Faculty & Staff: Middle/Upper School

Beverly Cardino

Beverly Cardino

Chair, English Dept.; World Languages Dept., Latin
MA Wesleyan, BA Caldwell College; NJ Teacher Certification K-12 in English

I love when a student’s vision is broadened, deepened or even transformed by a word, a book, or a discussion. I am blessed and humbled to be present to this extraordinary experience on almost a daily basis.

I am entering my 40th year of teaching, and my 3rd at Lacordaire. I have a great deal of energy and desire to learn something new every day, especially about English education, reading and writing, and I love to take my students on that adventure with me. After so many years of teaching and learning, I think I possess the strength and passion to be able to present material in differentiated ways and to inspire my students so they will recognize and appreciate not only the nuances of language created by great writers but also that their own stories are beautiful, valuable and worthy of sharing. Outside of Lacordaire, I enjoy activities like reading, walking my dog, gardening, and going to concerts and plays. Just as much, I enjoy spending time with family and friends sharing “old times” and making new memories.

Eileen Ingoglia

Eileen Ingoglia

English Dept.; World Languages Dept., French
MA Montclair State University *

I have been fortunate to be a faculty member at Lacordaire for 16 years and have enjoyed teaching in the supportive and nurturing environment which the Academy provides. To be successful as a teacher, my challenge is to be flexible and empathetic without sacrificing standards and expectations. The rewards of teaching are many, but one of my greatest satisfactions is when my French students become excited upon realizing that they really can communicate in a language other than their own. In my English classes, I hope that my students come to appreciate literature for its many timeless themes and motifs which relate to their own personal lives and present-day concerns.. Outside of the classroom, I am faculty supervisor for the performing arts (One Acts and Spring Musical) and moderator of Checkerboard and the Junior Ring Ceremony. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and playing tennis and mah jongg.

Mary Kate Coleman

Mary Kate Coleman

English Dept. & Arts Dept.
MA Montclair State University in Theater/BA Mount Saint Mary's University in English and Theater

As an alumna of the Upper School class of 2010, I am very excited to be back for my first year as a teacher! I have a passion for taking learning and turning it into an adventure. My background in Theatre and English has given me unique tools that combine analytical ability and creative expression that the students will gain as well. It is a pleasure to be able to teach in a school as wonderful as Lacordaire.

 

Brendan Flanagan

Brendan Flanagan

Director of Technology; English Dept.
MA Boston College in English; BA International Studies, Literature/Writing Ramapo; Studied Abroad in Limerick and Dublin

As I enter my third year at Lacordaire, I look forward to taking on the role of Director of Technology. In our ever-changing world of technological breakthroughs, we have had to rethink the way we teach technology, not isolating it as a separate subject, but showing how technology can inform and enhance curricula across disciplines. Teaching "digital literacy" has become as important as traditional literacy, as more and more writing and reading is done digitally. I hope to bring my passion for tech-supported education to my own classroom this year, as well as assist all members of the Laco community in making our classrooms more reflective of the increasingly digital world our students will head out to.

Amber Clifton

Amber Clifton

Religion Dept.
Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Liberty Theological Seminary/ BA in English, Montclair State University

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. - (Matthew 5:16).

I am glad to be a part of the Lacordaire family. I have worked with youth programs since 2006. I am a co-founder of a campus ministry called Campus Connect which has served several colleges in the metropolitan area. I am passionate about being a positive role model in the lives of young people. I enjoy stimulating the minds of students through the world of education. 

Dan Chen

Dan Chen

History Dept. and Arts Dept.
JD Brooklyn Law School | BS Cornell University | Diploma, American Academy of Dramatic Arts | Diploma, New York Film Academy

My favorite thing about teaching is the shared goal of making each other better – not just in a particular subject matter, but also - as people. It is that spirit of banding together towards a familiar and familial goal that I love best about Lacordaire.

