Female Teacher during a Math Class

2022-2023
Meet the Co-op Instructors!

Joyful Catholic faith

Ms. Madeline Greene
The School of Two Hearts  2020-2021;Summer 2021; 2021-2022; Summer 2022; 2022-2023 

Ms. Greene is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Canisius College, where she is a Dean’s List with Distinction student. Ms. Greene has been an Instructor at The School of Two Hearts Homeschool Co-op since the Fall of 2020. She has taught Math, Humanities, Entrepreneurship, and Communication to sixth through ninth graders. In addition, she has taught Music to kindergarten through ninth grade students.
Ms. Greene attended the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, graduating with an Honors Diploma with Mastery of Math and Science, as well as a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. Ms. Greene loves to sing and spend time outdoors with her beloved dog, Willow. In addition, Ms. Greene is involved with her Parish, St. Gregory the Great in Williamsville. At her parish, she is a volunteer with the Youth and Young Adult Ministry and is the leader of the prayer ministry at the parish’s “Fiat” nights. The tenets of the Catholic faith are infused in all areas of Ms. Greene’s instruction, including her classes, clubs or tutoring sessions, in order to always point the younger generation to the embrace of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

 


Mr. Alexander Garey

The School of Two Hearts 2020-2021; Summer 2021; 2021-2022; Summer 2022; 2022-2023


Mr. Garey graduated Summa Cum Laude from Elmira College in Elmira, NY with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History, Business, and Criminal Justice. He is currently enrolled at the University at Buffalo School of Law and enjoys playing hockey, playing board games, graphic design, listening to music, and spending time with his family.
As a revert to the Catholic Faith, Mr. Garey is passionate about helping others and serving the Lord. He has a strong devotion to the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet and regularly asks for the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis De Sales, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Maximilian Colby, St. Sharbel Makhluf, St. Padre Pio, and St. Thomas More.
Entering his third year with The School of Two Hearts Co-op, Mr. Garey has had the privilege to teach Physical Education, Math, Humanities, and various other classes; he considers it a huge blessing to be able to work with the students and wants to bring them closer to Jesus Christ through every activity students experience in his classes.

Mr. Joshua Sugg
The School of Two Hearts   2020-2021; 2021-2022; 2022-2023


Mr. Sugg is an Eagle Scout who graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medicinal Chemistry. He has taught at The School of Two Hearts for two years, teaching science, art, and culinary. He also has experience teaching science and art at the high school level and is a Chemistry Merit Badge Counselor for Boy Scouts.
Mr. Sugg has an aspiration to bring people closer to Jesus and the Eucharist, and has volunteered often in both Youth Ministry and Mission work. In his spare time, Joshua can be found in Eucharistic Adoration or contemplating in nature as he strives to finish writing his book and multiple open projects. Although Joshua nearly joined the priesthood, he ultimately discerned marriage; he and his wife, Maria, have one daughter. 



Mrs. Cindy Peters 
The School of Two Hearts    Summer 2021; 2021-2022; 2022-2023


Mrs. Peters earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in Art Education from Buffalo State College.  After working in the field of landscape architecture and then as a middle school art teacher, Mrs. Peters decided to leave the workforce to homeschool her children.  She taught all subjects up through eighth grade, infusing the Catholic faith throughout the curriculum.  Through the beautiful journey of homeschooling, Mrs. Peters’ love for Jesus, the Blessed Mother, and the Catholic faith grew immensely as did her desire to share the gift of her faith. After her homeschooling experience came to an end, she was thrilled to become part of The School of Two Hearts family and continues to share the love she has for her faith, for students, and for teaching.

 


Mr. Imanol Colon             
The School of Two Hearts  2021-2022; Summer 2022; 2022-2023 

                           
Mr. Colon (pronounced Cologne; aka Mr. C.) is pursuing his undergraduate degree in both Psychology and Religious Studies at Canisius College. For about five years, he has been working with children within a variety of settings. He was a teacher’s aide in religious education, a Core Member for Middle School youth ministry, and in 2021 he spent three weeks as a Summer Missionary at a Life Teen Summer Camp.        
At The School of Two Hearts Co-op, Mr. Colon has taught Reading/Writing to all Grade Groups (K - 9), as well as Math and Humanities for Kindergarten; he is also available to teach Math and Humanities to the older Grade Groups (up to 5th grade and high school, respectively).
Mr. C. frequently incorporates Bible reading into all of his Reading/Writing classes, and would be willing to incorporate other religious texts at parental request, and approval from Mrs. Suchyna. He is able to provide relatively deep lessons on faith topics from biblical, philosophical, and doctrinal perspectives.   
Mr. Colon’s interests include writing, critical analysis of media, and obscure history. For example, Did you know that eastern Tennessee tried to become its own state under the name of Franklin? His favorite saints are Saints Therese of Lisieux and Joseph; St. Therese’s simplicity and St. Joseph’s humility are very desirable traits and their intercession is important to him. Mr. Colon also enjoys playing video games and reading the Bible; he commonly attends the Novus Ordo (Mass in English), though he has a love for the Eastern Liturgy.

