Faculty and Staff

Administration

Rev. Brian P. Dowd, PASTOR

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Rev. Michael F. Falce, PAROCHIAL VICAR

Favorite subject: English

Favorite book: Gift & Mystery – On the 50th Anniversary of my Priestly Ordination by St. John Paul II

Favorite childhood game: Legos

Favorite Quote: “We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home  those who have lost their way” – St. Francis of Assisi

 

 

Romeo Petric, BOARD CHAIRMAN

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  

 

 

 

John Heffernan, BOARD TREASURER

Favorite subject: History

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

Favorite childhood game: Monopoly

Favorite Quote: “The love you take is equal to the love you make.” -The Beatles

 

 

 

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 33rd year in education, and her 19th year in leadership. She has been at St. Patrick Catholic Academy since 2016.

 

Gina Keenan, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Favorite subject: History, Reading

Favorite book: The Shack by William P. Young 

Favorite childhood game: Dress-up

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

 

 

 

Gail Buckley, ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR 

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

 

 

Early Childhood

Kathleen Palladino, NURSERY TEACHER

Favorite subject: Art

Favorite book: Little Women by Louisa May Allcott

Favorite childhood game: Checkers and Wallball

Favorite Quote: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”– Winnie the Pooh Bear

 

 

 

Melissa Harris, NURSERY TEACHING ASSISTANT

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite book: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Favorite childhood game: Clue

Favorite Quote: “The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.” – Mother Teresa

 

 

 
Patricia Vazquez, NURSERY TEACHING ASSISTANT

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Penny Papacotsis, PRE-KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

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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

 

Celeste Colon, 1st GRADE TEACHER

Favorite subject: ELA

Favorite book: The Giver by Lois Lowry

Favorite childhood game: Connect 4

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Nikki Fregara, 3rd GRADE TEACHER

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Elizabeth Giacchino, 4th GRADE TEACHER

Favorite subject: English

Favorite book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

Favorite childhood game: The Memory Game

Favorite Quote: “It is our choices that show what we truly are far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore

 

 

 

Mrs. Barbara Pincar, 5th GRADE TEACHER

Favorite subject: Geography

Favorite book: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss (the first book I ever read!)

Favorite childhood game: Scrabble (still my favorite game!)

Favorite Quote: “I may not believe what you say, but I’ll fight for my life to defend your right to say it”

 

 

 

 

Middle School

 

Peter Goetten, 6th GRADE/MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES 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

 

 

 

Brendan Moloney, 7th 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

 

 

 

Mary Kate O’Neill, 8th GRADE/MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH TEACHER

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite book: A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Favorite childhood game: Clue & Kick the Can

Favorite Quote: “I wouldn’t change you for the world, but I would change the world for you.”

 

 

 

Bernadette Walsh, SCIENCE/ENRICHMENT TEACHER

Favorite subject: Math & Science

Favorite book: Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Favorite childhood game: Skellies

Favorite Quote: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.” – Dr. Maya Angelou
 

Special Subjects

Antoinette Autovino, LIBRARY TEACHER

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Mr. John Coughlin, MUSIC TEACHER

Favorite subject: ELA

Favorite book: Where the Wild Things Are

Favorite childhood game: Stoop Ball

Favorite Quote: “Nothing succeeds like success” Carl Wm. Lesch

 

 

 

 

Support Services

Suzanne Corbett, SCHOOL NURSE

Favorite subject: English

Favorite book: Little Women by  Louisa May Alcott

Favorite childhood game: Operation

Favorite Quote: “Carpe Diem.”

 

 

 

Ms. Elena Lupo, GUIDANCE COUNSELOR

Favorite subject: ELA

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

Favorite childhood game: Candyland

Favorite Quote: “How you love yourself is how you teach others how to love you”. -Rupi Kaur

 

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