Harrisburg, PA

The Nativity School of Harrisburg Prep School Harrisburg

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty through Education

Knowledgeable Staff

At The Nativity School of Harrisburg, you will find a long list of staff with vast experience and knowledge in their field.

Executive Director – Lavelle Muhammad


Joined The Nativity School of Harrisburg in 2012 with 20 years of previous combined experiences as a Private Academic School Administrator, Teacher, Juvenile Corrections Administrator, and Therapeutic Counselor for Juvenile Delinquents and children at risk. He has a Masters in Educational Leadership.


Executive Assistant to the Director - Alicia Hernandez


Alicia brought a wealth of experience to the Nativity when she joined the staff in March of 2016.  Prior to her arrival, she worked at National Government Services as an appeals rep.  She also served as the Operations Managers of the Female Work Release Center for seven years.  "I love the mission of Nativity and the impact we can have on the students and their families."

If you would like to speak to a teacher or administrative member, please give us a call.



Barbara Greenlee - Graduate Support at Bishop McDevitt High School


Deborah Lynch - Graduate Support at Trinity High School, Harrisburg Academy, Harrisburg Christian School and Sci-Tech High School


Lyn Shiery - Volunteer Math Classroom





The Nativity School of Harrisburg Board of Directors


President: Steve Wilds

Vice-President: Leigh Twiford

Treasurer: Andrew Hetrick

Secretary: Sheri Phillips



Robert Brenner

Nathaniel Gadsden

Karen Gunnison

Donald Healey, Sr.

Schaun Henry

Juliet Moringiello

Jamie Pascotti

Stephen Proctor

Bryan Shirtliff


Advisory Board

Darlene Fritz                           Robert Mumma

Tim Nicholson                        Fr. Jack Podsiadlo

Rick Reynolds                        Susan Schiano

Tony Schiano                         Frank Sourbeer

Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction – Felicia Ellzy


Ms. Ellzy graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2010 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Ethnic Studies. She then continued at Bloomsburg University where she earned her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorrority, Inc. Her personal motto is, "I was born to educate and love."

Math/Lead Teacher – Michelle Stine


Ms. Stine graduated from Lycoming College with a B.A. in Psychology. She was also certified in elementary education and middle school math.  While at Lycoming, Ms. Stine was a four year member of the women's basketball team.  Ms. Stine spent three years after gradation as a subsititue teacher in the Keystone Central School District before moving into higher education at Immaculata University.  She currently serves as the assistant coach for the Central Penn College Women's Basketball team.  Ms. Stine has been at Nativity for the past five years and believes strongly in the mission of Nativity and is dedicated to serve the needs of each individual student.

Science Teacher - Vernal Simms


Vernal Simms was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts. He graduated with a BA  from Springfield College and a Master's Degree from Andover Newton Theological School.  Mr Simms has taught school in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Mr Simms came to the Nativity school from the Harrisburg School District where he served as an emotional support teacher, teaching Science and Social Studies 7th and 8th grades. Mr Simms also serves as the pastor of the Mountainview Christian Fellowship church in Dillsburg, Pa. Mr Simms is excited about being at Nativity school because he is able to help shape the minds, and hearts of young men who one day will be leaders in our city, community and the world at large. Mr Simms is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Social Studies Teacher – Dajuann Greene



English Teacher – Kayla Roush


Ms. Roush graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2013 with a B.A. in English Education. She has taught 9th grade, film, and reading-writing workshop classes at Elizabethtown and Mechanicsburg High Schools in long-term substitute positions. She knew she wanted to be an English teacher in ninth grade after reading To Kill a Mockingbird in English class. Her biggest passion is teaching and she loves to see her students succeed and make real-world connections in the classroom. Besides her love of teaching, she also likes to run, read, write, cook, and plan events and weddings. She has a dog named Jayce, loves music and playing piano and guitar, and her favorite TV show is Lost. Ms. Roush is extremely excited to be a part of the Nativity School.

Dean of Students – Demond “DJ” Bates


Mr. DJ is well known throughout the Harrisburg area as an outstanding coach and youth mentor.  Throughout the academic year, he serves as an effective advisor and mentor to help guide our students on their path to success.

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Audio Visual Teacher - Darrell Greene


After ten years of working with various music groups in the city of Harrisburg, Darrell decied to open his own professional recording studio and internet radio station in 2004.  Darrell has been involved in everthing from recording music projects to voice acting demos to filming commercials and short documentaries.  If it can be recorded he will get it done!



Director of External Relations - Denise Hirn


Ms. Hirn graduated from Messiah College with a B.S. in Music Education and from National Louis University with an Early Childhood Director's Credential.  She comes to The Nativity School of Harrisburg with over fifteen years experience working with children and families.



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