a special treat for the kids.

Mrs. Linda Harbourne (Grades 3 and 4)  In addition to her Master's in Teaching degree from St. Mary's University, Mrs. Harbourne brings over 20 years of teaching experience to our school! Mrs. Harbourne explores how each student learns and works with the parents to achieve amazing results. Her years of experience in the classroom is truly a blessing!

Mrs. Karen Hernandez (Dean of Faculty, Grades 5 and 6)  A native of the Kansas City Metro, Mrs. Hernandez is one of those very special individuals who, after gathering much valuable life experience, turned to education as a way to help others achieve. Her background includes supervisory and leadership roles in several industries.  As the mother of a Padre Pio Academy graduate, she is particularly attuned to the needs of both students and their parents. 

Miss Courtney Dunn (Grades 7 and 8) (Dean of Operations) After completing high school here in her native Kansas, Miss Dunn chose California’s Thomas Aquinas College for her undergraduate work. Her background includes expertise in eye-related health technology and three years experience tutoring for an organization serving mostly underprivileged children in the Washington DC area. She incorporates multiple strategies to help our oldest students grasp the challenging curriculum presented to them as well as become great role models for our younger students. 

Mrs. Jenny Wallace (Dean of Students, Administrative Assistant)   Mrs. Wallace has her Bachelor's of Science in Journalism from University of Kansas.  She has owned and managed her own business and also done website development.  Her experience with children of all ages has prepared her for the Dean of Students position.  Additionally, her love for the faith and God-given talents are such an inspiration to all the students. 

Mrs. Joanne Hanson (Administrator)  Padre Pio Academy co-founder and chairman of the board, Mrs. Hanson is a lifelong resident of Kansas with deep family roots in northwestern Johnson County. She brings a nursing educator background and career experience as a Registered Nurse to our science curriculum, giving it a unique practical perspective. She gets her inspiration from the Holy Spirit as he guides this school in the path Our Lord has chosen for it.  

Mrs. Bridget Weber (Art, Latin, 7th-8th Science & 5th-8th Grammar) In addition to her degree from Minnesota State University, Mrs. Weber has a particularly unique qualification—her Mother founded a school in Minnesota very similar in style to Padre Pio Academy. Having grown up and taught in that atmosphere, Mrs. Weber is especially adept at making the most of a student’s Padre Pio experience.  Just look at all the creative artwork in the hallway and you will see this!

Ms. Darlene Summerour (Music)  "I love music!" is what we heard recently from one our students.  A Bachelor's of Music Education from St. Mary's University followed by a Masters in Music Education from UMKC's Conservatory of Music has given Mrs. Summerour all the tools to be a fabulous music instructor.  To top it off, her 35 years of teaching experience prior to Padre Pio Academy has greatly enriched the music program at the school. 

Mrs. Maria Klassen (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) Mrs. Klassen, a part time editor for Ignatius Press, found out about the Catechesis program many years ago.  She "fell in love" with the program and started the training. If you haven't heard about this program, I encourage you to learn more. Mrs. Klassen teaches the 6-9 year old program to our 1st and 2nd graders.  It is an amazing Apostolate for teaching these innocent souls the love God has for each one of them.

Mrs. Janel O'Donnell (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) Prior to having children, Mrs. O'Donnell's past teaching and counseling experience makes her a perfect fit for our Atrium.  She teaches the Catechesis Program to our youngest little catechesis students.  She was trained a few years ago and has assisted at other programs.  Her love for working with these young students is very evident in the classes she provides.  Her class on Tuesday morning is open to pre-school children.  

Mrs. Hilary Trossen (Occupational Therapist)


The earth could exist more easily without the sun than without the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

-Saint Padre Pio