Trinity Catholic Academy, a Pre-K to Grade 8 school, promotes academic excellence, athletics, and the arts with respect,compassion, and service among our diverse family, inspired by the communion of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.


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Goldsmith Hall

New York, NY 90210

07:30 - 19:00

Monday to Friday

Faculty | Staff Directory

Saint John Paul II Parish
Saint John Paul II Parish
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Mrs. Josie Citta was born and raised in Newburgh, New York.  After graduating from Newburgh Free Academy she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh and graduated Magnum Cum Laude.  She spent three years teaching Math and Social Studies at the Bishop Dunn Memorial School, the campus school of Mt. St. Mary College and started her graduate work at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

In 1982 Mrs. Citta moved to Massachusetts after getting married and continued her graduate work at Worcester State College while raising her family.  In 1987, she received her Master of Education Degree.  During the years of her graduate education, Mrs. Citta was a member of a History Honor Society called Phi Alpha Theta.

In 1994 Mrs. Citta began her long and pleasurable career as a Social Studies teacher and later as the fifth grade teacher at Trinity Catholic Academy.  During those years, Mrs. Citta served on a Teacher Advisory Board that had as its purpose the revamping of educational curriculum at Old Sturbridge Village and attended numerous professional development workshops in many subject areas.  In the summer of 2011, she was part of a group of Catholic school teachers who participated in the Intel Math course offered by the Worcester Diocese at the College of the Holy Cross.  She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Nature’s Classroom.

Mrs. Citta served as Assistant Principal during the 2012-2013 school year.  She is currently the Principal of Trinity Catholic Academy.  In her role as principal, she completed work with the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College through the Emmaus Series, a series of workshops for principals designed to educate principals in all aspects of their position as heads of school.

In July, 2015, Mrs. Citta completed a two-year long principals’ certificate program through Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.  Creighton University’s Catholic School Leadership certificate program certifies Mrs. Citta as a Catholic school principal.  It has provided vast knowledge in the areas of faith leadership, strategic and political leadership, educational and managerial leadership, as well as a deep understanding of the history of Catholic education in America.

Mrs. Citta lives in Charlton with her husband, Sal, and is the mother of two grown sons and grandmother to two beautiful little boys.

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Angela Symock was born and raised in Southbridge, MA. She had always dreamt of being a teacher and after a career change from insurance to education, she received her initial teaching licensure in 2000.  Angela graduated from Anna Maria College with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2005 and earned a Certificate for Advance Graduate Studies (CAGS) in 2015. She has worked for Trinity Catholic Academy since 2000.  She believes in a strong school community and works hard to organize different activities such as the Father Daughter Dance, Mother Son nights, and Breast Cancer Awareness and ALS fundraisers.  She and her husband have been married since 1996 and have two wonderful children.

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Paula Letourneau was born and raised in Southbridge and has lived in the community all her life.  She attended Notre Dame Elementary School until they closed in her 8th grade year.  She is a strong believer of Catholic education.  She received her Associates Degree from Bryant College in Smithfield, RI with a degree in Secretarial Accounting.  Paula and her husband Conrad raised two children who both attended Trinity Catholic Academy and have gone on to successful careers.

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Melissa Hilli is a life-long resident of Southbridge. She attended college in Longmeadow, Massachusetts where she earned her under-graduate degree. She is active in the local business, church and school community. Melissa and her husband Ted celebrated their 25th year anniversary in 2016 and have two children who attended Trinity Catholic Academy preschool through grade 8. Their children are now attending Northeastern University in Boston and Holy Name Catholic High School in Worcester.  Before Melissa became the lead preschool teacher, she was an aide in the preschool room for 12 years and a  substitute teacher for all grades before that.  Melissa is a certified preschool teacher with the State of Massachusetts.

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My name is Sandra Lomme and I am the preschool aide.  I have lived in Southbridge since I married my husband Sam thirty-four years ago.  Previously, I grew up in Sturbridge.  We have three sons, Matthew who is married and has two beautiful children with his wife Tammy.  Bryan, who is also married and lives in Braintree with his wife Nicole and Timothy who is a junior in high school.  My three boys attended Trinity Catholic Academy and have done very well.  I myself attended the school when it was known as St. Mary’s Elementary School.  I previously worked at Trinity while my two older boys attended as the school secretary and am happy to be back working in the Pre-School.

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Alejin Del Valle is a resident of Southbridge, MA and  a member of St. John Paul II Parish.  In 2009 she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Education & Care from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.  Prior to working at Trinity Catholic Academy she worked in a preschool program for 17 years.

