Villa Maria Elementary School


The Villa Difference




Mr. Damon Finazzo, Principal


Hello, and welcome to Villa Maria Elementary School. It is my pleasure to introduce you to our premier school!


Villa Maria Elementary has been serving the Erie Community for over 120 years, by offering preschool, elementary, and middle school education to thousands of children and families. We are a sponsored institution of the Sisters of St. Joseph, and we focus our efforts on enhancing the “Neighbor with Neighbor, and Neighbor with God” mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in three distinct and powerful ways, which we call the Villa Difference: teaching to the whole child; celebrating all children for their individual greatness; and, providing an environment of service and charity for those in need.


Teaching to the whole child is at the heart of our VME educational experience. In addition to the outstanding standard-based academic instruction provided in the classroom, we have developed a curriculum that integrates the arts into the teaching and learning of our students. This method enables children to express their knowledge of the curriculum in ways other than paper and pencil, thereby providing specific opportunities to enrich their brain activity and prepare them for success in the future. A complete physical education and sports program rounds out the school day to encourage healthy habits and team participation.


We are also well known for our unique ability to be a school that is safe, nurturing, and inclusive for students of all cultures, religions, and learning abilities. The faculty and staff work tirelessly to foster an environment where all children are valued and celebrated for their unique talents. The success stories from parents and alumni are endless!


At VME we take pride in teaching our students how to be positive contributors to the community. Service projects and charity fundraisers are completed year round by all grades. Money, materials, time and effort were donated to over 15 charities, organizations, or social causes in the year 2013-14 alone!


VME leads the way, and does it right with its dynamic curriculum, inclusive atmosphere, and charitable efforts, combining to be the cornerstone of our learning environment and the definition of the Villa Difference.


As the principal of VME, it is my charge to carry on this important ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph with you. Please feel free to either call or email me to set up a time to meet and discuss any questions or topics of interest you may have. I pray that VME has the opportunity to serve you and your family, and I look forward to meeting you in time to start the new 2015-16 school year. God bless!


Sincerely yours,


Damon Finazzo
(814) 838-5451




Villa Maria Elementary School Mission Statement 


Open to creativity in the Spirit, Villa Maria Elementary School furthers the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph by providing an atmosphere that promotes academic excellence as well as the spiritual, social, artistic, and physical development of all the gifts and talents the students possess. We are dedicated to fostering an environment imbued with spiritual and moral values in a welcoming spirit of inclusiveness.

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