Faculty & Staff
All of our classroom teachers at the Academy are Massachusetts State certified and further their knowledge and skills each year through continuing education courses.
Mrs. MacDonald has been with the Academy for over 25 years! She was the 5th grade teacher for nine years before she became our Principal. She does not consider this a job, instead it is her second home – one that is also filled with love, excitement, and energy. To contact Mrs. MacDonald email or call 413-567-0907 x228.
Previous to SMA, Mrs. Nicholson taught Kindergarten and Pre-K in the Springfield Public School system. She graduated from Elms College and has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood from Westfield State University. She has two grown children and lives in Longmeadow with her husband Paul. To contact Mrs. Nicholson email or call 413-567-0907 x209.
Pre-Kindergarten 3 Aide: Mrs. Wrobelesky is so excited to join our youngest students as a part time aide. She subbed for the school last year and is thrilled to have a permanent position this Fall.
Pre-Kindergarten 4 (5 day)
Mrs. Mankowsky graduated from Westfield State University where she received both her Bachelors in Elementary Education as well as a Master’s Degree in Special Needs. In addition to SMA, Mrs. M runs a summer literacy/yoga program in Belchertown. To contact Mrs. Mankowsky email or call 413-567-0907 x219.
Pre-Kindergarten Aide: Mrs. Chapdelaine loves her position as a Pre-Kindergarten aide at SMA. She enjoys working with children, and being such an important part of their life.
Pre-Kindergarten 4 (3 day)
Mrs. Griffin has her Bachelor’s and her Master’s Degree from AIC in Elementary Education. This is her second year teaching Pre-K 4 at SMA. Previous to joining our team, she taught preschool for 10 years in the Springfield School System. She just loves the energy and excitement this age group offers.
Pre-Kindergarten Aide: Ms. O’Neill received her Bachelors Degree from UCONN in Nutritional Science and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Bay Path University. She loves working with children and is thrilled to be joining the St. Mary’s Academy family.
Mrs. Kane graduated from AIC and has been working with younger children for over 15 years. She is excited to be back at SMA as the Kindergarten teacher as she was previously in this role 5 years ago. She fills her classroom with laughter, learning, and hugs! To contact Mrs. Kane email or call 413-567-0907 x210.
Kindergarten Aide: Mrs. Hussey graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She has been teaching at the Academy for over 10 years!
Ms. Landry received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Mathematics from Stonehill College. Catherine also has her Masters in the Art of Teaching Mathematics from Western New England University. To contact Ms. Landry email or call 413-567-0907 x201.
First Grade Aide: Ms. Sawyer
Mrs. Widmer has her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a reading concentration from Westfield State University. Mrs. Widmer has been teaching at St. Mary’s Academy for over 10 years! To contact Mrs. Widmer email or call 413-567-0907 x202.
This is Ms. Quinn’s third year at St. Mary’s Academy and she’s excited to be part of our team. She previously worked at Blessed Sacrament School in Holyoke and graduated with her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Westfield State University. To contact Ms. Quinn, email or call 413-567-0907 x203
Mrs. Matte graduated from Westfield State University with a Bachelor’s in Education and a concentration in Social Studies. Mrs. Matte has been teaching at the Academy for over 25 years! To contact Mrs. Matte email or call 413-567-0907 x204.
Mrs. Gonzalez is excited to be joining our St. Mary’s Academy family after dedicating her career to Catholic education. She brings excitement and fun to each of her lessons. To contact Mrs. Gonzalez, email or call 413-567-0907 x205.
Sixth Grade Homeroom (Religion and History)
Mrs. Desjardins believes in Catholic Education. Previous to SMA, she taught grades 5-8 for 13 years at St. Mary’s Ware, then took 2 years off to stay at home with her youngest daughter. For the past 6 years she taught at the 4-6 grade levels. Mrs. Desjardins is our 6th grade homeroom teacher and also teaches Social Studies and Religion to our Junior High Students. To contact Mrs. Desjardins, email or call 413-567-0907 x206.
Seventh Grade Homeroom (English and Language Arts)
Mrs. Cannon received her BA in English and Music from UMass Amherst as well as a MA in English with a Certificate in Secondary Education, Musical Theater and Choral Studies. She has worked at the Community Music School of Springfield with the Vivace Chorus and Mater Dolorosa School in Holyoke. To contact Mrs. Cannon email or call 413-567-0907 x207.
Eighth Grade Homeroom (Math and Science)
Mrs. Brodeur has been teaching Junior High Math and Science for over thirty years, obtaining her degree from Westfield State University. Mrs. Brodeur enjoys running our theater department with both a Fall and Spring Performance. To contact Mrs. Brodeur email or call 413-567-0907 x208.
Ms. Smith is excited to join the SMA team this year. She enjoys getting creative with the students and letting them express themselves through Art.
Mr. Barrows graduated from Lowell Technological Institute (now known as UMASS Lowell). He truly enjoys technology and sharing his knowledge with the students in grades K – 6. To contact Mr. Barrows, email by clicking on the link.
Mrs. McDonald has been the Librarian at St. Mary’s Academy since 1991. Mrs. McDonald received her degree from AIC in 1967, and her Master’s in Education from Westfield State in 1975. To contact Mrs. McDonald, email by clicking on the link.
Sr. Christine Lavoie is our reading enrichment teacher. Sister Chris has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the Elms College and a Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in Reading from Westfield State University. To contact Sister Chris, email by clicking on the link.
Mr. Gurt received his degree in Music Education with a Vocal Emphasis from the University of Hartford. To contact Mr. Gurt, email by clicking on the link.
Mrs. Keeney received her degree from Illinois State University and has taught in both public and private schools across the country and is a certified PE teacher in three states. To contact Mrs. Keeney, email by clicking on the link.
Janice Barrows – Mrs. Barrows joined St. Mary’s Academy in 2010 and continues to be the smiling face that greets our families each morning in the front office. She has worked in Catholic education since 1992 and is a wife and mother to four. To contact Mrs. Barrows, email or call 413-567-0907 x200.
Shannon Martin, RN – Nurse Shannon joined St. Mary’s Academy last year, although it feels like she has been part of our SMA family for many years. She absolutely loves her job and prides herself on keeping everyone safe while caring for each student with compassion and care. To contact Nurse Shannon, email or call 413-567-0907.
Amy Mendrala – Mrs. Mendrala is excited to join the SMA staff this year as our Events Coordinator. Amy is extremely organized and will do whatever it takes to see our major fundraising events succeed. In addition to fundraising, Amy handles other major events at the school like our annual Open House, Spelling Bee and Parent’s Night. To contact Mrs. Mendrala, email or call 413-567-0907.
Marketing and Admissions Director
Jenna Banaitis – Mrs. Banaitis joined the St. Mary’s Academy team 7 years ago while both her children attended the Academy. Starting by organizing the school’s fundraisers, her job quickly evolved into a marketing and enrollment role. Her son graduated SMA while her daughter still attends our Junior High. She loves the school and finds it extremely rewarding helping other families make this important academic decision. To contact Mrs. Banaitis, email by clicking the link.