Faculty & Staff

Dr. Virginia O'Brien, S.U.

President; Counseling Department Chair

Department: Administration; Counseling

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Dr. O'Brien, known at Chez Nous as Sister Virginia, has been at Notre Dame School in various roles as a teacher, school counselor, psychologist and president for a combined total of almost thirty years. In addition, she has also taught in grammar school, college and graduate school. For several years she has had a private practice in psychology on the Upper West Side. Dr. O'Brien received her B.A. in English from the College of Mt. St. Vincent, M.A. in Religious Counseling from Fairfield University and Ph.D in Psychology from Fordham University.

Ms. Jaclyn Brilliant

Principal

Department: Administration; English

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Jaclyn Brilliant holds a B.A. with Honors in English from Wesleyan University, an M.A. in English and American Literature from New York University, and an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College. She is delighted to serve as principal of Notre Dame School with its enthusiastic, talented, and beautifully diverse students and its committed, compassionate, and innovative faculty and staff. She is also very pleased to teach A.P. English and Composition at the school.

Ms. Karina Vargas

Vice Principal

Department: Administration

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Ms. Karina Vargas, a graduate of Notre Dame, received her undergraduate degree in Economics and Sociology with a minor in Latin American/Latino Studies from Fordham University. "It is truly a pleasure to be back home. It is wonderful to work with such a loving and devoted faculty and staff. The girls are the light of the school. They are talented and gifted young women and the reason why I decided to go back to Fordham University where I received my Masters of Science in Education degree. I want to thank Notre Dame for the amazing years I had as a student and now as an administrator."

Ms. Victoria Abad

Director of Annual Fund and Communications; AP Environmental Science and Technological Literacy 9; Science Department Chair

Department: Development and Science

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Victoria Abad attended Skidmore College where she received a B.A. in Neuroscience with a minor in French. After graduation, she completed a Post Baccalaureate pre-medical program at the University of Vermont.

"As an alumna of Notre Dame, I have been fortunate enough to experience the dedication and caring teaching of the faculty. I feel I was educated by the very best at ND and now as a teacher I only hope to contribute to the knowledge and growth of these young women."

Ms. Skye Angioletti

Theology 9, 11, 12; Theology Department Chair

Department: Theology

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Skye Angioletti is very excited to be a part of the Theology Department Chez Nous. Skye was born and raised in Los Angeles, but absolutely loves New York City. Skye earned her Masters in Christian Spirituality at Fordham University and intends to pursue a Ph.D in Theology.

Ms. Elizabeth Bixenman

Director of Development and Alumnae Relations

Department: Administration

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Beth Bixenman is an alumna of Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Newton, Massachusetts and graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Mathematics and Sociology. As a native Bostonian, she has established personal and professional roots here in New York City. Beth served as the former President of the Young Professionals Committee for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and she has been actively involved with the organization for over six years. Prior to joining the Notre Dame School community, she worked in business development at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP for the Firm's finance practices. With a passion for women's education, Beth is excited and honored to be a part of such an esteemed institution which promotes academic excellence and global awareness.

Ms. Roisin Clarke

Math 9, Calculus 12, Health

Department: Mathematics and Science

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Roisin Clarke needs only a re-introduction, as she is a beloved ND alum. After graduating from Notre Dame, Roisin went onto Manhattan College, earning a BS in Secondary Mathematics Education. Roisin will be teaching Algebra 1 and Calculus.

Ms. Anne Crosson

French 9, 10, 11 and Honors French; Modern and Classical Languages Department Chair

Department: Modern and Classical Languages Department

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Anne Crosson received her B.A. in French and English from Niagara University, Cértificat de Civilisation Française, Université de Paris, Sorbonne, Centre de Recherches et d'Application Pédagogique en Langue, Université de Nancy, Programme de Français Pour les Non-Francophones, Université Laval, Québec. “Enseigner chez nous, c'est ce que j'adore!”

Ms. Mary Dolan, S.U.

Facilitator for Mission and Board Development

Department: Administration

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Sr. Mary Dolan, S.U. earned her A.B. from The College of New Rochelle, and her M.S. in Education and P.D. in education from Fordham University. Sr. Mary has served as the Regional Superior of the American Region of the Society of St. Ursula, Notre Dame's President, Principal, Vice-Principal and has taught nearly every subject offered at Notre Dame. Sr. Mary returns to the Notre Dame staff after a well earned sabbatical during which she participated in an Ignatian Spirituality Immersion trip in Spain. As Facilitator for Mission and Board Development, Sr. Mary fosters the spirituality of both Anne de Xainctonge and St. Ignatius de Loyola among the students, faculty, staff and the Notre Dame Board of Trustees. We are thrilled to welcome Sr. Mary back Chez Nous.

