Principal: Mr. Andrew Malionek
For 17 years, I taught high school Theology in and around the city of Boston. I grew up in Hyde Park, MA. and graduated from Assumption College with a BA in Theology and a minor in Philosophy. After receiving my Masters in Philosophy from Boston College, I studied the Medieval and Renaissance time periods at Keble College (Oxford University). My wife Kate and I then moved to Scotland where I received a MPHIL in Religious Studies from the University of Aberdeen. I have been married for 16 years and have two daughters (Anna – 10 and Kendall – 8). My book Reclaim the Self: The Complexity of Identity was published in 2010 by Common GroundPublishing.
Office Administrator, Mrs. Kathy Flynn
Director of Admissions & Grade 5 Teacher Mr. Mark Smith
Hello, my name is Mark E. Smith and I am the fifth grade teacher and Director of Admissions here at St. Peter School. After 10 years of working in film production I decided to change careers and work towards my Masters degree in Education. I received my Masters in Education in the spring of 2008 from Lesley University with a focus on the creative arts.
St. Peter School offers so much more than a great education, I feel it is our goal not only to provide a great academic education, but to instill and teach the core values that will benefit all the students who pass through this school for years to come. I like to think that students are constantly being challenged and engaged in my classroom, from working on a group project turning one of our literature novels into a “graphic novel”, to our overnight trip in April to Nature’s Classroom on Cape Cod. Students here at St. Peter will always be encouraged, treated with respect and challenged to be the best that they can be.
To find out more about what we do in Grade 5, please visit the Grade 5 page.
Director of Advancement, Mrs. Kimberlie Winter
My name is Kimberlie Winter and I am delighted serve as St. Peter School’s Director of Advancement. As a long-time school parent and parishioner I have served in many roles: School Board Member, Parent Association Co-Chair, Event Chair, Committee Member, Parish Council Member and Religious Education Instructor. Over the years, I have grown to know the school and parish community and love it for the vibrant and unique place it is!
I have a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from UMass Amherst. After college I worked at Harvard University’s School of Public Health before moving on to the private industry. I was then employed during the software boom & bust at Ziff-Davis Publishing, Ziff Interactive, Interchange Online, AT &T Online and Nets Incorporated. All these were iterations of the same company with many of the same players and I worked in various roles: Administrator, Business Manager, Financial Analyst and Functional Controller. It was an exciting time and I had the opportunity to hone my business, financial and client and vendor management skills . After Nets Inc. shut down, I moved on to Restrac (later known as WebHire), where I was a Manager in Client Services.
I look forward to continuing and growing our successful advancement program. With the help of everyone in our community, I am sure we will have a successful year!
Director of Technology: Mrs. Abigail Lewis-Bowen
I’m very happy to be overseeing school technology and information systems at Saint Peter, where I have been a parent and volunteer since 2011. Prior to having a family, I had a career at IBM where I managed User Experience Standards and Information Discovery for the IBM Corporate Intranet. I also worked as an Intranet consultant at Johnson & Johnson, Stand for Children, and with the Intranet Benchmarking Forum. I have a B.A. in French from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. in Information Management from Syracuse University.
Carol Kean, RN, School Nurse
After graduating from Bentley University, I worked in IT for fifteen years before becoming a Registered Nurse. I’ve spent the last eight years in school health, most recently in Lincoln Public Schools and previously at the Cotting School in Lexington and Boston College Health Services. I’ve been fortunate enough to live and work in England, France, and Canada and am excited to be part of this wonderful international community here at St Peter’s School.
Sheila O’Shaughnessy, RN, School Nurse
Hello! My name is Sheila O’Shaughnessy and I am delighted to be joining the wonderful staff at St. Peter School as one of the school nurses. After graduating from college with a degree in Psychology, I traveled around Ireland and North Africa and worked as a cook for almost two years on boats in the Caribbean. Having gotten the travel bug out of my system, I decided to go back to UMass Boston and pursue a degree in nursing. While at nursing school I met my husband and after graduating, we moved to New York City where I worked at Mount Sinai Hospital as a maternity nurse. My teenage daughters were born there, and started school in Queens, New York where there were 138 languages spoken at their school! We moved back to Boston to be closer to family and I feel blessed to be back at my alma mater, the place of my baptism and the church where my elderly parents were married over 60 years ago! I look forward to meeting all your children in sickness and in health and will do my best to spread love, kindness, and healthy habits their way.
