All Saints Catholic Academy is proud of our highly skilled and professional teachers. They are dedicated to their students and take great pride in their accomplishments.
Sr. Rita Marie Fritzen, OSF, Interim Principal
Sr. Rita is currently the Associate Director of Catechesis for Catholic Elementary/ High Schools in the Archdiocese of Newark. She has served as a principal for 17 years in the Diocese of Paterson. In the Paterson Diocese, she has also served as an assistant superintendent for elementary schools and early childhood centers. Sr. Rita possesses a Bachelors degree, a Masters degree, and teaching certifications in elementary education, early childhood, social studies, and in administration.
Miss Carol Petroccia, Pre-K3
Ms. Petroccia earned a bachelor’s from New Jersey City University and has been an educator for over 30 years. Ms. Petroccia’s experience spans Pre-K3, Pre-K4, first, and second grades and she is a state certified teacher. Before joining the faculty of All Saints Academy in 2008, Ms. Petroccia taught at Saint Vincent de Paul in Bayonne, New Jersey, and before that at Saint Paul’s in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Miss Anni Giuliani, Pre-K3
Miss Giuliani earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and American Studies from Saint Peter’s College (SPC) in Jersey City, New Jersey. Miss Giuliani was a member of both the Student Education Association (SEA) and the National Education Honors Society- Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) at SPC. She is a state certified teacher for grades Pre-K through 8. Miss Giuliani began as a student teacher at All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA) in 2009. She fell in love with our school. She felt inspired to be working among children and teachers who were excited about what they were doing. She continued as a substitute teacher for two years before joining ASCA in 2011. Miss Giuliani has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember. She strives to inspire excitement in her students about all that they are learning. She is passionate about fostering imagination and creativity in her students and most of all making them believe they can accomplish anything whether they are building a tower to the moon or coloring in the lines! Miss Giulini’s guiding philosophy is best described in the poem “A Teacher’s Prayer” by Jill Wolf.
Ms. Lindsay Sanchez, Pre-K4
Ms. Sanchez earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Centenary College and got her certification in Elementary Education from New Jersey City University 2012. She has worked with children since 2002 and enjoys teaching the students in her class. Beginning to work with children at a young age has ignited her passion to build a strong educational foundation that allows her students to prosper throughout their lives. Before getting her own class classroom in 2013, she had been a substitute teacher at All Saints Catholic Academy since 2010.
Mrs. Colleen Byrne, Pre-K4
Mrs. Byrne earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is a state certified teacher for Pre-K3 through 3rd grade. Before joining the All Saints Catholic Academy faculty in 2008, Mrs. Byrne taught at Saint Andrew’s School in Bayonne, New Jersey for 8 years. Mrs. Byrne strives to instill a love for school in her young students. The Golden Rule, or to treat others the way you want to be treated, is the prevailing philosophy in her preschool class.
Mrs. Rosemary Olvesen, Kindergarten
Mrs. Olvesen earned a master’s degree from Seton Hall University in General Education and is state certified. She earned a bachelor’s in Elementary Education from New Jersey City University. Mrs. Olvesen’s teaching experience spans Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades, and she was the recipient of the Most Reverend John Meyers Star Teacher Award. Mrs. Olvesen exhibits an impressive mix of compassion, discipline, experience, and high expectations. She sees the unique qualities of every child, and believes that every child deserves a chance to succeed.
Mrs. Maryann Cronin, Kindergarten
Mrs. Cronin earned a master’s degree as a Reading Specialist at New Jersey City University (NJCU) and is state certified. Mrs. Cronin has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education also from NJCU. Mrs. Cronin has been teaching for 23 years within the Archdiocese of Newark. Mrs. Cronin’s teaching experience spans Pre-K3, 2nd, and 3rd grades, but has been teaching Kindergarten for the last 14 years and loves it.
Mrs. Laura Gallagher, Grade 1
A graduate of New Jersey City University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Mrs. Laura Gallagher has been inspiring first grade students for eleven years. Mrs. Gallagher is a state certified teacher. Before joining the faculty of All Saints Catholic Academy, Mrs. Gallagher taught at Our Lady of Czestochowa in Jersey City, New Jersey, and then moved on to Saint Mary Star of the Sea in Bayonne, New Jersey. Mrs. Gallagher has a passion for educating young minds and is known for making class fun by singing and dancing with her students.
