Faculty and Staff

Ms. Kate Brandley
Ms. Kate Brandley Regional Director

M.Ed., Guidance and Counseling, Providence College
BA, Psychology, College of the Holy Cross

Kate Brandley has served as Regional Director of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy  (SJPIICA)since July of 2016. The promotion was a recognition of her excellent work as the principal of the Neponset Campus of the Academy from 2006 to 2016.  Kate has spent her entire career in Catholic education. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in psychology at College of the Holy Cross, she received her Master of Education in guidance and counseling from Providence College.  She received her principal licensure from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth.  Kate is also a graduate of the Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College. Kate’s experience prior to SJPIICA includes serving as vice principal of student life, guidance counselor and director of admissions at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, MA.

Nick Cuomo
Nick Cuomo Principal, Neponset Campus

BS, Finance and Management, Providence College
M. Ed., University of Notre Dame (ACE Program)
School Leadership Certificate & License, Boston College (LLA)

After completing his undergraduate degree at Providence College, Nick Cuomo began his teaching career with Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education. He served as a fifth grade teacher at Saint Ignatius Martyr Catholic School in Austin, Texas for three years. During his time in the classroom, he completed his Masters of Education degree with a focus on Elementary Education. While teaching at Saint Ignatius, Nick developed and integrated a 1:1 laptop program providing students with cutting-edge technology to support student achievement.

In 2013, Nick moved to Boston, MA to teach 7th Grade Math at Excel Academy Chelsea Charter School. As one of the founding teachers at Excel, Nick was responsible for designing and delivering a comprehensive math curriculum in accordance to the Common Core and PARCC. Nick has also gained invaluable experience as an instructional leader in numerous summer programs including the ACE Teaching Program (IN) and Breakthrough Greater Boston (MA).

Last year, as a member of the Lynch Leadership Academy (Boston College), Nick served as Vice Principal of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy – Neponset Campus.  His goal for the Neponset Campus is to provide the opportunities, conditions, and supports for our school family to develop a loving relationship with God, an insatiable appetite for knowledge, and an active role in our global community.

Years in teaching
10

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me how a small, kind gesture can make someone’s day, week, year. Always choose kindness.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
I would love to be Spider Man. I think it would be pretty neat to be agile, strong, smart, and quick. Plus, I would save money on gas by web-swinging to work!

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
SJP2CA feels like a family.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I love spending time with my wife, family and friends. I enjoy hiking, traveling, and catching a live concert.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I once caught a home run ball at Yankee Stadium and got booed by the entire stadium…because I was wearing a New York Mets Jersey. Let’s Go Mets!!

Claire F. Barton Sheridan
Claire F. Barton Sheridan Principal, Columbia Campus

Originally from Brighton, Claire Sheridan began her Educational Career at a Sister of St. Joseph sponsored ministry; Regis College. It was at Regis College she found her calling to become an Educator. Claire discovered the endless possibilities of encouraging one to discover his or her own given gifts.

Claire began her teaching career at The Thomas Gardner School in Allston as a long term substitute.  She then became a 5thGrade teacher at St. Margaret Elementary school in Dorchester, MA. The experience was life changing.  Teaching in a Catholic school enables you, as the teacher, to challenge a student intellectually, spiritually and socially.  This was the beginning of a thirty year calling.  Currently, Claire is a Principal of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy ~ Columbia Campus in Dorchester.  Claire is responsible for over 300 children in her role at Saint John Paul II~ Columbia Campus.  Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy encourages students to grow in faith and knowledge in a safe, nurturing, structured, and culturally diverse environment. Our challenging and rich academic curriculum helps our students to develop the essential skills to become productive, responsible global citizens and positive young men and women who possess a love of learning, and of service to others.

Lisa Warshafsky
Lisa Warshafsky Principal, Lower Mills Campus

Expected M.Ed., School Leadership, Boston College
MSW, Social Work, Boston College
Dual Degree, Lasell College

Lisa Warshafsky has been working in urban education for more than 20 years and has a passion for working with students, teachers, families and community partners. She has been the Principal of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, Lower Mills Campus, in Dorchester for over four years. Prior to becoming Principal, Lisa was a Guidance Counselor and Director of Guidance for Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy for 6 years. In addition to earning a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College and completing coursework towards a Master of Education in School Leadership at Boston College, Ms. Warshafsky is the recipient of the 2011 Yawkey Award for Teaching Excellence, graduate of the prestigious Lynch Leadership Academy and Boston College Lynch School, graduate of the Roach Center for Catholic Education, Emmaus Leadership Program,  the Boston Family Engagement Partnership (BFEP), and the 2017 recipient for the NCEA Innovations in Catholic Education (ICE) Award for Total Community Involvement. Lisa is on the Boston Compact Steering Committee for the City of Boston and previously served on the Boston Compact Equity and Diversity Committee where she worked on elevating student voice for all and ensuring that students in the City of Boston receive high quality instruction. Lisa is the proud mother of a teenage daughter and loves spending time with her.

Kathryn Ray
Kathryn Ray Vice Principal, Lower Mills Campus
Erin Chouinard
Erin Chouinard Vice Principal, Neponset Campus
Kristyn Joy
Kristyn Joy Vice Principal, Columbia

Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary and Secondary Education

Years in Teaching:
15

What is something your students have taught you?
In every teaching position I have held (pre-k, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8th) students have taught me more about the world around me, changed my perspectives and help me grow as a person and an educator. The moment that makes my day is the smiling face of a student coming in to school to greet their day!

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
If I could be a superhero I would be an angel so I could go with those who need support where ever they path might lead them.

What are your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
My first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic was in 2009 when I walked through the doors of the Lower Mills Campus and was met with a feeling of love and community. I have been blessed to have become a part of each of the Academy campuses throughout my career and I can honestly say that the heartbeat of the schools is created by the diversity and love that fill each campus. A variety of personalities and approaches has taught me that there are many ways to be part of the same goal. The goal being to educate our future leaders by inspiring their hearts, minds and spirits.

What are your hobbies and interest?
When I have a moment to indulge for myself I most enjoy spending time with my children, my family and friends. I also enjoy cooking and painting.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
My students may not know that panko crusted chicken parmesan is my favorite dish to make.

Francois Alcindor
Francois Alcindor Extended Day Coordinator

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Really do not know anything about super heroes, find my inspiration from the saints of the past and those I meet along my path.

