TEMPORARY AND EXTENDED AT-HOME INSTRUCTION, PK-8

Current students who are unable to immediately return to school in the fall or those who need to temporarily move to distance learning while their classmates are attending in-person classes will continue to receive some instruction (live and/or recorded) from their teachers as part of their school and class communities.

 

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Our Teachers

Christin Peloso

Admissions Coordinator, St. Gregory the Great School, Danbury

Grades Taught
I was a LA and English teacher at Bethel Middle School and High School for seven years.

Degrees/Colleges
Secondary Education/English Degree and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology

Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
Our wonderful community and feeling God’s presence in all we do.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
Travel, cook, work outdoors, spend time with my family, shop at Target 🙂

John Agostino

Catholic Academy of Stamford

Grades Taught
Middle School (6th, 7th, and 8th)

Degrees/Colleges
• Masters Degree, Social Studies Secondary Education (Fairfield University)
• Bachelor of Arts, History (Southern New Hampshire University)

Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
• Teaching students about how they can learn from the examples of the great Saints and Martyrs throughout history.
• Teaching students how they can model Christ’s examples in their everyday lives.
• Being able to share stories of the faith (including inspirational Biblical passages) and have meaningful discussions based on them.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
• Watch major league baseball games, collect political memorabilia and watch classical movies

Lauren Korres

Assumption Catholic School, Fairfield

Grades Taught
4th grade

Degrees/Colleges
• Bachelor of Science in Education (Central Connecticut State University)
• Master of Arts in School Library Media (Fairfield University)

Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
My favorite part about being a Catholic School teacher is being welcomed into a small family-oriented community. Everyone (staff, students, parents and community members) knows each other and helps out when and where ever needed. I enjoy providing the opportunity to educate each student not only academically and socially, but also morally and spiritually as they grow in their faith.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
I enjoy watching and rooting for my favorite sports teams. (baseball-Yankees and football-Giants)Going to the beach, hiking, and spending time outdoors with friends and family.

Sarah Bojnec

St. Catherine of Siena School, Trumbull

Grades Taught
1st grade

Degrees/Colleges
• Masters of Arts in Teaching - Major and Certification: Elementary Education (Sacred Heart University)
• Bachelors of Arts and Science- Major: Communication (Western Connecticut State University)

Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
My favorite thing about being a Catholic school teacher is the opportunity to teach my students more about the faith, specifically the rosary! I am so excited to teach my class how to pray the rosary and pray it as a group once a week.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
In my free time I like to read, paint, draw, cook, and take my dog for hikes.

Clare Foertsch

St. Gregory the Great School, Danbury

Grades Taught
Ms. Foertsch has experience in the field of education from tutoring in Siena’s Writing Center for three years and from interning with both a special education teacher and a school psychologist. She has also volunteered at St. Francis of Assisi in Weston as an assistant second-grade religious education teacher, and at St. Greg’s as a classroom assistant in the Pre-K 4s. She is currently working at St. Greg’s as an assistant first-grade teacher

Degrees/Colleges
• Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Siena College)
• Currently enrolled in the Aquinas Fellowship Program and pursuing a Master’s degree at Fairfield University

Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
Teaching the student spiritually, as well, as academically.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
Crocheting, sewing, gardening, and spending time with friends and family!

Tim Bishop

St. James School, Stratford

Grades Taught
6th-8th grade

Degrees/Colleges
• Secondary Education English (Western Connecticut State University)
• Currently pursuing Graduate Degree at Fairfield University


Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
The community between staff, students and families.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
Write, read, hike, and play softball.

Geri Galasso

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy, Wilton

Grades Taught
1st, 4th, 6/7/8 math

Degrees/Colleges
B.S. Education, M.B.A. Finance, M.S. Elementary Education

Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
I have worked at Our Lady of Fatima for nineteen years and I would never teach anywhere else. I enjoy watching my students grow and mature; and I have been privileged to celebrate their high school and college successes.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
Reading is my favorite hobby and this summer I enjoyed a new genre of historical novels. I am also passionate about interior design and my present project is my daughter’s new apartment.

