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.

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.

Cindy Altieri
Cindy Altieri KI Aide
Sara Andrade
Sara Andrade K1
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.

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 Grade 1 Teacher
Taryn Brosnan
Taryn Brosnan Grade 1 Teacher
Jeanne Browne
Jeanne Browne K2 Aide
Caitlin Byrne
Caitlin Byrne Grade 5 Teacher
Meghan Buhr
Meghan Buhr Grade 2 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.

Georgina Burke
Georgina Burke
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!

Emily Carrara
Emily Carrara PreK Aide
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!

Colleen Clark
Colleen Clark K2 Teacher
Treasure Clegg
Treasure Clegg PreK Aide
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
Kathy Costello
Kathy Costello KII Teacher
Eileen Cotter
Eileen Cotter Extended Day Coordinator
Marina Cubellis
Marina Cubellis K2 Teacher
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!

Mrs DeAngelo’s Computer Room Page >

http://www.mrsdeangelo.weebly.com

John DeMeo
John DeMeo Grade 7 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.

Oksana DiCamillo
Oksana DiCamillo Grade 7 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 6 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
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
Lauren Gabriel
Lauren Gabriel PreK Teacher
Heidi Gaffney
Heidi Gaffney Cafeteria Coordinator
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
Emily Gaylord
Emily Gaylord K2 Teacher

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.

Vincenza Hart
Vincenza Hart K1 Teacher
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
Olga Hegarty
Olga Hegarty K1 Aide
Tina Higgins
Tina Higgins Director of Finance and Operations
Tynesha Holland
Tynesha Holland Lunch Coordinator
Ruth Kaumeheiwa
Ruth Kaumeheiwa Guidance Counselor

M.Ed., School Counseling, Bridgewater State University

Maria Keroack
Maria Keroack Title I Instructional Support
Rusy Lopez
Rusy Lopez KI Aide
Laura Lyle
Laura Lyle PreK Teacher
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.

Annie McDonnell
Annie McDonnell Grade 4 Teacher
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.

 

Caitlyn McMahon
Caitlyn McMahon K2 Teacher
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 K2 Aide
Hannah Mullaly
Hannah Mullaly 2.9 Aide
Lauren Mullen
Lauren Mullen 2.9 Teacher
Tim Murphy
Tim Murphy Grade 4 Teacher
Nicole Nazario
Nicole Nazario K1 Aide
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
Caroline O'Brien
Caroline O'Brien K2 Teachers
David Oniffrey
David Oniffrey Grade 6 Teacher
Amanda Pages
Amanda Pages Pre K Teacher
Amy Perrault
Amy Perrault Instructional Math Coach
Cimone Phillips
Cimone Phillips Grades 5 and 6 Violin Teacher
Danielle Phinney
Danielle Phinney Grade 5 Teacher
Katie Ralston
Katie Ralston Grade 4 Teacher
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. 🙂

Juliet Riley
Juliet Riley Grade 6 Teacher
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 Grade 6 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 Grade 8 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.

Emma Saltsman
Emma Saltsman Grade 3 Teacher
Grade 3 Teacher
Grade 3 Teacher
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.

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.

Katherine Strumm
Katherine Strumm Grade 8 Teacher

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
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!

Fiona Sugrue
Fiona Sugrue Grade 1 Teacher
Lorna Vaughen
Lorna Vaughen Social Studies Teacher
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.

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.