Rev. Michael L. Dunn

Pastor

Rev. Michael L. Dunn was born in New Hyde Park, Long Island, NY, and grew up in Danbury CT. He attended St. Gregory the Great School and Immaculate High School. Fr. Dunn graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield CT. He worked as a Counselor of troubled teenagers after College and was working towards a Master's in Counseling before his call to the Priesthood. He attended the St. John Fisher Residence and Immaculate Conception Seminary, graduated with a Master's in Theology, and was ordained to the Priesthood in 1994. His assignments have included: St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull, Notre Dame High School in Fairfield, St. Mary Parish in Bethel, St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull, and was appointed Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Weston by Bishop William Lori on July 1st, 2010. He is so excited to have returned to St. Gregory the Great Parish as Pastor.

Mrs. Suzanne M. Curra

Principal

Mrs. Suzanne Curra received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Modern Languages from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport and has worked in Catholic schools throughout her teaching and administrative career.  Mrs. Curra taught grade 2 at St. Ann's School in Yonkers, NY until the birth of her children.  She later returned to teaching at St. Joseph's School in Croton Falls, NY where she taught grades 3 and 5. Her career then took her to St. Rose of Lima School in Newtown, CT where throughout her time there, she served as the resource teacher in grades 5-8, an English Language Arts teacher in grades 6 & 7, one of the grade 3 teachers, and ultimately the Assistant Principal and Pre-School Director.

 

During her tenure as Assistant Principal, Mrs. Curra returned to school for Educational Leadership and earned her Intermediate Administrative Certificate (092) through Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.  She received a Catholic School Leadership Certificate from Creighton University in May, 2017.

 

Mrs. Curra is an alumni parent of St. Gregory the Great School and feels blessed to have returned as the Principal. Ensuring we are living our mission as a school is a top priority for Mrs. Curra.  When not at work, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

   

Ms. Eryn Petruny

Pre-K 3's Teacher

Ms. Petruny is our Pre-K 3's head teacher.  She attended University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT and obtained her Masters in Special Education for Pre-K and Kindergarten.  Ms. Petruny is a certified Pre-K to Grade 3 teacher.  Ms. Petruny has student taught 2nd grade and Pre-K 3's and 4's in Hamden, CT.   

Mrs. Laurie Hobart

Pre-K Assistant

Laurie (Mills) Hobart was raised in New Fairfield, CT and graduated from New Fairfield High School in 1979 with her high school diploma. She worked for Hoffman Fuel/ Chevron Oil from 1978-1986 in their accounting department.  Soon after she enrolled her daughter at St. Gregory the Great School, Laurie began her paraprofessional career at the school in 1991. She began working in first and third grade and later transitioned as the 4th grade assistant. In addition, she ran the tutorial program for 1st-4th grade from 2007-2010 and continues to help students one on one. Laurie currently works in the Pre-K 4's program. Laurie enjoys each class she works with and is proud to be apart of the St. Gregory the Great School Community.

Mrs. Sunny Fenaroli

Pre-K Assistant

Mrs. Fenaroli earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice and Law Administration with a concentration on Criminology from Western Connecticut State University.  She worked as a Research Assistant and Writer until the birth of her first child.  Currently both of her children attend SGS.

Mrs. Fenaroli joined the SGS community by volunteering in various activities, including Coaching Track & Field and also assisting in our Pre-K.  In 2015 Mrs. Fenaroli joined our staff as a part time Pre-K Assistant.  She then returned in 2017 to our Pre-K classroom full time.  She is currently in our Pre-K 4's room as an Assistant.

Mrs. Beth Foertsch

Pre-K 4's Teacher

Mrs. Foertsch earned her Master of Science for Teachers Pre-K - 6th grade from Pace University. Mrs. Foertsch began her teaching career in Westchester as a TA, teaching reading in Grades 1-5 under the tutelage of a reading specialist until the birth of her first child.

She and her husband moved to CT when their two children were preschoolers, and she began her preschool career once her children were in elementary school. She taught Pre-K

4's at St. Francis Assisi in Weston, sharing the Catholic faith in addition to preparing the children for Kindergarten. After the birth of her third child, she taught Pre-K 3's, subbed (Pre-k - Grade 2) in

Weston, and most recently taught a 5's program in Westport.