 

 

Mrs. Francesca Pacillo         
The School of Two Hearts  2022-2023


    Mrs. Pacillo was born near Lecce, the Rococò city in the Region of Puglia. She moved to Buffalo with her husband in 2019 and they have two children. Although the kids attend school, Mrs. Pacillo homeschools them in Italian.
Mrs. Pacillo earned a law degree from Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna (Italy), and worked in law for more than eight years. Although her thesis was in Criminal Justice, she mostly worked on labor, commercial and immigration law, which are specific sections of the Italian Civil Law.
In anticipation of moving to America, Mrs. Pacillo earned a Master’s degree in Business Tourism and Destination Management; however, the new path in her life and her love for children led her to choose teaching Italian, which she enjoys so very much. This decision was inspired by discovering the American homeschooling world, and the fact that homeschooling children have few opportunities to study a foreign language with a teacher who is a native speaker.
While Mrs. Pacillo attended college, she taught Italian to foreigners; once she moved to Buffalo, she taught at the Italian cultural center.  Mrs. Pacillo likes playing tennis, listening to old history podcasts and cooking for family and friends. She cannot wait to “play in Italian” with the School of Two Hearts students and to share her creativity with them. Mrs. Pacillo plans to creatively immerse the students in the culture and language, with “real life” experiences, as well as reading about the Saints’ lives. One goal includes the students interpreting a short version of these stories at the end of each quarter.

 

Mrs. Kathleen Sacilowski
The School of Two Hearts  Summer 2022 & 2022-2023


Mrs. Sacilowski and her husband have homeschooled their four children K-12 from 2001-2022, for over 20 years!  They chose this path in order to teach their children their morals, faith, respect, character, and so much more! She describes this decision as such a blessing! As their youngest child was about to graduate in June 2022, Mrs. Sacilowski realized that she would soon be out of a job.  She prayed for direction and God led her to The School of Two Hearts Homeschool Co-op.
Mr. and Mrs. Sacilowski firmly believe in homeschooling; Mrs. Sacilowski experienced homeschooling as a beautiful gift from God, and shares these encouraging words to parents: “You can do it.  Don’t believe you can’t homeschool, because once you become a parent, you have already begun to teach your child(ren) at home. Time passes so quickly! You are their first teacher and I’m just here to help and support you in this journey via The School of Two Hearts Co-op.  If I can do it, anyone can.”
Mrs. Sacilowski brings a multitude of experience to our Co-op and is a tremendous resource.  In addition to teaching all four of her children and preparing them for college (for this was each of her children’s chosen path), she is familiar with using a variety of curricula and will share insights into the pros and cons of each.  The Sacilowski family belonged to a homeschool group, her children were involved in sports, and she has accumulated years of record keeping, writing reports, and preparing transcripts.
Mrs. Sacilowski went to college for a Fine Arts degree, but never finished because she started a family. She has no regrets. While homeschooling her children, she incorporated art into almost every subject; she enjoys learning and implementing different art mediums such as Graphite, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastels, and Charcoal; along with different styles of art like Drawing, Painting, Stained Glass Painting, Rock Painting, Pointillism, Religious Icons, Photography, Pisanki, Wycinanki, etc.  As the years passed, she began teaching art classes to other homeschoolers, 4H groups, adults, friends and family.
Mrs. Sacilowski shares some final thoughts: “I will bring my knowledge and experience as a Homeschool Mom/Teacher, Art Teacher, and practicing Catholic to this co-op. I enjoy learning more about my Catholic faith every day.  I hope to instill a love for learning in your children.  I hope to teach them the same things I taught mine about faith, character, morals, beauty and art.  I hope to help you homeschool your children through the School of Two Hearts Homeschool Co-op.”

