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Administration

Fr. James Ruggieri
Pastor
Religion, Grade 12

Fr. James has been the Pastor of St. Patrick Parish since 2003. He received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Providence College and an M.A. in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. He was ordained a priest in 1995 by Bishop Louis E. Gelineau. Before coming to St. Patrick’s, Fr. James was an Assistant Pastor at St. Matthew’s Church in Cranston, All Saints Parish in Woonsocket, and Holy Spirit Parish in Central Falls.

 

Mr. Bruce Daigle
Principal

Mr. Daigle became the Principal of St. Patrick Academy in 2011. He received a B.S. in Social Science/Secondary Education from Keene State College, an M.Ed. in Secondary Administration from Providence College, and has done extensive post-graduate work in American Political History and Theology.  A teacher at Mount St. Charles Academy for 13 years, he taught history, government, and Religion.  He served six years as Administrator for the Greater Woonsocket Catholic Regional School System before becoming an Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Providence, a position he held for eight years.

  

Ms. Robin Tagliaferri

Director of Development

Ms. Tagliaferri recently joined our school community in February 2020. She has many years of experience in the field of development. Most recently, she worked as the Advancement Coordinator at the Catholic School Office, Diocese of Providence, assisting schools to establish development programs and has worked as a development director at AS220, and the Remick Museum and Farm in New Hampshire. Ms. Tagliaferri has also worked in Community Relations, Admissions, and as Executive Director of Forbes House Museum in Massachusetts

Mr. Charles Toste

Dean of Students

Director of Athletics

Physical Education and Health, Grades 9-12

Mr. Toste began working at St. Patrick Academy in 2011. He received a B.S. in Physical Education from Rhode Island College and is certified in CPR/AED and First Aid. A Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force, he is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and currently serves as a non-commissioned officer (NCO) with the Rhode Island National Guard.

 

Mrs. Kimberly Adam
Guidance Counselor

College & Career Preparation

Mrs. Adam is our new Guidance Director. Mrs. Adam earned a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College and holds masters’ degrees in Psychology from the University of Alabama and School Counseling from Assumption College. She has extensive experience as a high school teacher and worked for many years as a guidance counselor in two Massachusetts Catholic high schools.

 

Deacon Stephen Raymond
Director of Operations

Deacon Raymond began teaching math at St. Patrick School in 1975 before becoming principal in 1985, a position he faithfully discharged for 26 years.  In 2011, he became Operations Director at St. Patrick Academy.  He received a B.A. in Mathematics from Providence College and an M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Rhode Island College.  He was ordained a permanent deacon by Bishop Thomas Tobin in January 2013.

 

Ms. Emily Cuellar
Director, Campus Ministry

Religion, Grade 9

Miss Cuellar is new to St. Patrick’s this year. She is a recent graduate of Salve Regina University with a B.A. in Philosophy, Music, and Psychology.  A parishioner of St. Patrick Parish, she has worked for two years as Director of Youth Ministry at St. Thomas More Parish, Narraganset.

 

Mr. Mark Luzzi
IT Director
Web Design and Introduction to Technology
Yearbook

Mr. Luzzi began as our IT Director in 2016.  He has a B.S. in Cinema and Photography from Ithaca College, New York.  He worked for several years in technical support for the R.I. International Film Festival, the Jim Henson Company, and Activision Blizzard. He has extensive experience in school technology, having worked as an IT assistant at Mount St. Charles Academy for several years.

 

Mrs. Amina Mazhar
Director of Library and Volunteer Services
Mrs. Amina Mazhar began as our Librarian & Volunteer Coordinator in 2018. Mrs. Mazhar has several years of experience as a school librarian. She earned her bachelor's degree from Rhode Island College and her master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Rhode Island. 

 

Faculty

Mrs. Kara Akey

World History, U.S. History II and American Government

Mrs. Akey joined the faculty at St. Patrick Academy in 2017.  She earned her B.S. in Social Studies & ELA Education from Champlain College and taught for two years as a history teacher at Cumberland High School.

 

Mrs. Kelly Andreoni
English, Grades 10, 11 and 12

Mrs. Andreoni joined the staff at St. Patrick Academy this year and teaches English to students in grades 10, 11, and 12. She holds a B.A. in English/Composition from the University of Massachusetts–Lowell and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Boston University. She taught English at Revere (MA) High School for twelve years before she and her family moved to Rhode Island.

 

Mr. Andrew Bedard

Music

Mr. Andrew Bedard is our new Music Teacher. Mr. Bedard received his degree in Music from the New England Conservatory of Music and taught music for several years at Boston Latin Academy. He also gives private lessons in saxophone and clarinet.


Mrs. Robin Bent
Spanish III and Spanish IV-Honors

Mrs. Bent spent 30 years teaching Foreign Languages at Bishop Keough High School before becoming a faculty member at St. Patrick’s in 2015. She holds a B.A. in Foreign Languages from Assumption College and has done a graduate-level study at Providence College; she is fluent in Spanish and French and proficient in Italian and German.

 

Dale DeCelles

Biology II & Anatomy/Physiology

Mrs. Dale DeCelles will be teaching Biology II and Anatomy/Physiology to students in grades 10 and 11.  Mrs. DeCelles received her degree in Environmental Science at the University of Rhode Island and her MAT from Brown University.  She has extensive teaching experience in Massachusetts and Central Falls public schools.