Holly Young

Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Shelton

Grades Taught
Kindergarten, 3rd/4th, Resource

Degrees/Colleges
• Bachelors in Elementary Education (University of Rhode Island)
• Bachelors in Psychology (University Rhode Island)
• Masters degree in Education (Sacred Heart University)

Favorite Thing About Being a Catholic School Teacher
I love the tight knit communities of the Catholic schools. Each school feels like one big family.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
Hiking, reading, camping & spending time with my family!

Cassia Feith

Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Shelton

Grades Taught
5th and 6th

Degrees/Colleges
• Bachelors in Psychology (University of Bridgeport)
• Bachelors in Education (Brazil)
• Masters degree in Elementary Education (University of Bridgeport)

Favorite Thing About Being a Catholic School Teacher
I love being able to not only help children develop their intellectual and cognitive abilities, but also teach them to love and respect others, and help them be their best selves at all times.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
I love travelling, reading and spending time with my own family.

Joanna Vill

St. Joseph School, Danbury

Grades Taught
Currently 2nd grade, but I have taught 4th and Kindergarten

Degrees/Colleges
• BS in Elementary Education/ American Studies (Western Connecticut State University)
• Masters in Education (University of Saint Joseph)
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Favorite Thing About Being a Catholic School Teacher
I love that I can share my faith with my students and help them build their own personal relationship with the Lord.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
Camping, crafting, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Joy Ann Thomas-Evans

St. Augustine Academy, Bridgeport

Grades Taught
Kindergarten through grade 12

Degrees/Colleges
• BA Management, MSC Education with a Specialization in Reading SYC Special Education (currently)

Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
My favorite thing about being a Catholic school teacher is being able to cater to the needs of the whole child. Socially, emotionally, spiritually and academically. I also love the diversity, and being able to understand and acknowledge students’ cultural identities.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
Reading, traveling, dancing, and theatre.

Jessica Pincheon

St. Catherine of Siena School, Trumbull

Grades Taught
2nd grade

Degrees/Colleges
• 6th Year Education (Southern Connecticut State University)
• MS Special Education (College of New Rochelle)
• BS Elementary Education (Iona College)

Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
Catholic School has always meant “family” to me. I attended a Catholic school in NY and am still friends with my old classmates! I am blessed to work with the students and wonderful colleagues.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
Spending time with my family, reading, and baking.

PROCESS FOR ENROLLMENT

Contact your school building leader today who will set up a meeting with our distance learning staff.

PROCESS FOR ENROLLMENT

Contact your school building leader today who will set up a meeting with our distance learning staff.

HOW IT WORKS

Students who are receiving at-home instruction will be assigned a diocesan learning support teacher who will coordinate the child’s education needs with the school and the parent as well as provide academic support.

YOU’RE STILL A PART OF YOUR COMMUNITY

Temporary and extended at-home instruction is arranged through the school principal and is coordinated at the diocesan level.

Students will continue to be part of their class and school community class and school community. While each students’ distance learning plan is personalized through conversations with your principal and diocesan distance learning staff, students will generally receive instruction, assignments, and will receive instruction, assignments, and feedback from their classroom teacher(s) who will:

  • Use an online Learning Management System (LMS) such as Google Classroom or Seesaw as directed by school leader to plan and share lessons and communicate with students and families
  • Engage students learning at home at least four days each week with instruction through live streamed or recorded mini lessons, and curated video resources (ex. Khan academy, Brainpop, Ted talks)
  • Assign and provide feedback and grades on work and assignments
  • Communicate in advance, a schedule topics, sessions (if recording live) and assignments

DISTANCE LEARNING SUPPORT TEACHER

Students will be assigned a Distance Learning Support Teacher who will provide small-group instruction and support while they are learning from home. Distance Learning Support Teachers will:

  • Provide 1-1 or small group, grade level appropriate instruction twice per week for students on caseload
  • Pre K- Focus on literacy and social skills
  • K/1- Focus on literacy
  • 2-5- Focus on Math and ELA
  • Middle School- Focus on Math & ELA and provide opportunity for students to receive support in other core subjects
  • Coordinate with classroom teachers to join classroom teachers’ LMS and stay abreast of upcoming assignments
  • Make regular contact with students and families

