Faculty And Staff

Our diverse faculty and staff represent the highest standards in their respective fields and share a passion for educating young people. Representing half a dozen doctoral programs and over 20 different advanced degree programs, our faculty model exhibits the academic excellence we instill in our students. Educators at Lacordaire are also committed to a lifetime of their own learning, as staff members are constantly undergoing further professional development. All faculty members share in the extracurricular community of the Academy, either through coaching a sports team or advising a student organization. Lacordaire’s small class sizes also offer faculty the opportunity to mentor students, both individually and in a group setting, adding to the feeling of community that Lacordaire prides itself on.

Megan Mannato

Head Of School; Head Of Upper School

M.A. New York University; B.A. Syracuse University


Suzanne Bilicska, M.Ed.

Assistant Head Of School; Head Of Lower School; Head Of Middle School

M.A. Curriculum And Instruction, Caldwell University; B.S. Education, B.A. History, University Of Tampa


Kaitlyn Tashjian, OPA

Director Of Campus Ministry; Director Of Guidance; Chair, Religion Department

M.A. School Counseling, Saint Peter’s University; B.A. Secondary Education And Social Studies, Caldwell University


Saydi Callahan Keefe

Director Of Admissions; Major Gifts Associate

M.F.A. Montclair State University; B.F.A. University Of Florida

Saydi Callahan Keefe


Nick DeToustain

Nick DeToustain

Director Of Development; World Language Department

M.A. International Relations, MBA, Boston University; B.A. Mathematics And French, University Of Colorado


Elizabeth Owen, OPA

Elizabeth Owen, OPA

Director Of Crisis Management And Facilities; Technology Department

Suzanne Bilicska, M.Ed.

Suzanne Bilicska, M.Ed.

Assistant Head Of School; Head Of Lower School; Head Of Middle School

M.A. Curriculum And Instruction, Caldwell University; B.S. Education, B.A. History, University Of Tampa


Ordel Goldson

Ordel Goldson

Athletic Director; Physical Education Department

B.A. Child Advocacy And Policy, Montclair State University


Mona Gerdes

Mona Gerdes

Chair, Arts Department


Mary Ryan Thornton

Mary Ryan Thornton

Lower School, Pre-Kindergarten

M.A.T. Dual Certification: K-5/Special Education, Montclair University; M.A. New York University; B.A. Fordham University


Margaret Melore

Margaret Melore

Lower School, First Grade

B.A. Caldwell College


Linda Marinzulich

Linda Marinzulich

Lower School, Kindergarten

B.A. Ashford University


Liz Hughes

Liz Hughes

Lower School, Kindergarten Aide


Erin Iozzia

Erin Iozzia

Lower School, Kindergarten

B.S. Roger Williams University; Post Bac. Caldwell University , Masters In Progress


Marianne Cavallaro

Marianne Cavallaro

Lower School, Pre-K Aide

B.S. Montclair State University


Christine Zichelli

Christine Zichelli

Lower School, Kindergarten Aide

Certified K-12 Substitute; A.S. In Business


Alexandra Kaousias

Alexandra Kaousias

Lower School, Fourth Grade

B.S. Fairleigh Dickinson University; St. Peter’s University Teaching Certificate


Jennifer McAuliffe

Jennifer McAuliffe

Lower School, Second Grade

B.A. Communication William Paterson University, M.A. Administration And Supervision Montclair State University


Lauren Kaiser

Lauren Kaiser

Arts Department

B.F.A., Syracuse



John Wilkes

John Wilkes

World Languages Department


Alicia Chadha

Alicia Chadha

Lower School, First Grade

M.A. Contemplative Practices In Education, B.A. English And Language Arts, Post Bac. Special Education, Simon Fraser University


Sarah Morley

Sarah Morley

Third Grade

B.A Caldwell University

Nicolette Colella

Nicolette Colella

Math Department

B.S. Mathematics, The College Of New Jersey


Kate Bielitz

Kate Bielitz

1st Grade Maternity Leave Teacher

Caldwell University, BA In English; Caldwell University Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate And Masters In Curriculum In Progress.