Mrs. Maureen Doolan, Grade 1
Mrs. Doolan holds a master’s degree in Education from New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey and a bachelor’s degree in History from Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey. Mrs. Doolan began her teaching career at Our Lady of Victories School in Jersey City where she taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grades over a period of 6 years. She then moved on to the Jersey City Board of Education as a specialist in Reading and Math where she taught 5th and 7th grades. Mrs. Doolan then spent 11 years teaching 1st grade at Saint Andrew’s School in Bayonne, New Jersey. She has been teaching 1st grade at All Saints Catholic Academy since its inception in 2008. Mrs. Doolan is state certified as an Elementary School Teacher, as well as a teacher of English, Social Studies, Reading, and as a Reading Specialist. She is a certified catechist with the Archdiocese of Newark. She believes students learn best when instruction matches their individual learning styles and draws on what they already know. Mrs. Doolan loves teaching in Catholic schools because she believes they are the best at providing students and teachers a safe, orderly, and caring environment in which learning takes place.
Ms. Laura Klutkowski, Grade 2
Ms. Klutkowski earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. She is state certified to teach grades K-8 with a certification in language arts. She recently taught Pre-K 4 at ASCA and did her student teaching in 1st grade in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. She also did her student teaching in a 7th grade language arts inclusion classroom at Burnet Middle School in Union. Although she enjoys teaching all subjects, she is most passionate about helping children to improve their reading skills and teaching them how to love reading.
Mrs. Nancy Kelley, Grade 2
Mrs. Nancy Kelley graduated cum laude from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. She obtained a Master of Arts in Art History from Rutgers University. Mrs. Kelley has taught at Rutgers University and Montclair State University. She is state certified to teach grades K through 5 and has taught second grade since 2007. Mrs. Kelley is a co-moderator of ASCA’s newly formed Student Ambassador Club. She also coordinates community service activities for the school and is a member of the Marketing Committee. Mrs. Kelley loves sharing her passion for books and art with her students. Her favorite activities are daily read-alouds and extended literacy projects which get her students excited about reading. She encourages personal responsibility and accountability in her students, while allowing them to work at their own pace. Mrs. Kelley loves teaching second grade!
Mrs. Rose Barbieri, Grade 3
Mrs. Barbieri earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Art from New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey. She has been teaching third grade for 40 years and is state certified in Elementary Education (K-8). Mrs. Barbieri is also a certified Catechist by the Archdiocese of Newark. Mrs. Barbieri taught at Saint Mary, Star of the Sea School in Bayonne, New Jersey, where she was awarded the honor of “Teacher of the Year” by the faculty and administration. She served as a Mentor Teacher for Traditional and Alternate Route candidates for the Provisional Teacher Program. Mrs. Barbieri joined All Saints Catholic Academy in 2008. In 2011, she served as a member of The Middle States Commission on the Elementary Schools Peer Review Team. In 2012, she was among a distinguished list of teachers honored in recognition of 40 years of Ministry in Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Newark. Mrs. Barbieri aims to inspire a love of learning on par with her passion for teaching!
Mrs. Joanne Lynch, Grade 3
Mrs. Lynch earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Elementary Education from New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey. Mrs. Lynch taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grades over the course of 9 years at Saint Andrew’s School in Bayonne, New Jersey. She is state certified in Elementary Education.
Mrs. Mary Anne Brauner, Grade 4
Mrs. Brauner earned a bachelor’s degree from Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey. Prior to joining the faculty of All Saints Catholic Academy in 2008, Mrs. Brauner taught for 30 years at Saint Vincent de Paul School in Bayonne, New Jersey. She is state certified in Elementary Education, English (K-12), and Nursery School. She is also a certified catechist by the Archdiocese of Newark. Mrs. Brauner was honored with a “Teacher of the Year” award by the Archdiocese of Newark, as well as a Certificate of Appreciation from Holy Family Academy of Bayonne, New Jersey.
Ms. Nicole Narese, Grade 4
Ms. Narese earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from St. Peter’s University where she also graduated magma cum laude with a bachelor’s in English and a minor in Political Science as well as a Certificate in Intercultural Studies. She holds a New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility in School Administration, a New Jersey Certificate for Teacher of English (Pre-K -12) and a New Jersey Certification for Teacher of Elementary Education (K-8).