 


Ms. Monique Adamo
The School of Two Hearts  Summer 2022 & 2022-2023


Ms. Adamo is a 2001 graduate of Buffalo State College, where she earned Bachelor's and Master’s Degrees in Education. She is triple certified in Elementary and Special Education, as well as in Literacy (2005).  Teaching for over 20 years has been rewarding and has provided a solid foundation for success as both a teacher and a life-long learner. Ms. Adamo’s professional background includes classroom experience as a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade teacher, as well as a special education teacher (K-7) in both the Buffalo and Syracuse area suburban schools.
Ms. Adamo has attended several professional learning institutes and trainings in the areas of literacy, math, science, social studies, classroom management, and character education. 
She has taken on many leadership roles as a member of the Professional Development Team, Enrichment Committee implementing new character education initiatives, District Literacy Facilitator, Building Planning Team Chairperson, Writing Design Curriculum Development Member, Pupil Personnel Services Member, and Curriculum Design team member for Social Studies. Based on these experiences, Ms. Adamo has a vast array of strategies, lessons, and skills in all academic areas to bring to the classroom. 
Ms. Adamo’s Catholic faith, by the grace of God, is the foundation which guides her life and how she educates her students.  She has been involved in the design, planning and construction of the new Perpetual Adoration chapel at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Lancaster. This is part of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese Via Fidei initiative to build a stronger faith community.
Ms. Adamo also homeschools her younger son in faith formation and has taught faith formation classes in the past. Every year she coordinates Lenten prayer groups amongst co-workers, family and friends. Ms. Adamo also has a background in dance, spending most of her childhood and early adulthood in the studio. One of her greatest dance experiences included teaching dance to children and adults with special needs at Moving Miracles. 
Ms. Adamo is a proud mother of two boys, Luke (age 14) and Andrew (age 11). She also recently welcomed a new Golden Retriever puppy named Chloe. Both her boys are involved in sports including football and basketball. She loves to read books inspired by Catholic Saints, cook, hike, camp, go to the beach, work around her new home, and play basketball or football with her boys.
She is truly grateful to be a part of The School of Two Hearts family and is inspired by the fruitful work taking place here.

 

 Mrs. Ann E. Suchyna               Contact Information: annsuchyna.theschooloftwohearts@gmail.com
The School of Two Hearts   2020-2021; Summer 2021; 2021-2022; Summer 2022; 2022-2023


    Mrs. Ann Suchyna is bringing a unique educational experience to Western NY: an independent patriotic K-12 homeschool co-op and school in the Catholic tradition, where students realize they are working for their own growth, their own skills, and for the glory of God, while positively impacting their neighbor.
Mrs. Suchyna opened the doors to the School of Two Hearts Homeschool Co-op in Fall 2020 with a two-day per week offering. Over the past few years, the Co-op has grown. This upcoming school year ('22-'23), families across Western NY will have access to the Co-op for up to five days a week for academic and experiential programming. When the timing is right, the school will open and the Homeschool Co-op will be maintained.
Mrs. Suchyna is a Catholic mother, educator, and psychologist. Holding a Master’s degree in School Psychology from Alfred University (and psychology degree from the University of Rochester), she served as a school psychologist on and off from 1989 to the present. She has taught psychology and other courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Mrs. Suchyna helped co-found Chesterton Academy of Buffalo, a classical high school in the Catholic tradition which opened in 2014. She served as Academic Dean ('14-'19) and Headmaster ('16-'19).
  Mrs. Suchyna created the Game ClubTM Programs; this includes board games designed to motivate students of all ages and abilities to learn, and tutoring and math programs. She has provided private tutoring, testing, consulting and counseling for children, adults and families. She has also offered workshops to parents and educators on a wide variety of psychological and educational topics and has been a guest speaker on a number of TV and radio programs.

 

Mrs. Allie Klein                                  Contact Information: office.theschooloftwohearts@gmail.com
The School of Two Hearts   2020-2021; Summer 2021; 2021-2022; Summer 2022; 2022-2023


Mrs. Klein began her career as a Licensed Cosmetologist with a passion for trades and hands-on work.  She had spent 5 years in the Salon Industry when she felt God calling her to make a significant career change.  As we all know, God works in mysterious ways.  Mrs. Klein accepted a position as Office Manager at Chesterton Academy of Buffalo and has been working with Mrs. Suchyna since June 2017.  

Mrs. Klein is the Office Manager of The School of Two Hearts Co-op and Catholic Mother of two: Raphaella (age 2) and Gerard (age 2 months).  While Mrs. Klein is no longer physically present during the Co-op day, she manages financial and organizational details for The School of Two Hearts from her home office.