Meet the Nurses
The School Nurse
School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate
positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning. (NASN, 1999)
About the Certified School Nurses....
Hello! My name is Amy Elyes. I am a Certified School Nurse for Greensburg Salem School District. I received my associate's degree from CCAC- South campus, and my bachelor's degree from Ohio University. I received my school nurse certificate from Slippery Rock University. I have been a nurse for 20 years and spent 16 years of that time working at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh on the pediatric surgery floor. I came to the high school in October 2018, and it has been a welcome change from the craziness of the hospital environment. I enjoy interacting with the kids and getting to know them.
I was moved to Hutchinson Elementary for the 2019-2020 school year, and oversee all the elementary schools in the district. It has been a wonderful change and I love interacting with the "littles", and think of them as my own kids. I have found my "home" at work with the littles. Outside of work I'm also happily married with the sweetest daughter of my own and 2 stepdaughters who I love like my own. They all love/play softball, and we spend every weekend at travel ball tournaments or recc games or Tball games, and now just because life wasn't busy enough we have added dance to our list of activities.
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Hello! My name is Melissa Sabella-Menoher, and I am the Certified School Nurse for Greensburg Salem High School. I received my bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pennsylvania State University. For my school nurse certification, I attended Eastern Mennonite University. I have been a nurse for 20 years and previously worked at Westmoreland Intermediate Unit 7, Saint Vincent College, and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as a Pediatric Certified Nurse. I believe my love of children and experience in leadership has prepared me well for the role of the High School Nurse.
Hello! The kids call me Miss Doris, and I'm the new Certified School Nurse at Greensburg Salem Middle School. I've been a nurse for 11 years now, receiving my degrees from Penn State University. I graduated from Eastern University in Dec 2021 with my certification and am excited for my new role. I've been with the Greensburg Salem school district for 7 years now, but have worked in the medical field for over 30 years. I've gotten to experience many different aspects of training throughout my career, but I enjoy my role as a school nurse the most.
About the Non-Certified Nurses:
Hello! My name is Stacey Amandola and I am the nurse at Nicely Elementary. I have been with the district since November 2020, starting out at the HS and then moving to MS to help out as well. I worked for a year at Metzger before making Nicely my home. I obtained my LPN from WCCC and have been a nurse for 20 years now. I have worked in a variety of areas including LTC, Skilled Nursing, Home Care and Hospice Nursing. 8 years ago I started my school nursing journey, working at a private school.
I have 2 children whom I enjoy spending time with. My "baby" graduated high school last year and went off to college, and I miss her dearly!!
I look forward to meeting you and taking care of all your children. They really do keep you young at heart.
Hi everyone! My name is Samantha McCarthy, and I am one of the nurse assistants for Greensburg Salem. I started out at Greensburg Salem High School and now Metzger is my home!! I cannot wait to work with and get to know your kiddos!! I received my nursing license this past year and have worked in the healthcare field for over six years. On top of having my nursing license, I have my teaching degree as well, so it is the best of both worlds to work as a GS school nurse. I cannot wait to meet you and continue this adventure in the Greensburg Salem community!
Hi all!! My name is Dana Grindel and I am one of the nurses at GS Middle School. I got my associate's degree from CCAC- Allegheny Campus 7 years ago, and have spent the last 6 years working at Shadyside Hospital in a Surgical-Oncology Unit. I came to the Middle School in March 2021, and it has been the most rewarding change! I love working with the kids and getting to know them. I love this role more than any career I've had. I'm also happily married with 2 wonderful children, and I love that this career change has allowed me to spend more time with my own kids as well.
Hi everyone! My name is Cassie Thompson and I am one of the nurses here at Greensburg Salem High School. I received my nursing license in 2021 but started my healthcare journey in 2016 as a CNA. I come from a LTC facility, so school nursing has been a welcome change, to say the least. Being a nurse is honestly the most rewarding job. I'm excited to meet you all and I'm so happy to become part of the Greensburg Salem community!