Faculty & Staff Biographies

Mrs. Heather SilveiraPrincipal

Mrs. Christine Butler, Office Administrator

 

Miss Celine Calaguiro, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

As a first year teacher at SainCeline picturet Benedict Academy, I have already realized how wonderful this school is. I feel blessed to have been given this opportunity to join the community here as the Pre-K teacher. Prior to SBA, I taught preschool for two years in Nashua, NH. I greatly enjoy working with children and helping them grow socially, emotionally and cognitively. I believe this is the most exciting age to work with as well as the most rewarding job. I like to say…I fit in with my students because I am still a kid at heart! You will always find bright colors, artwork and fun in my classroom!

I am a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a background in Speech Therapy and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies. I also have a background in Early Education. I am looking forward to continuing my education to receive my Masters.

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy drawing, spending time with my family and my favorite thing to do is spend time at the beach, if it’s sunny, of course! You will also find me watching every Bruins, Patriots and Celtics game!

Mrs. Judy Connors, Kindergarten Teacher

I have been teaching full-day Kindergarten at Saint Benedict Academy since 2006 and I truly love coming to work each day. I am actively involved with my class, utilizing many hands-on, differentiated techniques and I strive to create a learning environment that generates excitement for learning and fosters success for each student! We dramatize bible stories, taste and graph our favorite apples, hibernate along with our teddy bears, blast off to the moon in our homemade rocket ship, observe and examine seed growth, and so many other really cool activities! My experience with children also includes: five years as a Saint Benedict Academy After-School teacher; two years as Camp Counselor at our fabulous SBA summer camp; five years as lead teacher and teacherʼs aide at a Christian preschool in New Boston; two and a half years as a substitute teacher in local elementary schools; as well as serving my community as a Girl Scout leader, CCD teacher, and Director of a week-long backyard summer camp (ages four to eight) for three consecutive summers. I have a passion for teaching little children! I have earned a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Graphic Design, both from Rivier College, Nashua, NH. I am married with two grown daughters, and we enjoy camping and going to the beach!

Miss Kyleigh Judge, First Grade Teacher

Kyleigh Judge PictureIt is truly an honor and a blessing to have the opportunity to teach at Saint Benedict Academy! As an educator, my main goal is to foster a life long love of learning. I am a strong believer in instilling the Catholic values that I cherish greatly in all of my students. I feel as though the tight knit community, the strong teacher/parent support system, and the commitment to academic excellence that fills Saint Benedict Academy, will help us all reach this goal. I am a graduate of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH with a degree in Communication and Education. Currently, I am working towards earning my Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in reading and literacy. One of the greatest blessings that Saint Anselm College brought to me was SBA. As a student, I was able to volunteer in the after school program and complete my semester long internship in Kindergarten and Second grade. It was through these experiences that I realized how special Saint Benedict Academy truly is and how amazing it would be to work here again one day! Prior to returning to SBA, I worked as a special education instructional assistant in Burlington, MA and spent many years (and summers) working at a private preschool. When I am not thinking about the classroom and my students, I love to spend time with my family and friends, read a good book on the beach, and cheer on all of the Boston sports teams! I am so excited to share a wonderful year in first grade with you all!

Mrs. Kathy Johnston, Third Grade Teacher

SBA_portraits_2013_by_Lomanno_0034I have been here at Saint Benedict Academy as a Third Grade teacher since 2003. My first teaching assignment was fourth grade in Philadelphia Pa., then third grade in Jaffrey, NH. I volunteer in my local parish with various Religious Education programs. I was inspired to teach by my third grade teacher who helped teach me that you could achieve whatever you wanted in life. It was around then that I realized how much fun reading could be. I enjoy watching and helping children strive to reach their potential. I enjoy finding activities to challenge children as well as guide them to attain the knowledge to achieve their goals. Working in the Saint Benedict Community is a wonderful experience with a strong sense of family from everyone who is involved. There is great support from parents who are a big part of the children’s education. My education was in Catholic schools from Elementary school through college. I am certified in Elementary Education, and have a Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist. I have been married for 31 years to my husband Kent. We have a 22 year-old son Matthew, who is currently serving in the U.S. Army in Alaska. We have a large close family including young nieces and nephews that we frequently spend time with. In my free time I am usually reading several books and enjoy doing various needlepoint projects.