Raymonde Alcindor
Raymonde Alcindor Senior Business Coordinator
Kathi Aldridge
Kathi Aldridge Early Childhood Coordinator
Cindy Altieri
Cindy Altieri KI Aide
Brittany Aubuchon
Brittany Aubuchon Grade 6 Teacher
Jacqueline Barden
Jacqueline Barden KI Teacher
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BA, Liberal Studies, University of the Pacific
California Teaching Credential

Years in teaching
17

What is something your students have taught you?
We can fix most mistakes.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
I’d be AquaWoman. That’s the ultimate swimming with dolphins (and others) experience.

What are your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
SJP has always been welcoming.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I enjoy doing everything with my awesome family. We like being outdoors,traveling and cooking.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I know how to ride a horse.

LanLan Bao
LanLan Bao Middle School Science Teacher
Ketsia Beauvais
Ketsia Beauvais K1 Teacher
Teresa Bennett
Teresa Bennett Grade 3 Teacher
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Bachelor’s Degree, Psy/Edu, Emamnuel College

Years in teaching
35 years

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me tolerance, love and compassion, and how to be a better person!

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
If I were I super hero I would love to be “Saint Mother Theresa!” Her inspiration, love, faith, and acceptance of all was amazing!

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
I have been with SJP2CA since it’s opening. It is truly a family all working and caring for one another with God watching over us!

What are your hobbies and interest?
I love to read, listen, sing, and dance to music. My most precious time is spent with my family!

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I don’t think my students really know how much I love each one of them differently, and truly want to shape them into being the best they can be, hoping I made a difference!

 

 

Dahaina Betances-Burgos
Dahaina Betances-Burgos PreK Aide
Jane Breen
Jane Breen Title I Instructional Support
Tenille Brennan
Tenille Brennan K2 Teacher
Taryn Brosnan
Taryn Brosnan Grade 1 Teacher
Jeanne Browne
Jeanne Browne K2 Aide
Caitlin Bryne
Caitlin Bryne Grade 5 Teacher
Karen Burk
Karen Burk K1 Teacher
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B.S., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Child and Developmental Psychology, University of Connecticut

Years in teaching
11 years

What is something your students have taught you?
The importance of vigilance and planning ahead.

What were your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
This was about 2 1/2 years ago at the Mattapan campus, now closed. The children were napping at the time. The surroundings seemed very charming, with the original wood floors, old-school chalk boards, super high ceilings, solid wood doors and window frames. My first impressions were of a warm, cozy environment.

What are your hobbies and interest?
Being outdoors, reading, crossword puzzles, my cats, learning about local wildlife

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
This would come as no surprise to anyone older than my students, but they can be very interested in the fact that I have a mom and dad, drive a car, and live in a home.

John Cain
John Cain Computer Teacher
Fran Camilo
Fran Camilo 2.9 Aide
Paula Callahan
Paula Callahan PreK Teacher

BA, Theater Arts & Early Childhood Ed, Wheelock

Years in teaching
26

What is something your students have taught you?
Students teach me to laugh more!

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Superhero ….Wonder Woman because she is amazing.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
Welcoming, loving, spiritual environment.

What are your hobbies and interest?
Spending time with my family, traveling and cooking.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
My students do not know I live outside of our classroom!

Maryanne Casinelli
Maryanne Casinelli KII Teacher

I’m a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Communications. Teaching is a second career for me. After working nearly 20 years in the legal field, I decided to pursue a degree in special education. I’ve taught as a special educator, general classroom teacher, first grade teacher, and Title I instructional specialist. My work in special ed has afforded me the opportunity to work extensively with children who have a variety of learning styles and challenges. I love finding ways to help students achieve personal success. I feel blessed to be able to work with Kindergardeners at this stage of my career, and to be working at this incredible Academy!

Emily Carrara
Emily Carrara PreK Aide

International Relations from Boston University

Years in teaching
First year teacher

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me so much about unconditional love, joy, and optimism.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
If I could be any superhero, I would be Wonder Woman because she is an example of a strong woman!

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
My first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy was that it is such a welcoming and special place.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I like reading about current events and trying new restaurants around Boston!

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I studied abroad for a semester in Morocco and I can read Arabic!

Jeanne Carrara
Jeanne Carrara KI Teacher
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Early Childhood, Bridgewater State University

Years in teaching
31

What is something your students have taught you?
Live spontaneously and enjoy life’s simple pleasures!

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
I would be Captain America because his leadership and dedication to doing the right thing impresses me!

What are your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
SJP is a friendly and accepting environment!

What are your hobbies and interest?
Walking, biking,and reading

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I like to spend my summers in Cape Cod!

Danielle Chambrelli
Danielle Chambrelli Grade 1 Teacher

Bachelors
Masters, Education

Years in teaching
First year teacher

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me to always stay curious. Always ask questions and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are how we learn, mistakes are proof we are trying.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
If I could be one super hero I would be, Cat Woman. I would be Cat Woman because she is very active and fit. She has a great relationship with animals, and is very insightful. I would be Cat Woman because she is an amazing woman super hero.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
I love SJP2CA. As soon as I walked into the school everyone was so inviting and friendly. The overall atmosphere throughout the school is a breath of fresh air. Everyone from the students to teachers and staff members are so kind and respectful.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I really enjoy sports. I love to play lacrosse and field hockey. I love to watch football, hockey and baseball. I enjoy playing with my pets and other animals. I also really like crafting activities.

 

 

Hannah Chin
Hannah Chin Grade 2 Teacher
Colleen Clark
Colleen Clark Pre K Teacher
Laura Conway
Laura Conway Greek/Latin Teacher
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BS Psychology, SUNY Stony Brook
DC, NYCC New York Chiropractic College

A graduate of SUNY Stony Brook, Mrs. Conway received her BS in Psychology in ’87 and then pursued my Doctor of Chiropractic at NYCC, graduating in ’91. After 4 years of substitute teaching in the Milton Public Schools, she joined Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy in 2011, teaching grades 5 to 8 Latin & Greek Word Roots at all four campuses.

As a student growing up, Mrs. Conway’s favorite subject was math – especially Algebra. However, she was, and still is, an avid reader and have strived to instill this passion in her own kids and students. One of her all time favorite series is Harry Potter, for which she is known to reference the “word origin” of spells and even character names.

Her students and family would describe her as a “word nerd,” and she hopes to pass along this love of “breaking down” words to their roots to them.