She and her family are happy to be part of the Trinity Catholic Academy family where they can share their faith and love in God.

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Lisa grew up in North Grosvenordale, Connecticut. She lived there her entire life until attending Assumption College in Worcester, MA.  At  Assumption, Lisa majored in Politics and developed a love for writing and public policy design- specifically education policy.  After graduating from Assumption in 1992, she began a career as a preschool teacher. Lisa taught preschool in and around Worcester County until the year 2006. In 2006 she was hired as an Applied Behavior Analysis specialist by the Shrewsbury Public Schools. Lisa provided behavior support and intensive direct academic instruction to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder while in Shrewsbury.   There she taught children in the full inclusion classrooms for preschool through grade 6 and obtained a Masters Degree in Special Education Pre-k through 8 from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.  In 2013, Lisa returned to Lesley for a second Masters in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K through grade 2) and Creative Arts in Learning for children with and without disabilities.  During this time, she taught preschool for two years at the Worcester Public  Schools Head Start Program while pursuing this degree. She is licensed in Early Childhood Education and is currently working on a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Developing Systematic Literacy and Language Instruction (Pre-K through 8) from Lesley. Lisa has been married for 19 years and she and her husband Tim have a 16 year old son Spencer. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys listening to music, reading, seeing movies with her family, and playing with her two fur-babies –  her dogs Bailey and Riley. Lisa continues to advocate for and to support families and students with autism spectrum disorder throughout Worcester County. Last year Lisa was named Worcester County’s Ambassador for Autism Speaks and their Light it Up Blue campaign in order to spread awareness throughout the world for autism and pervasive developmental disorders.

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Deborah Curran grew up in Shrewsbury. She now lives in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. She is also a graduate of Holy Name Central Catholic High School. Ms. Curran is a 1982 graduate of Assumption College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She received her teacher’s certificate from Worcester State College in 1984. Ms. Curran has taken Master’s courses. Ms. Curran has been teaching at Trinity Catholic Academy since 1987. She taught twelve years in first grade before moving to second grade.

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Lori Primavera was born in Southbridge. She is a graduate of Marianhill Central Catholic High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Secondary Education from Worcester State College and was  a member of the National Biological Honor Society. She began as a Physical Education teacher in 1998 at Trinity Catholic and has been the Grade 4 teacher since 2005.

Mrs. Primavera received the Tri-Community Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the year award in 2000.

Mrs. Primavera is pursuing her Master Catechesis certification through the Worcester Diocese. She also continues her education through a variety of workshops and courses.

She was the camp director for the Bancroft School Summer Camp for over 10 years.

In 2013, Mrs. Primavera became a part of the Harvard Forest Schoolyard Long Term Environmental Research program.

Mrs. Primavera has coached the girls’ basketball teams for many years. She is also a co-advisor to the Student Council.

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Margo A. LaFleche was born and raised in Southbridge, Massachusetts.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Our Lady of the Elms with a double major in Social Work and Elementary Education.  She received her Master’s Degree in Education from Worcester State College.  Mrs. LaFleche is the advisor to the Faith in Action Team.  She is an active member of Saint John Paul II Parish in Southbridge, Massachusetts. She currently lives in Southbridge with her husband Joseph.

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Miss Todd graduated from Trinity Catholic Academy in 2005. She went on to graduate from St. Peter Marian Jr/Sr High School in 2009. In 2013, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Westfield State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in English Literature. She participated in the University’s Honors Program in addition to being a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Lambda Sigma Honor Societies. Miss Todd graduated with Commonwealth Honors status, which is the highest level of honors a student can earn. Prior to working at Trinity Catholic Academy, she student taught in Westfield, MA at Southampton Road Elementary School. Miss Todd is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Middle School English at Worcester State University. Miss Todd has been teaching at Trinity Catholic Academy since 2013. She is currently the advisor of the National Junior Honor Society.

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Tina Colello grew up in Longmeadow, MA.  She is a 1981 graduate of Tufts University, with a BS in Civil Engineering. Mrs Colello joined the TCA community in 2016.  She has been teaching for two years,  in both high school and middle school classrooms, teaching 8th grade science and math at high school level. She coaches the recently formed TCA math team.

Prior to teaching, Mrs. Colello spent 20 years in the engineering industry, working at government contract companies, and in research and development in the electronics industry.  She has three grown children, and resides with her husband Gary in Woodstock, CT.

