Be a "Freshman for a Day" on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.  Register with our Admissions Director, Joan Hearst.  Please join us for our Academy Open House, Sunday, October 26 from 1:00 pm -3:00 pm and our Pinewood Derby Race and Pasta Night Saturday, November 8th at 6:00 pm. Visit our website at Lacordaire Now for more information and upcoming events.

Faculty & Staff


Brian F. Morgan
Head of School
Pd St. John’s University
MA Villanova*
BA East Stroudsburg
"What inspires me daily is being a part
of a wonderful community of educators, 
parents, and staff who are values based,
passionate,and inspiring."

Betsy Caissie
Business Manager
MBA Fairleigh Dickinson University
BA Rowan University

Joan Hearst
Admissions Director
BA Marymount College
As Director of Admissions I have the daily privilege of meeting prospective families and sharing all our Academy offers. Our faculty, staff and students are always welcoming to all our visitors. We welcome the opportunity for you to visit with us. "
Lauren Mazzari
Asst. Head of School
MA Caldwell College
BS Georgetown University
Montclair State University, Teaching Cert.
"After seventeen years of being part of the Lacordaire community as either a mother, teacher and/or administrator, I continue to be impressed by the Academy's dynamic and compassionate faculty, challenging academics and generous faith community each and every day."

Megan Mannato
Director of Guidance
MA New York University
BA Syracuse University
"I find it very rewarding to help students reach their goals."



Erin Quinn
Caldwell College Post Bac. Teaching
BS Roger Williams College

Sherese Reed
Pre-Kindergarten Aide
BA Rutgers, MA Educational Theatre NYU

Alexa Kaousias

BA Montclair State University*
"I foster a nurturing and stimulating environment,
in which I encourage all students to achieve their
personal best."

Mariann Cavallaro
Kindergarten Aide
BS Montclair State University

Linda Marinzulich
BA, MA Ashford University in progress*

Michell Markowicz
Kindergarten Aide
BS Psychology, Montclair State University

Margaret Melore
First Grade
BA Caldwell College*
"I have been teaching at Lacordaire for more than
20 years and I am now happy to welcome my daughter
to the Lacordaire family."

Suzanne Bilicska 
Lower School Coordinator
Second Grade
BS, BA University of Tampa*
"I am always excited to begin each school year
and look forward to sharing my love of learning
with the second grade." 

Mary Ryan Thornton
Third Grade
MAT Montclair State K-5/Special Ed
MA New York University; BA Fordham University
Joyce Crompton
Fourth Grade
BA Bloomfield College*
"I became an educator to inspire children
to be happy, productive  learners."

Alexandra Kaousias
Fourth Grade,  5th Reading
BS Fairleigh Dickinson University*
"As an educator, my passion is to provide
a stimulating learning environment that
inspires students to reach their full potential
and become confident, life-long leaners."

Middle/Upper School Humanities Department

Foreign Language

Jocelyne Altholz
French I Honors/French II-AP French
French Pre K-5
University of Sorbonne – Universite de Paris Sud France
"I enjoy inspiring my students about French culture
and teaching them to learn and speak the French language."

Patty Pascal
Spanish 5-12
Phd in progress
MA, BA Univeristy of Mexico

Eileen Ingoglia
French I, 5th-7th French
World Lit. Honors; Shakespeare/Modern Authors
MA Montclair State University *
"Nothing is more exciting than seeing a student get
excited about literature and learning another language."