Mrs. Foertsch has enjoyed being a catechist for over 20 years. For fifteen years, she taught the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd levels I and II (Pre-K - Grade 3), a Montessori based

religious education program. In addition, she has taught traditional fifth grade CCD. Mrs. Foertsch has an enthusiasm for teaching and learning, and values the importance of education, being a life

long learner, and being strong in the faith. In her spare time, she loves gardening, reading, outdoor activities and spending time with her family and friends.

Mrs. Laura Schneeberger

Pre-K Assistant

Laura Schneeberger grew up in Yorktown Heights, NY, went to Berkley College in White Plains, NY and began an administrative career at Nestle Foods in White Plains, NY. She is married to Ray Schneeberger and has four wonderful children Amanda and Lindsay and twins Zachary and Gregory.  They are all St. Gregory School alumni.  Laura loved the "Faith based Family Feel" of St. Gregory's School, and so began her volunteer work as Room Mom, Popcorn Mom, Parking Lot/Safety Mom,  Scholastic Book Fair Chair and HSA Secretary.  She began substitute teaching in the Preschool in 2002 and in 2006 began working as a Teacher's Assistant. 

Laura loves coming to school everyday and working with her little preschoolers. They make her smile and warm her heart. Laura is currently in the Pre-K 3's room. 

She enjoys getting lost in a good book, taking long walks with her husband Ray and her dog Enzo and spending time with her family. 

Mrs. Jeanine Sullivan

Kindergarten Teacher

Jeanine Sullivan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and teacher certification from Western Connecticut State University. She entered the New Fairfield school system as a 5th grade math and language arts teacher. Mrs. Sullivan created a fun yet structured learning environment, which allowed the children to excel. She remained as the 5th grade teacher until the birth of her oldest child Jack. In addition to Jack, Mrs. Sullivan and her husband Steve have two daughters, Sydney and Sloane, attending St. Gregory the Great School. Mrs. Sullivan worked as a Teacher’s Aide at St. Greg’s from 2011 to 2014 and filled in as the Kindergarten teacher for the 2014-2015 school year. She loves teaching Kindergarten and is always excited to see the progress and growth of her students. In her free time, Mrs. Sullivan enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and watching her children play basketball.

Mrs. Debbie Torielli

Kindergarten Assistant

Mrs. Debbie Torielli was raised in Danbury, CT and graduated from Danbury High School.  She worked for Grolier Incorporated/Scholastic Publishing from 1979-2001, where she advanced to Senior Accountant.  Debbie joined St. Gregory the Great School in 2003 as the Kindergarten Assistant.  She loves teaching and watching the Kindergarten students grow both academically and personally.  She is also a part of the After School Care program where she helps students with homework and their study skills.
Debbie and her husband David have one daughter, Jessica.  Jessica is an alumna of St. Gregory the Great School.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, baking and especially shopping with her daughter.

Mrs. Leigh Ann McNamara

Grade 1 Teacher

Mrs. McNamara is in her eighth year at Saint Gregory's as the first grade teacher.  Prior to her employment at Saint Gregory the Great School, she worked as a special education teacher in New Milford, CT and Virginia.  She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Saint Joseph in Reading/Language Arts.  Mrs. McNamara loves teaching first grade at Saint Gregory's and creating a nurturing, fun, and exciting classroom where students are engaged in their learning. She is a mom of three beautiful children who all attended Saint Gregory's School and continue to excel. Mrs. McNamara loves to read, cook, and relax on the beach with her husband and children.

Mrs. Paula Sousa

Grade 2 Teacher

Mrs. Paula Sousa is an alumna of St. Gregory the Great School. Her children are also alumni of the school.  She is a member of St. Gregory the Great parish. Paula graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (PK-8) and holds a Master's Degree in Instructional Management and Curriculum Development. Paula continues her education through various Professional Development opportunities. Paula has enjoyed teaching different grade levels at SGS, and is currently teaching Grade 2.