On the high school level Ms. Narese has taught Honors English 1 –where she revised the curriculum by integrating 12 novels into the course, Honors U.S. History 1, British Literature, American Literature, Survey of English Literature 1and Seminar in Writer’s Workshop in which she co-authored its curriculum. Under her moderation of the school newspaper for 3 years, this publication was used as a marketing tool for perspectives students and donors. She has taught SAT Prep courses and Spanish I and II Recovery courses as well as served as a Faculty Mentor for Independent Study (current techniques in the treatment of specialized cancer).
Teaching English, Writing, Literature, History and Religion in the junior high setting, Ms. Narese has coordinated Commencement Exercises, fundraised for these events and provided COOP Prep. She produced, coordinated publicity and served as the Assistant Director for the Musical Reviews of Grease and Annie, which served as fundraisers for the school. She functioned as the Moderator for Yearbook for 3 years, Ring Ceremony and Safety Patrol.
In an elementary school environment Ms. Narese has taught in self- contained classrooms and has taught English and Reading to a variety of grades. She has coordinated Talent Shows, Earth Day Activities and D.A.R.E Graduation.
Ms. Narese has served as English, Reading and History Chairs. She has provided administrative support—including scheduling, evaluation of staff, grant writing, textbook selection, purchase ordering and development of special projects — to administrations as well as interned under the principal at St. Vincent de Paul School for her MA in Educational Leadership. A member of the Steering Committee for Middle States Accreditation at ASCA and co-moderator of ASCA’s Student Council, she has also mentored non-certified teachers seeking their certification and student teachers.
As a professional with 20 years of experience in education, Ms. Narese strives for academic and personal excellence for her students and values professionalism and collegiality amongst her peers.
Ms. Melida Rodas, Grade 5
Mrs. Robin Burnitskie, Grade 5
Miss Burnitskie earned a bachelor’s degree in Art History from New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey. She has been an educator for 21 years. She is state certified in Elementary Education (K-5). Miss Burnitskie initially taught for the Bayonne Board of Education, and later moved on to teach in Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Newark. Before joining All Saint’s Catholic Academy faculty in 2008, the bulk of her career was spent at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Bayonne, New Jersey. Miss Burnitskie’s teaching experience spans first, second, fourth, fifth, and seventh grades, as well as art class.
Mrs. Diane Molesky, Grade 6
Mrs. Molesky holds a master’s degree in Education from New Jersey City University with dual state certifications in Early Childhood (PreK-3), and K through 8th Grade. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing also from NJCU. Mrs. Molesky is a member of both the international honor society, Kappa Delta Pi, and the international professional society, Phi Delta Kappa. Mrs. Molesky is a member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey and has completed C-Teams conferences at Stevens Institute of Technology for mathematics. Mrs. Molesky has been teaching for over 18 years in Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Newark, including Saint Paul the Apostle School in Jersey City, and Saint Vincent de Paul School in Bayonne, New Jersey. While at Saint Vincent’s she was chairperson of the Middle States Accreditation Committee. In addition, Mrs. Molesky also held the office of Vice Principal while teaching seventh and eighth grade during the final year at Saint Vincent de Paul School. Mrs. Molesky has taught grades four, five, six, seven, and eight. During the summer months, Mrs. Molesky teaches reading to grades one, two, and three in the 4R Program at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey. Mrs. Molesky is co-moderator of the Student Council. In addition to her responsibilities as Math teacher, Mrs. Molesky has twice served as a member of the Search Committees for All Saints Catholic Academy. Her commitment to ASCA has included her work on the Steering Committee during the Middle States Accreditation. Mrs. Molesky has a passion for teaching Math and believes students are intrigued by formulating complete answers to real life problems involving logical reasoning.
Mrs. Debra Ann Czerwienski, Grade 6
Mrs. Czerwienski earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Education from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. Mrs. Czerwienski taught 3rd grade at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Bayonne, NJ for 6 years. She is state certified to teach grades K-12. Mrs. Czerwienski is a member of the Religion Committee which crafts morning reflections and coordinates school liturgies. As Council Member at Large of the City of Bayonne, Mrs. Czerwienski leads by example, demonstrating how one person can make a difference through civic service. Her teaching philosophy is project based, which allows each student to delve more deeply into each topic than a question and answer approach would. She believes in cooperative learning which can be described as “structuring positive interdependence”. It allows students to capitalize on one another’s resources and skills to reach their full potential.
