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Welcome New Faculty & Staff
Posted 09/25/2019 08:30PM

We are delighted to welcome a group of exceptional teachers and staff to our school in September 2019. Their enthusiasm, experience, and energy will enrich the learning environment.



Let us introduce you to the following new members of The Ursuline School community:

Seated, from left:

Gabrielle Colletti, Religious Studies Department.
Ms. Colletti is teaching 7th and 9th grade Religious Studies. She is a graduate of Iona College and earned a Master's degree in Education Childhood 1-6 from Fordham University. Ms. Colletti brings to Ursuline her experience teaching at St Raymond's Elementary School and teaching in an ICT class at PS 182. Ms. Colletti is also co-moderating the Breast Cancer Awareness Club at Ursuline.

James Moran, Religious Studies Department.
Mr. Moran is teaching 9th and 10th grade Religious Studies. He holds a Master's degree in history from Lehman College and catechetical certification from the Archdiocese of New York.

Kayla Smith, Reading & Language Development Department.
Mrs. Smith is serving as a Middle School Math Specialist in RLD, the Reading & Language Development Department.  She wants to get involved at Ursuline as much as possible to exude Serviam and has stepped up to co-moderate three clubs: PAWS (Protecting Animals With Service), Autism Awareness, and Prayer Bear. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Mississippi, with concentrations in Math, English Language Arts, and Mild/Moderate Special Education. Mrs. Smith has also earned a Master's degree in Special Education from Mississippi College. She worked previously at Our Lady of Victory in Mount Vernon as an Academic Interventionist.  Mrs. Smith was born and raised along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  She notes that her entire immediate family are teachers.

Kim Saxton, Athletic Director.
Ms. Saxton brings to Ursuline 15 years' experience working in public and private school education and athletics. She has coached in several school districts, most recently in the Peekskill City School District, where she assisted the Athletic Director and coached girls' basketball. In addition, she taught physical education at Peekskill High School, mentored teachers, co-led professional development, and served on several building and district-wide committees.  Ms. Saxton also was appointed interim Athletic Director at Peekskill High School when a short-term need arose.  She received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from University of New Haven, where she was a four-year starter and three-year captain of the basketball team.  Ms. Saxton then completed a Master's degree in Education/Physical Education from Queens College. She pursued further studies in administration at Mercy College and earned certificates of advanced study in both School Building Leadership and School District Leadership. Ms. Saxton is an Ursuline alumna, Class of 2000.  Her passion is arts and crafts.

Stephanie Gold, Reading & Language Development Department.
Ms. Gold provides Science support in the Reading & Language Development Department. She has a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Psychology from Georgetown University and has earned a  Master's degree in Science Education from New York University. Ms. Gold also completed a Certificate in Special Education from Mercy College. She is the mother of two boys, Ezra (4) and Leo (3 months). She loves to travel, and has visited Fiji, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Egypt, Italy, France, Botswana, Namibia, and Costa Rica. She even taught Science at an International School in Cape Town South Africa in her 20s. 

Standing, from left:

Victoria Mandarano, Director, Personal Development Program.
At Ursuline, Personal Development includes courses and supplemental activities. Ms. Mandarano teaches Personal Development for the middle school. She also teaches Peer Leadership and Peer Mediation. In addition, she runs an activity class teaching middle school students with mindfulness, meditation, and yoga and also leads the 9th grade Personal Development off-site orientation. Ms. Mandarano co-moderates the Love Shouldn't Hurt Club.  Ms. Mandarano holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Concordia College and earned a Master's degree in Education, School Counseling from Lehman College. She holds certifications in Children's Yoga, as well as Play Therapy and the Arts with Teens to Address Attachment, Trauma, Self-Esteem &; Empathy Issues.

Lauren Forte, Math Department.
Ms. Forte is teaching Math 7 and Math 8. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Fordham University and earned a Master's degree in Educational Technology from Iona College. Ms. Forte is thrilled to rejoin the Ursuline faculty after spending several years away from the classroom, with her children.

Kristen Muschio, Social Studies Department.
Ms. Muschio teaches Economics for Life, Economics for Life Honors, Government & Politics Honors, US History Honors and AP US History. She is a graduate of College of Mt. St. Vincent where she earned her Bachelor's degree in History and her Master's degree in Urban & Multicultural Education.  Ms. Muschio is currently enrolled at Manhattan College for Administration. She co-moderates the Student Council at Ursuline. Ms. Muschio loves to read and travel and has been fortunate enough to visit many countries throughout Europe and the Caribbean. Her favorite sport is basketball; in fact, she used to play as a point guard.

Fortunata Adriana DeLucia, World Languages Department.
Ms. DeLucia teaches Italian II, Italian II honors, and Italian AP. She is also co-moderating the Italian Society Club. Ms. DeLucia was born and raised outside of Naples, Italy and came to the United States 14 years ago.  She previously taught Italian at Norwalk Community College.

Heather Coffey, Social Studies Department.
Ms. Coffey teaches five sections of Global History 10. She studied Secondary Education and History at Boston College and earned a Master's degree in Literacy/ Reading 5-12 from Fordham University.  Ms. Coffey previously worked at Eastchester High School and Our Lady of Victory Academy in Dobbs Ferry.  Ms. Coffey is moderator of the club Students for the Constitution. She also devotes time to the non-profit Overcoming Obstacles that provides teachers across the United States with life skill curriculum training as well as assisting in the developing and writing of Overcoming Obstacles Life skills curriculum.  Ms. Coffey has been home with her three children for the past few years and she is very excited to be back in the classroom.

Alyssa Tenore, English Department.
Ms. Tenore is teaching English 8 and English 10.  She is an Ursuline alumna, Class of 2006. She received a Bachelor's degree in English from Iona College, and returned for her Masters of Science in Teaching in Adolescent English Education. A major part of her graduate work focused on Young Adult literature; she wrote her thesis on "Supporting Feminism Through Exploring the Female Experience in Young Adult Literature."  Ms. Tenore co-moderates the Autism Awareness Club at Ursuline.


Paul Grisanti, Social Studies Department.
Shortly after this photo was taken, we were pleased to welcome Mr. Grisanti to Ursuline.  He joins us from Our Saviour Lutheran High School in the Bronx and Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT.  Mr. Grisanti received his Master’s degree in History from Boston College and his Bachelor’s from the College of the Holy Cross.  Mr. Grisanti is teaching Global History 9 Honors, Advanced Placement European History and Introduction to Psychology. He looks forward to working with his students and helping Mr. Bratt with Ursuline’s speech and debate team. 


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