Years in teaching?
12

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me how to have a sense of humor and greater patience with myself.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
If I could be any one super hero, it would be Wonder Woman. She has the power of flight, which if I had would allow me to visit my family who live out of state more often. And unknown to most, she has omnilingualism, which means she can speak the language of anyone she meets.

What are your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
My first impression of SJP was that it was a warm and welcoming community.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I love to read, cook, complete puzzles, and garden.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I had the opportunity to meet a few different Red Sox players when I was working for a Chiropractic Practice in Boston.

Adam Cook
Adam Cook Grade 8 Teacher
Jeanette Cook
Jeanette Cook KII Aide
Christine Coppola
Christine Coppola Grade 1 Teacher
Kathy Costello
Kathy Costello KII Teacher
Eileen Cotter
Eileen Cotter Extended Day Coordinator
Rose Curran
Rose Curran PreK Teacher

BS, Cambridge College (expected)

Years in teaching
12

What is something your students have taught you?
Patience

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Jean Grey because she has an amazing mind.

What are your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
It is an overwhelmingly loving and supporting community.

What are your hobbies and interest?
Reading, golfing, playing games

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
My favorite food is cheese… of any kind

Brother Greg Day
Brother Greg Day Title I Instructional Support

MS, Education, Saint Bonaventure University

I grew up in Arlington, Massachusetts and attended Saint Agnes School and graduated from Arlington Catholic High School. I have my Masters in Education from Saint Bonaventure University. I am a professed friar of Holy Name Province since 1981. My ministry over these many years has been in Catholic Education. I am presently living at Saint Anthony Shrine/Friary in Downtown Crossing, Boston.

What is something your students have taught you?
Since I am a primary teacher, the simplicity of each child and their eagerness to learn have taught me that each student is unique and gifted.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Pope Francis already has made a tremendous impression upon people around the world. I would say that he is a “super hero” because he has chosen the name “Francis” after Saint Francis of Assisi who loved the poor and all of creation. St Francis lived for peace and justice. In my opinion, Pope Francis follows his ideals.

What are your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
When I received my tour of the school, I was warmly greeted by principal, faculty, parents, and students. It immediately struck me as a school with a “family-like/community-like” atmosphere and a place of welcome.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I enjoy daily walks, attending movies and theater, and travel.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
Most things I like and enjoy EXCEPT snakes! (..so if you have a pet snake, please don’t bring it in for “show.”

Patrice DeAngelo
Patrice DeAngelo Computer Teacher

Come join our class and see what we are working on. Feel free to try out our links!

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http://www.mrsdeangelo.weebly.com

John DeMeo
John DeMeo Grade 5 Teacher

Masters, Middle School Education, Lesley University

Years in teaching
6

What is something your students have taught you?
To have fun, be able to be silly, be genuine

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Superman – that way I can fly to work and not have to rely on the MBTA.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
The school is welcoming. Everyone has their unique talents. The staff loves their jobs.

What are your hobbies and interest?
Bowling, going to movies, karaoke

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I have twin nephews. I went to Catholic school from K- 12. My K-8 school, St. Agnes in Arlington. I went there as a student, volunteered there to teach CCD, and then worked there as a teacher.

Elise DiChiappari
Elise DiChiappari K1 Teacher
Tia DiRienzo
Tia DiRienzo PreK Teacher

BS, Sociology, Salem State University

Years in teaching
10

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me to stay young at heart.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
If I could be any super hero it would be Wonder Woman because she’s intelligent, stunning, and strong!

What were your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
My first impression of the St. John Paul Catholic Academy Lower Mills Campus was that it’s a beautiful campus with a warm, strong sense of community.

What are your hobbies and interest?
Things that I love to do are- dance, sing, bowl, workout, play cards, and spend time with my family & friends!

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
Something interesting about me is that I was a resident assistant & a basketball cheerleader at Salem State College.

Sister Gail Donahue
Sister Gail Donahue Guidance Coordinator/Campus Minister
Meghan Drielak
Meghan Drielak Art Teacher

Years in teaching
11

What is something your students have taught you?
Embrace the moment, enjoy the past and look forward to tomorrow.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
I’d be a teacher, they are the ultimate superhero. They have the ultimate power of knowledge, they are able to multi-task, have supervision and hearing and they can help others learn their true superpowers too.

Kathleen Duggan
Kathleen Duggan Student Programs Coordinator
Rhonda Eaton
Rhonda Eaton Grade 5 Teacher
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BA, English, Bridgewater State Univeristy
MFA, Creative Writing of Fiction, Southern New Hampshire University

Years in teaching
20+

What is something your students have taught you?
Despite the changing of time and advancement of technology, children still thrive on fundementals which money cannot buy. I am reminded and in awe that society demands efficiency and a high tech lifestyle, yet children demand love and a listening heart. They are afraid of their future, and who can blame them?

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Superwoman because it would be nice to be able to do it all!

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
I have been with the Academy for 7 years. These are not first impressions, but we are a unit of strong educators who place the safety and education, academic and spiritual, ahead of all else.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I adore being with my family. I read classic literature and write young adult fiction and poetry.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I have written a book I am apprehensive to send to a publisher!

My name is Rhonda Eaton; this will be my seventh year with SJPII. Prior to my time with all of you, I worked for Avon Public Schools for fifteen years. I attended Massasoit Community College and transferred to Bridgewater State University graduating Summa cum laude and earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a Writing Concentration. I earned my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing of Fiction from Southern New Hampshire University. My poetry has been published in The Bridge, and I have performed my writing in invitational public forums. My eventual goal is to add college-level teaching to my current repertoire while continuing to teach 5-8 (the student population I love most!) I always look forward to paying forward my love of writing to all of my students.

I listen, and I share. I tell it like it is, no pulling punches. Honesty and integrity are of utmost importance in life. Lying to others is bad enough, but lying to oneself is worse. Treating others as we would want to be treated expresses God’s desire for humans to be humane. Humanity exemplifies unity; we are all one being, no one better or worse but equal. Let us fulfill God’s desire for us and treat one another with humanity, dignity, and compassion.

Tanya Ezekiel
Tanya Ezekiel School Nurse
Jonathan Felch
Jonathan Felch K2 Aide

BS, Environmental Science, University of New Hampshire

Years in teaching
3 years

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me the strong impact that a small act of kindness can have on a person.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
I would like to be Spider-Man to be an amazing climber who is always looking to help people.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
My first impression of SJP was how nice and welcoming the other teachers were to me. Unlike my own school experience, Principal Warshafsky knew the names of every student that walked by in the halls. I appreciate how close-knit the SJP community is.

