DeSales Welcomes New Teachers

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DeSales Welcomes New Teachers

Author: Kim Knuutila/Thursday, September 17, 2015/Categories: School News

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DeSales Welcomes New Teachers

The first day of classes at DeSales last Wednesday was a big day, not only for the students, but also for the teachers beginning their tenure at the Catholic elementary school in Lockport.   DeSales Principal, Sister Carol Ann Kleindinst, is pleased to welcome four new faculty members to the DeSales family.  "These individuals possess strong credentials and a passion for teaching. These qualities are indicative of the high quality education we deliver here at DeSales.”

Lori Asher is the new middle school Social Studies teacher for DeSales.  She earned her Bachelors in Social Studies Education from Canisius College, her Masters degree in Curriculum & Instruction from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.  Originally from Lockport, Mrs. Asher has over 10 years of teaching experience. Asher and her husband, Timothy have one daughter, Sophia.

Kim Norris is enjoying a bit of a homecoming as the new fifth grade teacher at DeSales, having graduated from the Catholic school in 2003.  Mrs. Norris has a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Niagara University and earned her Masters Degree in Literacy from Niagara University. Mrs. Norris resides in Lockport with her husband Andrew and son.

Josh Guay will be teaching Spanish to students from preschool through grade 8.  Mr. Guay earned his Bachelors degree from Elmira College where he studied Spanish and Early Childhood Education.  Guay is currently attending Niagara University where he plans to earn his Masters degree in TESOL. 

Katie Merrill is also a familiar face in the halls of DeSales.  Ms. Merrill graduated from DeSales Middle School in 1998. She went on to pursue a Bachelors degree from the University of Notre Dame in English with a minor in Art History. Ms. Merrill has been a frequent substitute teacher for DeSales and even worked for a period as their primary school Art Teacher.  Mostly recently Merrill was the Primary Art Counselor at the Park School's Summer Camp. When she is not in the classroom, Ms. Merrill enjoys acting and singing, often at the Historic Palace Theatre.

DeSales is Eastern Niagara County’s only Catholic School, serving over 300 students in Early Childhood Education through Eighth grade.  For more information call 433-6422 or visit


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DeSales Catholic School LogoDeSales is a regional Catholic elementary school, located in the Town of Lockport NY, within the Diocese of Buffalo. The school is a designated STREAM school, a center of excellence that inspires individual students to reach their greatest potential, both inside and outside the classroom, while providing students with the fundamental building blocks to be innovative, critical-thinkers, and responsible future leaders.