Administration

Mr. Lawrence Fitzgerald

Principal

Mr. Fitzgerald was the principal of Sacred Heart School in Groton, CT for 6 years, and principal of the Holy Family Catholic School in Fairfield, CT for 8 years. He is also a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonol.

He serves on the Commission for Independent Schools for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the agency responsible for accrediting all Catholic schools in New England. He has served on the Professional Development Committee, Curriculum Committee, and Technology Committee for the Diocese of Norwich. In addition to his CT state certification as a school administrator and physical education teacher, he also possesses a 6th year professional certificate in administration from Sacred Heart University and has completed the Emmaus Leadership Program for Catholic School Principals.


Ms. Tiffany Ruvolo

Director of Advancement, Communications, & Marketing

Ms. Ruvolo has been teaching in Catholic Schools for nearly 30 years in grades PK through 8th grade. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of N. Florida and is certified in Elementary Education, Middle School Social Studies as well as Middle School Integrated Learning. Ms. Ruvolo has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi honor society for educators . She is has also been a member of  NEASC visiting accreditation committees in New England as well as visiting committees in Florida.

 


Mrs. Betsy Leyden

Business Manager

Mrs. Leyden is an experienced accountant in private industry who has also worked in Catholic Schools.  Mrs. Leyden manages school finances. She and her family are active members of St. Joseph, Rockville and her children attend Catholic school in Manchester.



Mrs. Karen Hoover

Technology Coordinator & STREAM Curriculum Coordinator

Mrs. Hoover is an Educational Technologist who brings many years of experience to this position. She graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Elementary Education from SUNY Oneonta, and has a MS in Instructional Design Technology from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. She has been teaching, and writing for the education industry, for over 20 years. She is an avid reader, puzzler, and golfer and enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. 


Faculty

Mrs. Joan Smith

Pre-Kindergarten

Mrs. Joan Smith graduated from Bentley (College) University with a BS degree in Marketing Management. She has 21 years of teaching experience and has worked with students from Pre-Kindergarten through High School.  She has fifteen years experience in Early Childhood education in Catholic Schools.  She has been an active member of the Middletown Early Childhood Network and has attended numerous workshops that assist in supporting Early Childhood Education.  She is a product of Catholic education and so are her grown children.   Her son and daughter attended St. John School, in Middletown, as well as Xavier and Mercy High School.


Mrs. M. Patricia Cala

Kindergarten

Mrs. Cala graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is certified in Elementary Education and has taught Grades K-2. Her experience includes teaching in: Alabama, Georgia, and Germany. Mrs. Cala enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. 


Mrs. Nicole Kelly

First Grade

Mrs. Kelly graduated from Pace University with a degree in Elementary Education and received her Masters of Art & Teaching from Sacred Heart University. She has been teaching for 28 years, 20 of those years have been dedicated to working in Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Norwich as well as the Archdiocese of Hartford. Mrs. Kelly also holds Connecticut State Certification in Pre-K through grade 6.

Mrs. Theresa Sammataro

Second Grade

Mrs. Sammataro graduated from Teikyo Post University with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Law and received her Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport. She has taught Pre-school for many years and has been teaching Elementary Education in the Norwich Dioceses for the past 10 years. She spent many years teaching Faith Formation for Saint Joseph’s Church in New London. She loves spending time with her family and friends at the beach, traveling and watching football. She also enjoys traveling with her two sons and husband to Delaware. She embraces individuality as a true gift from God and encourages her students to embrace their uniqueness.

Mrs. Ulli Dzimian

Third Grade

Mrs. Dzimian has 21 years of experience educating young learners on the elementary level.  She grew up in Germany and moved to the U.S. where she earned her B.A. degree summa cum laude in Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Hartford.  Her German educational background uniquely qualifies Mrs. Dzimian to blend European teaching concepts with American methodologies.  Mrs. Dzimian and her husband have two daughters who both attended St. John School and Mercy High School.   She has traveled extensively with her family throughout the U.S. and has a special affinity for the American Southwest.


Mrs. Anna Dennehy

Fourth Grade

Ms. Anna Dennehy graduated from the University of Saint Joseph with an Undergraduate degree English and Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Literacy. She holds a Connecticut State Certification in Elementary Education Kindergarten - 6th grade. Ms. Dennehy has been in the education field for 11 years, 7 of those years being in Catholic Education.  In her 11 years in education she has taught in grades kindergarten through 8th in some capacity.  In addition to teaching in Catholic school system Ms. Dennehy attended Catholic institutions from preschool through college.  When she is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her son (who constantly keeps her on her toes) and husband.  


Mrs. Kathy Riordan

Fifth Grade

Mrs. Riordan graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a BA in elementary education, a Masters in Special Education an a 6th Year Certification in Administration.  She is also a CT state certified teacher in grades Pre K to 8th grade.  She has taught and  continues to mentor newly appointed teachers.  She has taught in a pubic school for over 28 years in grades K thru 6th.  She enjoys traveling the world with her husband and her two dogs.  She also loves spending time with her two sons, daughter-in-laws and grandson.  Disney and the White Mountains in New Hampshire are her favorite vacation spots.