Ms. Ioana Donose

Physics 11 and 12

Department: Science

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Ioana Donose attended St. Johns's University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Adolescent Education with a concentration in Physics. "I feel honored to be chosen to be part of this amazing faculty. I look forward to teaching Physics here at Notre Dame!"

Dr. Timothy Dooley

Theology 9, 10

Department: Theology

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Timothy Dooley earned a BA in Classics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Penn State and a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies from King’s College, London. Tim loves teaching Theology at ND.

Rev. George Drance, SJ

Drama Department

Department: Drama

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Fr. George Drance, SJ, is artist-in-residence at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and the Drama Coach at Notre Dame. He has been a guest artist and lecturer at Columbia University, Hebrew Union College, Cornell University, Boston College, Marymount Manhattan College, Marquette University, as well as the Marist International Center in Nairobi, Kenya and Red Cloud High School on the Oglala Sioux Reservation. He has served on various panels including the JSEA Think Tank, and the NYC Roundtable for Arts-in-Education.

Mr. Robert Grote

Director of Admissions

Department: Administration

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Robert Grote graduated from Chaminade High School on Long Island. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in Theology from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, NY. He began a career in education with 10 years in Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus as the teacher for the children traveling with the show. "One bright spring day in 1988, not long after the circus train dropped me off in New York, I came to a beautiful school which felt like home the minute I walked in. It was called Notre Dame."

Ms. Penelope Grote

Assistant to the President

Department: Administration

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Penny Grote is assistant to the president as well as part of the development and admissions efforts at Notre Dame School. She received a B.A. with a double major in English and Art History from Trinity College, Hartford where she was elected to The Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Ms. Jean Halloran-Monaco

English 10

Department: English

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Jean Halloran-Monaco graduated from Fairfield University with a B.A. in English and received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Emerson College. Jean has taught 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade English literature classes and is happy to currently be teaching British Literature to the sophomore class.

Ms. Alicia Harrington

Spanish 9, 10, and 11, Honors Spanish

Department: Modern and Classical Languages

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Alicia Harrington graduated from the Manhattan College School of Teacher Preparation with a B.A. in Spanish and received her M.A. in Spanish at Lehman College. She holds a New York State Permanent Certification in Spanish grades 7-12.

Ms. Yasmin Hassan

Biology, Health, Coding

Department: Science

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Yasmin Hassan earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from SUNY New Paltz in Biology and Special Education. She has three New York State Professional Certifications in Biology, Special Education, and general science. "I'm eager and excited to be a part of Chez Nous!"

Ms. Dashea Hickson

Counselor

Department: Counseling

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Dashea graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development, then earned her MS Ed in Counseling and Personnel Services from Fordham University. She is certified in School Counseling for New York State and has spent two years working in college admissions at Iona College. Dashea is excited to be a part of the Notre Dame family.

Mr. James Hillman

Chief Financial Officer

Department: Administration

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Jim joined the Notre Dame family in the summer of 2011 after over 30 years in financial services; first serving as a partner at Deloitte & Touche, then Coopers & Lybrand before moving to Wall Street for the last 13 years. A graduate of Xavier High School and Fordham University, he is a CPA, author of "Regulated Investment Companies" and a proud member of Notre Dame.

Ms. Lydie Kane

English 9; Librarian

Department: English

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Lydie Kane received a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in French from Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Virginia and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from Brooklyn College in NY. She is currently working on finishing a Masters of English and Education. "As an alumna of Chez Nous, I am honored to again be in the company of some of the finest educators in New York City. I can still remember my high school English classes, when Notre Dame was on St. Mark's Place. My teachers' enthusiasm for the subject shaped my love of literature.

Mr. Alaric Lejano

Technology Coordinator; AP Computer Science

Department: Technology

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Alaric Lejano joins Notre Dame after working for Older Adults Technology Services, the National Academy Foundation, NYU Stern’s IT department, and MSNBC. He holds a BA from Rutgers, an associate degree in Applied Science from Devry College of Technology, and an MFA from Rutgers in creative writing.

Ms. Claire Littlefield

AMS 10, Global 10, AP Global, US History 11

Department: History

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Claire graduated from Colgate University summa cum laude with a BA in history. After college, she moved to Chicago and served as an AmeriCorps social enterprise fellow at Children's Home + Aid of Illinois, followed by two years of service as a Jesuit Volunteer at Christ the King Jesuit College Prep, a Cristo Rey school. A native New Yorker, Claire is thrilled to return to the city and continue her commitment to Catholic education at Notre Dame.