K1: Ms. Margaret Somerset
Miss Somerset came to St. Peter as an intern in 2012. After graduating from college, she worked in a neuroscience lab at the VA Hospital before returning to St. Peter to teach full-time. In previous roles, she has taught math to elementary school students through the Math Rules! program for Boston Partners in Education and has provided individualized and small-group math and science support in the middle grades as a Resource teacher. Miss Somerset has worked with students in K1 through Grade 8 at St. Peter and is especially grateful for her experiences in Grade 1 as an intern and in K2 as an assistant.
Miss Somerset grew up in Salem, MA and attended a parochial school that has since closed. As an elementary school student she frequently produced extra credit projects and posters with matching manipulatives to “help” her classmates with math and science concepts like place value and kinetic energy. Though well-intentioned, her class’s response was less-than-enthusiastic and she quickly entertained other methods of helping. She formally revisited her interests in “helping” and in the science of learning as an undergrad at McGill University. Miss Somerset’s approach is firmly rooted in the tradition of Catholic education and is strongly influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach, which honors parents as the “first teacher” and the environment as a “third teacher.” She is committed to keeping K1 an academic but creative and expressive place, where students acquire the skills to think critically, the discipline to work hard, and the character to be kind and generous–for their first years at St. Peter and beyond. Miss Somerset has a degree in psychology from the Harvard Extension School and is thrilled to be teaching K1!
K1 Aide & After School Director: Mr. Ethan Selby
Hello! My name is Ethan Selby. This will be my 2nd year teaching at St Peter School. My two new roles will be as a K1 Aide as well as the Assistant Director of the After School program. I have a BA in Film Studies & Theatre from Keene State College in New Hampshire. Previous work has included teaching in After School at John F Kennedy Elementary in Somerville, MA, performing Children’s Theatre at the Boston Children’s Museum, and teaching theatre at Watertown Children’s Theatre and Arlington Center for the Arts. I look forward to another great school year at St Peters!
K2: Ms. Alicia Guide
Welcome! My name is Alicia Guide and I am thrilled to be a kindergarten teacher at St. Peter School. After graduating with my B.A. from Stonehill College, I spent 17 years as a newspaper journalist. But once I had children of my own, I became interested in early childhood education and decided to change careers. For the last three years, I have served as an assistant teacher in kindergarten and pre-K classrooms at St. Mary’s School in Winchester. During this time, I also obtained my teaching license in early childhood education.
Throughout my childhood, I attended Catholic schools in the greater Boston area. Now, I am excited to bring my writing skills and love of children’s literature to St. Peter School, where I can work with children at the beginning of their reading and writing experiences in kindergarten. Children’s books, holidays and the curriculum also inspire me to create themed centers– for math, STEM, literature and art– which provide students with daily opportunities for hands-on learning and exploration. I am looking forward to a wonderful year with my students as they learn and grow academically, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
K2 Aide: Mrs. Kathy Smith
My name is Kathy Smith and I am the aide in the K2 classroom. I graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree. After working for Verizon for many years, I was fortunate enough to stay home with my children while they were young. During this time I discovered the world of non-profit and education. As a site coordinator for Boston Partners in Education, I promoted reading as a fun and relaxing as well as a learning activity. I was also the Director of Religious Education for Saint Peter Parish for 3 years. The highlight of each year was First Communion in May. I am a big advocate for St Peter’s education. My son and daughter are both graduates of St Peter. Their education has been academic, spiritual, social and cultural. They have had an enriching experience in the St Peter environment.
Grade 1: Ms.Rachel Sminkey
Welcome! My name is Rachel Sminkey and I am so blessed and excited to be the first grade teacher here at St. Peter School. I have earned my Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Wheaton College and my Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Lesley University.
First grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. I am looking forward to a very exciting and productive year working with your child. I will strive each day to make learning a fun and enriching process for your child. I believe we are a team, working together, to help your child thrive academically. Our collaboration is a key component of a successful year.
Grade 2: Miss Carly Conway
Ms. Conway is enrolled in a Masters program at Lesley University where she is seeking a degree in Early Education. Last year Ms. Conway was the substitute teacher for second grade.
Grade 3: Mrs. Ann Conlon
Hello, my name is Annie Conlon and I am the third grade teacher at Saint Peter School. I graduated from Fairfield University with a B.A. in English and Journalism. I received my Masters Degree in Elementary Education in 2010 from Lesley University.
I have been at St. Peter School since 2011. Prior to that, I covered a year-long maternity position in the Newton Public Schools.
I am so thrilled to be the third grade teacher; I grew up going to Catholic Schools and am proud to be a Catholic school teacher. I look forward to keeping the third graders engaged and challenged while enjoying their classroom experience!
Grade 4: Ms. Jillene Cadigan
Hello! My name is Jillene Cadigan and I am thrilled to be teaching fourth grade here at St. Peter School. I grew up in Arlington MA where I have had the determination to become a teacher since I was a child. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education & Counseling Psychology in 2015 and my Masters Degree in Integrated Elementary and Special Education in 2016, both from Wheelock College in Boston. I posses a Massachusetts Elementary 1-6 teaching license as well as a Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 license.
Prior to coming to St. Peter School I worked within the Cambridge Public schools for 3 years as a student teacher, an intern and most recently as a special education paraprofessional.
As a teacher I help students meet their fullest potential by always providing a classroom that is safe and inviting. I firmly believe that creativity, kindness, and growth can only be achieved if a warm and respectful environment is established prior. I value inclusion, transparency, and candor and work to bring these qualities into any and all environments.
I am excited to shift my focus back to the front of the classroom and to use all my experiences thus far as a catalyst for growing and creating an exceptional classroom community at St. Peter School.
Grade 5: Mr. Mark Smith
(See bio under Director of Admissions)
Grade 6: Mrs. Jane LaVigne
Hello! I have taught in both public and Catholic schools and I am pleased to be a part of the Saint Peter School community this year. I have taught for 23 years at public school and at a Catholic School. Throughout that time I taught from Pre-K through eighth grade for most subjects at some point. I graduated from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education grades 1-8. I most recently was a teacher at Saint Clement school for nine years where I was also responsible for the elementary school as the Assistant Principal. While at Saint Clement I worked on two accreditations and served on the School Board. I believe this has given me a broader understanding of the teacher’s and school’s role in education. I believe that securing an environment of safety and belonging in the classroom enables each student to succeed. I look forward to a great year as we master the curriculum and enjoy each day. As long as I can remember I have wanted to be a teacher … I believe in being a lifelong learner and instilling that in others.
Grade 7 and Middle School Math and Religion: Mr. Robert Gray
I received a B.S. from Boston College and a Masters Degree from Suffolk University and have taken post-baccalaureate classes at Bridgewater State College. For many years I worked for the Gillette Co. in Boston and I was also a ten-year member of the Adjunct Faculty at Suffolk University. I live with my wife in Norwood, MA, and am the father of two grown sons.
I teach Mathematics and Religion to grades 7 and 8. The Mathematics curriculum includes pre-algebra for advanced students and basic seventh and eighth- grade math for on-track students. Both courses include the operations of math for whole numbers, integers, and fractions and decimals. In addition, the concepts of currency, measuring, equations, word problems, and geometry are studied. In summary, the seventh and eighth-grade classes enjoy a rich and full academic challenge supported by a Catholic-Christian atmosphere that stresses self-discipline and character development.
Grade 8 and Middle School ELA: Mrs. Beth Adams
My name is Beth Adams and I am delighted to join the Saint Peter School faculty as the 7th & 8th grade English Language Arts teacher and the middle school resource teacher. Both my children attend the school and I am thrilled to teach in such a wonderful community.
I graduated from Occidental College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Comparative Literature. After college, I attended a two-year teacher education program at the Rudolf Steiner College. I later earned a Master of Arts in Human Development, with an emphasis on adolescent development, from St. Mary’s University.