STUDENT EXPERIENCE

Pre-Kindergarten

  • Live streamed circle time and pre recorded videos for read aloud, religion, literacy, movement, and math skills throughout the week with accompanying assignments
  • Distance Learning Support teachers will provide twice weekly 1-1 or small group live sessions to focus on literacy and social skills
  • Specials posted weekly activities in LMS (art, music, and PE)
  • Parents to provide an adult who will take an active role in guiding the student through teacher-directed and/or designed learning activities

Grade 2 - 5

  • Pre recorded or recorded live mini lessons, or curated videos for literacy, math, religion, science and social studies instruction throughout the week with accompanying assignments
  • Distance Learning Support teachers will provide twice weekly 1-1 or small group live sessions to focus on literacy and math
  • Specials post weekly activities in LMS (art, music, and PE, Spanish if feasible)
  • Parents to be partners for students learning at home and may need to help students get organized to manage their time
  • Teachers may consider live streaming snack or an activity once per week to build community

Middle School

  • Pre recorded or recorded live mini lessons, or curated videos for literacy, math, religion, science and social studies instruction throughout the week with accompanying assignments
  • Distance Learning Support teachers will provide twice weekly 1-1 or small group live sessions to focus on math and ELA and provide an opportunity for students to receive support in other major content areas
  • Specials post weekly activities in LMS (art, music, and PE, Spanish if feasible)
  • Teachers may consider live streaming or recording homeroom or offering office hours once per week to build community

Our Teachers

Click on a teacher below to view their biography,

John Agostino

John Agostino

Catholic Academy of Stamford
Tim Bishop

Tim Bishop

St. James School, Stratford
Sarah Bojnec

Sarah Bojnec

St. Catherine of Siena School, Trumbull
Cassia Feith

Cassia Feith

Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Shelton
Clare Foertsch

Clare Foertsch

St. Gregory the Great School, Danbury
Geri Galasso

Geri Galasso

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy, Wilton
Lauren Korres

Lauren Korres

Assumption Catholic School, Fairfield
Christin Peloso

Christin Peloso

Admissions Coordinator, St. Gregory the Great School, Danbury
Jessica Pincheon

Jessica Pincheon

St. Catherine of Siena School, Trumbull
Joy Ann Thomas-Evans

Joy Ann Thomas-Evans

St. Augustine Academy, Bridgeport
Joanna Vill

Joanna Vill

St. Joseph School, Danbury
Holly Young

Holly Young

Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Shelton

John Agostino

Catholic Academy of Stamford

Grades Taught
Middle School (6th, 7th, and 8th)

Degrees/Colleges
• Masters Degree, Social Studies Secondary Education (Fairfield University)
• Bachelor of Arts, History (Southern New Hampshire University)

Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
• Teaching students about how they can learn from the examples of the great Saints and Martyrs throughout history.
• Teaching students how they can model Christ’s examples in their everyday lives.
• Being able to share stories of the faith (including inspirational Biblical passages) and have meaningful discussions based on them.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
• Watch major league baseball games, collect political memorabilia and watch classical movies

Tim Bishop

St. James School, Stratford

Grades Taught
6th-8th grade

Degrees/Colleges
• Secondary Education English (Western Connecticut State University)
• Currently pursuing Graduate Degree at Fairfield University


Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
The community between staff, students and families.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
Write, read, hike, and play softball.

Sarah Bojnec

St. Catherine of Siena School, Trumbull

Grades Taught
1st grade

Degrees/Colleges
• Masters of Arts in Teaching - Major and Certification: Elementary Education (Sacred Heart University)
• Bachelors of Arts and Science- Major: Communication (Western Connecticut State University)

Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
My favorite thing about being a Catholic school teacher is the opportunity to teach my students more about the faith, specifically the rosary! I am so excited to teach my class how to pray the rosary and pray it as a group once a week.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
In my free time I like to read, paint, draw, cook, and take my dog for hikes.

Cassia Feith

Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Shelton

Grades Taught
5th and 6th

Degrees/Colleges
• Bachelors in Psychology (University of Bridgeport)
• Bachelors in Education (Brazil)
• Masters degree in Elementary Education (University of Bridgeport)

Favorite Thing About Being a Catholic School Teacher
I love being able to not only help children develop their intellectual and cognitive abilities, but also teach them to love and respect others, and help them be their best selves at all times.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
I love travelling, reading and spending time with my own family.

