New Faculty Welcomed

October 13, 2017

President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., ’71 and Principal Sr. Kathleen Mary Coonan, ASCJ, ’76 announce new appointments for the 2017-18 academic year:

John Bien-Aime, our new director of technology, is originally from Haiti. When he was 12, he moved to the States and began his love for technology. John earned a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Albertus Magnus College. He comes to us from TBNG, a technology support company. Interests includes soccer, occasionally snapping pictures, and anything computer related.

Barbara Davis teaches Pre-calculus, Statistics, and AP Statistics. She earned a B.A. in Education and a B.S. in Mathematics from Southern Connecticut State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in mathematics learning and teaching from Drexel University. Bobbie has taught middle school math in towns throughout Connecticut and is a frequent presenter at National Council of Mathematics conferences, demonstrating to teachers and administrators how to effectively use literature in math classes. Outside of work, Bobbie cares for her 101- year-old grandmother, loves to travel whenever possible, and enjoys motorcycling

Blair Destito ’06 has returned to teach in the Theology Department and co-direct Campus Ministry. She was a 2006 CIAC Scholar-Athlete and went on to Boston College where she earned a B.A. in Secondary Education and English while playing Division I softball. From 2010-2012 she taught English to ninth and eleventh graders in Detroit Public Schools as a Teach For America corps member  and was a regional semi-finalist for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2014, she graduated from Villanova University with a Masters of Theology and a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry. Blair then taught Theology and coached freshman volleyball here from 2014-2016. She is currently pursuing a post master’s Certificate in Theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary while immersing herself in the study of John Paul II and his Theology of the Body. Blair serves as community service chair for Frassati New Haven, a Catholic young adult fellowship and loves spending time with her family and their beloved golden retrievers, Shea, Chance, and Finn, and rescued dachshund, Francis.

Sr. Elizabeth Doyle, ASCJ also joins the Theology Department and serves, with Blair, as co-director of Campus Ministry. Sister is excited to return to Sacred Heart where she served as a part-time tutor during the 2014-15 academic year. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Missouri and has completed coursework in theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell and at Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. Currently working on a M.A. in Spanish through Saint Louis University, Sister has experience in retreat work both here and at Cor Jesu Academy, our sister school in St. Louis. She has worked with immigrants and refugees at Apostle Immigrant Services in New Haven and throughout Connecticut and also in Missouri. Sister is looking forward to co-moderating our Sister-to-Sister Club. She spends her free time learning about new cultures, playing team games and sports, and cooking.

Sr. Susan Emmerich, ASCJ, of Hamden, returns to Sacred Heart to offer student assistance in English and writing support for students. She comes to Sacred Heart for the fifth time as she begins her twentieth faculty year at the Academy. Previous posts include teaching English, Theology, Latin, History, and Social Studies, and serving as librarian. She holds a B.A. in English from Loyola (Chicago), a M.A. in English from Fordham, an M.L.S. from Southern Connecticut State University and a Diploma in Spirituality from the Teresianum Pontifical Institute for Spiritual Theology in Rome. In addition to her years at Sacred Heart, Sr. Susan has taught in elementary and secondary schools in Illinois, Missouri, New York, and Florida. She served as Provincial Secretary of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and for the past seven years and has worked with the retired Sisters at Sacred Heart Manor. Sr. Susan enjoys reading, the challenge of Sudoku, crossword puzzles, and sharing the company of her Sisters at the Manor. 

Amanda Klenk teaches Geometry, Algebra II, Functions, Statistics & Trigonometry, and co-moderates Math League. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and a M.A. in STEM Education with a concentration in middle and high school mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. Amanda has taught students of all ages including engineering to college students and to high school students at Atlas Preparatory School, a charter school in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Interests include reading, hiking, and hanging out with her one-year-old puppy, Minnie.

Daniel Lomba, our new director of informational technology, teaches Computer Applications and Computer Science. He is a graduate of PCI, where he specialized in computer and network technology. Daniel has served several educational organizations nationwide, providing technical research, support, implementations, and consulting. With over ten years of information technology experience, he currently holds technology certifications in CCNA, MCP, FCNSA, BCNE, Network+, Security+ among others. Danny enjoys playing guitar and drums in addition to spending time with his wife and four-year-old son.

Andrea Nezat is our new Special Events Coordinator. Born and raised in Belmont, Massachusetts, Andrea received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design and an advanced degree in fashion design from the School of Fashion Design in Boston. She has been involved in special event planning for more than ten years at the Preservation Resource Center, a not-for-profit organization in New Orleans. Andrea and her husband, Kelly, and their two children, Augusten (5) and Sophie (8) reside in Hamden. As a family they love all things nature, especially long hikes with their dog, Bootsy, swimming in the ocean, and playing tennis.

Michaela Papa teaches Media Production and Digital Photography. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University in Long Island, double majoring in film production and creative writing. After working in the film industry in Manhattan, Michaela earned a Master of Fine Arts from Emerson College in Boston. She worked in the publishing industry for several years, but was always drawn back to the classroom where she has taught in a variety of settings including a public school, an enrichment course computer lab, and a mountain top in Vermont. Though born and raised in Connecticut, once Michaela left for college she hadn’t been back—until now! She is excited to share her previous experience and love of storytelling—through a variety of media—to the Academy and is most looking forward to helping students run the morning show! Michaela spends her free time taking photos, working on passion projects, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with her two cats.

Caroline Dearborn Raynis ’07 is thrilled to return to her alma mater as the new director of alumnae relations. As a student here she was a member of Key Club, a phone-a-thon volunteer, and recipient of the school’s Spirit Award. She is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in public relations and promotions and continued her studies at Southern Connecticut State University where she earned a M.B.A. in Marketing. Caroline worked for the Connecticut Department of Labor from 2010 to 2016, in career services assisting with programs and services such as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), a Federal tax credit available to employers who hire individuals from certain target groups who have faced barriers to employment. An active volunteer at St. Sebastian Church in Middletown, she also serves as co-president of the Home School Association at Holy Trinity School in Wallingford where her children attend. Caroline and her family enjoy the beach, learning and researching their family genealogy and heritage, and visiting historical sites and museums.

Katherine Tubis ’10, the newest member of the Science Department, will teach Honors Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Genetics, and Forensic Science. She is incredibly enthusiastic about returning to her alma mater and looks forward to all that this school year will bring. During her senior year here she served as swim team captain and a peer connector. She then earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Barry University in Miami. Katherine has spent the last few years studying and hopes to attend medical school within the next few years. Katherine also teaches swimming lessons, enjoys hikes with her dog, Luna, and travels as often as she can.

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