Faculty & Staff

Lacordaire Academy is proud of its diverse and talented faculty.  A complete and updated list of our faculty and staff for the academic year 2017-18 will be posted by  September 2017.

Dr. William C. Hambleton

Dr. William C. Hambleton

Head of School
Ed.D. University of San Francisco / S.T.B. University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome / B.A. Pontifical College Josephinum

It is a privilege for me to begin my first year as Head of School at Lacordaire Academy.  Having spent the last 20 years working in Catholic independent schools, I am consistently inspired by the students, parents, teachers and alumni who have enriched my life professionally and personally.  I believe that an independent school education attends to the whole person; challenging the student's perspective, affirming the student's worth, stirring the student's intellect, awakening the student's conscience and engaging the student's spiritual life.  The value of our work is evidenced in young people who question assumptions, seek solutions, trust their instincts, value relationships and work toward transformative justice in an ever evolving world.

Megan Mannato

Megan Mannato

Associate Head of School & Director of Guidance; Humanities Dept.
M.A. New York University / B.A. Syracuse University

Being a part of a community where I can make an impact on students' lives has been so rewarding to me. I feel blessed every day to come to work.

This will be my 6th year at Lacordaire and I am very excited to be taking on a new role as Associate Head of School. I will also maintain my role as Director of Guidance. My time here has proven to be so worthwhile and fulfilling. I oversee many of the day to day activities of the school and focus on the students and their non-academic lives at Lacordaire.  I want to enhance what they are learning in the classroom with activities outside of it. While I am the traditional guidance counselor, I also am the college counselor, high school transitional counselor, and oversee many student life functions. I also have the joy of teaching Introduction to Psychology to the Seniors. The bond I am able to create with the students is what keeps me excited to wake up in the morning and come to work. I live here in Montclair with my husband, ten year old daughter, and two dogs. I am honored to be a part of Lacordaire.

Joan Hearst

Joan Hearst

Admissions Director
B.A. 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.

I have been in education for 25 years serving in administrative roles. My 25 year career has spanned three outstanding academic institutions – the past 5 years at Lacordaire. As the Admissions Director for the Academy Prek-12th I have the opportunity to share with prospective families /students the outstanding curriculum and co-curricular activities our Academy offers. I proudly tour our school with prospective families as they observe our equally outstanding faculty as they teach our students. Over the past 25 years I have enjoyed working with students to help make their school experience rewarding on several fronts. As Admission Director my goal is to accept students who wish to be a part of our school family environment. Lacordaire engages students academically, athletically and artistically and develops young adults to be compassionate about each other and the world at large. As Admission Director I think Lacordaire is the greatest product to market. Come for a tour and see for yourself.

Dr. Michelle Anderson

Dr. Michelle Anderson

Academic Dean
Ed.D. University of Pittsburgh / M.A . Central Michigan University / B.A. Western Michigan University

Education is not preparing for life; education is life itself. - John Dewey

As I begin my first year at Lacordaire Academy, I look forward to taking part in the mission-driven, collaborative environment to advance the education of each child. Particularly, I am welcoming the opportunity to teach 6th grade World History and Introduction to Education in the Upper School!

In my own educational journey from student, to teacher, to higher education, to administrator, I have tried to support a student-centered, holistic approach in my interaction with students, staff, and parents. It is my personal belief that a successful faith-based program begins with collaboration and a forum to share ideas, best practice and innovation.

During my free time, I enjoy traveling to visit my nieces and nephew (Milwaukee and Boston). Locally, I coordinate Montclair Film’s Emerging Filmmaker Competition for middle/high schoolers and serve on the Board of Trustees for the Montclair History Center.  I am honored to be a part of the Lacordaire family!

Suzanne Bilicska

Suzanne Bilicska

Assistant Academic Dean; Lower School. Second Grade
BS in Education/ BA in History University of Tampa *

As I embark on another year at Lacordaire Academy, I am excited to take on the position of Assistant Dean of Academics. After serving as Lower School Coordinator for over five years, I am eager to expand my role to work with Middle and Upper School faculty and students to create an engaging and supportive teaching and learning environment. For the past 13 years, I have enjoyed bringing learning to life in the second grade, and am fortunate to be able to continue to do so. To help carry out the Academy's mission, I share my passion for community service with the Middle School students as moderator of the LACO Service Club. I am proud to be a member of the Lacordaire community!

Diane Martin

Diane Martin

Business Office Manager

In order to move forward you must open yourself to new experiences. There is no failing, only results. Be courageous and push yourself to new heights. Besides, what is going to happen if you make a bad decision? - You will learn from it. The more results you make, the faster you will reach your destination. (Anonymous)

I have just recently joined the Administrative Staff at Lacordaire Academy and I am happy to say that just after a couple of weeks, I feel like I have been here for a long time, and, I want to stay here for a long time. I love being in a school environment as I truly believe education is a lifelong process.  There is such life in the hallways, I feel so alive every day I come to work. I look forward to working with our families, helping them to make sure their children are secure in their educational environment.

I enjoy doing many things in life and experiencing new adventures and learning about new cultures.  I feel it is important to learn as much about the world we live in and the different cultures of people that share this world with us. I strongly believe that it is important for us to learn respect for one another  It is our differences that make our world an interesting and colorful place to live. I believe that if we can understand and respect the fact that we are all different then we can progress forward in making our world a peaceful one in which to live!

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