Ms. Emilia Lynch

Middle School Literature & Religion

Ms. Lynch graduated from the University of St. Joseph with a B.A. in English and received an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University.   She is certified in Secondary English/Language Arts.  Ms. Lynch is a product of Catholic Education and has been a member of the JPII faculty since the school's inception in 2013.  Throughout her tenure at JPII, she served as faculty advisor for the Yearbook, chaired the faculty Sunshine Club, and co-chaired the JPII NEASC self-study as well being a member on various NEASC Visiting Committees.  Ms. Lynch has a passion for theater and currently oversees the JPII Drama Program.  She serves as the Middle School Team Leader and advises the eighth grade. 


Mrs. Tara Serio

Middle School Science

Mrs. Serio has been teaching for 15 years, the last seven here at JPII. She graduated from Quinnipac University in 2003 with a B.S. in Health Science and a double minor in Biology and Psychology. She continued on at Quinnipiac to earn her Masters in teaching in 2005 for middle and secondary school Biology. She is certified in the state of Connecticut for middle school science and has taught in private, public and in boarding schools.

Mrs. Serio is also our Yearbook Advisor



Mrs. Allison Donnelly

Middle School Math

Allison earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Eastern Connecticut State University and her Masters in Mathematics for Certified Secondary School Teachers from Central Connecticut State University.  She is a Connecticut Certified Professional Teacher in Mathematics for grades 7 – 12.  Prior to joining St. John Paul II, she taught mathematics for over 13 years including 10 years at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford and over 2 years at Xavier High School in Middletown before taking time to be at home with her youngest son.  Allison lives in Middletown with her husband Kevin and their three sons Aidan (JPII alum), Tristan (JPII student) and Kylan (JPII student).


Dr. Victor Triay

Middle School Spanish

Dr. Triay has over 25 years of Spanish teaching experience. He has a B.A. from the University of Florida and a  Ph.D. from Florida State University. He is a full time history professor at Middlesex Community College and a published author. His wife, Emy, is the elementary Spanish teacher at the school.  Dr. Triay also guests lectures in Social Studies and Religion classes at the school.


Mrs. Emilia Triay

Spanish Grades 1 - 8

Mrs. Triay implemented our Spanish immersion program in grades 1-5. Spanish classes meet 3 times a week and students experience only Spanish in her interactive conversational lessons.  She also teams with her husband, Victor, to teach conversational Spanish as part of the middle school program. 


Mrs. Jill Hernandez

Music & Band

Mrs. Hernandez teaches general music preschool-Grade 8 and middle school choir.  A staff member of Future Musicians, Inc., she is also the instrumental teacher and Band Director for Grades 4-8.  Mrs. Hernandez has over 25 years teaching experience and is CT certified in PreK-12 music. She earned her B.A. in music from the University of Hartford and her MA from Central CT State University. 


Mrs. Barbara Lee

Art Teacher

Mrs. Lee graduated summa cum laude with a B.S and MS degree in Art Education from Central Connecticut State University.  She has 26 years of experience teaching art to students from Pre-K through high school and has taught for most of her career in the Lebanon School District in CT.  She holds a Connecticut State Certification in Art Education.  Mrs. Lee loves creating her own personal artwork, camping, swimming and spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.


Support Staff

Mrs. Patty Vadasz

Pre-Kindergarten Instructional Aide

Mrs. Patricia Vadasz has eighteen years of Early Childhood instruction experience. She has instruction experience with both three and four year olds, and is an active member of the Middletown Early Childhood Readiness Network. She has attended numerous workshops to support early childhood education. She has two grown children who attended St. John School, Mercy and Xavier High School. 


Mrs. Kathy Pelletier

Kindergarten Instructional Aide

Mrs. Pelletier is a product of Catholic Education. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Connecticut University where she graduated with honors. She has been part of the JPII community for 8 years. She is a past president of the Home and School Association and has led many programs and fundrasiers. She has three children who have all gone to Catholic schools, two of whom attend JPII. 


Mrs. Nicole Milardo

Resource Room and Extended Day Director

Mrs. Milardo has nineteen years of early childhood teaching experience.  She is a graduate of Briarwood College with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She enjoys cooking, Girl Scouting, family and her pets. 


Mrs. Sophie Formica

Primary Instructional Aide & Extended Day Program

Mrs. Formica has been a paraprofessional over the last several years in local elementary schools.  She obtained her Associates degree in Human Services from Middlesex Community College.

She is a parishioner of St. Sebastian's Church in Middletown and was a C.C.D. teacher there. She is also a past Mentor through the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce. 

Her interests are reading, arts and crafts, and volunteering. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.


Mrs. Scamporino

Aftercare