Passionate, dedicated, and loving, St. Teresa Preschool and Kindergarten teachers love their work and it shows in everything they do. Our goal is to make a positive difference in young kids who come to our Preschool.

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Christine Monaco

Principal

I have been working at St. Teresa’s Preschool since September of 2001. I started out teaching Kindergarten for many years and became Director in 2012. St. Teresa’s has become my second home and I love being around these wonderful children.

I live in Springfield with my 2 children, Louis and Nicole. They both attended St. Teresa’s and enjoy coming back here to visit. I like to exercise, read, bake and travel in my spare time.

St. Teresa’s is a very special place to me. I feel very blessed and lucky to come here every day and work.
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Nancy Alagna 

Administrative Assistant 

I began working at St. Teresa’s as a substitute teacher in 2007. In 2010 I accepted a position working as an aide in the 4-day “fours”.   I've also worked with the kindergarten class for the past 4 years and recently began working alongside Christine Monaco as her assistant.  

I grew up and currently live in New Providence.  I've been married to my husband Bill for 26 years and we have 21-year-old twins, Emily and Jimmy.  Jimmy attends TCNJ and Emily Montclair State

In my free time, I enjoy cooking and baking for my family and friends.  

 

2 1/2 YEAR CLASSROOM

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Kate Keenan

Board Certified Teacher

2 1/2-Year-Old - 3 Day Program - 2-day Program 

Laura Burke 

Teacher Aide

Meg Beatty

Teacher Aide

Tina O'Connor

Teacher Aide

Kristin Kline

Teacher

3 YEAR CLASSROOMS

 

Susan Tarashuk

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Teacher 3-Year-Old - 5 Day Program

I have been teaching at St. Teresa's preschool since January of 2005 in both the 2's and 3's classes. Currently, I teach the 5 day 3's class and Enrichment classes for the 4's students. I value the fantastic school community and every child I have come in contact with making my teaching position a rewarding one.

Prior to working at St. Teresa's preschool, I taught Kindergarten in the private sector. I hold a B.A. in Elementary Education from Kean University. 
 
I am married to my wonderful husband, Mike for over 26 years and together we have three children- Michael, Marissa, and Thomas. I also have a dog- Maci and a cat named Marley.
 
When I'm not busy at school, I enjoy reading, cooking, and working in my garden.

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Laurie Closs 

Teacher Aide 

I started working at St. Teresa of Avila Preschool in 2004.  It has been a blessing to be a part of the spiritual, social, and academic growth of the children. 
 
I have lived in New Providence most of my life.  I met my husband John at Crestview Club pool where I was a lifeguard and swim instructor.  We married in 1983 and raised 3 wonderful children together, Johnny, Kelly, and Kimberly.  I have a wonderful daughter-in-law Abby and a son-in-law, Steve.  Johnny and Abby blessed us with 3 precious dear granddaughters Emerson Joy, Grace, and Harper.    

In my spare time, I have enjoyed watching my children at all their different sporting events and vacationing with my family at Long Beach Island and Lake Cayuga.
I also like to read, swim, travel and try new restaurants with my husband. Most of all I enjoy being with my friends and family.



 

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Donna Grazia
Teacher 3-Year-Old - 4 Day Program

I have been teaching at St. Teresa of Avila Preschool since 2004. During my tenure, I've taught over 500 children either in the classroom, during enrichment, or at summer camp. I take pride in being a spiritual guide and assisting in the introduction of the Catholic faith to my young students.
 
I currently live in Chatham, New Jersey with my husband and three daughters. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and spending time with my family & friends.

Julie Feeley

Teacher Aide

I have been working at St. Teresa’s for 15 wonderful years. 

I live in Summit with my husband Michael I'm a proud mom of three grown boys, Michael, Matthew, and Timothy. I am also blessed with a daughter-in-law, Lindsay, and my adorable grandsons, Luke and Brett. 

In my spare time, I love to work in my many gardens and spend as much time as I can with my grandsons. 

Susan Lance

Teacher 3-Year-Old - 5 Day Program

This is my first year teaching at Saint Teresa’s and I am thrilled to be here. 

I grew up in Delaware County, Pa, and have lived in Summit with my husband, Kurt, for over 20 years.  We have two children, Adelaide and Lleyton, who both attended St. Teresa’s.  Adelaide is now in her first year of college and Lleyton is a senior in high school. 