I am very excited to be starting my third year at Lacordaire Academy! Prior to joining Lacordaire's Upper School Faculty, I was best known for my work in film and television. I first joined the Screen Actors Guild (now SAG-AFTRA) with a guest-starring role on the HBO hit series THE SOPRANOS, and have since added over 50 film, television, and theatre credits to my name (including a local commercial that is currently airing here in New Jersey). I was also a lawyer and tennis coach, working as in-house counsel for various sports and entertainment organizations, and coaching tennis to the girls at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan for over six years (and four AAIS Championships). To be able to bring all these varied interests together at Lacordaire, as an Acting, Mock Trial, and Tennis coach, is a dream.

 

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!

Deborah Ocot

Deborah Ocot

Chair, Religion & History Dept.; Project Justice Coordinator
BA English Education Montclair State University

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. -Colossians 2:8

Living in an age of information overload, I am passionate about helping young people develop critical thinking skills that will allow them to identify credible truth. Happily, this is my fourth year at Lacordaire Academy but I am not new to teaching and have much to offer from my many years as a professional educator. I love working with my colleagues to create exciting, innovative ways to help the students understand new content, develop and reinforce new life skills - what excites me most is to build relationships with my students in order to nurture intellectual, emotional, social, and, hopefully, spiritual growth! I teach English/Language Arts and Religion, plus I am a facilitator of our Campus Ministry!


Jocelyne Altholz

Jocelyne Altholz

Chair, World Languages Dept., French
University of Sorbonne – Universite de Paris Sud France

I enjoy inspiring my students about French culture and teaching them to learn and speak the French language.

My name is Jocelyne Altholz and I have been teaching French for 11 years at Lacordaire Academy (25 years in France). I grew in Paris, France and then moved to Bordeaux after graduating from “La Sorbonne” to become a college professor. It was my lucky charm. In this beautiful town, I met my husband who just arrived from New York and was touring France for his resume. Of course, we got married and moved back to America where we opened a very successful French restaurant. After eight years of hard work, we decided to sell it and I really wanted to come back to my real passion, which is teaching. I applied for a part-time job at Lacordaire Academy, and I fell in love with the school philosophy and the dedication of my colleagues. Eleven years later, I am a full time French teacher, and the Upper School Coordinator. I am a very lucky person because I enjoy every minute of my job. My experiences as a French teacher and tutor have afforded me the chance to interact with diverse student populations at Lacordaire Academy and engage them in learning. In addition to believing that every student deserves and is capable of achieving success, I am very passionate about preparing them for the globalized world that they will undoubtedly face as they grow to be adults and forge relationships with them that help build a sense of confidence.

John Eichmann

John Eichmann

History Dept.
M.A. Social Sciences, MAT in Social Studies, B.S. History and Business Administration, Montclair State University

I have been teaching for 16 years, and this is my second year at Lacordaire. I believe that my strengths are my knowledge and passion for world and American history, as well my teaching experience, organizational skills, and flexibility. I love trying to connect past events with current happenings that are going on the world today. The moments that make teaching really worth it are what I call those "ahh" moments, when students see the connection between the past and their own lives. At Lacordaire, I love the small class sizes that allow me to make a connection with every student in the classroom. I also find the students very respectful and inquisitive. I also love the fact that the administration and fellow teachers are willing to collaborate and are supportive of experimenting with new lessons and ideas. In my spare time I enjoy playing violin and playing softball with members of my church. I also have a passion for studying history and current events that affect our nation and our world.

Kaitlyn Tashjian

Kaitlyn Tashjian

Religion Dept. & History Dept.
M.A. School Counseling, Saint Peter's University; B.A. Secondary Education and Social Studies, Caldwell University

Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire! - St. Catherine of Siena

2017-2018 will be my first year at Lacordaire Academy and my sixth year as a Social Studies and Religion teacher. I have a true passion for history and for my Faith and I hope to spread that passion to all of my students. In addition to teaching, in the past I have also filled the role of Campus Ministry Coordinator and Youth Minister and I hope to encourage the students at Lacordaire to live out their Faith, consistently do good works for others, and develop themselves as unique individuals. I recently completed my Master's Degree in School Counseling and look forward to bringing this skill set to the halls of Lacordaire as well. I have been married for one year as of September 2017 and I live in East Rutherford, NJ with my husband and pet hedgehog, Oliver. I am extremely excited to start my adventure here at Lacordaire Academy!