What are your hobbies and interest?
My hobbies include environmental science, computer technology, and outdoor activities, such as rock climbing, hiking and camping.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
My students would not know that I have been SCUBA diving over a dozen times.

 

 

Laura Fitzpatrick
Laura Fitzpatrick Grade 1 Teacher
Charlene Folan
Charlene Folan Nurse

RN, ADN

Years in education
1

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
I fell in love with SJP when I enrolled my daughter in K1 in 2014. The feeling of community and the wonderful staff was one of the main reasons I chose this job

What are your hobbies and interest?
I love reading, real estate, traveling and spending time with my family and friends

 

Eileen Frain
Eileen Frain Grade 5 Teacher
Deirdre Gaffney
Deirdre Gaffney Grade 3 Teacher
Heidi Gaffney
Heidi Gaffney Cafeteria Coordinator
Carole Garnett
Carole Garnett KI Aide
Patricia Garufi
Patricia Garufi Title I Instructional Support
Tricia Gately
Tricia Gately Art Teacher

BFA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Years in teaching
13

What is something your students have taught you?
Whenever i see students in awe of something cool or fun they’ve never seen or done before, I am reminded to never lose my sense of wonder with the amazing surprises life has. Even if I’ve seen it 30 times before, it’s still amazing.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
My first impression of SJP was that I was in the right place. I had just worked at a catholic school, St. Clement, that had closed, and it was very sad. St. Clements symbol is an anchor, and when I first toured the campus, I saw anchors everywhere, so I knew that God and St Clement had sent me to where I needed to be.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I love to knit and make sweaters for my family.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
Before I was a teacher, I worked at a jewelry store.

Patricia Gaudet
Patricia Gaudet Nurse
Allison Gaylord
Allison Gaylord KI Aide
Emily Gaylord
Emily Gaylord KI Aide

Years in teaching
5

What is something your students have taught you?
I have learned all about Paw Patrol, JoJo Siwa, and that it is fun to be silly!

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
My first impression of SJP2CA were fabulous. I began by volunteering in my mom’s class at Columbia Campus, from there became a substitute, before becoming an aide at Mattapan. I am so happy to be here at Lower Mills!

What are your hobbies and interest?
I love to play ukulele, sing, and sail on Boston Harbor!

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I once sung the national anthem at Fenway Park with my choir in high school!

Karen Gaylord
Karen Gaylord PreK Teacher

BS, Sociology, Northeastern University

Years in teaching
14

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me to appreciate small things. Our class takes a neighborhood walk several times each week and the children are so excited to see fall
leaves, pigeons eating crumbs or a garbage truck. They are so interested and excited about the world around them.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
I’m not sure if they’re superheroes but I think I would be a member of the Paw Patrol. “No job too big, no pup too small.” They’re inspirational for small children and non violent.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
I love that the staff really cares about the students.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I enjoy running, reading, and eating out.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
My students don’t know that I live close enough to walk to work.

Nora Ghostlaw
Nora Ghostlaw Grade 3 Teacher

BS, Elementary and Special Education, University of Vermont

Years in teaching
3

What is something your students have taught you?
How to have fun and laugh all the time

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
It was a very warm, welcoming and inclusive environment dedicated to serving all of our students

What are your hobbies and interest?
I love to read, go to the beach, spend time with friends and family and play tennis.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I have four younger brothers!

Marjorie Gillis
Marjorie Gillis Nurse
Kristin Gray
Kristin Gray K2 Aide
Marie Louise Greenidge
Marie Louise Greenidge Director of Advancement

MBA, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
BBA, Howard University

Recruited nine years ago to set up a new Advancement Office at a three-campus, regional Catholic elementary school for 1,200 students in inner-city Boston, Marie Louise (ML) Greenidge is the Academy’s sole paid fundraiser. She is responsible for annual giving, leadership and major gifts, foundation and alumni relations, special events, and donor relations. She is also the liaison for coordinating a capital campaign for the school in conjunction with the Campaign for Catholic Schools, a startup development organization charged with rebuilding urban Catholic Schools. Previously she was Associate Director of Development at Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center in Dorchester, a private, tuition-free school for girls of limited financial means in grades 4-8.  She began her career in Information Technology at Polaroid Corp. where she supported a $50M global logistics operation. ML, who was an Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Diversity Fellow, has an MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a BBA from Howard University.

Kevin Griffin
Kevin Griffin Grade 3 Teacher
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BS, Elementary Education, Westfield State University

Years in teaching
This will be my fifth year working in schools, but my first official year teaching in my own classroom!

What is something your students have taught you?
One thing that students have taught me is the power of collaboration. Students are constantly proving how they can collaborate with each other in order to make their educational experience more interesting and meaningful. They are constantly showing me different ways you can communicate with others in order to build a positive classroom environment and the power of working as a team. It reminds me how important teamwork is, and reminds me how to communicate with my fellow staff, faculty, and students at this amazing school!

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
If I could be one superhero I would be someone who could teleport! It would make traveling the world and seeing new things so easy.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
My first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy is that the school prides itself on creating and nurturing a positive school community. From the first day I walked in I always felt that there was a helping hand to assist with any issues or questions that I may have. This is truly a community of positive people who have the best interest of their students and fellow faculty in mind!

What are your hobbies and interest?
My hobbies and interests include walking my dog, watching the Bruins, and attending concerts! I have always loved live music, and try my best to attend as many live music events as I possibly can! I also really enjoy playing the drums in my free time.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
One interesting aspect about myself that my students may not know is that I collect records and cassettes! I have been collecting for almost 10 years, and have over 150 pieces in my collection!

 

 

Vincenza Hart
Vincenza Hart K1 Teacher
Megan Hastie
Megan Hastie Grade 4 Teacher

M.Ed., Fitchburg State University

Years in teaching
2 years teaching as a Special Education Paraprofessional and 2 years as a lead teacher of 4th grade

What is something your students have taught you?
You never know what’s going on outside of school, so a smile and a friendly face can go a long way.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
I would be Batman because he proves that you don’t need to have super powers to be a super hero!

