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 Ground Publishing.
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!
School Nurse: Mrs. Mary Carbeck
I’m so excited to be part of the St Peter Community as the School Nurse; I have been a part of this community much of my life. Originally from Cambridge, I attended the St Peter School till the 4th grade, I was even married at the Church of St Peter!
I am a graduate of Regis College and hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Previously I worked at St Columbkille Partnership School and the Waltham Public Schools as a School Nurse. As the Director of Health Services, I’m delighted to promote health and wellness at St Peter School. I reside in Belmont with my husband and our four children.
Please check out the health section of the website for important updates and notices.
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: Ms. Jean Shaughnessy
K2: Ms. Jessica Leroy
My name is Jessica Leroy. I am a former student of St. Peter School and I’m happy to be returning as a Kindergarten teacher. I received my Masters of Science degree from Wheelock College in Elementary Education and Special Education. Before becoming a teacher, I was a volunteer in the K2 classroom and also filled the roll as a teacher assistant at St. Peter School. I worked at the Baker School in Chestnut Hill Brookline in a first grade classroom and also worked in the learning center providing support for students with IEPs (Individual Education Plan).
I appreciate the strong academic and spiritual foundation I received at Saint Peter School and look forward to developing the hearts and minds of my students.
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 and After School Director: Ms. Lyndsay Eldridge
Hello! I am so excited to be a part of the Saint Peter’s family and I love that I have the opportunity to work with students of all ages in the school.
I graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2013 where I double majored in Elementary Education and History. I have my Massachusetts Elementary Teaching License, 1-6, and am currently enrolled in a Masters Program at Lesley University in Curriculum and Instruction. Before working at Saint Peter’s School I interned in a second grade classroom in New Bedford, MA and I also taught kindergarten for a full school year in Lakeville, MA.
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. Taylor Purcell
Grade 5: Mr. Mark Smith
(See bio under Director of Admissions)
Grade 6: Ms. Jessica Durham
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. Noel Kim
Hello, my name is Noel Kim and I am the elementary science teacher here at St. Peter School. I recently graduated from Boston College with majors in Elementary Education and English. I have been blessed with the opportunity to teach at St. Peter School through Boston College’s Urban Catholic Teacher Corps. I am also a part-time graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction through the Lynch School of Education.
Through the Nancy Larson Science program, pre-k through fourth graders are exposed to science topics ranging from meteorology to ornithology. I hope to instill in the children a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them as they go through this rigorous and hands-on learning program.
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.
Grade 5-8 Social Studies: Mr. Safdar Mahmud
My name is Safdar Mahmud and I teach Social Studies to Grades 5-8. I am very excited and grateful to be a part of the Saint Peter School community.
I have my bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in History and minoring in Political Philosophy. I later completed post-baccalaureate educational training and licensure at Framingham State University. I taught American History and Government courses in various high schools prior to joining the Saint Peter School faculty.
As a social studies teacher, I believe every child has a tremendous potential to become a dynamic global citizen. My objective is to have my students see the importance of active participation in our democratic society and gain the knowledge necessary to make informed and educated decisions for the overall good of society.
Grade K-4 Resource: Mrs. Anita Kinkead
Spanish: Mrs. Patricia Carazo
Library and Technology: Mrs. Abigail Lewis-Bowen
I’m very happy to be teaching digital literacy and managing the Chromebook initiative 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.
Art: Mrs. Sheila Gilligan
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: Mr. Kilian Mooney
Mr. Kilian Mooney is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in Music Education and holds a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. He recently worked as a Chorus Teacher at the Lee Middle School (Citizen Schools) in Dorchester were he was sponsored by the Handel & Haydn Society. Mr. Mooney also served as a Teaching Artist with the Cantata Singers community outreach program in Cambridge
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.