Mrs. Jennifer Cardino, Grade 7
Mrs. Cardino earned a bachelor’s degree in History from New Jersey City University where she was a member of the Honors Program. She is state certified in Elementary Education and Social Studies, Grades K-12. Mrs. Cardino’s career began with Merrill Lynch & Co. before she decided to channel her appreciation of history into a new career as a teacher. Mrs. Cardino began with Social Studies for Grades 6, 7, and 8 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Bayonne, New Jersey, before joining All Saints Catholic Academy. She is now in her 12th year of teaching and has two of her own children attending All Saints. Mrs. Cardino is the Safety Patrol Moderator and a member of the Marketing Committee. She is co-moderator of the ASCA Forensics Team. Mrs. Cardino loves to be a part of the warm close-knit environment that Catholic schools provide. She inspires her students with her passion for trivia, and invokes their support as she tries out for Jeopardy every year!
Ms. Kathleen Hennessey, Grade 7
Mrs. Chris Ann Weening, Grade 8
Mrs. Weening holds bachelors’ degrees from Seton Hall University in both Elementary Education and Psychology. Mrs. Weening began her teaching career with 2 years at Our Lady of Assumption School teaching students in grades 4 and 5. She then spent 10 years as the second grade teacher at Saint Mary, Star of the Sea School, also in Bayonne. Mrs. Weening has been teaching second grade at All Saints Catholic Academy since 2008. Mrs. Weening moved to an 8th grade homeroom, where she teaches Pre-algebra to our 7th graders and Algebra I to our 8th graders. Mrs. Weening participates regularly in higher-level mathematics seminars at Rutgers University. She is state certified in K-8 Elementary Education. Mrs. Weening was twice named Who’s Who Among American Teachers and received a Certificate of Excellence on her Praxis General Knowledge test. Mrs. Weening is excited to be a part of this historic new chapter of Catholic elementary education in Bayonne. She models the Catholic faith, and hopes to inspire her students to become dynamic members of their parish community, and to have active prayer lives themselves. Mrs. Weening’s classroom philosophy is to guide students in constructing their own learning experiences, resulting in a deeper understanding and longer retention of each topic. Students are encouraged to give their opinions a voice and to accept mistakes as part of the learning process.
Mrs. Mary Ann Gilson, Grade 8
Mrs. Gilson holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and is state certified as an elementary school teacher (Nursery-8) and as a science teacher (7-12). She has worked 21 years as a Catholic School educator and was honored by the Archdiocese of Newark as an Outstanding Educator.
Mrs. Melissa Phelan, Art
Mrs. Phelan earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She began her teaching career in September of 2002 and joined the faculty of All Saints Catholic Academy in September of 2010. Mrs. Phelan was a recipient of The President’s Volunteer Service Award during the Bush Administration for her work in art. Mrs. Phelan is a published artist, featured in the Serpent Magazine in Leeds, United Kingdom. Her work has been the subject of several solo art shows in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. She is also a freelance artist who specializes in photography and illustration. Mrs. Phelan’s inspiration as a teacher comes from the desire to pass on the awesome experience she enjoyed as an art student. She aims to replicate the methods and the excitement of her mentors to inspire the young artists in her classes.
Mrs. Colleen McNerney, Computers
Mrs. McNerney graduated cum laude from The University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. During her time at UT, she spent one semester studying abroad at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, QLD Australia. Mrs. McNerney is a K-12 state certified teacher and has experience teaching for 7 years in the Paramus Public School District and at Lacordaire Academy prior to joining the faculty of ASCA in 2013. She also has professional experience in the graphic design industry, which has made being the moderator of the Yearbook Club a lot of fun! Mrs. McNerney strives to make her classroom a happy place where students can enjoy learning about technology.
Mrs. Lorraine Corrado, Librarian/Project Accelerate
Mrs. Corrado is a graduate of Saint John’s University. She is a certified NJ elementary school teacher. She is also certified as a New Jersey teacher of English in secondary schools. Mrs. Corrado has more than thirty years of experience teaching in the Bayonne Catholic schools on a variety of grade levels. She received an Outstanding Educator Award from the Archdiocese of Newark and was acknowledged as the Teacher of the Year for the D.A.R.E. Program of Hudson County.
