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. To reach any faculty or staff please call 413-567-0907 or click email link in Bio.

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 .

Pre-Kindergarten 3
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

Pre-Kindergarten 3 Aide: Mrs. Wroblesky brings enthusiasm and adaptability to the classroom.  She resides in East Longmeadow with her husband and two sons.

Pre-Kindergarten 4 (5 day)
Mrs. Griffin received holds a masters degree in Elementary Education. Prior to joining our team she taught preschool in East Longmeadow.  She resides in East Longmeadow with her husband and 3 grown children. To contact Mrs. Griffin email .

Pre-Kindergarten Aide: Ms. Chapdelaine loves spending time with the children.  She has had the opportunity while at St. Mary’s to be in both the PreK 4 and Kindergarten rooms and truly loves her job.

Pre-Kindergarten 4 (3 day)
Ms. Wasiuk graduated from Assumption College. She has over 18years of teaching experience and loves teaching at the PreK level. To contact Ms. Wasiuk email.

Pre-Kindergarten Aide: Mrs. Barnhart holds a degree in Mass Communications from Westfield State University and has worked as a teachers aide for many years.  She is affectionately referred to as “Miss Anne” by the students .  Mrs. Barnhart resides in Longmeadow with her husband and two sons.

Mrs. Kane graduated from AIC and has been working with younger children for over 20 years.  She truly enjoys working with the young children. Mrs. Kane resides in Agawam with her husband and two children.  To contact Mrs. Kane email .

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 14 years!

First Grade
Ms. Landry received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Mathematics from Stonehill College. Ms. Landry also has her Masters in the Art of Teaching Mathematics from Western New England University. To contact Ms. Landry email .

First Grade Aide: Ms. Sawyer received her Para Professional Certificate from STCC.  She is a fantastic addition to the first grade class and brings lots of energy and creativity to the room.

Second Grade
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 14 years! To contact Mrs. Widmer email .

Third Grade
Ms. O’Neill received her degree from UCONN.  She loves her work at St. Mary’s and is excited for another fun school year. To contact Ms. O’Neill  email .

Fourth Grade
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 .

Fifth Grade
Mrs. Gonzalez received her degree in Elementary Education in 2000 and has been in Catholic Education since. She brings excitement and fun to each of her lessons. To contact Mrs. Gonzalez, email .

Sixth Grade Homeroom (Religion and History)
Mrs. Kelley received her degrees from Bay Path and American Public University.  She had worked in the Longmeadow Public Schools prior to joining us.  Mrs. Kelley is looking forward to an exciting school year.  To contact Ms. Kelley email .

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 .

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 .

Ms. Smith is excited for another fun 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.

Mr. Holmes will be teaching Spanish to our students grades 4th-8th.  To contact Mr. Holmes email.

Physical Education/Health
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.

School Secretary
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 .

School Nurse
Stephanie Lord, RN – Nurse Stephanie loves what she does and it shows! She is looking forward to keeping everyone healthy and safe this year.  To contact Nurse Stephanie email

Events Coordinator
Amy Mendrala – Mrs. Mendrala is looking forward to another great year at St. Mary’s.  She joined the team in October of 2020 and has over 25 years in the fundraising/event planning area.  Mrs. Mendrala resides in Feeding Hills with her husband and two sons. To contact Mrs. Mendrala, email .