Discovering personal greatness in pre-school through grade 8 students - Burlington, Vermont

Faculty & Staff

Allan Whayland

Allan Whayland

Middle School Literature Teacher

I grew up in West Chester Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. After college I toured the United States and Europe with a professional rock band and played the Philadelphia music circuit for fourteen years. Read more...

Amanda Barone

Amanda Barone


I was born in Middlebury, Vermont and then my family moved to Haddam, Connecticut when I was little. I came back and attended the University of Vermont where I majored in Elementary Education with a concentration in Geography. Since graduating, I taught at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Middlebury for 7 years. Read more...


Barb Heath

Band Director

I have taught band for many years! I have been teaching at Mater Christi since 1997 but have also taught at Colchester High School and Rice Memorial High School throughout that time as well. Read more...

Brent Tremblay

Brent Tremblay

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

I grew up in Williston, Vermont and attended Rice Memorial High School. I was a three-sport athlete (Inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999), and earned the Campus Ministry Service and Edmundite Leadership Awards. Read more...

Director of Student Support Services

Carole A. McLenithan

Director of Support Services K-8 AND TEACHER

Mercy Education has been an integral part of my life from childhood to the present day. I attended Catholic school through Grade 8 and later attended Trinity College here in Burlington. Read more...


Courtney Tisdale

School teaching assistant

I grew up in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, but relocated to beautiful Vermont to pursue a bachelor's degree at Saint Michael's College. There, I studied Studio Art and Elementary Education. Read more...

Delphine Giron

Delphine Giron

French Instructor, K-5

I am a French elementary school teacher with 8 years of experience in the French Public Schools near Paris (Evry, Grigny, Leuville sur Orge) and Bordeaux (Mérignac), 1 year at the French American School of Providence, RI, and 2 years for the French after-school program in Charlotte, VT. Read more...

Ellen Ammirato

Ellen Ammirato

RN, School Nurse

My interest in health and wellness began in the field of Nutrition. I worked at a rural healthcare clinic in the small town of Redway which is nestled among the redwoods of the Northern California Lost Coast. After moving to Vermont, I worked at Copley Hospital and Stowe Rescue Squad and as a private duty nurse in Stowe. Read more...

Emily- Siex

Emily Siex


I grew up in Edmond, OK and completed my undergraduate degree in English and secondary education at the University of Tulsa. At TU I served as president of the dance club, studied abroad in Ireland, and learned American Sign Language. After graduating, I moved to Philadelphia, PA and completed my Masters of Education in Reading, Writing, and Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania. While there I got involved with Friday Night Writes, a program sponsored by the Philadelphia Writing Project, and became a writing coach for students in grades 7-12. Read more...


Eric “Pronto” Parenteau

Afterschool Enrichment Program (AEP) Director - Grades Pre-School - 8

I grew up in Fairfax Vermont where I attended Bellows Free Academy. While there I ran cross-country, played baseball and basketball and was very involved in the drama club. I attended Lyndon State College here in Vermont where I studied Radio Broadcasting and Production as well as Mountain Recreation Management. In college I ran cross-country and was an actor, director and producer for the college’s theater group. Read more...

Bedard, Glenda

Glenda Bedard

4th & 5th Grade Social Studies and Literature Teacher

I am originally from East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, where I grew up the middle of three children. Attending the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, I met my future husband, John. Read more...


Jacie Kendrew


I grew up in Vermont and attended both Christ the King and Rice. After high school I attended St. Michael's for two years and finished my undergraduate degree at St. Lawrence University. I have always been deeply passionate about education, reading, writing, and mathematics, but it was at SLU that I discovered I was meant to teach middle school students. Read more...

Jean Rock

Jean Rock

Office Manager

I grew up on beautiful Mt. Desert Island in the State of Maine where I lived until my marriage to my husband, John, in 1972. We settled in South Burlington where we’ve lived since then. Read more...

Dumas, Jenelle

Jenelle Dumas

Guidance Counselor

I grew up in Mooers, NY, a very small town along the Canadian border. I graduated High School from NCCS and spent my first year of college studying Environmental Science at Paul Smith’s College. It was during that year that I discovered my love of writing and reading and thus decided to pursue becoming an English teacher. I moved the following fall to Ypsilanti, Michigan; a neighboring city to Ann Arbor. I attended Eastern Michigan University, earning my Bachelor’s in English Language and Literature, with Teacher Licensure in Secondary Education. Read more...

Coulter, Jennifer

Jennifer Coulter

3rd Grade Teacher

I have been teaching for nearly 25 years! I began my teaching career in 1990 and over the years I have taught students in grades 2-8. Read more...

Melloni, Julia

Julia Melloni

Middle School Religion Teacher

My faith journey has led me to teach at Mater Christi School. I’ve taught CCD and Pre Cana at the UVM Catholic Center. I’m a trained spiritual director and have grown up attending Catholic grammar and high schools. Read more...

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Konrad Herath


My childhood was split between Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and Williston, Vermont, both places cultivating my passion for languages, music, and travel. After many years in the Burlington area, I pursued a degree in French at Boston University, where, in addition to reading a lot of French literature, I completed an interdisciplinary core curriculum in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Read more...


Kristen Lee

1st Grade Teacher

I was born and raised in South Burlington, VT and graduated from UVM with a B.A in Child Psychology. Looking for a new adventure, I moved to Manhattan for eight years and earned my M.S. in Elementary Education from CUNY-Hunter and became a licensed teacher in NYC. Read more...