Robert Degre

Religion 10 and 11

Mr. Robert Degre will be teaching Religion to students in grades 10 & 11.  Mr. Degre earned his BA in Theology & Philosophy from Providence College.  He has taught at Bishop Feehan High School and served as Director of Faith Formation at St. Brigid & Gate of Heaven Parish in South Boston.

 

Mr. Stephen Esau
Geometry and Pre-Calculus
Mr. Esau began teaching at St. Patrick’s in 2016.  He has an MBA in management and a B.S. in computer science, both from Bryant University.  After 23 years in the information technology field, Mr. Esau went back to college in 2002 for his teaching certification in Secondary Education/Mathematics from Providence College.  For the past 14 years, he has taught in both public and private high schools, as well as at the college level.

Mrs. Patricia Hart
Art: Pottery and Photography
Mrs. Hart joined our faculty in 2013.  She taught art in the Manchester, NH, public schools for many years and at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts from Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH, and an M.A. in Art Education from the Rhode Island School of Design.

 

Mrs. Jenifer LoVetere

Academic Support and Study Skills

Mrs. LoVetere began at St. Patrick’s in 2017.  She is a graduate of the University of Hartford where she earned her B.S. in Mathematics, and she holds an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Virginia.  She earned her teacher certification from Providence College. She has worked several years as a tutor and math teacher on the high school and college levels.


Mrs. Anne McGinn
Biology, Anatomy and Environmental Science
Mrs. McGinn joined the St. Patrick’s faculty in 2014.  She is a graduate of Williams College with a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Science. She is certified in Secondary Education Biology. She worked as an environmental science writer for the Worldwatch Institute until she began her second career as an educator.

 

Mrs. Jennifer Nealon

Mrs. Jennifer Nealon will be teaching English to students in grades 10, 11 and 12, as Mrs. Kelly Andreoni will be on a one-year medical leave.  Mrs. Nealon holds a BA in English Literature from St. Anselm College and a master’s in Theological Studies from Providence College.  She has extensive experience in Catholic middle school education in the Diocese of Worcester.

 

Mrs. Ashley Proulx
U. S. History I, U. S. History II-Honors, Psychology, and Consumer Finance

Mrs. Proulx began her tenure at St. Patrick’s in 2016.  She earned her B.A. in History and her M.A.T. in Secondary Education for Social Studies at the University of South Carolina. She has taught social studies at high schools in South Carolina and Rhode Island.  Mrs. Proulx is also an adjunct instructor in the Humanities Department at the New England Institute of Technology.  

 

Domenico Recchia
Spanish I and Spanish II

Mr. Domenico Recchia will be teaching Spanish I and Spanish II in grades 9 and 10.  Mr. Recchia earned a BA in Italian/Spanish from the University of Massachusetts – Boston, and his MA in Italian & Spanish from Middlebury College.  He has many years of high school teaching experience in Spanish and other languages.

Ms. Ellen Rogers-Amoroso
Algebra I, Algebra II and Trigonometry & Statistics
Ms. Rogers began teaching at St. Patrick Academy in 2010. She received a B.A. in Math/Secondary Education from Rhode Island College and has also done post-graduate work in urban education. Mrs. Rogers-Amoroso has taught math for 30 years at schools throughout Rhode Island including Riverside Junior High School, East Providence High School, and Caritas, Inc.

 

Mrs. Brett Summers

English 9, English 11-Honors and English 12-Honors

Coordinator, Writing Across the Curriculum Program

Ms. Summers began teaching at St. Patrick’s in 2016.  She earned her B.A. in English at Swarthmore College and her M.Ed. degree at Wake Forest University. She has taught in public schools in North Carolina, Massachusetts and at the Wheeler School in Rhode Island. She has also done work in educational research and education coordination.

 

Administrative Staff

Ms. Veronica Seda
Donor Relations Officer

Mrs. Veronica Seda is our new Assistant to the Development Director.  Mrs. Seda has been a long-time volunteer at St. Patrick Parish, working as the parish receptionist, at Mary House doing clerical work and client assistance, and as the pastoral assistant in the Confirmation program.

 

Mrs. Lixiu Lin
School Nurse

Mrs. Lin is new this year to our staff.  She earned her B.S. degree in Nursing from Rhode Island College and has worked as a nurse for Health Concepts, Ltd., served as a school nurse in the Narragansett and North Scituate public schools, and continues to work part-time as the school nurse for Global Education.


Ms. Deborah Stamatakos
Administrative Assistant
Receptionist

Ms. Stamatakos began working at St. Patrick Academy in 2012. She has worked in data entry and administrative services for many years, most recently at Rhode Island Right to Life.

 

Consultant 

Dr. Marian Mattison 
Counselor
 
Dr. Mattison has been serving our school community since 2018, coming in weekly to counsel students and acting as our on-call crisis counselor.  She earned her B.A. in Psychology at Marist College, her master’s in Social Work at the State University of New York–Buffalo, and her doctorate in Social Welfare at Columbia University.  Her professional experience includes work as a social worker, family therapist, and professor of Social Work at Providence College for 25 years, where she was chair of the department. 

 

Ms. Milka Aquino

Counselor 

Ms. Milka Aquino will be joining our staff as a School Counselor.  She will be working with Dr. Marian Mattison, who will continue providing counseling to our students, but only remotely.  Ms. Aquino received her BSW and MSW in Social Work from Rhode Island College and currently works at Family Service of Rhode Island as a social worker.