Clare Foertsch

St. Gregory the Great School, Danbury

Grades Taught
Ms. Foertsch has experience in the field of education from tutoring in Siena’s Writing Center for three years and from interning with both a special education teacher and a school psychologist. She has also volunteered at St. Francis of Assisi in Weston as an assistant second-grade religious education teacher, and at St. Greg’s as a classroom assistant in the Pre-K 4s. She is currently working at St. Greg’s as an assistant first-grade teacher

Degrees/Colleges
• Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Siena College)
• Currently enrolled in the Aquinas Fellowship Program and pursuing a Master’s degree at Fairfield University

Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
Teaching the student spiritually, as well, as academically.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
Crocheting, sewing, gardening, and spending time with friends and family!

Geri Galasso

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy, Wilton

Grades Taught
1st, 4th, 6/7/8 math

Degrees/Colleges
B.S. Education, M.B.A. Finance, M.S. Elementary Education

Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
I have worked at Our Lady of Fatima for nineteen years and I would never teach anywhere else. I enjoy watching my students grow and mature; and I have been privileged to celebrate their high school and college successes.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
Reading is my favorite hobby and this summer I enjoyed a new genre of historical novels. I am also passionate about interior design and my present project is my daughter’s new apartment.

Lauren Korres

Assumption Catholic School, Fairfield

Grades Taught
4th grade

Degrees/Colleges
• Bachelor of Science in Education (Central Connecticut State University)
• Master of Arts in School Library Media (Fairfield University)

Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
My favorite part about being a Catholic School teacher is being welcomed into a small family-oriented community. Everyone (staff, students, parents and community members) knows each other and helps out when and where ever needed. I enjoy providing the opportunity to educate each student not only academically and socially, but also morally and spiritually as they grow in their faith.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
I enjoy watching and rooting for my favorite sports teams. (baseball-Yankees and football-Giants)Going to the beach, hiking, and spending time outdoors with friends and family.

Christin Peloso

Admissions Coordinator, St. Gregory the Great School, Danbury

Grades Taught
I was a LA and English teacher at Bethel Middle School and High School for seven years.

Degrees/Colleges
Secondary Education/English Degree and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology

Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
Our wonderful community and feeling God’s presence in all we do.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
Travel, cook, work outdoors, spend time with my family, shop at Target 🙂

Jessica Pincheon

St. Catherine of Siena School, Trumbull

Grades Taught
2nd grade

Degrees/Colleges
• 6th Year Education (Southern Connecticut State University)
• MS Special Education (College of New Rochelle)
• BS Elementary Education (Iona College)

Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
Catholic School has always meant “family” to me. I attended a Catholic school in NY and am still friends with my old classmates! I am blessed to work with the students and wonderful colleagues.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
Spending time with my family, reading, and baking.

Joy Ann Thomas-Evans

St. Augustine Academy, Bridgeport

Grades Taught
Kindergarten through grade 12

Degrees/Colleges
• BA Management, MSC Education with a Specialization in Reading SYC Special Education (currently)

Favorite Thing About Being A Catholic School Teacher
My favorite thing about being a Catholic school teacher is being able to cater to the needs of the whole child. Socially, emotionally, spiritually and academically. I also love the diversity, and being able to understand and acknowledge students’ cultural identities.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
Reading, traveling, dancing, and theatre.

Joanna Vill

St. Joseph School, Danbury

Grades Taught
Currently 2nd grade, but I have taught 4th and Kindergarten

Degrees/Colleges
• BS in Elementary Education/ American Studies (Western Connecticut State University)
• Masters in Education (University of Saint Joseph)
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Favorite Thing About Being a Catholic School Teacher
I love that I can share my faith with my students and help them build their own personal relationship with the Lord.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
Camping, crafting, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Holly Young

Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Shelton

Grades Taught
Kindergarten, 3rd/4th, Resource

Degrees/Colleges
• Bachelors in Elementary Education (University of Rhode Island)
• Bachelors in Psychology (University Rhode Island)
• Masters degree in Education (Sacred Heart University)

Favorite Thing About Being a Catholic School Teacher
I love the tight knit communities of the Catholic schools. Each school feels like one big family.

Things You Like To Do For Fun
Hiking, reading, camping & spending time with my family!