Lauren Mazzari
Shakespeare 5-6; Writing 5-6,9
Creative Writing 11-12
Asst. Head of School

Michael Aymar
Language Arts 5-6, Religion 5-6
Shakespeare 7-8
Literature 7/8 (combined)

Matthew Corsaro
Language Arts 5th-8th; Film/Theatre 10-12
MA University of Phoenix
BA California State

Beverly Cardino
World Literature, AP English,
Adv. Literature 7/8 (combined)
American Literature and SAT Prep
MA Wesleyan, BA Caldwell College*

Deborah Ocot
British Literature, British Literature Honors
BA English Education Montclair State University



Brian. F. Morgan
Practical Economics
9th/Economics 12th
Head of School
Pd St. John’s University
MA Villanova*
BA East Stroudsburg
Kevin Marks
Social Studies 8/ American HIstory II Honors
AP History/Constitutional Law
Dean of Students
Soccer, Basketball, Softball Coach
BS Temple University

John Eichmann
M.A. Social Sciences, MAT in Social Studies, 
B.S. History and Business Administration, Montclair State University
Social Studies 6-7, Geography 7-8
American History I, II


Social Science/Religion

Megan Mannato
Pyschology 11-12; Guidance 7-12
Director of Guidance

Deborah Ocot
Religion 9, 12; Preachers/Project Justice
BA English Education Montclair State University

Eilish Lally
Religion 8, 10 and 11
Social Studies 5; Geography 5-6
BA and Post Grad St. Patrick's, Ireland


Math/Science Departments


Brittany Finneran
After Care Director
Math 4th and 5th; Science 5th
BA, BS Kean College *

Marie Mueller, OP
Algebra I, Geometry, Geometry Honors, AP Calculus
Scheduling-Admin Plus Coordinator
MA St. Louis University*

Victoria Roche
Middle School Coordinator
Pre-Algebra 6th, Pre-Algebra Honors 7th,
Algebra I and Algebra I Honors 8th
BS Montclair State University(dual certification)**
"I enjoy being challenged by my students."

Tsahai Swaby
Ed.D Mathematics Education, Rutgers in progress
M. Ed.(24/30 credits) and B.Sc, The University of the West Indies
Algebra II, Algebra II Honors


Science/Computer Science

Kelly Ang
Earth Science 6th, Life Science 8th
Math 6th; Pre-Algebra 7th
Computer 6th
BA University of Portland*

William Probst
Physical Science 7th,
Chemistry, Chemistry Honors, 11th /Physics 12th
PhD, MS, BA New York University in Chemistry*

Jennifer Zinman
MAT Biology, Montclair State University
Ph.D. Biomedical Science, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
B.A. Biochemistry, Columbia College
Biology 9-10, Biology Honors 9-10
Human Anatomy (CC)

Performing and Fine Arts

Debby Irwin
Performing Arts Chair
MAT Montclair State University
MA, BFA Emerson College

Saydi Kaufman
Art 6-12
MFA Montclair State University
BFA University of Florida
"I believe that every person in our society
can feel connected to the visual arts, which helps our
soul to blossom with honesty."  

Susan Sturgis
Art Pre K-5th
MA Columbia University
BA Chestnut Hill
Carol Flamm Reingold
Music Pre K-4
Recorders/ Instrumental Program Coordinator
MA Westminster Choir College
BA SUNY Binghampton
"I love to share musical experiences with my students, experiences that develop self-disipline, engender discovery, allow for the expression of the mind and the spirit and let us have fun together!"

Mark Paulson
Music 5-9
Choir Director
Liturgical Music Director
BMus Montclair State


Physical Education and Coaching Staff

Chris Calveley
Athletic Director
Physical Education Pre K -12
MSc University of Stirling, Scotland

Diane Cogott
Volleyball Coach

Kevin Marks
Soccer Coach and Asst. Softball Coach

Matt Corsaro
Basketball Coach


Academy Staff

Laura Corbo
Database and Events Manager

Christine Del Pozzo
Executive Assistant in Upper School/Head of School

Lisa Molle-Padilla
Director of Parent, Alumni and Volunteer Relations
New York University, M.A.
Montclair State University, B.A.
Patricia Ridgway
Executive Assistant in Lower-Middle School

Alex Smolar
Academy Custodian/ Plant Manager

Tammy Zolnowsky, RN
School Nurse

Key  *=Holds teaching certificate  **= Holds more than one teaching certificate  CC=College credit

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