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, Principal
Sr. Rita, former Associate Director of Catechesis for Catholic Elementary/ High Schools in the Archdiocese of Newark, 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.
Mrs. Mary McCabe, Pre-K3
Mrs. McCabe holds a master’s degree in Education as well as a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology, both from Saint Peter’s University. Mrs. McCabe has held prior teaching positions in both Catholic and public schools in Pre-K and first grade classrooms. She is certified in the State of NJ for grades Pre-K through 8. She is an active member of St. Mary, Star of the Sea parish, here in Bayonne, and serves as a board member of Magnificat Home, a Catholic boarding home for women in Jersey City. Mrs. McCabe is a strong supporter of Catholic Education and believes in educating the whole person: academically, spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Her goal in Pre-K 3 is to provide a positive school experience where children have an opportunity to socialize, learn, and have fun!
Ms. Alyssa Doria, Pre-K4
Ms. Doria earned her bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Saint Peter’s University, where she graduated cum laude. Her main focus for her students is for them to learn and grasp as much information as possible, and to have fun in the process. She believes that preschool is very important for a child because it is where the building blocks of learning are developed. Ms. Doria is very excited to start her career at All Saints Catholic Academy!
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
Mrs. Gallagher earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from New Jersey City University; she 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. Chalis Baker, Grade 1
Mrs. Martinez graduated from New Jersey City University with a B.A. In English Literature and creative writing and is currently in the process of obtaining her Master’s Degree in Reading Literacy. Mrs. Martinez has taught from grades Pre-K to 8 at Resurrection School in Jersey City, as well as different public schools in Jersey City. Mrs. Martinez is passionate about writing and teaching her students about the freedom that writing can bring to their lives. She loves being an educator and serving as an advocate for her students. Mrs. Martinez is in the process of writing her first memoir.
Mrs. CaraJeanne Stuckey, Grade 2
Ms. CaraJeanne Pierce earned a Bachelors’s degree from Montclair State University in Family and Child Studies with a concentration in Elementary Education in 2011. Ms. Pierce is a state certified teacher for grades K-5. Ms. Pierce has a strong passion for reading. She loves using projects to stimulate a child’s interest for a subject.
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 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).
In an administrative capacity, Ms. Narese has overseen faculty and students in the principal’s absence, created master schedules for Grades Pre-K through 8th, evaluated faculty and staff, generated budgets, authored grants, selected school wide textbook series, purchased supplies and managed the 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.
She currently serves as the Chairperson for A.S.C.A.’s 2017 current bid for the United States Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Program, which “recognizes…schools based on their overall academic excellence…demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels…(and) affirm(s) the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.” (http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html)
Ms. Narese has served as English, Reading and History Chairs over the span of her career. 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.
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 1 and 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.
As a professional with over 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.
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. Maria Minerley, Grade 5
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!
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. 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 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 is state certified as an elementary school teacher (K-8); received a Certificate of Excellence on her Praxis General Knowledge test; and is deemed a highly qualified content specialist, having passed the Praxis II for Middle School Mathematics. Mrs. Weening began her teaching career with one year 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 in 2014, 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. Mrs. Weening 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. Weening was twice named Who’s Who Among American Teachers. Mrs. Weening is active in our school, serving as co-moderator of our children’s choir, and as moderator of the Student Ambassador Club. Mrs. Weening is also involved at the Archdiocese of Newark, where she is a co-chair of the Mathematics Committee, and a participant in the Integrating Technology Specialist series of monthly inservices. 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.
Ms. Diane Creswick, Art
Mr. John Rios, Computers
Mr. Rios is a true technophile and loves teaching technology to his students. He has earned his Bachelors degree in Graphic Design from City College of New York, and his Masters Degree in Educational Technology from New Jersey City University. He holds teaching certifications in Technology, Art and Administration. Mr. Rios believes in cross-curricular learning through technology and all other subjects. He has integrated the S.T.R.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Math) idea to encompass all types of lessons to get the students engrossed in learning. Mr. Rios also speaks at various conferences about the integration of technology throughout the catholic school curriculum.
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. 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 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!