Stepinac

faculty

Anthony Aromando
E-Mail: Aromando@stepinac.org
Department: English
Courses: Literature and Composition, American Literature, World Literature
Education: BA, University of Notre Dame
NEH Summer Seminar, Dartmouth College
What I like about teaching at Stepinac: I very much enjoy watching students learn, especially when they make connections between academic subjects and even sports.

Mark Babuin
E-Mail: mbabuin@stepinac.org
Department: Science
Courses: Earth Science, Forensics
Education: BS, Iona College
What I like about teaching at Stepinac: The close knit community among teachers, students, parents and administration is a boon to the school.

Teresa Berrisford
E-Mail: tberrisford@stepinac.org
Department: Mathematics
Courses: Algebra I
Education: BA, Boston College
MS Ed, Fordham University
What do you like about teaching at Stepinac: My son is a proud graduate of the school. I love the family atmosphere, and the importance of academics is always stressed.

Nancy Bisogno
E-Mail: nbisogno@stepinac.org
Department: English, Chairperson
Courses: College Literature, Literature & Composition, A P English Language
Education: BA, English, Manhattan College; MS Ed. Iona College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: One of my favorite moments is having alumni come back throughout the year to visit and convey how successful they have been in their post secondary pursuits.

Nora Bucaj
E-Mail: nbucaj@stepinac.org
Department: Science
Courses: Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, AP Biology
Education: BS, Biology-Pace University
MST in Adolescent Ed-Pace University
What I like about teaching at Stepinac: The atmosphere is very nurturing and challenges students to reach their full potential.

Maria Buda
E-Mail: mbuda@stepinac.org
Department: College Counseling, Chairperson
Courses: Guidance 11,12
Education: BS Biology, College of Mount St. Vincent
MS Counseling Psychology
MS Educational Leadership, SUNY Stony Brook
What do you like about teaching at Stepinac: I like the opportunity to blend academics with developing our students holistically, spiritually, intellectually, and socially.

Roxanne Calvello
E-Mail: rcalvell@stepinac.org
Department: Science, Chairperson
Courses: Marine Biology, Biology, AP Environmental Science
Education: BS, Iona College; MS, Adelphi University
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: My son, David Calvello Jr. is a graduate of the school! The students are polite, friendly, and respectful, and courteous. I work with colleagues with whom I have developed life long friendships.

Lisa Cappiello
E-Mail: lcappiello@stepinac.org
Department: College Counseling
Courses: Guidance
Education: BS, Theology & Psychology, Fordham University; MSE, Guidance, Fordham University
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: Stepinac is a community of people working towards the same goal: the education of each young man in our charge.

Anthony Caramele
E-Mail: acaramel@stepinac.org
Department: Computer Science
Courses: Computer Applications, Web Design, Business Math
Education: BA, St. John’s University Athletic Admin
MA, Iona College Education Technology
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: Stepinac is a place that has great students and great people. I like the family atmosphere and the freedom to be creative in the classroom with the students.

Paul Carty
E-Mail: pcarty@stepinac.org
Department: Principal
Courses: Religious Studies III, IV
Education: BA Psychology, College of New Rochelle
MA Religious Education, Fordham University
MSE School Administration, Fordham University
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: I appreciate the dedication of the faculty, the generosity of alumni and benefactors, the support of the parents, and the hard work of the students. Stepinac is a vibrant community of people working towards a common goal.

Fr. Thomas Collins (Class of 1979)
E-Mail: tcollins@stepinac.org
Department: President
Education: BA, Accounting, Iona College
M. Div. St. Joseph’s Seminary
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: I embrace all of the following: the great tradition of academic excellence; the family-like atmosphere; the loyal alumni; and three words: "Location, Location, location."

Joanne Cupertino
E-Mail: jcuperti@stepinac.org
Department: Religious Studies


Joseph Cupertino (Class of 2004)
E-Mail: cupertin@stepinac.org
Department: History
Courses: Government/Economics, American History, & Global Studies
Education: BA Psychology, Iona College
MST Secondary Ed, Lehman College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: The interaction with the students and the ability to positively affect students’ lives and their decision making skills.

Stephen Cupertino (Class of 2001)
E-Mail: scuperti@stepinac.org
Department: Mathematics
Courses: AP Calculus AB, Geometry
Education: BS Mathematics, Iona College
MST Secondary Education Mathematics, Iona College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: I find it rewarding to work with fellow alumni who have graduated from Stepinac and have returned to give back to the high school that has given them so much.

Patrick Duffy
E-Mail: pduffy@stepinac.org
Department: Physical Education/Health
Courses: Health, Physical Education
Education: BS, Mercy College
Certification of Sports Management & Athletic Admin St. John’s University
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: The challenges of helping student athletes reach their maximum potential in the classroom, on the playing field and in their community. I find it especially rewarding when our students receive athletic scholarships.

