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


Sr. Shirlee Tremont, MPF, Gr. 6-8 
Mrs. Geralyn Arcieri, Gr. 6-8 
Mr. Rafe Chierchio, Gr. 6-8 
Mrs. Lisa Papio, Gr. 4-8 
Mrs. Tara Muir, Gr. 4-5 
Mrs. Denise Trantino, Gr. 4-5 
Ms. Stephanie Ferrara, Gr. 3-5 
Mrs. Kim Furfaro, Gr. 3 
Mrs. Valerie Romeo-DiSantillo, Gr. 3, 5 
Ms. Laura Festa, Gr. 2 
Mrs. Janet Jacob, Gr. 2 
Mrs. Renee Lamberti, Gr. 1 
Mrs. Maria Palmieri, Kdgn. 
Mrs. Karen Scuteri, Kdgn. 
Mrs. Josephine Brischetta, Pre K 4 
Sr. Josephine Galasso, MPF, Pre K 3 
Mrs. Laura DiGesaro, Moms & Tots 
Mrs. Angela Ginex, Italian 
Mr. Anthony Mariano, Phys. Ed. 
Mr. Thomas McCahill, Ed. Tech 
Mrs. Frances Tamayo, Art 
Mrs. Kellie O’Neil, Sci. K-2, 4, 6 
Mrs. Melissa Demma, Music K-5 


Other Staff

Mrs. Donna Guarinello, Aide 
Mrs. Athina Fascianella, Aide 
Ms. Gina Kenney, Aide 
Mrs. Vera Kenney, Aide 
Mrs. Michele Pedernera, Aide 
Mrs. Lisa Taldone, Aide 
Mr. Michael Carestia, Mntce. 
Mr. John Windram, Security