Roselli Guardia

Roselli Guardia

World Languages Dept., Spanish
M.A., B.A. Fordham University

I have been a Spanish teacher for more than 15 years serving students in New York and New Jersey. I have taught Spanish in the middle school and high school level. It is a great feeling to be able to teach my native language to all my students. I enjoy teaching the Spanish language and the culture. On a personal side, I love to read in Spanish, Italian and English. I also enjoy playing soccer and traveling to other countries. It is a great pleasure to be part of Lacordaire Academy.


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.

Christina Temnycky

Christina Temnycky

Math Dept. & Technology Dept.
Fairleigh Dickinson University B.A. Psychology/ M.A. in Teaching

This is my first year teaching at Lacordaire Academy. As an alumna of the Upper School, I’m excited to be back! Through being a summer camp counselor and then director for many years, I have developed a passion for working with children. The best part of teaching is the joy students feel after they finally understand a challenging concept. I truly believe that with encouragement and guidance every student can be successful! I enjoyed my time here and cannot wait for the next chapter of my Lacordaire journey to begin.

Kelly Ang

Kelly Ang

Science Dept.
BA Portland University *

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have been teaching at Lacordaire for 6 years.  I love learning about new things and am always asking questions.  I want my students to know that they can do anything that they put their hearts and minds to and that there is no such thing as a silly question.  I am always available to help my students and care for them as if they were my own. I know that each of them is capable of achieving his/her goals, and I provide help and encouragement along the way.  I love watching my students reach their potential. It is a great experience to watch them get excited about learning or having that “a-HA!” moment!

I am originally from California, and all of my family lives in Northern California so it is just me, my daughter, and my husband here in Montclair.  I attended Catholic school my entire educational life, and I have always appreciated the importance of community and the foundation of religious education and respect for others that Catholic schools offer.  Lacordaire is a huge family.  The administrators, the teachers, the parents, and the students all care for one another, and it is my home away from home.

I love going on adventures such as visiting Mystic Aquarium or exploring Vermont’s beautiful scenery with my family (especially my two year old daughter, Calyxta).   I also love going to the beach and spending time relaxing in nature. I also enjoy playing volleyball.

 

Sr. Marie Mueller, OP

Sr. Marie Mueller, OP

Scheduling Coordinator; Math Dept.
MA St. Louis University *, MS Iona College

You can give someone a fish and feed them for a day, but you can teach them how to fish, and feed them for a lifetime.

I have taught for 39 years full-time, 8 of them have been teaching math at Lacordaire. My strength is the ability to listen and try to help others understand. My passion is to help others in whatever way I can and to problem solve, which is why I am responsible for scheduling classes. I especially love to make math understandable for my students and to go beyond topics presented in the book. I want my students to see the application of what they are learning. As a teacher at Lacordaire, I love the comradery and the sense of family and caring for one another. I believe the Academy’s mission to help young women grow stronger in their character and views is an important one. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy quilting, traveling and reading. I share my love of travel with students by moderating the travel abroad program, and I teach students to quilt during Intersession.

Yvonne Provost

Yvonne Provost

Math Department
MA Literacy Instruction/Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program at Caldwell University; BS Applied Mathematics at Brown University

I always dreamed of being a teacher and I had to wait a long time to get here. I have learned not to give up on dreams no matter how long it takes. After a very successful career in the financial services industry, I was able to realize my dream and have been teaching since 2014. I really love to learn and I want to be able to bring the beauty of learning to young minds, not just in math.

I married my high school sweetheart and we have three daughters. We spend weekends at a family lake house in upstate NY where I like to read voraciously. I also enjoy solving jigsaw puzzles and sudoku, sailing, kayaking, pitching horseshoes and playing board games and card games. I am a fan of many sports including soccer, volleyball, ice hockey, tennis, football and many other sports.

Victoria Roche

Victoria Roche

Chair, Math Dept.
BS Montclair State University**

Every student can succeed.

