Faculty and Staff

The Sisters of the Religious Teachers Filippini began educating the children of St. Bernadette School in 1953.

Our faculty is comprised of religious sisters and dedicated lay teachers who collaborate to build a caring community and a strong academic foundation for every student attending St. Bernadette Catholic Academy.   The faculty continues to provide the students of St. Bernadette Catholic Academy with the knowledge and skills students need for the 21st century.  Teachers participate in professional development opportunities on the local, diocesan, city and national level, within the realm of the Next Generation State Standards, religious development and the new evangelization, technology, and other topics pertinent to developing the whole child.

Principal – Sr. Joan DiRienzo, MPF
Secretary – Mrs. Ann Marie Fascianella
Office Assistant – Mrs. Anita Terrone
Advancement Director – Mrs. Maria Ljubich

Early Childhood Education

Moms and Tots
Mrs. Laura DiGesaro

Sr. Josephine Galasso, MPF – Pre-K 3
Mrs. Karen Scuteri– Pre-K 4

Kindergarten Through Grade Eight

Mrs. Josephine Brischetta
Mrs. Valerie Romeo-DiSantillo

Grade One
Mrs. Renee Lamberti
Mrs. Maria Palmieri

Grade Two
Ms. Laura Festa
Mrs. Janet Jacob

Grade Three
Ms. Jacqueline Peluso

Grade Four
Mrs. Geralyn Arcieri
Mrs. Kim Furfaro

Grade Five
Mrs. Lisa Papio
Mrs. Denise Trantino

Grade Six
Mrs. Tara Muir

Grade Seven
Ms. Michelle Centrone

Grade Eight
Sr. Shirlee Tremont, MPF

Special Content Teachers

Librarian – Mrs. Mary Anello
Math 6-8 – Mr. Raphael Chierchio
Art – Ms. Frances Tamayo
Music – Mrs. Jodi Karem
Physical Ed. – Mr. Anthony Mariano
Technology – Mr. Thomas McCahill
Italian – Mrs. Angela Ginex

Instructional Assistants

Mrs. Donna Guarinello
Mrs. Vera Kenney
Mrs. Athina Fascianella
Mrs. Michele Pedernera
Mrs. Lisa Taldone


Mr. Michael Carestia