There are so many highlights of her school year, but by far helping students grow in their faith and preparing them to receive their sacraments is truly a gift. She helps to lead Sacrament Retreat Workshops (Reconciliation and First Communion) for the students. Paula is a Student Council Advisor which allows her to work with students of all grade levels for the benefit of our school and community. Paula has had the awesome opportunity to teach science during the summers at Super Science-Summer Enrichment Program for over ten years. She encourages her students to dream big and be kind to one another! Paula enjoys and looks forward to spending time with her family and friends.
"If you can dream it, you can do it"-Walt Disney

Mrs. Donna Marnelakis

Grade 3 Teacher

Mrs. Donna Marnelakis attended Western Connecticut State University earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (Pre-K to 8th) and her Masters in Instructional Management and Curriculum Development. As an Alumna of St. Gregory the Great School, along with her daughter, she knows first hand the importance of the strong academic and spiritual foundation the school provides.  After over 25 years of being an educator at St. Gregory the Great School, she aspires to ensure each of her students thrives in all aspects of her classroom teachings,both spiritually and academically. To stay current in the field of education Mrs. Marnelakis seeks professional development and continuing education courses to provide the best classroom experiences for her students. Serving on multiple committees within the school, she has been allotted the opportunity to make an impact on the school in different ways. Everyday as an educator is as different and exciting as each class is every year as she strives to help each student become the best he or she can possibly be. When she is not in the classroom she enjoys spending time with her family.

Ms. Erica Schlemmer

Grade 4 Teacher

Ms. Erica Schlemmer is joining us as our Grade 4 Teacher. 

Ms. Schlemmer attended Western Connecticut State University earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education/Psychology. She is planning to pursue a Master's Degree in Special Education. Ms. Schlemmer has student taught 2nd and 3rd grade in the Danbury Public Schools as well as Pre-K at St. Joseph School in Brookfield. Ms. Schlemmer is excited to create fun and challenging lessons and activities for her students. She strives to engage students in each lesson and help them thrive in the classroom. When she is not in the classroom, Ms. Schlemmer enjoys camping, reading, and spending time with her family and German Shepherd dog.


Mrs. Gabriella Taranovich

Grade 5 Teacher

Mrs. Taranovich has been teaching for five years.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Math from Central Connecticut State University.  She is planning to pursue a Master's Degree.  Mrs. Taranovich taught 5th grade at St. Rose of Lima School in Newtown for three years and also served as the building substitute at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  

Mr. Frank Oleksuik

Grade 6 Homeroom, Religion - Grade 6 / Math Grades 6, 7, & 8

Mr. Oleksuik, "Mr. O.", became a teacher after an extensive career in the telecommunications industry.  He taught middle school Math in the New York City Public School System and at Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford.  Mr. Oleksuik also worked as a Math Interventionist/substitute teacher in the Danbury Public School System for 4 years.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from Fordham University and a Graduate Certification in Secondary Education and Mathematics from Pace University. 

Mrs. Fontana

Grade 7 Homeroom, 6-8 Social Studies, and 7 Religion

Mrs. Fontana graduated from Le Moyne College (cum laude) with a BA in Political Science, the University of Buffalo School of Law (cum laude) with a Juris Doctorate degree, and she anticipates graduating from the University of Saint Francis (highest honors) with a Master of Art in Teaching and her Certification in Middle School Social Studies in May of this year. 

She practiced law for several years in both public interest law and private practice.  Throughout her adult life, she volunteered working with children, including teaching CCD for grades 6 through high school, running parish youth groups, and being a Girl Scout leader. In 2013 she started working at St. Gregory the Great School as a math aide for grades 6-8. In addition to assisting with math, she has taught Religion and has run the Great Books program for grades 2 and 3. 

Mrs. Joy Tricarico

Grade 8 Homeroom, English Language Arts - Grades 6, 7, & 8

Joy Tricarico,"Mrs. T.", fulfilled a life dream when she left the Corporate Design group of a Fortune 500 company to raise a family and enter the field of education.  She has twenty four years of teaching experience: ten years as the art/drama instructor at Saint Gregory the Great, working for another ten in elementary education at Ridgefield Academy; then, another dream comes true, returning home to St. Greg's as the seventh grade homeroom teacher/ English Language Arts instructor.  God places us where He needs us most. Holding an associates in art and a bachelor in science in Child Studies/Education, she is currently completing a master's program in creative writing. 
 