Sarah Daoud
E-Mail: sdaoud@stepinac.org
Department: World Languages, Chairperson
Courses: Italian I, Italian II, Italian III, AP Italian
Education: BS Italian, University of Trieste
MS Education, University of Almena
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: Diversity and a wide spectrum of educational opportunities are the hallmarks of our school.

Joseph Ferretti (Class of 2000)
E-Mail: jferrett@stepinac.org
Department: Mathematics
Courses: Algebra I, Geometry, College Algebra/Trigonometry
Education: BS, St. John’s University
MS. Ed. Manhattanville College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: I enjoy working with the other alumni who have come back to teach at the school.

Cheryl Fialkovic
E-Mail: cfialkovic@stepinac.org
Department: World Languages
Courses: Spanish I, Spanish II, Italian IEducation: BA, Iona College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: My brother-in-law is an alumnus! So, it is a great honor to be teaching in a school that has always been a part of our extended family.

Anthony Frabizzio (Class of 2007)

E-Mail: afrabizz@stepinac.org
Department: English
Courses: College Writing, British Literature Honors, World Literature II
Education: BA Secondary Education English, Manhattan College
MA English Composition Studies, Lehman College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: I am thrilled to be back home at Archbishop Stepinac. I look forward each day to sharing my passion for Literature and writing with the young men at Stepinac.

Marise Frangie
E-Mail: mfrangie@stepinac.org
Department: Science
Courses: AP Chemistry, Chemistry
Education: MS General Chemistry - Lebanese University Lebanon; MS Engineering - Manhattan College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: Stepinac is a family for me. I can share my faith and religious beliefs with all of the people.

James Goldmann (Class of 2004)
E-Mail: jgoldman@stepinac.org
Department: English
Courses: American Literature
Education: BS, English & History, SUNY Oneonta
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: As an alumnus, it is a great feeling to be able to give back to the school that gave me so much. My time at Stepinac as a student was unforgettable, and I try to ensure every student I teach that same experience.

Joseph Grosso (Class of 1999)
E-Mail: jgrosso@stepinac.org
Department: Guidance, Chairperson
Courses: Guidance 9, 10
Education: BS Psychology, Mercy College
MS School Counseling, Mercy College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: The best thing about teaching at Stepinac is the family environment shared by faculty and students.

Matthew J. Hanley
E-Mail: mhanley@stepinac.org
Department: Religious Studies
Courses: Religious Studies I, II
Education: BA, LeMoyne College
MAT, Manhattanville College
What do you like about teaching at Stepinac: Stepinac is a school based on community. Once you are a part of the community, you always feel that you belong to something very special.

Steve Herman
E-Mail: sherman@stepinac.org
Department: History
Courses: Global I, Global II
Education: BA, Political Science, Holy Cross
What do you like about teaching at Stepinac: Everyone is so helpful and enthusiastic.

Matthew Hogan
E-Mail: mhogan@stepinac.org
Department: History, Chairperson
Courses: AP US History, Government, Economics, and Global Studies II
Education: BA Political Science, Fordham University
MAT Social Studies, Manhattan College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: Student diversity and the personal ability and responsibility to grow as a teacher in my pursuit to provide the optimal educational experience for my students.

Thomas Kelly
E-Mail: tkelly@stepinac.org
Department: Mathematics
Courses: Geometry, College Algebra/ Trigonometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry
Education: Bachelors from SUNY Oneonta in Mathematics, Pursuing Masters in Adolescent Education in Mathematics, CUNY Lehman
What do you like about teaching at Stepinac: The positive environment throughout the building makes the classroom a place that is most conducive to learning.

Cynthia Kilkelly
E-Mail: ckilkell@stepinac.org
Department: College Counseling
Courses: Guidance
Education: BS Business Administration, Fairleigh Dickinson University
MS School Guidance and Counseling- College of New Rochelle
MBA-Corporate Financial Management, Pace University
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: My position as Guidance Counselor is most rewarding as I work with a varied and diverse student population. I find the young men to be respectful, eager to learn in the classroom, and enthusiastic about the college process. I am pleased to be part of our student’s spiritual, academic, social, emotional, and vocational development and success.

JoAnne Korson
E-Mail: jkorson@stepinac.org
Department: Mathematics, Chairperson
Courses: Algebra I, Algebra II/Trigonometry, College Algebra/Trigonometry, SAT Prep
Education: BS Mathematics - Mercy College (Computer Science/ Business Admin); Iona College – MS Secondary Education
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: Teaching at Stepinac has allowed me the opportunity to teach a wide variety of Math classes. During my career at Stepinac I have met many wonderful students as well as their families.