Tawana Clarrett

Tawana Clarrett

Third Grade Teacher

B.S. Temple University, Early Childhood & Elementary Education, MS Chestnut Hill College, Technology in Education,

MS Teachers College, Columbia University, Organizational Leadership

Megan Mannato

Megan Mannato

Head Of School; Head Of Upper School

M.A. New York University; B.A. Syracuse University


Suzanne Bilicska, M.Ed.

Suzanne Bilicska, M.Ed.

Assistant Head Of School; Head Of Lower School; Head Of Middle School

M.A. Curriculum And Instruction, Caldwell University; B.S. Education, B.A. History, University Of Tampa


Yvonne Provost

Yvonne Provost

Registrar; Math Department

M.A. Literacy Instruction, Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program, Caldwell University; B.S. Applied Mathematics, Brown University


Lisa Rosen

Lisa Rosen

Art Department

M.A. New York University/International Center Of Photography; B.A. Bowdoin College

Ben Sinclair

Ben Sinclair

Humanities Department

B.A. History, Montclair State University; New Jersey Teacher Certificate, Ramapo College


Nick DeToustain

Nick DeToustain

Director Of Development; World Language Department

M.A. International Relations, MBA, Boston University; B.A. Mathematics And French, University Of Colorado


Ordel Goldson

Ordel Goldson

Athletic Director; Physical Education Department

B.A. Child Advocacy And Policy, Montclair State University


Mona Gerdes

Mona Gerdes

Chair, Arts Department


Dr. William Probst

Dr. William Probst

Science Department

Ph.D., M.S. New York University; B.S. Suffolk University


Damaris Herrera

Damaris Herrera

World Languages Department


Dr. Jennifer Zinman

Dr. Jennifer Zinman

Inclusion Coordinator; Chair, Science Department

M.A.T. Montclair State University; Ph.D. Mt. Sinai School Of Medicine; B.A. Columbia University


Mary Kate Coleman

Mary Kate Coleman

English Department; Arts Department

M.A. Theater, Montclair State University; B.A. English & Theater, Mount Saint Mary’s University


Kelly Ang

Kelly Ang

Coordinator For Professional Development; Science Department

B.A. Portland University


Kaitlyn Tashjian, OPA

Kaitlyn Tashjian, OPA

Director Of Campus Ministry; Director Of Guidance; Chair, Religion Department

M.A. School Counseling, Saint Peter’s University; B.A. Secondary Education And Social Studies, Caldwell University


John Eichmann

John Eichmann

Chair, History Department

M.A. Social Sciences; M.A.T. Social Studies; B.S. History And Business Administration, Montclair State University


Beverly Cardino

Beverly Cardino

Chair, English Department; World Languages Department

M.A. Wesleyan; B.A. Caldwell College; NJ Teacher Certification K-12 In English


Lauren Kaiser

Lauren Kaiser

Arts Department

B.F.A., Syracuse


Thomas Wiley

Thomas Wiley

English Department; Religion Department

M.A. Teaching, B.A. English Literature, Colgate University



John Wilkes

John Wilkes

World Languages Department


Heather Ballantyne

Heather Ballantyne

Arts Department


Nicolette Colella

Nicolette Colella

Math Department

B.S. Mathematics, The College Of New Jersey



Brittany McFarlane, OPA

Brittany McFarlane, OPA

English Department; Religion Department

B.A. English, Caldwell University; NJ Teacher Certification K-12 English


Sean Orso

Sean Orso

Math Department

B.A. Mathematics, William Paterson University

Diane Martin

Diane Martin

Business Office Manager


Christine Del Pozzo

Christine Del Pozzo

Executive Assistant To The Head Of School; Administrative Assistant To Upper School


Elizabeth Owen, OPA

Elizabeth Owen, OPA

Director Of Crisis Management And Facilities; Technology Department


Alex Smolar

Alex Smolar

Academy Custodian, Plant Manager


Fiona Lake

Fiona Lake

Administrative Assistant For Middle & Lower Schools


Jodi Cinque

Jodi Cinque

Director Of Technology

MBA Marketing And Management, Long Island University; BS Finance And Economics, Fairleigh Dickinson University;


Tammy Zolnowsky

Tammy Zolnowsky

School Nurse

Registered Nurse