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
When I first started teaching here, I immediately noticed how close everyone is. The families and staff are so helpful, friendly, positive and caring. It’s a great community to be a part of.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I love to travel whenever I can. Exploring new places is a favorite of mine. And of course, hanging out with my dog!

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
My first screen name was Lost Onion. Hahaha!

Mary Hebard
Mary Hebard Music Teacher

BS, Elementary Education, UMass/Boston
BA, Music, UMass/Boston

Years in teaching
27 years

What is something your students have taught you?
I have learned to enjoy what I am doing when I am doing it- to fully participate in the now because if I’m remembering the past or worrying about the future, I miss out on the wonder of the present.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
I guess Aquaman, because I wish I could live and breathe in the water.

What are your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
I get to experience all the campuses and I like that all the campuses share the same mission, the same goals, but each campus also has its own personality and celebrates what makes them unique.

What are your hobbies and interest?
Anything with music- listening to it, dancing, singing, playing. I love to read and do a number of different crafts- knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch embroidery, making things from recycled materials. I also really enjoy cooking for people.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
When I was 21, I learned to surf in Hawaii. I was able to stay up on the board longer than the three friends I went with, but I could never do it now.

Cathy Hegarty
Cathy Hegarty KI Aide
Mark Hegarty
Mark Hegarty Business Office Coordinator
Tina Higgins
Tina Higgins Senior Staff Accountant
Tynesha Holland
Tynesha Holland Lunch Coordinator
Ruth Kaumeheiwa
Ruth Kaumeheiwa Guidance Counselor

My name is Ruth Kaumeheiwa (Mrs. K) and I am a Massachusetts licensed school guidance counselor. This is my second year at SJP2. Last year I worked at our Mattapan Campus and I am very happy to find a new home here at Lower Mills this year.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any concerns or questions about your child – or just to say hello!

Amanda Kelly
Amanda Kelly PreK Aide
Maria Keroack
Maria Keroack Title I Instructional Support
Caitlin Kerrigan
Caitlin Kerrigan Grade 2 Teacher

Check out the class website here >

Stephanie Lopes
Stephanie Lopes Grade 5 Teacher
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BA, Eastern Nazarene College
AA, Massasoit Community College

I am Cape Verdean, born and raised in Dorchester. I am an alumnus of Catholic Schools (St. Peter’s Elementary School, Monsignor Ryan Memorial High School and Eastern Nazarene College). After working in the medical field for over 12 years, I decided to begin my college education and pursue my passion for teaching. I attended Massasoit Community College and obtained my Associate’s degree, proceeded into Eastern Nazarene College where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in 2016.

Last summer, I was recruited by administration to serve as Long Term 4thGrade Teacher for the entire 2017-2018 school year of Brockton Public Schools. Having been at the school as a Paraprofessional, they understood that I was not only a capable teacher, but also familiar with the school’s culture and student body. Since 2014, I had been supporting teachers with all aspects of classroom management, so my transition to leading my own classroom is seamless and I will thrive in my new role. I will be working on obtaining my Master’s in Elementary Education. I am so eager and excited to have joined Saint John Paul II Academy in Lower Mills. I am looking forward to an amazing year with my newfound friends and family.

Rusy Lopez
Rusy Lopez KI Aide
Laura Lyle
Laura Lyle PreK Aide
Lynne McAteer
Lynne McAteer Administrative Assistant

Years in teaching
20 years

Michelle McCourt
Michelle McCourt Music Teacher

B.A., Emmanuel College, Applied music performance. (Education minor) MA Teacher Certification.
M.Mus., Boston Conservatory of Music, Applied music performance. Music Therapy Certificate.
Doctoral Studies, Boston University, Applied voice performance.
Concerto-Aria Competition winner 1980.

Years in Teaching
30+

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me how individual children’s musical interests are. They have also taught me the importance of keeping joy in early music study!

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
I only have one super hero, Jesus.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
The people at Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy care about one another in a spiritual way. They help one another and work to create a warm, loving environment in which to all can learn.

What are your hobbies and interest?
My hobby is to direct the Neighborhood Children’s Theatre of Boston for which I have volunteered my time since 1979.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I have six children, including triplets and twins one year apart.

Joseph McCusker
Joseph McCusker Grade 7 Teacher

BS, Suffolk University with honors
MBA, Dual Concentration of Finance and Communication

Years in Teaching
10

What is something your students have taught you?
Students are excellent at working collaboratively and having A Growth Mindset is a vital part of achieving success in life.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Thor – because he is as intelligent as he is strong. He also has a “very cool” hammer.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
An awesome environment for learning with an incredible staff of teachers, paraprofessionals, administrative staff and leaders.

What are your hobbies and interest?
Love horses and would like to be a cowboy someday. Enjoy classical and country music. I like to play sports too. I like to pray before class because God is “Large and In Charge” and wants us to have a special relationship with him.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I really enjoy helping students learn and seeing their accomplishments in school.

 

 

Claire McDonnell
Claire McDonnell Administrative Assistant

Years in education
18

What is something your students have taught you?
If you want to have a friend, you need to be a friend.

What are your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
It is a warm, welcoming place where everyone knows you and wants only the best for you.

What are your hobbies and interest?
Walking, reading, travel.

 

Elizabeth McMahon
Elizabeth McMahon Grade 1 Teacher
Teresa McMahon
Teresa McMahon Title I Instructional Support

BA,Suffolk University, English
MFA, Columbia College Chicago, Creative Writing/Poetry

Years in teaching
This is my second-year teaching at SJP. Before joining SJP, I taught college undergraduates in Chicago for 2 years and worked at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston for 6 years.

What is something your students have taught you?
How to stay present.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Kitty Pryde because she is super smart and has a pet dragon.

What are your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
It’s very home-like. A lot of teachers actually grew up in the neighborhood and even attended the school when it was St. Margaret’s. At our school, I feel like I know the names of every student – whether they come to Title One or not.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I like to draw, walk, travel, and bake.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
Due to a sinus condition, I often cannot smell or taste for long periods of time. Also, I have an identical twin sister named Lauren. She is a photographer and works in the art conservation field.

Nicole McManus
Nicole McManus PreK Aide
Alexandra Milot
Alexandra Milot KII Teacher
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Bachelor’s Degree, Bridgewater State University
Master’s Program/Teacher Licensure, Eastern Nazarene College (currently enrolled)

Years in teaching
6 Years

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me how to be a better listener. So often I feel like I’m pushing through the day trying to fit all of my curricula in, but all my students really want to do is get to know me and share things from their lives with me. It’s important to stop and recognize those times.