 

I have a BA degree in Business/Finance and a MA degree in elementary education.  

 

I am passionate about health and wellness and enjoy cooking, exercising, and walks with my dog, Chip.  However, spending time with my family is what truly fills my heart.

Maria Nagy

Teacher 3-Year-Old - 4 Day Program

This is my first year at St. Teresa’s with the 3’s class, and I feel very blessed to be working with your remarkable children, as well as being a part of this amazing school.  For the past 12 years, I was a teacher’s assistant in the PreK and early education programs in the Springfield Public School System.
 
I live in Springfield and have been married for over 29 years to my wonderful husband Joe. I am the proud mother of 3 fabulous children: Vinnie age 26, Anthony age 21, and Gianna age 17.
 
In my spare time, I enjoy watching my children’s college/high school soccer games, walking, and spending time with my 3 dogs, Benny, Rosie, and Louie, as well as my 3 cats, Luigi, Lino, and Bella. I am a true animal lover, as you can tell!

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Kathy Gettings

Teacher 3-Year-Old - 4 Day Program

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Rosemary Callahan

Teacher 3-Year-Old - 4 Day Program

I have been teaching at St. Teresa’s for three years. I began as a substitute teacher. I loved being in the classroom so much that I became an aide for the 2.5-year-old program. Currently, I am teaching the 3 Day 3s.

Prior to coming to St. Teresa’s, I worked in the Westfield public schools for 10 years as a second and fourth-grade teacher. I hold a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Providence College. I obtained a Master’s degree in Education from Seton Hall University.

I have been married to my husband, Bryan, for 18 years and together we have two boys, ages 13 and 8. Our children are alumni of St. Teresa’s Preschool and Kindergarten. As you can imagine, St. Teresa holds a special place in our hearts. I am thrilled to be part of this loving community! 

4 YEAR CLASSROOMS

 
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BARBARA LAWLOR

Teacher - 4 Year Classroom [5 DAYS]

I have been a teacher at St. Teresa’s since 2008, teaching both Preschool and Religious Education. Previously, I have taught the 2’s and 3’s classes and am currently a teacher of the 5-day 4 year old class.

I grew up in Ireland and taught in London and Ireland before moving to New York in 1993. I met my husband, Dave, while teaching in Queens, New York. We moved to Summit in 1998 and have three daughters: Catherine, Ciara & Olivia. In my free time I like to watch my children’s sports games, play golf and visit family.

Mary Jane Finch

Teacher Aide 4-Year-Old Program - 5 Days

I began working here at St. Teresa's as a substitute teacher in 2004 and just fell in love with the school and children. I have been very blessed to be teaching here ever since.
 
I live in Millington with my husband of 30 years, Chas, and our son Ryan.
 
In my spare time, I love going to flea markets, antiquing, decorating our home, gardening and cooking.
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DIANE FAY

Teacher 4 Year Old Program - 5 Days

I'm happy to be part of the staff at St. Teresa’s Preschool & Kindergarten. I
began teaching at St. Teresa’s when the school re-opened in 2001.

 
I grew up in Summit, and went to St. Teresa’s school too!  I now live in New
Providence, NJ. I am the proud mother of three wonderful children, Jenna,
Robby, and Erin, and wife to my husband, Matt of 29 years. When I'm not
teaching I enjoy spending time with my family, my dog, Tanner, and going to
the beach and sporting events.

 
St. Teresa’s is a very special place to me and I strive to make a difference in
every child’s life that I am blessed to have in my class.

MELISSA PHILLIPS

TEACHER AIDE - 4 YEAR CLASSROOM [5 DAYS]
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JEAN MARRIOTT

Teacher 4 Year Old -5 Days

I have been at St. Teresa’s of Avila Preschool since 2013 and a headteacher

since 2016.  I feel I am part of a great team that shows incredible passion

for each child.  I have been blessed to be in a loving marriage for the past

27 years and I am also the mother of two wonderful children who are now

grown and experiencing life on their own.

 

I am dedicated to the social and emotional development of each child,

and it is my goal to make sure each child receives the best care and love

that they deserve

 

Outside of school I enjoy reading, traveling, hiking and biking.