As the school librarian, Mrs. Corrado shares her love of reading with all the students of ASCA. Mrs. Corrado is the facilitator of Project Accelerate, a challenging program for high-achieving, self-motivated seventh and eighth graders, which was instituted in conjunction with Marist High School.
Mrs. Corrado considers her vocation a blessing. She feels privileged in being able to touch the future through the lives of young people. In the words of Robert Frost, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”
Mrs. Virginia Bujnowski, Music
Mrs. Bujnowski has been teaching for over 30 years. Mrs. Bujnowski holds a bachelor’s degree and is state certified. Mrs. Bujnowski’s experience in the classroom began at Our Lady of Assumption School (OLA) in Bayonne, New Jersey. Mrs. Bujnowski taught third grade for eighteen years, and then taught music for three years. She held the position of Music Coordinator and Piano Accompanist at OLA. Mrs. Bujnowski’s passion for music instruction had been ignited at OLA and she moved on to teach vocal music for ten years in Saint Andrew’s, Saint Vincent de Paul’s, and Saint Mary Star of the Sea, grades Pre-K through eight, all in Bayonne, New Jersey. Mrs. Bujnowski is instrumental in directing all musical programs at All Saints.
Mrs. Mary Cole, Physical Education
Mrs. Cole has been instructing children in the finer points of physical education for 30+ years. Mrs. Cole holds a bachelor’s degree and is state certified. Mrs. Cole’s experience began at Saint Aloysius High School in Jersey City, New Jersey, where she also taught typing and business classes. After about nine years, Mrs. Cole moved on to other Catholic and public institutions, including Marist High School as both the physical education and the health class instructor and to Horace Mann School in Bayonne as the Girls Basketball Coach in the Lou Scudder League. At All Saints Catholic Academy, Mrs. Cole leads students through eighteen physical fitness classes per week, incorporating warm-up activities and stretching, as well as the execution of age specific games and activities. Mrs. Cole is also indispensible as a member of the Home School Association, a Coordinator for various Education programs such as Campbell’s Soup Labels, Boxtops for Education, and Can Tabs for Ronald Mc Donald, and as leader of the school-wide annual field day. Mrs. Cole’s high energy endeavors enlighten every students’ path at All Saints Academy. She has the distinction of being the very first Teacher of the Year at ASCA!
Mrs. Miryam DeChiaro, Spanish
Mrs. DeChiaro earned a General Physician and Surgeon degree from the Juan N. Corpas School of Medicine, in Bogota, Colombia. Mrs. DeChiaro also earned a Specialist degree in Health Administration from Universidad del Valle in Columbia. Mrs. DeChiaro is state certified for Spanish instruction. Mrs. DeChiaro began her teaching career in the Bayonne Public School system and is currently working toward her master’s in Urban Education. Mrs. DeChiaro believes in catholic education and the values that the students develop from it. Her teaching philosophy is to have the students realize how important world languages are in their development towards higher education: “Discover languages – Discover the world.”
Mrs. Maria Minerley, Guidance
Mrs. Minerley earned a master’s degree from New Jersey City University in Counseling and a bachelor’s degree in Literature from New York University. She attended Bank Street School for Orton-Gillingham training and is state certified in Elementary Education. Mrs. Minerley’s career began at New Jersey City University (NJCU) Early Childhood Learning Center where she was Assistant Director for 3 years. For the next 5 years, Mrs. Minerley branched out as a school counselor in various schools. She returned to teaching at The Cornerstone School in Jersey City, New Jersey where she taught Kindergarten for 6 years, and acted as the Lead Teacher and Dean of Students during her last year there. Mrs. Minerley taught 3rd grade at Saint Vincent de Paul School in Bayonne, New Jersey for 3 years. Mrs. Minerley joined All Saints Catholic Academy in 2008. She was named Teacher of the Year by the Bayonne Rotary Society for 2010-2011. Her classroom philosophy is to empower each child to recognize their potential as the unique individual that they are. Mrs. Minerley also places an emphasis on teaching young people to see themselves as stewards as they move through their lives. Her students are very connected to their service projects as a way to recognize how fortunate they are and to remember others who are less fortunate. Mrs. Minerley is personally passionate about science. She strives to instill a love of science in her students with the hope that they will choose a scientific career. We need more scientists and mathematicians!