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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.

  

Mrs. Cara Massey

Director of Development

Mrs. Massey began as our Development Director in 2017.  She holds a B.S. in Music Performance and an 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.

 

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.


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 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 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. Julia Lewis

Religion, Grades 10 & 11

Mrs. Lewis is new to our faculty this year. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Marquette University and taught ELA and Social Studies for many years in New Bedford, MA, and Providence public schools.  She also taught Religion at St. Matthew School and St. Pius V School in Providence, and Confirmation classes at Holy Ghost Parish in Tiverton.

 

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. 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 State College, teacher certification in Spanish from Providence College, and an M.Ed. in Secondary Administration from Providence College. Mrs. Noelte has taught Spanish for many years at different schools throughout Rhode Island including Davies Career & Technical School, Bishop Keough High School, Johnston Senior High School, and Cumberland High School.

 

Ms. Nola Palombo

Physics

Ms. Palombo earned her B.S. in Physics from Bates College and her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of R.I.  She worked for seven years as an engineer before earning her M.A.T. in education at Rhode Island College and joining the staff at St. Patrick’s last year.


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.  

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. Barbara Sousa

Chemistry

Mrs. Souza joined the faculty last year as our grade 10 Chemistry teacher. Mrs. Souza earned a B.S. degree in Biology and her Nursing degree from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, and her master's degree in Biochemistry from the University of St. Joseph. She is a 13-year veteran teacher of Chemistry and Biology in the Fall River area public school system. 


Mr. David Skelly
Music: Ukelele and Chorus
Mr. Skelly began teaching at St. Patrick’s last year.  He 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.

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. Tyler Lewis
Donor Relations Officer

Ms. Lewis is new to St. Patrick Academy this year but has raised funds for and awareness of Rhode Island-based educational, social services, and grass-roots organizations for many years. Her experience includes development for an urban Providence charter high school where she found grants and funding opportunities for underserved students.

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.