I have been teaching for fifteen years, ten of those years at the Academy. My passion has always been to teach math to middle school students and see them grow in their desire to learn. Every year that I return to the Academy I look forward to working with a talented faculty and teaching a challenging math curriculum to enthusiastic students. In addition to teaching, I am also the middle school coordinator and the faculty advisor to the middle school student council, whose members also publish the Laco Ledger. Outside the classroom, my husband and I have one son (23) and two daughters (30 & 28), as well as a new son-in-law (30). I enjoy walks in the park and vacationing with my husband.

Joshua Davis

Joshua Davis

Math Dept.
NJIT MS in Applied Mathematics/Rutgers University BA in Mathematics/ Princeton Mathematical Institute Certificate in Abstract and Applied Mathematics/US Air Force Certified Acquisition Professional

I have an extreme passion for teaching mathematics. When I fell in love with teaching math at the age of sixteen, I knew that is what I was meant to do. Teaching math is in my blood and in my soul. I want to continue to improve myself so that I can one day become known as one of the best math instructors in the world. I love working with other people and learning from others. I believe what Socrates taught. He said that the wisest man in the world is the man who knows that he knows nothing. As we learn, we realize that there is so much more that we do not know. As a result of that reality, we should always be striving to learn as much as we can every second of our lives. I strive to learn everyday. I will never stop my pursuit of learning how to become a better math teacher and mentor.

I earned my masters' degree in applied math from the New Jersey Institute Of Technology. During my graduate studies, I earned an academic scholarship and was brought on as a student teacher. I taught undergraduate calculus and undergraduate engineering math. I am a certified math teacher who has over TWENTY years of public school experience and 36 years of private and public tutoring.

As an officer in the Air Force, I taught for A.F. Space and Missile System’s Officer Candidate Educational Program. I utilized my Applied Math training at Air Force Space And Missile Systems in El Segundo, Ca; Onizuka Air Force Base in Sunnyvale, CA; and Falcon Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO. I was assigned to the European Space Agency in Kourou, French Guiana where I helped to develop and complete the orbital support requirements for the British SKYNET Satellite System that had its first launch in December 1989.


Jennifer Zinman

Jennifer Zinman

Chair, Science Dept.
MAT Montclair State; Ph.D. Mt. Sinai School of Medicine; BA Columbia College

Curiosity is more important than knowledge. -Einstein

I have been teaching in general for 6 years, the last one at Lacordaire. Previously, I had worked in academic research. My strength is my belief that all students can learn, and I am passionate about teaching science so that students see the connections to their real world lives and develop critical thinking skills to enhance their personal lives. Teaching is dynamic. It is partnership between my students and myself. It forces me to rethink my assumptions while I get to share information I am passionate about. What I like specifically about working at Lacordaire is that we are dynamic. Our small size lets me really get to know my students. I can adjust in the moment to respond to my students' needs and interests. Outside of school, I engage in a variety of activities with my family. We often go on family hikes during which I like to photograph the natural world. I am also an avid cook and baker which fuses the joy of feeding people with my science skills.

William Probst

William Probst

Science Dept.
PhD, MS New York University, BS Suffolk University

Argue for your limitations, and they’re yours.

I have been teaching chemistry, physics, and physical at Lacordaire Academy for 4 years. I have taught chemistry and physical science for 2 years in the South Bronx, NY and for 1 year in Morris County, NJ. My passion is showing young learners that science can be fun and interesting. I enjoy watching my students connect the various concepts of science and create a better understanding of the physical world. It has been gratifying to teach at Lacordaire; I enjoy the collegiality and comradery demonstrated by the staff, faculty and administration. The small class size at Lacordaire creates an opportunity to deliver an exceptional educational experience where each student’s progress can be monitored on a daily basis. I am happy to be teaching at Lacordaire Academy.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Owen

Elizabeth Owen

Technology Dept.
Degree in progress

As an alumnae of Lacordaire Academy, I was happy for the opportunity to remain part of the Lacordaire Community post graduation.  Lacordaire is a busy place, especially in the admissions office.  I love seeing the growth in the school and actually being part of it. As a high school student at the Academy, I made life long friends and learned lessons that stayed with me long after graduation. I enjoy working with some of the faculty and staff who were part of my Lacordaire experience as a student and having the chance to give back to Lacordaire and its students.  Outside of school, I am an avid hockey player and enjoy sports in general.  I also like working with technology and assisting with gym and computer classes.