What are your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
My first year at SJP was the year that we were displaced all over the campus due to the building’s renovations. Despite it being my first year teaching and the chaos of the construction happening around us, I always felt like SJP had a strong familial vibe – teachers I barely knew would come over to my building to ask if I needed anything or wanted to simply sit down and talk about my day. The families were also amazing – everyone was always friendly and wanting to know what they could do to help not only me, but the entire school community.

What are your hobbies and interest?
My hobbies are kickboxing, playing soccer, spending time with my two dogs, and reading books. I am an animal lover and have recently taken up photography.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I’m a vegetarian, and I can recite the alphabet backwards!

 

 

Hannah Mullaly
Hannah Mullaly 2.9 Aide
Lauren Mullen
Lauren Mullen 2.9 Teacher
Mary Beth Nelson
Mary Beth Nelson Grade 4 Teacher

Masters, Reading, AIC

Years in teaching
7

What is something your students have taught you?
To be grateful for what you have.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Superwoman because it would be nice to be able to do it all!

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
I am happy to be at a school that teaches the whole child and SJP does a great job of feeding our students academically, emotionally, and spiritually.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I enjoy spending time with my family, taking walks with my dog, reading, and listening to music when I’m not in school.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
My class probably doesn’t know that I still enjoy going to concerts as much as I did when I was a kid. I also love going to the theater whenever I’m able.

 

 

Carol Nesti
Carol Nesti KI Teacher
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Quincy College

Years in teaching
20 years

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me how to appreciate the small things, and to live for the moment!!

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Wonder Woman because girl power!

What are your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
I love SJP! The community we have here is like none other. Everyone looks out and takes care of each other.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I love to visit Disney World and am a huge sports fan, especially the Red Sox, with the Bruins a close second. Spending time with my family and baking are my favorite pastimes.

 

Ann Nolan
Ann Nolan PreK Aide
Christina Noonan
Christina Noonan K2 teacher

BA, Education and American Studies, Franklin Pierce University
Master Degree in Early Childhood Education and Care, Boston University 

Years in teaching
6 years

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me that there is so much love to share! Being kind and sharing your love with others will make the world go round!

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
I would be Supergirl because she is cheerful and optimistic.

What were your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
Great community full of many people who truly care.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I enjoy going for runs and bike rides; mostly spending time outdoors. I love spending time with my family and friends.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I enjoy skiing in the winter and water skiing in the summer!

Debra O'Sullivan
Debra O'Sullivan PreK Teacher
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BS, Early Education

Years in teaching
25

What is something your students have taught you?
Patience and unconditional love

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Wonder Woman because she is a fearless woman.

What was your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
Welcoming community built on faith

What are your hobbies and interest?
Spending time with my grandchildren

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I enjoy my time on my boat during the summer.

Suzanne Ouellette
Suzanne Ouellette Director of Strategic Communications
Amanda Pages
Amanda Pages Pre K Teacher
Amy Perrault
Amy Perrault Instructional Math Coach
Cimone Phillips
Cimone Phillips Grades 5 and 6 Violin Teacher
Misarline Pompilus
Misarline Pompilus Guidance Counselor

Master of Arts in Counseling – Lesley University

Years in teaching
First year teacher

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me how to have patience, and always look on the bright side.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
If I could be any super hero, it would be Captain America. He is strong, noble, and respectful.

What are your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
A school that is family oriented, safe and friendly.

What are your hobbies and interest?
Reading, painting, and baking

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I’ve gone sky diving

Katie Porter
Katie Porter Grade 1 Teacher
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BA, Education, Lasell College
MS, Special & Elementary Education, Lasell College (Expected 2021)

Years in teaching
Two years

What is something your students have taught you?
Something that my students have taught me is how to take each day for a new chance to grow and learn. My students have taught me not to believe in bad days, each day is a new chance to learn and grow, that help you be the best you can be on the following day.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
The super that I would be is Wonder Woman. The reason I would be Wonder Woman is because I want to be able to help people in need, while still being a role model for both young girls and boys. Wonder Woman is a superhero who reflects a selfless person who continues to put others needs and safety above her own.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
My first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholoc Academy was a feeling of being at home. When I first stepped foot on the campus, I need that it was the place that I needed to be. Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy was a place where I could help students to grow and learn into the best versions of themselves. I know that I could help them just as much as they were going to help me. It felt like a perfect fit, right away.

What are your hobbies and interest?
One of my hobbies and interests is cheerleading. I am currently the cheerleading coach at Fontbonne Academy, where I previously attended high school and cheered. I have been the cheerleading coach at Fontbonne since I graduated high school! Another hobby is horseback riding, I have been riding horses since I was 7 and used to show jumping horses in Ireland over the summer.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
Something interesting that my students don’t know about me is that my family is from Ireland and that I have a house there! My siblings and I are the only family members that are American in our Irish family!

Elizabeth Revay
Elizabeth Revay Grade 2 teacher

Early Childhood Education and Psychology, Stonehill College

Years in teaching
First year teacher

What is something your students have taught you?
That every day is a new day, every hour is a new hour, every minute a new minute

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
The Flash, crime scene scientist by day and super fast super hero by night

What are your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
Amazing community of parents and supportive administration and other staff

What are your hobbies and interest?
Running, reading, hiking, travel, international education

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.

Unfortunately, I am an open book so my students know most of my fun facts. They know that I have been to India, but they do not know that I have been to the Taj Mahal.

Sara Richard Berndt
Sara Richard Berndt STEM Teacher

BS, English and Liberal Arts, Eastern Nazarene College
M.Ed, University of Phoenix

Years in teaching
14

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught to me to have continued patience, and to always laugh. They have helped me to find the joy in the little things.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Though she is not a true super hero; I would love to be Miss Frizzle.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
When I first entered the doors 8 years ago, I could feel the warmth from the people around me. It felt like and instant family. Eight years later, we are still that crazy family. I have never met a group of adults who are as dedicated and supportive as these men and women are.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I love to read and spend time with my family.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
If I wasn’t a teacher I would have been a Nascar driver. 🙂

Courtney Rizza
Courtney Rizza Grade 2 Teacher
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BS, Early Childhood/Elementary Education and Geography, Hofstra University
M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, English Language Learner specialization, Wheelock College

Years in teaching
6 years

What is something your students have taught you?
My students teach me that even teachers make mistakes and that you can start fresh each day.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
My first impressions of SJP were that there was a strong community in which teachers and students truly cared for one another.