Over my career, I have taught middle school and high school humanities in both public and private schools. In addition to teaching in the classroom, I spent many years leading wilderness trips for teenagers. I also volunteer for a local organization that educates people about climate change and works to ensure a healthy and livable climate for all children and future generations.
Grade 1-5 Science: Ms. Taylor Petersen
Hello, all! My name is Taylor Petersen and I am so thrilled to join this wonderful community as the elementary science teacher. Science is a fascinating content area that inspires wonder and innovative thought. With the help of a little teacher magic, the Nancy Larson Science Program is sure to delight students with hands-on activities covering a wide range of topics!
I received my B.A. in Psychology, an elementary teaching certificate, and an endorsement to teacher English as a Foreign Language from Gonzaga University in Washington. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I decided to pack up and move to Boston! I recently completed my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. While I was working towards my degree, I worked as a K-1 assistant teacher, a 4th/5th grade special education paraprofessional, and a 4th grade long-term substitute teacher. Now I am looking forward to the next chapter here at St. Peter!
Grade 6-8 Science: Mrs. Ashley Davis
I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and received my degree at Eastern Michigan University in elementary education and integrated science. Yes, I am a Bill’s fan. I have recently completed my Masters degree in science education at Lesley University. I have been lucky to have had a variety of classroom experience. I believe that teaching is what I was born to do and hope to make learning an engaging experience for all students.
Grades 5-8 Social Studies: Dr. Alison MacAdams
I’m Alison MacAdams, the Social Studies/History teacher for grades 5 through 8. I’m excited to be part of this welcoming community of students, teachers, and parents! I am half Brazilian and was raised in beautiful Rio de Janeiro. Before moving to the USA, I finished high school in Paris, France, and attended one year of college at the Sorbonne. I have a B.A. in Romance Languages and Comparative Literature from Brandeis University, where I also completed the requirements towards my M.A. and PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. I love teaching and have worked with many different and diverse student populations over the years. More recently, I had been teaching college courses in writing, world literature, history, Portuguese, and education. I believe a well-educated student is one who can think critically and communicate effectively. I enjoy helping my students find connections between topics and disciplines and like bringing creativity to class activities. I am looking forward to having a fantastic year at Saint Peter School!
Grade K-4 Reading Specialist: Mrs. Anita Kinkead
My name is Anita Kinkead and I am excited and happy to have been asked to return to St Peter’s this school year as the Reading Specialist, Grades: K1 through Grade 4. I am a native French Speaker and have been in education since 1999. I have taught French in elementary, middle and high school settings in both public and private schools. I just completed two workshops earlier this month (August 2017), where I learned about “Assessment of Reading, Cognition, and Learning Abilities Part I and II” at the Carroll School in Waltham, MA. My most recent job was at L’école Internationale Française in Cambridge. I hold a Master’s in Education from Cambridge College and 24 credits towards a Masters in French. In addition to French, I speak Portuguese, Cape Verdean, Wolof and some Spanish.
Spanish: Mrs. Patricia Carazo
Library and Technology: Mrs. Lisa Gentile
My passion for teaching and coaching comes from my life’s experiences, and I attribute my diverse background to my travels and growth in my commitment to learning and passing that knowledge onto others. I believe school is a place where students can learn about different cultures, build friendships and create foundations for the future. My recent accomplishments include going back to college to earn my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and starting my Masters at Merrimack College. I have spent the last two years working as a Paraprofessional and after-school Site Coordinator at the Hoover Elementary School in Melrose. Before Hoover, I worked at Brown Rudnick LLP as a Corporate Legal Executive Assistant, then IT Help Desk Analyst, where I became certified in Microsoft Office and HDI. I hold a Professional Chef’s degree from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, and studied a semester of law at North Shore Community College, of finance at Northeastern University and Art History at Springfield College. I am an active Girl Scout and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi), the Massachusetts Psychology Association, and the Massachusetts School Library Association. I am very excited to be teaching at St. Peter School where I can teach students to understand and use technology effectively, efficiently, purposefully, and creatively in a manner that will enhance their learning and engagement with curriculum.