Debby Irwin

Debby Irwin

Performing Arts Coordinator; Arts Dept.
MAT Montclair State University*, MA, BFA Emerson College

I have been the Performing Arts Chair at Lacordaire Academy since 2008 and thoroughly enjoy working with students of all ages, from kindergarten through 12th grade. I have been a teacher, director and choreographer with more than 25 years experience in professional and educational theater. I have taught theater classes and directed numerous productions at the New Ehrlich Theatre in Boston, in public and private schools in Essex County, for Youth Stages of Princeton and for my own company, Theatrix in Cedar Grove.

When not directing productions or encouraging youngsters to engage in performance, I thoroughly enjoy sewing with the upper school girls in our Costume Club and Quilting Club.

Saydi Callahan

Saydi Callahan

Arts Dept.
MFA Montclair State University, BFA University of Florida

I am entering my fourth year of teaching visual arts to sixth through 12th grade students at Lacordaire Academy. My life is immersed in art making and art education and Lacordaire is the kind of school that truly values the importance of art in our world. I love teaching in a family oriented community that nurtures student’s interest in pursuing a relationship with art, whether it be to continue on as an art major, or just for the sheer enjoyment of the subject. My students experience a studio environment with a curriculum that is project based. We discuss art history and current events while we get our hands busy with art making all year long. Lacordaire is a wonderful school with a cozy and nurturing learning environment and an extraordinary administration and staff. In my life outside of the classroom I am a Mom, wife, and portrait painter. I maintain an art studio in my home in Montclair. I love spending time with my husband Dave, and our three children Asher (11), Zella (9), Ryder (4). As a family, we are up for any adventure… but we particularly love fishing, hiking, swimming, and skiing in the great outdoors.

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Lisa Rosen

Lisa Rosen

Arts Dept.
MA New York Unversity/International Center of Photography, BA Bowdoin College

Photography is a wonderful medium for self-discovery by students of all ages. I am thrilled to launch the Photography program at Lacordaire this year. Using digital media from both the iPhone and Digital SLR cameras, students are visually exploring their worlds and taking creative risks. Assignments will become more open-ended as the year progresses. I previously taught film based darkroom photography at Phillips Andover Academy, Trinity School in NYC and the Montclair Coop. I also work as a photographer shooting portraits, events and yoga. I make my own fine art photographs too. When I don’t have a camera in front of my face, I enjoy being with my family, practicing yoga, organic vegetable gardening, cooking healthy food and being in Maine. I am thrilled to be part of the close-knit Lacordaire family!

Dan Chen

Dan Chen

History Dept. and Arts Dept.
JD Brooklyn Law School | BS Cornell University | Diploma, American Academy of Dramatic Arts | Diploma, New York Film Academy

My favorite thing about teaching is the shared goal of making each other better – not just in a particular subject matter, but also - as people. It is that spirit of banding together towards a familiar and familial goal that I love best about Lacordaire.

I am very excited to be starting my third year at Lacordaire Academy! Prior to joining Lacordaire's Upper School Faculty, I was best known for my work in film and television. I first joined the Screen Actors Guild (now SAG-AFTRA) with a guest-starring role on the HBO hit series THE SOPRANOS, and have since added over 50 film, television, and theatre credits to my name (including a local commercial that is currently airing here in New Jersey). I was also a lawyer and tennis coach, working as in-house counsel for various sports and entertainment organizations, and coaching tennis to the girls at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan for over six years (and four AAIS Championships). To be able to bring all these varied interests together at Lacordaire, as an Acting, Mock Trial, and Tennis coach, is a dream.

 

Ordel Goldson

Ordel Goldson

Athletic Director, Physical Education Pre K-12, Drivers' Ed/ Health 9-12
Montclair State University BA in Child Advocacy and Policy
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