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7th & 8th Religion
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Ms Colleen Casey was born & raised in Worcester, MA, and now resides in Holland. She attended catholic schools since first grade.  She attended Rivier College in Nashua, NH where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  She taught for one year at Marta Christi School in Burlington, VT before coming home and began working at Trinity in 1992.  She received her Master’s degree in Education from the University of New England in Biddeford, ME in 2001.  She continues her education through courses and workshops and has been an adjunct professor at Quinsigamond Community College since 2015.

She currently is pursuing her Master Catechesis certification through the Diocese of Worcester.  She has been working with Harvard Forest since 2013 on a schoolyard research program.

Ms. Casey was recognized by the “Salute to Women Who Follow in the Footsteps of Founding Women Religious Educators” at Rivier College in 1998.  She was nominated for Disney Teacher of the Year in 2000.  She was the Tri-Community Area Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year for 2001.  She was nominated to and was accepted into the Who’s Who of American Teachers.

Ms. Casey is a co-advisor to Student Council.  She was a Program Director of Bancroft School summer camp.  She is a member of and participates in accreditations for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, a member of the National Catholic Education Association and the National Science Teachers Association and serves on the Worcester Diocesan science fair committee.  As a member of St. Anne-St. Patrick parish, she is working with the youth group.

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Mr. David Adams was raised in Santa Ana, CA and graduated from Santa Ana Valley High School.  He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1988 and retired after serving over 25 years.  He is a graduate of many formal military schools, including the Expeditionary Warfare School.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland in History and a Master’s Degree in Ancient and Classical History from American Public University.  He is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Management and a Certificate in European History.  He was hired on as the Computer and Social Studies Teacher at Trinity Catholic Academy in 2015.

Mr. Adams resides with his wife in Southbridge and serves as a board member on the Southbridge Redevelopment Authority.

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Maureen Carragher was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA.  She attended St. Joseph’s College in Chestnut Hill, PA.  Taught Grade 3 for five years at St. Hugh’s in Philadelphia.  After getting married she taught Grade 2 at St. Joan of Arc School in Marlton, NJ for one year.  She moved to Massachusetts and stayed at home to raise her three sons.  The boys attended St. Mary’s School in Southbridge where she was very active being President of the PTA for several years.  She worked at Harrington Memorial Hospital for 35 years while being active in her home parish, St. John Paul II.  She serves as a Eucharistic Minister and President of the St. Anne Sodality.  She is thrilled to be a member of the Trinity Catholic Academy family since 2011.

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Susan Grant was born in Palmer, MA and predominately raised in Southbridge. She comes from a large family of seven children.  She attended American International College in Springfield, MA where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree with high honors with majors in Spanish, Elementary Education and Special Education in 1979.  During her undergraduate years, she was president of both the Alpha Chi National Honor Society and of the Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language National Society.

After graduating from American International College, she worked as both a Special Education Teacher and an English-As-A-Second Language Teacher for almost 30 years, in grades kindergarten through grade 12. During her years as a Special Education Teacher, she taught in both substantively separate and full inclusion classrooms.  In 2003, Susan received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Framingham State College.

In addition to completing her Master’s Degree, Susan has completed several courses in Second Language Acquisition through the Massachusetts Department of Education, including a Dual Language Program (Spanish/English). She recently served on the Dual Language Program Steering Committee for the development of a Dual Language program in the Southbridge School system.

For years, Susan has utilized her Spanish speaking skills as both a T.B.E. (Transitional Bilingual Education Teacher) and as an E.S.L. teacher. She has extensive background in language development and acquisition.

After 23 years of teaching, Susan recently retired from the Southbridge Public School System. She has been with the Trinity Catholic Academy faculty since January of 2017.

Mrs. Grant resides with her husband, John in North Grosvenordale, Ct. She has three grown children and three beautiful granddaughters.  She is very active in her church and loves singing in the choir.  Susan is very happy to be a part of the TCA family, where she can share her faith and love of God.

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Mrs. Jennifer Brouillard is a graduate of The University of Maine at Farmington. She has been married for 8 years and has one son. This is Mrs. Brouillard’s first year of teaching. She has always loved being creative and enjoys, even more so, drawing that enjoyment of the creative arts out of her students. In her free time she is the president of the MOMS Club of Charlton/Southbridge where she helps to support a great group of moms. In addition to art and teaching Mrs. Brouillard loves to dance and has taken classes in one form or another almost all of her life.

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Anthony Santilli graduated from Southern Connecticut State University.  He taught in the Southbridge Public School System for 33 years.  He has coached football, basketball and baseball at the high school level and college football at Holy Cross.  He has 2 children, a daughter Tiffany and a son, Timothy.