Ms. Lauren Maisto

Counseling Department

Department: Counseling Department

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Lauren Maisto graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Bridgeport. She then earned an MS Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services from Fordham University. She is certified as School Counselor in New York and New Jersey.

Mr. Kevin McDonald

Global 9, Theology 12; Retreat Director

Department: Theology and Social Studies

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Kevin McDonald received his B.A. from Georgetown University. After a career in advertising, Kevin embarked on a career in education. Spending 9 years at St. Agnes Boys' High School in New York City, Kevin is delighted to be a part of the Notre Dame family teaching theology, world history, leading the retreat program, and editing the literary magazine Conversatio.

Mr. Kendall Mitchell

Chemistry, Math 10, Science Research and Design, and Robotics

Department: Science and Mathematics

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Ms. Carly Savino

Counselor

Department: Counseling

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Carly Savino holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a double minor in Education and Sociology from the University at Albany. Upon graduation, she went on to receive her Master of Science in Education, summa cum laude, in School Counseling K-12 from Hunter College.

Ms. Susan Shea-Klot

Latin I, II, Honors Latin III

Department: Modern and Classical Languages

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Susan has taught Latin at St. Hilda’s & St. Hughes, The Hudson School, and Bishop Kearney High School. She holds a BA, summa cum laude, as well as an MA in Classics from Fordham University.

Mr. Glenn Stordeur

AMS 9, US History 11, AP US History, Government, AP Government

Department: Social Studies

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Glenn Stordeur received a BA with honors in History and a MALS from Stony Brook University, and a BA in Communications from SUNY Cortland. He is a twelfth year teacher who holds teaching certifications in New York and Virginia. He began a career in education after spending eight years in marketing and advertising.

Mr. Scott Vasey

English 11, A.P. English 11, English 12; English Department Chair

Department: English

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Scott graduated from Wittenberg University in 1989 with a B.A. in Political Science (concentration in Soviet foreign policy), and then from New York University and Oxford University (UK) in 1999 with with a M.Ed in Secondary English Education/English Literature. Scott also completed extensive course work in Medieval History and Literature at Oxford University and Cambridge University. Since 2000, Scott has taught high school English at King & Low-Heywood Thomas (CT), Stuyvesant High School (NY), and Community School of Naples (FL). During the 2017-2018 school year, Scott will teach A.P. Language and Composition, 11th grade English, and 12th grade English: Global Crises.

Ms. Brittany Vella

Math 11, AP Calculus

Department: Mathematics

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Brittany Vella has a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Teaching, specializing in Math Education, from Fordham University. Brittany will be teaching Algebra 2 and AP Calculus at ND.

Ms. Maria Vulcano

Physical Education 9, 10, 11, and 12; Athletic Director

Department: Physical Education

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Maria Vulcano graduated from St. Thomas University in 1998 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, and a minor in Human Resources. Upon graduation, Maria went on to receive her Masters in Physical Education from Hofstra University in 2002. She is currently working towards an MS in Education Administration at St. John's University. Maria joined Notre Dame in 2001 and has been the ND Physical Education teacher ever since.

Ms. Nicole Wakabayashi

Music 9, Drama 10, Chorus 10

Department: The Arts

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Nicole Wakabayashi graduated with her Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California in piano performance. Afterwards, she moved to New York and served as adjunct faculty at New York University, while completing a Master's in Music. Nicole has concertized widely in New York, in her home state of Washington, Los Angeles, Spain, Portugal and France. In addition to piano, Nicole has over fifteen years of experience working with choirs and various vocal ensembles. Last spring, she was the musical director for ND’s spring production of Little Women. Nicole is delighted to be joining the faculty and is looking forward to working with all of the students at Notre Dame!

Ms. Katie Walters

Art 9 and 10, AP Art History, Studio Art, AP Studio Art; Arts Department Chair

Department: The Arts

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Katie Walters received her B.A. in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has an MA in Art Education from the City College of New York. She has taught art, and art history, in the North Carolina public schools, McColl Center for Visual Arts, several after-school programs, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her art has been exhibited in England, New York, and North Carolina.

Mr. Steve Womer

Math 10, A.P. Calculus, Calculus 12

Department: Mathematics

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Steve Womer received a BA in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Following a career as a professional musician, Steve received a Master’s of Education degree from Antioch Graduate School and an MAT in Mathematics from Montclair State University. Steve has taught mathematics to international high school students while at the United Nations International School, adults at the City University of New York and middle school math while at Montclair Kimberley Academy.