Art: Ms. Elizabeth Blessing
My name is Elizabeth Blessing and I am very excited to be a part of the Saint Peter School community as the K-8 Art teacher this year! I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with students of all grade levels in the school. My goal as a successful art teacher is to make art a fun, creative and enriching experience for every student. I graduated from Boston College in May 2017, where I double majored in Elementary Education and Studio Art. My background in education, combined with my dedication and passion for art, have enabled me to effectively apply both of these disciplines in my practicum experiences. Before teaching at St. Peter School, my practicum experiences were at Winship Elementary School in Brighton, Thomas A. Edison School in Brighton, and St. Mary of the Assumption School in Brookline. My commitment to education is a motivating force in and outside of the classroom. As a member of the St. Peter School community, I really look forward to working together with the faculty and parents to successfully educate the whole child.
Art: Mrs. Sheila Gilligan (on sabbatical 2017-18)
Born and raised in New Jersey, I moved to Boston and earned my BA at Emmanuel College. My informal education has included employment at a Boston bookstore (as a children’s book rep.), tutoring adults with special needs, managing a retail/wholesale art business, producing and showing my art work, working in production & client service in publishing & advertising, illustrating for publishers and advertisers and, as a parent volunteer, tutoring elementary school students in reading and co-chairing the parent association of an alternative education program in an urban school. I recently earned my Masters in Teaching from Emmanuel College and I continue, when possible, my work as an artist/illustrator.
As a teacher, my job is two-fold: to nurture the development of good, honest, responsible, caring and confident adults who appreciate and value learning, their own humanity (which includes a healthy senses of humor) & spirituality; and to impart knowledge, understandings, skills, and, in particular, that “art is a way of life.” Art works! Enthusiastically beginning my eighth year of teaching at St. Peter School, I have developed a deep appreciation for this special community. It is here that I can enjoy the “Ah hah, I get it!” of a student who’s been struggling to understand a life-drawing concept, or some such. I live in Somerville with my dear, supportive husband, two daughters (both of whom benefitted from their years in our school), two dogs, an elderly cat and an old ring-neck dove. Luckily, at 1.7 miles from Concord Ave., I am within a walk or bike ride to school!
Music: Ms. Danielle Coombe
Ms. Danielle Coombe graduated with honors from Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a focus on voice. She most recently taught General Music in the Fall River Public Schools, and is licensed to teach music at the elementary and secondary levels in Massachusetts. When she is not teaching, she is regularly singing with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (accompanied by the Boston Symphony Orchestra) at both Symphony Hall and Tanglewood Music Center. She plays and is accomplished in piano, flute, saxophone, ukulele, in addition to a number of other string, brass and percussive instruments. She has always been passionate about music and working with children. Ms. Coombe is so thrilled to be working with the fantastic children at St. Peter School!
Physical Education/Health: Mr. Thomas Bonacci
I am the Physical Education and Health teacher at St. Peter School. I am a graduate of Northeastern University, Boston Bouve College, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and Health. I am also President and co-owner of All-Star Gymnastics Center, Inc. located in Chelmsford, MA. I have been teaching children for the past 30 years both in the public and private sector. I have two children who are both graduates of St. Peter School.
The Physical Education Curriculum is designed to help each student understand the need to maintain a healthy body in order to keep the level of participation in various sports and daily activities, and to develop a positive approach towards physical fitness.I have enjoyed teaching at St. Peter School for the past 14 years. It is a pleasure to work with the teachers and staff here.
Kitchen Manager/Chef: Mr. Douglas Pollander
Chef Pollander is a proud graduate of St. Peter School. He went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Food Service Management from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, and is currently completing his Bachelor’s Degree there. Mr. Pollander is an energetic Chef offering over 10 years of experience in the food industry including the Daily Catch in Boston and Servizio Cafe & Corporate Catering in Burlington, MA. His blend of creativity, passion for food, and exceptional cooking skills demonstrate a hardworking, truly dedicated restaurant management professional. He has extensive experience in daily planning and operations experience and is focused on high standards for taste, quality, and nutrition.