Faculty and Staff

Administration

Msgr. Michael J. Hardiman, PASTOR

Favorite subject: History

Favorite book: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Favorite childhood game: Baseball

Favorite Quote: “Leadership by example.”

Msgr. Hardiman, a child of Irish immigrants, spent 20 years in Diocesan administration, 12 years in the Education Office, 4 years with the Seventh Diocesan Synod, and 4 years at the Immaculate Conception Center. He was Vicar for Education while serving as Pastor of St. Sebastion in Woodside. He is in his 5th year at St. Pat’s. 

Romeo Petric, CHAIRMAN – BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Favorite subject: Geography

Favorite book: The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Favorite childhood game: Risk

Favorite Quote: “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end; it’s already tomorrow in Australia!” – Charles Schultz  

 

Kathleen Curatolo, PRINCIPAL

Favorite subject: Reading

Favorite book: The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats- “The first book I read on my own!”

Favorite childhood game: Softball

Favorite Quote: “Ah, but a [wo]man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” – Robert Browning

Kathleen Curatolo is the former Associate Superintendent for Leadership and Recruitment in the Archdiocese of New York. She is a New York State certified administrator entering her 31st year in education, and her 17th year in leadership. This is her 3rd year at St. Patrick Catholic Academy.

Christine Williams, Executive Assistant

Favorite subject: English

Favorite book: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Favorite childhood game: Scrabble

Favorite Quote: “Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace.”

 

Laurie Mireau, Bookkeeper

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite book: The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats

Favorite childhood game: Chutes & Ladders

Favorite Quote: “A ship in a harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

 

Advancement & Marketing

Phylis Biondo, IT/Marketing

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Favorite childhood game: Manhunt

Favorite Quote: “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” – Coco Chanel

 

Patrick Weinberg, Marketing Associate/Admissions

Favorite subject: English

Favorite book: Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll

Favorite childhood game: Kickball

Favorite Quote: “Be who you are, and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. – Dr. Seuss

 

 Early Childhood

Samantha Jones, NURSERY TEACHER

Favorite subject: English Language Arts

Favorite book: The Harry Potter series

Favorite childhood game: Card games

Favorite Quote: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

 

Patricia Ednie, Nursery Teaching Assistant

Favorite subject: English

Favorite book: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Favorite childhood game: Jump rope

Favorite Quote: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” – Rose Tremain

 

Karen Lally, Nursery Teaching Assistant

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Favorite childhood game: Monopoly

Favorite Quote: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

 

Janine Riccardi, PRE-KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Favorite subject: Spelling

Favorite book: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Favorite childhood game: Jacks

Favorite Quote: “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” – Bob Marley

 

Bozenna Drozdz, Pre-Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

Favorite subject: Art

Favorite book: Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz

Favorite childhood game: Checkers

Favorite Quote: “The future starts today, not tomorrow.” – Pope St. John Paul II

 

Meghan Fitzgerald, KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Favorite subject: Art

Favorite book: The Christmas Box by Richard Evans

Favorite childhood game: Manhunt

Favorite Quote: “All you need is faith, trust and a little pixie dust.” – Peter Pan

 

Susan Bergen, Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite book: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Favorite childhood game: Tag

Favorite Quote: “Broken crayons still color.”

 

Elementary Grades

Lindsey Smith, 1st GRADE TEACHER

Favorite subject: Language Arts

Favorite book: Fudge-a-mania by Judy Blume

Favorite childhood game: Sorry

Favorite Quote: “Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.” – Scott Hayden

Antoinette Autovino, 1st Grade Teaching Assistant

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite book: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Favorite childhood game: Connect 4

Favorite Quote: “Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

Arianna Stella, 2nd GRADE TEACHER

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite book: Walk Two Moons by  Sharon Creech

Favorite childhood game: Don’t Wake Daddy

Favorite Quote: “Love one another as I have loved you.” – John 13:12

 

Patricia McGivney, 3rd GRADE TEACHER

Favorite subject: Reading

Favorite book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Favorite childhood game: Jump rope

Favorite Quote: “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

Andrea Nordbo, 4th GRADE TEACHER

Favorite subject: Math & Reading

Favorite book: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett

Favorite childhood game: Apples to Apples

Favorite Quote: “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” – B.B. King

 

Peter Goetten, 5th GRADE TEACHER

Favorite subject: Social Studies

Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Favorite childhood game: Monopoly

Favorite Quote: “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom” – George Washington Carver

 

Middle School

Brendan Moloney, 6th GRADE/MIDDLE SCHOOL ELA TEACHER

Favorite subject: ELA

Favorite book: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Favorite childhood game: Scattergories

Favorite Quote: “When you get, give. When you learn, teach.” – Dr. Maya Angelou

 

Rosanna Shapiro, 7th GRADE/MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH TEACHER

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite book: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Favorite childhood game: Monopoly

Favorite Quote: “What we do in life, echoes in eternity.”

 

Gina Keenan, 8th GRADE/MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER

Favorite subject: History, Math

Favorite book: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Favorite childhood game: Dress-up

Favorite Quote: “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

Bernadette Pecora, SCIENCE/STEAM/ENRICHMENT TEACHER

Favorite subject: Science

Favorite book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Favorite childhood game: Monopoly

Favorite Quote: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Special Subjects

Pasqua Andriani, ITALIAN TEACHER

Favorite subject: Music & Art

Favorite book: La Sacra Bibbia

Favorite childhood game: Coloring

Favorite Quote: “Be yourself and do the best!”

 

Gail Buckley, LIBRARY TEACHER

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite book: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Favorite childhood game: Clue

Favorite Quote: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

 

Jocine Geraci, ART TEACHER

Favorite subject: ELA

Favorite book: Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary

Favorite childhood game: Space Invaders

Favorite Quote: “He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” – St. Francis of Assissi

Denise Higgins-Regan, Director – Theatre Club

Favorite subject: Music

Favorite book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Favorite childhood game: Hopscotch

Favorite Quote: “Always remember the only stupid question is the one you do not ask.”

Claudia Nigro, PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER

Favorite subject: History

Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Favorite childhood game: Punch Ball

Favorite Quote: “It’s what you do in the dark that puts you into the light.” – Under Armour

 

Support Services

Lizabeth Carino, School Counselor

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite book: The Secret of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien

Favorite childhood game: Uno

Favorite Quote: “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

 

Suzanne Corbett, School Nurse

Favorite subject: English

Favorite book: Little Women by  Louisa May Alcott

Favorite childhood game: Operation

Favorite Quote: “Carpe Diem.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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