We welcome nine outstanding individuals to The Ursuline School faculty and staff! They are enthusiastic and ready to encourage our students to explore, discover, and expand their capacity for learning.
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Deirdre Gaughan, English Department. Ms. Gaughan will be teaching English 8 and English 10. She holds a Master's degree in Literature from The University of San Diego. Ms. Gaughan has been teaching for 25 years and has taught English at the primary and secondary level in courses ranging from 5th grade Language Arts through AP English Literature and Composition. She is currently also an adjunct professor in the MBA program at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Ms. Gaughan is thrilled to return to Ursuline where she spent 18 wonderful years as a member of the faculty and the administration!
Rivka Genesen, Library. As Assistant Director of Library Services, Ms. Genesen will be focusing on research skills and practice. A native of northern New Jersey, Ms. Genesen received her BA from Rutgers College, an MLS from Queens College, and a certificate in school library media from the University of West Georgia. Her prior experience includes four years as Director of the library at The Heritage School in Newnan, Georgia and eight years in book publishing at W.W. Norton. At Norton, she became great friends with an Ursuline alumna and was very excited to learn of the opening for this position in the library.
Sonia Zoida Fragale, World Languages Department. Mrs. Zoida Fragale will teach Italian 7, 8 (middle school) and Italian 1, 4 (high school). Mrs. Zoida Fragale previously taught Italian at St John's Prep in Astoria. She grew up in Italy and earned her Master's degree in Languages and Translation at the University of Palermo in Sicily. Mrs. Zoida Fragale also teaches Italian in an after-school program in Eastchester. She loves to travel and has worked in the tourism industry.
Bill Childs, Building Security. After spending 35 years with the New Rochelle Police Department, Mr. Childs joins Ursuline in a new role. He has strong Ursuline ties, as both his wife and daughter are Ursuline alumnae.
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Dr. Laurie Adamo, Music Department. Dr. Adamo will be directing the High School Choir and the Honors Choir as well as continuing as the Varsity Golf Coach. She earned her Doctoral degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she served on the Theory Faculty for 10 years. Dr. Adamo holds degrees in piano performance, theory and vocal accompanying and has performed extensively in the NYC area and in Italy. She is currently the Music Director/Organist at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scarsdale. Dr. Adamo is also the mother of two Ursuline alumnae, Alessandra (2014) and Francesca (2017).
Darlene Vallar, Math Department. Mrs. Vallar will be teaching Geometry and Algebra 2. She graduated with a BS in Mathematics from Fordham University and brings 11 years teaching experience to Ursuline. A hobby Mrs. Vallar is passionate about is photography. She first discovered her love of photography in college and hasn't put down her camera since, capturing fragments of life one click at a time.
Amanda Martino, English Department. Ms. Martino is an Ursuline alumna, class of '09. She will be teaching 7th and 9th grade English. After earning her BA in English from Iona College, Ms. Martino received two Master's degrees: an MST in Adolescent English Education and also an MST in Adolescent Special Education from Fordham University. She loves writing and has previously worked as a journalist.
Sue Ellen Evangelista, Science Department. Ms. Evangelista is also an Ursuline alumna, class of '13. She will be teaching Chemistry 10, Chemistry Honors, and Physics. Ms. Evangelista earned her BS in chemistry with minors in biology and mathematics at Iona College. She then completed her Masters in Adolescent Education this past May. Ms. Evangelista has published two papers in Langmuir (peer reviewed scientific journal) entitled "Effects of Acyl Chain Unsaturation on Activation Energy of Water Permeability across Droplet Bilayers of Homologous Monoglycerides: Role of Cholesterol" and "Enthalpic Effects of Chain Length and Unsaturation on Water Permeability across Droplet Bilayers of Homologous Monoglycerides".
Kristy O'Brien, Reading and Language Development Department. Mrs. O'Brien is an Ursuline alumna, class of '96. She graduated with a BA in Education and Sociology from Manhattan College and received her Master's from the College of New Rochelle. Mrs. O'Brien is a certified Reading Specialist. In addition, she brings to Ursuline her experience teaching at the Marymount School of New York for 17 years, working with a variety of grade levels. Mrs. O'Brien has two young children and, in her free time, Mrs. O'Brien enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.