What are your hobbies and interest?
Outside of teaching I enjoy camping, figure skating, cooking and exploring new places.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
In the summers, I am the assistant director of a summer camp.

Linda Roach
Linda Roach Middle School ELA Teacher

BS, Speech Pathology Audiology, Education, Northeastern University

Years in teaching
25+

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me that I am a life long student and that learning is an adventure for the mind, body and soul.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Wonder Woman!!! She can fly. She has super strength! She has unending stamina! All of her senses are super acute and I love her outfit…and can we talk about her hair….?

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
As soon as you walk through our doors, you can see, hear and feel the sense of family everywhere. Also, our Catholic Identity weaves effortlessly into our curriculum and culture.

What are your hobbies and interest?
Painting, sewing, knitting, needlecrafts, sailing, swimming. I love travel!

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
My students may not know that I was a Regional Coordinator for Special Olympics and I had teams who placed at all three levels; Gold, Silver and Bronze!

 

 

Kimberley Morse Röell
Kimberley Morse Röell Middle School Teacher
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BS, Education, Wheelock College, Hospitalized Child Program
M. Ed, Middle School Science, Cambridge College 

Years in teaching
25

What is something your students have taught you?
How important it is to learn new things every day. I want to experience the wonder of learning every day

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
I would be Wonder Woman – she is powerful, strong willed, and peace loving. She has a strong moral compass and is compassionate.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
I truly felt called to be teach there within my first week. I love watching my students there learn as I teach them about the world around them It is very rewarding as a teacher to have students come back and visit and appreciate that you made them try and do their best and be their best.

What are your hobbies and interest?
Gardening, kayaking,tennis,cooking,reading

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I run a lay church group called Pastoral Response Team , that provides support to parishioners in need of pastoral care at my church. I am also a mentor to confirmands.

I have been teaching in both public and private settings for twenty five years and am happily starting my 6th year at SJP. I absolutely love teaching here with my wonderful colleagues, amazing students and dedicated parents. It is a privilege to teach in a Catholic school where faith grounds us as we learn and develop together while explore the wonders of the world around us. It is inspiring to participate in the faith formation of my students as we all strive to be the light of Christ.

When I am not teaching I enjoy time with my two grown children and grandchild. We enjoy many activities together such as playing tennis, kayaking, hiking, and playing cards and board games. I also enjoy reading ( I am in two book groups, one for over 20 years), gardening (I grow many of my own vegetables) and cooking (particularly when the food was foraged from the woods or sea). I have a chocolate lab named Layla, who is my constant companion. We enjoy our daily walks around the neighborhood visiting all the children.

Kathleen Rosado
Kathleen Rosado K2 Aide
Valerie Roth
Valerie Roth Guidance Counselor

BA, Psychology and Media Studies, University of Virginia
MA, School Counseling, Boston College

Years in teaching
7 years (3 as a counselor)

What is something your students have taught you?
I see our students helping each other in our school every day, whether it’s giving some advice about how to solve a problem, helping someone with their jacket when they are getting ready to go outside, or just giving a quick smile and high five when it seems like a friend needs some cheering up. Our students have shown me how far those little kindnesses really go!

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
I would be Dash from the Incredibles, because he is so fast.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
I immediately felt welcome at SJP. Staff, students, and families here are great at going the extra step to make you feel included!

What are your hobbies and interest?
Reading, running, art projects, fitness classes like spin, boxing, or yoga, going to art museums, and cheering for UVA basketball.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I love going to lakes and boating when it’s warm – I’ve been water skiing since I was 8 years old, and even did a 5-person water ski pyramid last summer!

Jennifer Sellon
Jennifer Sellon Grade 2 Teacher
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Bachelor’s Degree, Early Childhood Education, Boston University
Master’s Degree, Early Childhood Education, American International

Years in teaching
25

What is something your students have taught you?
To appreciate & enjoy the “little moments” of humor, kindness, love that happen throughout the day

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
One who could travel back in time, because there’s never enough to do all the lessons AND all the fun things you want to with the kids

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
I was at St. Gregory’s Elementary School while the Academy was being formed…I guess feelings of hope, mixed with anxiety. (Not always so great with big changes.)

What are your hobbies and interest?
I love spending time at the Cape, the beach, especially if any of my nieces or nephews are with me… going to their games & school events; books, movies, shopping. I’ve been very good about walking for health the past few years-we have a family Fitbit competition, which helps us all get our daily/weekly steps in!

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
Trying to think of what they don’t know…having been in the building for 16 years, I’ve shared a lot! Current students don’t know that much yet…we’re only on Day 12, but I’m sure they will soon enough!

 

 

Beth Sheehan
Beth Sheehan Grade 2 Teacher

BS, Sociology
Elementary Education Certification. Regis College

Years in teaching
33 years

What is something your students have taught you?
That each person is an individual and brings gifts to the world.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Wonder Woman because she is so strong and protects those in need.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
That Catholic education is important to the Boston community.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I love photography and spending time at the beach.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
That I would love to go to Fatima to see the Shrine of Our Lady and the graves of Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco.

JoAnn Sines
JoAnn Sines JoAnn Sines
Nicole Spaulding
Nicole Spaulding Grade 5 Teacher

Bachelors, English, Simmons University
M.Ed., Elementary Education, Simmons University

Years in teaching
5 years as a classroom teacher at SJP. 11 years in education

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me to slow down and enjoy the world around me, whether it is paying attention to a beautiful sky, or sharing a new perspective on something that we’ve learned.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Captain Marvel – She is all powerful, and could fix many of the issues in our world. Also, I’d love to be able to fly.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
When I first came to SJP I was overwhelmed with the love I was shown, and that is shown to our kids. From praying for hurt or sick family members, to little gifts, to just checking up on you, the true respect and love the Academy has for its staff is admirable.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I swim, fence, and run 5ks. I love knitting, painting, sewing, and other crafts.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I got to meet Ruby Bridges a few years ago.

Jeanmarie Stewart
Jeanmarie Stewart K2 Teacher

Masters, Early Childhood Education

Years in teaching
14 years

What is something your students have taught you?

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?

What are your hobbies and interest?

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.