Rick Lee
E-Mail: rlee@stepinac.org
Department: Religious Studies

Elliot Lippner
E-Mail: elippner@stepinac.org
Department: Science
Courses: Physics, AP Physics
Education: BS, Mechanical Engineering, SUNY Binghamton; MS Ed Lehman College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: The students have a genuine care and concern for their academic well being.

Joe Lore (Class of 2002)
E-Mail: jlore@stepinac.org
Department: Fine Arts
Courses: Introduction to Art, AP Studio Art, Drawing Portfolio
Education: BS in Architecture and Historic Preservation, Roger Williams University
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: Working with students on designing and creating the sets for our theatre productions is most inspiring!

Bijan Maleki
E-Mail: bmaleki@stepinac.org
Department: World Languages
Courses: Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III
Education: BA, Foreign Language & Literature, Spanish Studies, University of Delaware
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: The friendly faculty promotes an atmosphere of teamwork.

Patsy Manganelli
E-Mail: pmangane@stepinac.org
Department: Director of Admissions
Education: BA, History, Mercy College; MS Ed, Manhattanville College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: I enjoy getting to know future generations of Stepinac students in the various parishes and communities that surround our school.

Anthony Marra
E-Mail: amarra@stepinac.org
Department: Religion
Courses: Religious Studies I, II, III
Education: BA Iona College
MA, Columbia University
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: Everyone is helpful and friendly. I like to see students improve and do well in their studies.

Patrick Massaroni (Class of 2006)
E-Mail: pmassaroni@stepinac.org
Department: Advancement
Education: Marist College - Bachelor of the Arts in Communication; MS, James Madison University
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: As an alumnus of the school, I have seen the improvements over the last fifteen years. I have the opportunity to be a part of the close knit community among the teachers, students, parents and administrators. The school is surrounded by great people.

Andy Martinez
E-Mail: amartine@stepinac.org
Department: Assistant Dean of Students
Courses: Religious Studies III
Education: BS Human Movement/ Sports Science, Sacred Heart University
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: The opportunity to develop young men into outstanding members of our community.

Carole Mendelson
E-Mail: cmendels@stepinac.org
Department: History
Courses: Global I, AP World History, AP European history, Sociology
Education: BA History and Education, Mount Saint Mary
MA Sociology, New School for Social Research
Washington Square Institute for Psychoanalysis
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: Stepinac is an extraordinary community of professionals who are dedicated to preparing the total student academically, athletically, spiritually and socially.

Regina Molinelli
E-Mail: rmolinelli@stepinac.org
Department: Religious Studies

Patricia Murphy
E-Mail: pmuprhy@stepinac.org
Department: Director of Technology
Courses: AP Computer Science
Education: BA, Fordham University; MS, SUNY Albany, Curriculum Development and Educational Technology
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: Stepinac is not a job; it is a career and a calling. I am part of a family. I am able (in fact, encouraged and required) to teach the students to be gentlemen.

Charlotte Newman
E-Mail: cnewman@stepinac.org
Department: Science
Courses: Chemistry
Education: BS, Biology
What I like about teaching at Stepinac: The environment is supportive and nurturing for all students.

Michael O’Donnell
E-Mail: stepcrusaders@aol.com
Department: Director of Athletics
Courses: Physical Education
Education: BA, Iona College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: Stepinac has always been one big family. I have met so many great friends, students, and staff members over the years. It is very rewarding to be able to help young teenagers become men in the short time we know them and watch them grow into the leaders of tomorrow.

Sam O'Hare
E-Mail: sohare@stepinac.org
Department: History

Joe Palatucci (Class of 1997)
E-Mail: jpalatucci@stepinac.org
Department: History
Courses: Global I, Global II, American History
Education: BS Human Movement/ Sports Science, Sacred Heart University
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: Students are highly cooperative and provide engaging classroom discourse.

James Park
E-Mail: jpark@stepinac.org
Department: Science

Darren Perillo (Class of 1998)
E-Mail: dperillo@stepinac.org
Department: English
Courses: Literature & Composition, Journalism, World Literature
Education: BA English-State University of New York - Oneonta
MA English Ed, CUNY Lehman
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: I enjoy watching the students make text to life connections daily in our literature courses.

Nicholas Piacquadio (Class of 2004)
E-Mail: npiacquadio@stepinac.org
Department: History, Religious Studies
Courses: Global I, Global II, Religious Studies III
Education: BA, History, Iona College; MS, Lehman College
What do you like about teaching at Stepinac: It is a privilege to return as an alumnus!