Joy and her family; husband Ray along with her children Michael and Gregory are members of the Saint Gregory the Great Parish.  Michael and Gregory are SGS alum. "Heart, commitment to education and passion are what one finds at SGS" she says, and it is why she works here and why she sent her children here.
 
Teaching isn't a job to her; it is a passion and she shares her love of writing, reading and religion in the hope of inspiring. She is the advisor to the poetry club, Inklings, and co-advisor to the Student Council.
 
God has gifted us all; it is our responsibility to share those gifts and help others realize their's.

Mrs. Christine Fahey

Science 6, 7, & 8

Mrs. Christine Fahey earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn, NY.  She went on to teach Biology, Environmental Science and Advanced Biology at St. Saviour High School in Brooklyn for four years. While teaching at St. Saviour, she received her Masters degree in Education from Fordham University's Graduate School of Education. After the birth of her first child, she decided to become a stay at home mom.  Christine is married to Jim Fahey and has three boys. He her two older sons are alumni of St. Gregory the Great School while her  youngest son currently attends St. Gregory's. Christine began working at St. Gregory's in 2010 as a Middle School and STEM assistant.  In 2013, she became St Gregory's Middle School science teacher.   When she's not teaching, Christine can be found on the sidelines cheering on her sons at their many sporting events. Christine enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and baking.

Sra. Salcedo

Spanish Pre-K-8

Señora Salcedo comes from Perú, South America. She has been teaching for four years and received her Bachelor's Degree in Spanish from Western Connecticut State University. She is currently working on her Master's Degree at Sacred Heart University.  Señora Salcedo is also currently teaching at St. Rose of Lima School. She loves to teach Spanish to all students and enjoys changing classrooms and interacting with students in every grade level.

Mrs. Anne Beckwith

Art K-8

Mrs. Anne Beckwith graduated magna cum laude from the University of Bridgeport with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education and holds a Connecticut State certification to teach art in Pre-K through grade twelve. She did intense studio work in painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, weaving, enameling and jewelry making. After graduating she substitute taught art in the Bridgeport and Trumbull Public School systems and at the same time studied painting in the graduate art program at the University of Bridgeport. 

Shortly after that she began working in computers for three companies; going from assistant to the comptroller to engineering assistant to design system programmer analyst. During that time she took programming classes at Norwalk Community College, engineering classes at Bridgeport Engineering Institute and was matriculated into the computer information systems graduate program at the University of New Haven where she took numerous classes.

After taking some time off she went back to her first love teaching art. She substitute taught art in the Fairfield and Weston Public school systems for three years.   She has been the art teacher at St. Gregory the Great School and Saint Mary School in Bethel for the last ten years.  Presently, she pursues fine arts and jewelry making at home and in workshops.

Mrs. Laurie Haskins

Music Pre-K-8

Mrs. Laurie Haskins came to St. Gregory the Great School in the fall of 2011 to teach general music to Pre-K through 8th Grade.  Her path in becoming a music educator began when she rediscovered a passion for playing the piano during her years as a stay-at-home mom.   This led to an audition for the music department at Western CT State University, and ultimately graduating in 2004 with a B.S. degree in Music Education.  Since then, Mrs. Haskins has attended numerous early childhood and elementary music workshops and graduate courses in music pedagogy at WCSU and Hofstra University.   She is currently studying piano pedagogy with Patricia Lutnes, retired adjunct professor at WCSU.  Mrs. Haskins retains her Provisional CT Certification (049) for Music PreK-12.  

There is always something exciting happening throughout the calendar year in the music and drama classes at St. Greg’s.  Liturgical prayer services and the Christmas concert help foster and strengthen our Catholic identity.  Every spring, the middle school students participate in a high-quality musical production.  All students at St. Gregory the Great School have many performance opportunities that teach them confidence and poise and gives them a chance to shine!

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