Laura Poirier


I was born in Ithaca, NY and moved with my family many times before settling in Vermont where I attended St. Monica’s School in Barre. I was very involved in my High School’s fine arts classes, as well as many extra-curricular activities including art exhibits, poetry, music and drama performances, earning the distinction of “Class Artist”. I attended Lyndon State College receiving an Associate’s Degree in Media Production and transferred to Central Connecticut State University to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in Graphic Design Management. After college I worked in a graphic design company in Norwalk, CT then returned to Vermont where I met my husband Tim, and became mother to two great children, Alexandra and Christopher. Read more...

Leah Easley

Leah Easley

4th & 5th Grade Religion Teacher

I grew up in Rockport, Maine in an old farmhouse near the ocean. I moved to Chicago and earned degrees in Literature, Education, and Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, where I also met and married my husband, Jordan. We missed New England, so we moved to Boston where we studied at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Read more...

Leslie Sem

Leslie Sem

First Grade Teacher

Mrs. Sem has taught first grade at Mater Christi since 2004. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts and her M.A. in Teaching Mathematics Grades K-12 from UVM. Read more...


Lori Marino

School Music Teacher

I am excited to help grow the music program at Mater Christi and consider myself blessed to be part of this wonderful community. Originally from Shelburne, Vermont, I am a Rice High School alumni, where I grew my love for music and was two-time captain of the soccer team. Read more...

Knows The Ground, Margaret

Margaret Knows the Ground

Support Services Teacher

I grew up in Manhattan Beach, California and attended Catholic schools for twelve years. I graduated from Loyola Marymount and then moved to Montana, where I taught on the Crow Reservation. While in Montana, I earned my Masters at the Montana State University. Read more...

Mark Pendergrass

Mark Pendergrass

Middle School Science Teacher

I grew up in Chattanooga Tennessee and attended a Private Day/Boarding School called The Baylor School. While there I ran cross-country and participated in the outdoor program called Walkabout. Read more...


Melissa Senesac


I was born and raised in Lima Peru, the last of three girls. We were raised in a devout Catholic family and I was a very active member of our church. I was one of the first Altar Girls in Peru. I attended a Marist School for my primary education where even at an early age I was instilled with the value of a Catholic school education. Read more...

Mike Early

Michael Early

Technology Director

I grew up in Connecticut and went to college in New Hampshire. In 1988 I moved to Vermont with my wife Beth. I worked as a cartographer for 5 years and started taking computer classes. Read more...

Miranda McClellan

Miranda McClellan

2nd Grade Teacher

I grew up in Essex Junction, Vermont and attended public school from Kindergarten until high school graduation. After earning a BA from Castleton State College, I moved back to the Burlington area to be close to my family. Shortly after returning home I accepted a teaching position at Mater Christi School. Read more...

Noel Boucher

Noel Boucher

Property Maintenance

I grew up in Burlington, Vermont and graduated Burlington High School a year early. After high school, I began working in the construction business for 5 years. I began working at Mater Christi School in 1989. Back in 1995, I bought a house with my parents in Milton where we reside with my Beagle, Oliver and cat, Angel. I enjoy spending time with my family, my nephews and my animals. Read more...

Patrice Rogers

Patrice Rogers

Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Patrice Rogers has taught for 38 years! She is a reading specialist, however has done extensive work in the area of Mathematics, writing curriculums, assessments, teaching math workshops throughout the country, and presenting at national conferences. Read more...

Patty LaMothe

Patricia R. LaMothe

Pre-Kindergarten, Head Teacher

I grew up on a farm in Ohio where I played and worked in cooperation with others and alone. My childhood was full of life outside, school, church, and family. Read more...


Tim Loescher


I grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts as the youngest of four children. My home was one filled with faith, work, service and adventure. During my first teaching assignment, I made a best friend and then married her. Christa and I have four children, Peter (16), Elise (13), Teddy (11) and John (4), each of whom were born in different states and one in a different country. But despite our moving around, we have sought to fill our home and lives with the same consistent sort of faith, work, life and joy. Read more...

Tricia Finkle

Tricia Finkle

STEAM Enrichment Instructor & Makerspace Director

I grew up in rural New York State and attained Associates and Bachelor Degrees in Chemistry from New York state colleges. I've worked in industry developing engineering materials, including superconducting ceramic wire for the Navy’s Silent Sub program. I left industry in 1997 and entered education as the Technology teacher at Lawrence Barnes Elementary School until I received a Masters degree and teaching license from UVM in 2001. Read more...

Tricia Pidgeon

Trisha Pidgeon

Finance Officer

I grew up in Grand Isle, Vermont and I attended Colchester High School. I was very active in sports all thru school. I have a love for numbers, which is why I choose my career path in Finance. I have been in the Finance field for many years, starting with the corporate field and then on to the hospitality field and now in the private sector. Read more...


Zac Farnham-Haskell

Physical education teacher

I was born and raised in nearby Essex Junction where I graduated from Essex High School. At EHS I played soccer, cross-country, and track & field. After high school, I moved to New York to attend college at SUNY-Cortland. At Cortland I studied Kinesiology (Exercise Science) and competed on the track and field team, where I was an All-American sprinter. Read more...