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Administration, Faculty & Staff


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 a 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
Mr. Daigle became Principal of St. Patrick Academy in 2011. He received a B.S. in Social Science/Secondary Education from Keene State College in New Hampshire and a M.Ed. in Secondary Administration from Providence College; he has also done extensive post-graduate work  in American Political History and Theology.  A teacher at Mount St. Charles Academy from 1980-86 & 2004-11, he taught history, government and Religion.  From 1990-1996, he was the Administrator for the Greater Woonsocket Catholic Regional School System. In 1996, he became an Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Providence, a position he held for eight years.
Mr. Charles Toste
Dean of Students
Athletic Director
Physical Education and Health
Mr. Toste began at St. Patrick Academy in 2011 teaching physical education and serving as Athletic Director. 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. Kelly DeBlois
Guidance Counselor
College & Career Preparation
Mrs. DeBlois holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont, and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. She was Dean of Students at the Lincoln School in Providence where she also taught History. She has also been an adjunct professor at Bristol Community College.
Mrs. Mary Cipriano
Director, Campus Ministry
Religion, Grades 9 and 11; Psychology

Mrs. Cipriano has been teaching at St. Patrick Academy since 2000. She received a B.A. in Psychology with teacher certification in Social Studies/Secondary Education from Worcester State College. Before teaching at St. Patrick’s Academy, Mrs. Cipriano worked for several years as the Childcare Director for the YMCA of Greater Rhode Island.
Deacon Stephen Raymond
Director of Operations
Mr. Raymond received a B.A. in Mathematics from Providence College and a M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Rhode Island College. He taught math for nine years at St. Patrick School before becoming principal in 1985, a position he faithfully discharged for 26 years until resigning in 2011 and moving into administration at St. Patrick Academy.  He was ordained a permanent deacon by Bishop Thomas Tobin in January 2013.
Mrs. Cara Massey
Director of Development
Mrs. Massey holds a B.S. in Music Performance and a M.A. in English Literature from Hofstra University. She has held positions with several local and international organizations, including the Haitian Education & Leadership Program, Alma del Mar Charter School, and St. Andrew's School. Mrs. Massey has also led workshops and served as a consultant for nonprofit organizations in the areas of development, communications, and strategic planning.
Mrs. Amina Mazhar
Director of Library and Volunteer Services
Mrs. Amina Mazhar, our new Librarian & Volunteer Coordinator. 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. 


Ms. Marlyn Batista
Religion, Grade 10
Ms. Batista is the Coordinator of Outreach Ministries and Mary House for St. Patrick Parish. She holds a B.S. in Human Services from Northeastern University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and a Master's degree in Thelology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She has worked as a college counselor, in college admissions, and in the development of a Catholic radio station. She is continuing her education, studying for a Master's degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. 
Mrs. Rebeca Farrales
English, Grade 10, 11 12

Mrs. Farrales, a native of Providence but raised in Mexico, is a 2017 graduate of Misericordia College in Pennsylvania, finishing with a B.A. degree in English and Secondary Education.

Mrs. Robin Bent
Spanish III and Spanish IV Honors
Mrs. Bent has 30 years of experience teaching Foreign Language at Bishop Keough High School. She holds a B. A. in Foreign Language from Assumption College and has done graduate-level study at Providence College; she is fluent in Spanish and French and proficient in Italian and German.
Mr. Stephen Esau
Geometry and Pre-Calculus

Mr. Esau has an MBA in management and a BSBA 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
Pottery and Photography

Mrs. Hart has taught art in the Manchester, NH public schools and at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts with a minor in Humanities from Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH, and an M.A. in Art Education from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is certified in K through 12 Art Education.
Mrs. Jenifer LoVetere
Academic Support and Study Skills
Mrs. LoVetere is a graduate of the University of Hartford where she earned her B.S. in Mathematics, and she also holds an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Virginia and 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, Environmental Science

Mrs. McGinn 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.
Ms. Nola Palombo
Ms. Palombo received her B.S. in Physics from Bates College and her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from U.R.I.  After working in engineering for several years, she decided to return to college for a degree in Secondary Education/Physics and has just completed her coursework at R.I. College.
Mrs. Barbara Sousa

Mrs. Adrienne Noelte
Spanish I and Spanish II

Mrs. Noelte began teaching at St. Patrick Academy in 2009. She received a B.S. in Social Studies/Secondary Education from Southern Connecticut University, Teacher Certification in Spanish from Providence College, and an M.Ed. in Secondary Administration from Providence College. Mrs. Noelte has taught Spanish for thirty years at different schools throughout Rhode Island including Davies Career & Technical School, Bishop Keough High School, Johnston Senior High School, and Cumberland High School.

Mrs. Ashley Proulx
U. S. History I, U. S. History II Honors, The Holocaust, and Consumer Finance

Mrs. Proulx earned her B.A. in History and her Masters of Teaching 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 New England Institute of Technology.  

Mrs. Ellen Rogers-Amoroso
Algebra I, Algebra II, and Trigonometry & Statistics

Mrs. Rogers-Amoroso began teaching at St. Patrick Academy in 2010. She received a B.A. in Math/Secondary Education from Rhode Island College and has done post-graduate work in urban education. Mrs. Rogers-Amoroso has taught math at schools throughout Rhode Island including Riverside Junior High School, East Providence High School, and Caritas, Inc.
Mrs. Kara Akey
World History, U.S. History II, and American Government
Mrs. Akey earned a B.S. in Social Studies & ELA Education from Champlain College. She taught for two years as a history teacher at Cumberland High School.

Mr. Mark Luzzi
Web Design and Introduction to Technology

Our new Technology teacher is Mr. Mark Luzzi. Mr. Luzzi has served as our Information Technology (IT) Coordinator for the past two years. Mr. Luzzi also worked as the assistant to the Director of Technology at Mount St. Charles Academy and is currently the technology teacher at St. Joseph School, West Warwick. He earned his B.S. degree at Ithaca College in New York.
Ms. Brett Summers
English Grade 9 and 11 Honors

Ms. Summers studied for her degrees at Swarthmore College in Philadelphia and at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. She has a Master’s in Education and has taught in public schools in North Carolina, Massachusetts and at the Wheeler School in Rhode Island. She has also done work in education research and education coordination.

Mr. David Skelly
Piano and Music Appreciation

Mr. David Skelly holds a B.A. in Music and a Master's degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He taught in Massachusetts public high schools for several years as a music director and band director.

Administrative Staff

Barbara Souza
School Nurse

Mrs. Janice Johnston
Development Associate

Mrs. Johnston has worked in development for over twenty years. Before joining our staff she worked for the Christian Brothers Center in Narragansett.
Mr. Mark Luzzi
Director of Information Technology
Mr. Luzzi has a B.S. in Cinema and Photography with a concentration in screenwriting from Ithaca College, New York. He has worked for several years in technical support for the Rhode Island 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.

Ms. Deborah Stamatakos
Administrative Assistant 

Ms. Stamatakos began her tenure at St. Patrick Academy in 2012. She has worked in data entry and administrative services for the past ten years, most recently at Rhode Island Right to Life. She resides in Providence.