Katherine Strumm
Katherine Strumm Middle School ELA (5-8)

BS, English and Creative Writing, Lesley College

Years in teaching
5

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me the importance of creativity, flexibility, and patience.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
I think all teachers are superheroes already!

What are your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
My first impression starts far back – I attended St. Margaret School and Blessed Mother Teresa School, which are both schools that later came to be a part of SJP2CA. From the time I started in K2 to the today, it has always felt like home to me.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I love camping in remote areas, making recipes I haven’t already made, and being an armchair detective.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I briefly worked for a newspaper, a TV show, and a music venue, and love exploring creative avenues.

Jessica Szum
Jessica Szum 2.9 Teacher
Rita Tagney
Rita Tagney Operational Assistant
Lorchelle Tate-Benjamin
Lorchelle Tate-Benjamin KI Aide
Dan Teza
Dan Teza Grades 7 and 8 Music Teacher

BM, Music Education, William Paterson University

Years in teaching
10

What is something your students have taught you?
That music is a universal language; it doesn’t matter your age, background or ability, anyone can learn to “speak” and express the language of music.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Superman, not only to be able to fly but to be able to protect and serve others.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
My first impression of SJP was the tight knit sense of family and community the school has.

What are your hobbies and interest?
Aside from playing and performing music outside of teaching it, I love to cook and follow my favorite sports teams, the NY Yankees & NY Giants.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I used to tour the world working for a well known punk rock music band.

Patricia Thompson
Patricia Thompson 2.9 Teacher
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BS in Business Mgt./Marketing from UMass/Boston
MEd in Early Childhood Education from UMass/Boston

Years in teaching
12

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me that each child learns in their own way, and at a different rate. What works for one child won’t necessarily work for another. You need to figure out each student’s style, and help them learn all that they can.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
I would love to be “Captain Patience” I would have the power of Unlimited Patience!

What was your first impressions of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
My first impression was how open and welcoming the Academy is. It definitely has a family atmosphere.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I love going to the beach.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I love ice cream. Coffee is my favorite!

Molly Tilton
Molly Tilton Grade 4 Teacher

BA, Elementary Education, Emmanuel College

Years in teaching
First year teacher

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me patience and to not take yourself so seriously!

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
I would be Captain Marvel so I could fly and never be stuck in traffic again.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
My first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy was how warm, welcoming, and supportive everyone was.

What are your hobbies and interest?
Playing and watching sports and arts and crafts.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I take piano lessons once a week because I have always wanted to know how to play the piano.

Lorna Vaughen
Lorna Vaughen Social Studies Teacher
Nina Villanova
Nina Villanova Middle School Math and Religion Teacher
CLASS WEBSITE >

BA, College of the Holy Cross
M.B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Isenberg School
J.D., Suffolk University

Years in teaching
This is my first year teaching, but I have been working with Middle School Students for over 15 years as a rowing instructor.

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me that EVERYONE brings something important to the table every day. We all see things from a different perspective, and when we listen to everyone, we learn more.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
I would be Wonder Woman – she is powerful, strong willed, and peace loving. She has a strong moral compass and is compassionate.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
When I first walked in to Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy, I couldn’t believe how dignified the space felt. I knew I was in the presence of learning, love, and respect.

What are your hobbies and interest?
My favorite places to be are outside: the mountains or the ocean. I’m an avid hiker, skier, rower, runner, cyclist, and weight lifter.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I have run three marathons, and once I rode my bicycle all the way from New York City to Washington DC.

 

 

Marva Vieux
Marva Vieux K1 Aide
Judith Walker
Judith Walker Business Office
Annemarie Walsh
Annemarie Walsh Administrative Assistant
Elizabeth Wellman
Elizabeth Wellman Grade 3 Teacher
Dorothy Pellegrini West
Dorothy Pellegrini West Grade 4 Teacher
Alexandra
Alexandra "Ms. W" Widawski K1 Teacher

Masters, Elementary Education, Simmons University

Years in teaching
First year teacher

What is something your students have taught you?
My students have taught me patience and persistance.

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
I would be incredible Hulk because he is strong, expresses emotion and also learns how to help fight evil.

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
Saint John Paul II is a supportive and welcoming environment.

What are your hobbies and interest?
I enjoy spending time with my 3 year old black lab, Ralphie. I enjoy reading mystery books. I also love to go outside for long walks.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
My students do not know that I am left handed. I also speak another language, Polish.

Penelope Winn
Penelope Winn Middle school ELA Teacher
CLASS WEBSITE >
BA, English, Colby College
Classroom website at: Ms. Winn’s website
Mrs. Conway’s Latin website: Latin Website

Years in teaching
Second year at SJP, one year prior to that in Quincy

What is something your students have taught you?
Every day is a new day, assume the best, and the meaning of “brah”

If you could be one super hero, who would it be and why?
Wonder Woman — so I could fly AND wear a tiara!

What was your first impression of Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy?
I find SJP to be a warm, welcoming learning community where faith is celebrated, students are truly known, families are valued, and teachers and staff support one another.

What are your hobbies and interest?
Spending as much time as possible with my three grown children, tennis, travel, hanging out with friends, taking my two dogs for long walks on weekends.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students do not know.
I taught English in Botswana for two years. And I’ve been skydiving.

While I have been working with young people in various capacities since graduating from college (Colby in Waterville, Maine) first as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English as a second language, and then in a variety of non-formal capacities including Sunday school teacher, literacy volunteer, soccer coach, and coordinator of two annual youth mission trips at my church, joining SJP represents a career change and the culmination of a long-held dream. My previous career was largely spent as a copy editor, writer and editor for an IT media company. After completing the post-baccalaureate middle school educator program at Bridgewater State University and earning my teaching license, I spent last year as a permanent building sub at Point Webster Middle School in Quincy.
My husband and I have three grown children and currently reside with our two dogs in a suburb south of Boston. In my free time, I enjoy tennis, kayaking, walks with the dogs, reading, hanging out at the beach and going to movies.
I am thrilled to be at SJP, with its strong commitment to academics, faith development and service to others. I am looking forward to getting to know your children and working in partnership with you to ensure that they achieve to their highest potential. Please never hesitate to get in touch with any questions or concerns regarding your child or his or her ELA classroom.

The Academy is a legacy school of St. Angela, St. Ann, St. Gregory, St. Mark, St. Kevin, St. Margaret, Blessed Mother Teresa, St. Peter, and St. William parishes in Dorchester, MA.