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

Faculty & Staff

Ellen Ammirato

RN, School Nurse

Ellen's interest in health and wellness began in the field of Nutrition. She worked at a rural healthcare clinic in the small town of Redway on the Northern California Lost Coast. After moving to Vermont, she worked at Copley Hospital and as a private duty nurse in Stowe. Read more...

Samantha Avant

Middle School French Teacher

Samantha grew up in Westminster and Woodstock, Vermont and graduated from New York University with a BA in French in 2008. She studied abroad in Paris during her junior year at NYU and worked as an au pair throughout western Europe during her senior year. Read more...

Amanda Barone

ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL

Amanda was born in Middlebury, Vermont, but grew up in Haddam Connecticut. Amanda attended the University of Vermont where she majored in Elementary Education with a concentration in Geography. Read more...

Glenda Bedard

4th & 5th Grade Social Studies and LANGUAGE ARTS 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...

Hilary Bickford

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Hilary Bickford is originally from Florida but has spent most of her life in Vermont. She was an Elementary Education major from Franklin Pierce University.
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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...

Jennifer Coulter

3rd Grade Teacher

Jennifer grew up in Essex Junction, Vermont and then attended Loyola University in Baltimore. She graduated in 1990 with a BA in Elementary Education. Read more...

Jenelle Dumas

Guidance Counselor

Jenelle grew up in Mooers, New York before attending Eastern Michigan University where she earned a BA in Secondary Education with a concentration in English Language and Literature. Read more...

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...

Leah Easley

Preschool/Prekindergarten Teaching Assitant

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...

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...

Tricia Finkle

Makerspace Teacher

Tricia is a Licensed Middle School Science, Social Studies and Math teacher. She brings to the classroom industrial experience as a Development Chemist. Read more...

Beth Gazo

Preschool/PreK Assistant

I have taught Pre-School for 19 years! Family, Faith and Community are the foundations in my own family as well as with my Pre-School family. Read more...

Delphine Giron

French Teacher K-5

I was born and grew up in Nantes on the West coast of France. I graduated from the University of Nantes and moved to Paris where I earned my diploma of Professeur des Ecoles (Elementary School teacher) in the Academy of Versailles. 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...

Jacie Kendrew

MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH TEACHER

Jacie grew up in Vermont with roots in Catholic education.  She attended Christ the King for Kindergarten through 8th Grade, and also spent time at Rice and St. Michael's during high school and college.  Catholic education has always been important to her and she feels blessed to be teaching at Mater Christi.  This will be her 9th year as a middle school math teacher, and second year at MCS. Read more...

Margaret Knows the Ground

Support Services Teacher

Margaret grew up in Manhattan Beach, California and attended Catholic schools for twelve years. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University, she moved to Montana, where she taught on the Crow Reservation Read more...

Patricia LaMothe

Kindergarten Teacher

Patty grew up on a farm in Ohio where she played and worked in cooperation with others and alone. Her childhood was full of life outside, school, church, and family. As an adult, she has traveled extensively in North America and South/Southeast Asia Read more...

Kristen Lee

1st Grade Teacher

Kristen was born and raised in South Burlington, VT and graduated from UVM in with a B.A in Child Psychology. After graduation, she moved to Manhattan for eight years and earned her M.S. in Elementary Education from CUNY-Hunter and became a licensed teacher in NYC. Read more...

Tim Loescher

PRESIDENT/HEAD OF SCHOOL

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...

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...

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...

Carole McLenithan

Director of Support Services K-8

Mercy Education has been an integral part of Carole’s life from childhood to the present day. She attended Catholic school through Grade 8, and later attended Trinity College in Burlington. Read more...

Julia Melloni

Middle School Religion Teacher

Julia Melloni is in her sixth year of teaching Religion at Mater Christi Middle School. Her degrees include a Spiritual Director certification from the Silver Dove Institute, a Bachelor of Art in Mass Communication from the University of Vermont, Master of Arts in Teaching from UVM with a dual endorsement in Middle Level Education in Social Studies and Language Arts. Read more...

Jason Moore

4th grade religion literature teacher - Director of Spiritual and religious life

I was born in Boston and grew up in a loving, caring, supportive family on Boston's South Shore.  I attended a grade Catholic school through 8th grade, Boston College High School, a Jesuit high school in Dorchester, MA and St. Michael's College for my undergraduate degree in History and Secondary Education, and my graduate degree in Theology and Pastoral Ministry. Read more...

Eric “Pronto” Parenteau

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

Pronto grew up in Fairfax Vermont where he attended Bellows Free Academy and later Lyndon State College in the Northeast Kingdom where he studied Radio Broadcasting and Production. While at LSC he served as a student senator, actor and director in the theater company and ran cross-country. Read more...

Mark Pendergrass

Middle School Science Teacher

Mark Pendergrass grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee and attended a Private Day/Boarding School called The Baylor School. While there he ran cross-country and participated in the outdoor program called Walkabout. He attended Appalachian State University, where he spent a great deal of time climbing in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Read more...

Nicole Pinard

Pre-School Teacher

Nicole grew up in Vermont and graduated from Nyack College in 2011 with her B.S. in Early Childhood Education. After graduating, she returned to this beautiful state and taught Preschool for five years while completing her Master of Education from California University of Pennsylvania. In the fall of 2016, Nicole joined the faculty and staff here at MCS as the Preschool assistant, and later became head teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. Read more...

Laura Poirier

ART TEACHER

Mrs. Laura Poirier was born in Ithaca, NY and moved with her family many times before settling in Vermont where she attended St. Monica’s School in Barre. She was very involved in her 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”. Read more...

Jean Rock

Office Manager

Jean grew up on beautiful Mt. Desert Island in the State of Maine where she lived until her marriage in 1972.  Read more...

Patrice Rogers

Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Patrice Rogers has taught for 43 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...

Leslie Sem

4TH-5TH GRADE MATH & SCIENCE 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.  Her two children have attended Mater Christi School.  Matthew was a graduate of the MCS class of 2010. Sarah was a graduate of the class of 2012. They both attended and graduated from  Rice Memorial High School, where Mrs. Sem volunteered as a Stunt Night Coach for many years. Read more...

Melissa Senesac

ADVANCEMENT, ENROLLMENT & MARKETING MANAGER

Melissa was born and raised in Lima Peru in a devout Catholic family and was very active member in her local church.  Read more...

Emily Siex

MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER

Emily grew up in Oklahoma, where she spent most of her days in the dance studio or with her nose in a book. She completed her undergraduate degrees in English and secondary education at the University of Tulsa and then ventured on to Philadelphia to give “big city life” a try. Read more...

Courtney Tisdale

Teaching assistant

Ms. Tisdale grew up in New Jersey and relocated to Burlington, Vermont to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Saint Michael’s College. Read more...

Brent Tremblay

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

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

Mary Warner

DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT, MARKETING & ENROLLMENT

Mary Warner moved to Vermont with her family in 2017 after living in as New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Fairfield County, CT.   Read more...

Allan Whayland

Middle School Literature Teacher

Grew up in West Chester Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Attended West Chester University and earned a BA in History. Read more...