Mrs. Melissa Piet, Fourth Grade Teacher

Profile Pic (1)I am so excited to be joining the Saint Benedict Academy family. I have been in Catholic schools as an educator for the past 15 years. I spent 14 of those years at the Villa Augustina in Goffstown where I taught both kindergarten and fourth grade: and I spent last year at the Mount Saint Mary Academy where I also taught fourth grade. My inspiration for teaching came from my first grade teacher. Her love of teaching and energy in the classroom made me realize that I wanted to become a teacher too. I would go home every day after school and teach my best friend all that I had learned that day. I grew up in northern New Hampshire where there was no opportunity to attend Catholic school. I went to both public elementary school and high school. When it came time for my daughter to attend school I knew I wanted something different for her. Catholic schools are a special place where the whole community comes together to educate each child. Values and academic rigor are held in high regard and the children have respect for those around them. I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to teach in Catholic schools. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with a minor in history. I also have concentrations in both reading and science. I am state certified to teach kindergarten through sixth grade and hold highly qualified status. I have been married to my husband Keith for 25 years and we have one daughter, Sarah. Sarah is a senior at UNH studying biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology. In my free time I love exploring our great state spending time camping in the mountains and relaxing by the sea. I am an avid reader and love to cook for my family and friends.

Mrs. Tayla Timpe, Fifth Grade Teacher

SBA_portraits_2013_by_Lomanno_0022I didn’t choose Saint Benedict Academy as my place of employment; I believe it chose me. It is a wonderful, warm, loving community. I began my journey of teaching at Saint Benedict as the Fifth Grade Teacher in January of 2009. Before having my own classroom, I completed a yearlong internship in a first grade classroom at a public school in Manchester. I am blessed to be a teacher and so fortunate to have had the experiences I have in just a short period of time. Not only can I teach every day–but I, too, am on a journey of life-long learning. I truly love my job! I am privileged to teach the children of our future and work with such wonderful people who are also committed and dedicated to our mission. I watch my students learn and grow daily. I am certain that with my beliefs and passion for teaching, I am able to teach children in a way they will understand. A child is a child, and every child needs direction, not only from parents and family, but from friends and teachers. I am a caring, devoted, and fair individual who will do anything to make sure children get the education they deserve. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Communication Arts and a minor in American Sign Language. I also hold a Masters degree in Elementary Education. When I am not in the classroom, you will find me spending time with my husband, Mike and our son, Jacob. I enjoy entertaining family and friends, going to the beach, and am a big fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. Susan LaPalme, Sixth Grade Teacher SBA_portraits_2013_by_Lomanno_0039The opportunity to teach at Saint Benedict Academy is truly an honor and privilege. My prior teaching positions have been in both public and private schools, dedicated to working with children of all ages and abilities. I am actively involved in parish life at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Manchester, New Hampshire, and am a member of the Cathedral’s Pastoral Council. Presently, one of my children attends Saint Benedict Academy and one has graduated from there. I am a graduate of Assumption College, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Social and Rehabilitation Services, with a Concentration in Speech, Hearing and Language Pathology. Additionally, I earned a Master of Education Degree from Notre Dame College with a Concentration in Learning and Language Disabilities and General Special Education, K-12. Within the richness of the Catholic education offered at Saint Benedict Academy, I inspire my students to achieve their potential by instilling a sense of belonging in each student, ensuring that they know that God truly believes in them, fostering a sense of accomplishment, providing a fun and exciting learning environment, encouraging curiosity to provoke creative thought, and promoting the self-confidence necessary to grow academically and spiritually.

Audra Millhouse, Title I Coordinator

SBA_portraits_2013_by_Lomanno_0017I have been teaching Title I Reading and Math at St. Benedict Academy since 2007.  It is has been an honor and privilege teaching at SBA, helping to grow strong readers and mathematicians! In 1989, I graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Journalism and worked for a short time in radio news.  After staying home with my two children and supporting my husband’s Air Force career, I went back to school and in 2005 earned my Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida.  When we moved to New Hampshire in June 2005, I became certified K-8 and highly qualified K-6. My previous teaching experience includes a long-term substitute for first grade and third grade, and general substitute. My husband, John, retired from the Air Force as a major and continues working as a civilian at Hanscom Air Force Base. My son Jay is a junior at Ohio University in Graphic Design, and my daughter Hanna is a junior in high school. For fun, my husband and I play in the Temple Dance Band – a big band.  We play gigs throughout the year.  We met in the Ohio University Marching Band and have a passion for music in many areas of our lives including our church’s handbell choir, the Vacation Bible School band, and small brass ensembles. Teaching is my true love and despite fighting the feeling for many years, I have found my calling and am blessed to be here at SBA!

Mrs. Jen Donnelly, Kindergarten Aide

SBA_portraits_2013_by_Lomanno_0010 I feel blessed to be a part of the SBA community as a staff member and as a parent. My two daughters attend the school, Sarah in first grade and Addison in Pre-K. My journey started as a volunteer and quickly became a perfect connection with Mrs. Connors. I studied Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University and later received my C.D.A for dental assisting at Boston University. I worked as a dental assistant until my daughter Sarah was born. I stayed home with both children until starting my amazing new endeavor at St. Benedict Academy. My husband Sean and I have been married ten years, he is a firefighter. We enjoy volunteering in our parish and spending all our down time as a family. Disney is our favorite place to visit when we can!!

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