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 2016-17 will be posted by  September 2016.

Brian F. Morgan

Brian F. Morgan

Head of School
P.D. St. John’s University / M.A. Villanova / B.A. 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.

I am starting my 9th year as the Head of School and going on 38 years of teaching, coaching, and mentoring those within my charge. It remains an honor to serve this outstanding Lacordaire community—alums, parents, staff, faculty, and friends. Every day I enjoy watching and greeting the students as they bound into Lacordaire Hall and the Carriage House. I love having the opportunity to read to the Kindergarten class and teach Character Development to the 7th grade, Current Events to the 8th grade, Practical Economics to the freshman, and Economics or Education to the juniors and seniors. My passions and priority beyond the classroom include being with my family, Nancy, my wife for 38 years and spending time with my sons Brian Jr. (29) and David (24). Additionally, I take every opportunity in the winter to alpine ski in Vermont and in the summer, fish off the NJ coast.

Lauren Mazzari

Lauren Mazzari

Assistant Head of School
M.A. Caldwell College / B.S. Georgetown University / Montclair State University, Teaching Cert.

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius within each. Plato

I am entering my 20th year at Lacordaire Academy as a teacher and administrator. I have worn many hats at the Academy, including being a parent of two Lacordaire alum; my sons, Matthew and Steven, attended the Lower/Middle School.  As Assistant Head, I am privileged to work with a talented and collaborative faculty in a school where students are eager to learn and parents are supportive. Across my career, as both a teacher and an administrator, my objective has always been to design engaging, inquiry-based curriculum that peaks curiosity, builds confidence, encourages imagination, and leads to more questions. I believe that learning should be an active and life-long process for both the teacher and students. Lacordaire is a special place that allows teachers the freedom to follow their passions and encourages children to develop theirs.

When I'm not teaching, I love to spend time with my husband and sons, (and our Miniature Schnauzer, Monty). I enjoy running in the park and reading fiction (but not at the same time...) Other favorite past times of mine include travel and theater, especially "Off Broadway" productions.

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.

Megan Mannato

Megan Mannato

Director of Guidance
M.A. New York University / B.A. Syracuse University

I find it very rewarding to help students reach their goals.

I will be headed into my fourth year as Director of Guidance at Lacordaire. My time here has proven to be so worthwhile and fulfilling. While I am the traditional guidance counselor, I also am the college counselor, high school transitional counselor, oversee the upper school student government and many student life functions, am the liaison for students with learning disabilities, and teach Introduction to Psychology. 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, eight year old daughter, and two dogs. I am honored to be a part of Lacordaire’s special 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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