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DEANNE REDDY

Teacher Aide 4  Year Old Program - 5 Days

I have worked at Saint Teresa's school since 2010, beginning with

2 1/2-year-olds and now 3-year-olds.  I was born and raised in Virginia

and now live in Summit with my husband, Dan, and two sons, Matthew

age 17, and Michael age 15.  

I enjoy reading, watching my boys play sports, and going for long walks.

YEAR TO GROW

 
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Teacher - Year To Grow

This is currently my second year here at St. Teresa’s, and I am truly blessed

to be around such wonderful teachers and students. I graduated from Kean

University in May of 2019 where I obtained a Bachelors's degree in English

writing, while also studying early childhood education.


Before Kean, I obtained my Associate's degree in 2017, in early childhood

education at Union County College. While in college, I was a substitute

teacher at Harding elementary school, and David Brearley middle and

high school for three years.

 

I was born and raised in Kenilworth NJ, where I still reside today. In my

spare time, you can find me at the beach, or hanging out near the water

in Beach Haven West!

 

I love to travel, exercise, and spend time with my family, especially my

little nieces and nephews! 


I am so grateful and appreciative to be here at St. Theresa’s. I look forward

to growing at St. Teresa’s, while educating, protecting, and loving all the

students around me.

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TERRI HERLIHY

 Teacher Aide - Year To Grow

This is my first year at St. Teresa of Avila with the 4’s class, and am

very excited and fortunate to be part of this amazing school.

Previously, I have been the teacher’s assistant in the PreK and

Kindergarten programs at St. James School in Springfield, for over

nineteen years.

I was actively involved in many activities, including coaching volleyball

and softball, and Vice President of the Home School Association.

I have lived in Springfield for most of my life, and have been married

for over 33 years to my husband, Bill.   We have two wonderful grown

daughters Annyssa and Cienna who live in Washington State and.

Arizona.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends,

exercising, doing puzzles, and most of all, traveling.

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ROSARIA IACOVELLI

Teacher Year To Grow

I've been with St. Teresa's School for 17 years, and have taught the

Year-To-Grow program for the last 6 years. My past, current, and

future students always become a blessed extension of my family.

I've been married to a wonderful man named Michael for 30 years. 

We have three beautiful children and reside in New Providence, NJ. 

In my free time, I am an avid reader.  I love to cook and exercise, in

particular, my soul cycling classes. 

ANNA MARZANO

Teacher Aide - Year To Grow

I started St Teresa as a substitute teacher in 2014.  This allowed me the

opportunity to become familiar with the school and the different grade

levels.  When an opening became available in the Year-To-Grow class;

I knew it was meant to be.  So now I work with amazing children side

by side with my life-long friend.

I have been married to my husband Mike since 1986.  We have three

wonderful daughters.  While raising our daughters, I headed their

Girl Scout troops, I chaired multiple PTO committees, as well as taught

Religious Education.  I was also a board member of the Education

Foundation for several years.

St. Teresa came at a perfect time in my life; as my children are now grown.

KINDERGARTEN 

 
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BRENDA BROWN

Teacher Kindergarten

I am blessed to be a teacher here at St. Teresa’s since 2007. I taught for

5 years in the preschool before moving up to Kindergarten. I have a BA in

Elementary Education from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame Indiana. Go Irish!

I live in Summit with my husband Tom and I’m the proud mom of Lauren

a “retired” kindergarten teacher and stay-at-home mom to my first

grandson, Michael; Tim, the art teacher at Oak Knoll lower school;

Kate Lynn, a youth services librarian in Piscataway; and Michael, a carpenter.

When I’m not at school, you can find me hanging out with my grandson,

walking my dogs, Snickers, and Hazel, or at the local yarn shop buying

yarn for my next knit or crochet project. 

KATE SAINATO

Teacher Aide

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CAROLINA LORA-DIAZ 

Spanish Teacher

My name is Carolina Lora-Diaz.  I am the Spanish teacher for the

4-year-old classes at St.  Teresa’s.

 

I enjoy teaching Spanish to children and adults.   I have a bachelor’s

degree in biochemistry.  My favorite activities are watching my son’s

soccer games and my daughter's dance activities and playing with my dog. 

CLAUDIA ORCI 

Music Teacher