Frank Portanova (Class of 1993)
E-Mail: fportanova@stepinac.org
Department: Assistant Principal
Courses: AP Literature & Composition, SAT Prep
Education: BA English, Boston College
MS Ed curriculum/Teaching-Fordham University
MS Ed Administration/Supervision-Fordham University
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: I enjoy the unique sense of camaraderie and fellowship between students and teachers.

Noelia Pozo
E-Mail: npozo@stepinac.org
Department: World Languages
Courses: Spanish II, Spanish III, and Spanish IV
Education: BA Spanish/French-College of Mount St. Vincent
Ma Spanish Language & Literature, Lehman College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: I like the great sense of community and the unity that exists. The teachers are very dedicated to the growth of the young men.

Keith Richardson
E-Mail: krichard@stepinac.org
Department: Assistant Director of Athletics
Courses: Physical Education, Health, and Nutrition
Education: BA Business Management-Pace University
MAT Physical Education –Manhattanville College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: I enjoy the tight knit community here at Stepinac along with the strong connection to Alumni.

Robert Russo (Class of 2005)
E-Mail: brusso@stepinac.org
Department: Guidance
Courses: Guidance 9, 10
Education: BA, St. Joseph’s College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: As a guidance counselor, it is gratifying to assist the students with all facets of their life.

Brother Fred Sambor
E-Mail: fsambor@stepinac.org
Department: Advancement
Education: BA, Spanish, Marist College; MA, St. John’s University & Rivira University;
PD, College of Westchester What you like about teaching at Stepinac: The collegial atmosphere between students and teachers is highly valued.

Greg Sanzari
E-Mail: gsanzari@stepinac.org
Department: Mathematics
Courses: Geometry, Algebra 2 / Trigonometry
Education: BA, Stonehill College
MS, Mathematics, Long Island University
What do you like about teaching at Stepinac: I like the opportunity to help students grow spiritually and intellectually.

Chloe Sasson
E-Mail: csasson@stepinac.org
Department: Fine Arts
Courses: Band, Vocal Arts, Intro to Band
Education: BM Music Education
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: I truly enjoy the dedication to and appreciation for the arts at our school. It is not of secondary importance but a paramount part of the school’s culture.

Ines Silva
E-Mail: isilva@stepinac.org
Department: Science
Courses: Biology, Chemistry
Education: BS, Chemistry-Iona College; MST in Adolescent Ed. Iona College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: The passion and commitment towards student centered learning promotes the significant value of academia.

Teresa Solimine
E-Mail: tsolimine@stepinac.org
Department: Guidance

Keith Sunderland (Class of 1994)
E-Mail: sunderland@stepinac.org
Department: Dean of Students
Courses: AP Government & Politics
Education: BA, Political Science, Marist College; MS Ed School Leadership, Touro College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: Stepinac has all the characteristics of a great school: scholars, master teachers, and dedicated parents.

Paul Thomas (Class of 1980)
E-Mail: pthomas@stepinac.org
Department: Advancement
Education: BS, Manhattan College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: One of the perks of my job is I not only get to work with current students but also nurture relationships with alumni. I see the past, present, and future of Stepinac!

Philip Vecchione
E-Mail: pvecchione@stepinac.org
Department: English

Joe Venice (Class of 2004)
E-Mail: jvenice@stepinac.org
Department: English
Courses: Literature & Composition, Literature & War, American Literature
Education: BA English Fordham University
BA Communication Fordham University
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: Stepinac is a great family that instills great pride in me. It shaped my life throughout my high school years, and now, I feel blessed to do the same for the current students.

Nicholas Vertucci
E-Mail: nvertucc@stepinac.org
Department: Classical Languages
Courses: Latin I, Latin II, Latin III
Education: BA, Classics- Fordham University
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: Passing on the intellectual and spiritual traditions of the Catholic faith to the students is inspiring.

Sheddrick Wilson
E-Mail: swilson@stepinac.org
Department: Physical Education

Rick Yapchanyk (Class of 2000)
E-Mail: ryapchan@stepinac.org
Department: Mathematics
Courses: Pre Calculus H, Algebra II/Trigonometry, AP Statistics
Education: BS Computer Science, Iona College
JD, St. John’s University School of Law
MAT, Math Education, Manhattanville College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: The opportunity to give back to my alma mater is most rewarding.

Robert Yapchanyk (Class of 2004)
E-Mail: byapchanyk@stepinac.org
Department: Music
Courses: Intro to Music, Band
Education: MAT Music Education, Manhattanville College; BA Psychology, Iona College
What you like about teaching at Stepinac: I like the support from the administration, faculty, and parents, as well as the ability to implement creative lessons in the classroom. It is also a pleasure to have been both a student and a faculty member here at Stepinac.