Welcome to Saint Joseph Regional School

The Faculty at Saint Joseph Regional School

Mrs. Michelle Smith

Pre-Kindergarten

 Mrs. Smith has served in the Pre-Kindergarten at  Saint Joseph Regional School since 2009 and studied Education at Brookdale College.  She also co-advises the Drama Club.

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Miss Alexandra Wilson

Kindergarten

 Miss Wilson began teaching at SJRS in 2017.   She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in Psychology from Keene State College. She is a SJRS alum and is NHDOE certified.

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Mrs. Stephenie Konopka

First Grade

Mrs. Konopka has taught at SJRS since 2016.  She holds a B.A. in Psychology from KSC with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.

Mrs. Cindy Hoye

Second Grade

Mrs. Hoye has worked at Saint Joseph's for 22 years, having served as Director of CHILD CARE and Pre-Kindergarten teacher.  
She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Keene State College.  Mrs. Hoye is certified NHDOE Early Childhood Education.

Ms. Suzanne Foder

Social Studies

Middle School

 Ms. Foder has taught at Saint Joseph's since 2006.  She holds a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Keene State College.  She is NHDOE certified.  Ms. Foder also advises the Kiwanis Builders Club and the Drama Club.

Deacon Ken Swymer

Religion

Middle School

Deacon Ken holds a Masters in Education.

Mr. John Rafail

Third Grade

 Mr. Rafail received his B.A. in Elementary Education from Bethany College and is NHDOE certified K-8.

Mrs. Megan Amundson

Fourth Grade

 Mrs. Amundson holds a B.A. from California State University and a M.A. from San Jose State University.  She most recently taught at Saint Patrick school in Jaffrey, NH.  

Mrs. Rebecca Bezio

English and Literature

Middle School 

Mrs. Bezio earned her B. A. from Keene State College in both English and Education.  Mrs. Bezio also advises the Student Council.

Mrs. Tania Coffin

Science

Middle School

Mrs. Coffin has been the science instructor at Saint Joseph Regional School since 2009.  
She holds a B.S. in Geology from Dickinson College and a 
Master's in Environmental Pollution Control (Hydrology) from Penn State University.  
She NHDOE certified and is a licensed professional geologist.

Madame Emily Winterbottom

French

Middle School

Madame Winterbottom is a native French speaker from Rwanda.  She holds a B.A. from George Mason University and is fluent in English, French, and Portuguese.

Mrs. Kristin Blais

Mathematics

Middle School

Mrs. Blais holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A.T. from Upper Valley Graduate School of Education.  She is NHDOE certified.

Mr. Robert Thies

Music

Mr. Thies studied music composition and performance at The College of Marin in Marin County, CA, and at The College of The Canyons, in Los Angeles, CA, and is a classically trained trombonist. He has taught at SJRS since 2015.

Madame Julia Dutton

French

Elementary School

Madame Dutton has taught at SJRS for over 15 years.  She holds a M.A. in French.  She is NHDOE certified.

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Miss Abbey Hoye

Childcare  Director

Miss Hoye has worked in our Childcare Program for over 8 years and serves as an Aide in our Middle School.

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Mrs. Amy LaGrenade

Office Assistant

Amy has worked at SJRS for several years and runs our Renweb program.. 

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Mr. Brian Troy

Physical Education

Mr. Troy holds a Bachelor of Science from Rivier University and was named Division III Coach of the Year in 2017.  2018 will be his first year at SJRS.

Mrs. Bernadette Kuhn

Mathematics

Middle School

Mrs. Kuhn has taught high school mathematics for over 30 years.  She is NHDOE certified.

Miss Molly Fletcher

Art

 Ms. Fletcher holds a B.F.A. from Keene State University and an M.F.A. from the University of Delaware.  

Ms. Ann Skidds

Reading / Religion  Miss Skidds holds a B.A. in Education from LIU and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction  from KSC.  She is certified NHDOE.

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Mrs. Tracy Young

Pre-Kindergarten Assistant

Miss Tracy has worked and volunteered at SJRS for over 12 years. 

Mrs. Liberty Ebright

Elementary Aide

Miss Liberty has worked as an aide in our Elementary school for several years and directs our soccer and chess programs.

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Mr. Christopher Smith

Principal

Mr. Smith has served at Saint Joseph Regional School since 2008.  Mr. Smith holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Rutgers University and a M.A. from Hofstra University in English Literature and Writing.  He is NHDOE certified.

Mrs. Katie Pratt

Principal's Assistant

Miss Kate has worked at SJRS for almost 12 years.  She is a Licensed Nursing Assistant.

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Father Alan Tremblay

Pastor

Father Alan is currently Pastor of the Parish of the Holy Spirit and Dean of the Monadnock Deanery for the Diocese of Manchester.

Welcome to Saint Joseph Regional School

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The students of Saint Joseph Regional School come from over 35 different towns and villages in Southern New Hampshire, comprising a very special collection of families who are interested in the education of the whole child.  

We offer an unmatched curriculum that not only promotes strong academic achievement, but develops a sense of personal responsibility and the importance of public service.  Saint Joseph Regional School has been consistently voted the best private school in the Monadnock Region.

I, for one, look forward to all of the upcoming activities and programs on the calendar ahead, and I am enlivened to continue to explore, promote, and preserve our Catholic identity and mission as we progress forward in this new year.


May your spirit be lifted, 

Christopher D. Smith, Principal

Our Faculty and Staff

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Mrs. Michelle Smith

Pre-Kindergarten

 Mrs. Smith has served in the Pre-Kindergarten at SJRS since 2009 and also advises the SJRS Drama Club.  She studied Education at Brookdale College.

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Mrs. Ashley Brown

Elementary Aide/

Office Assistant

 Mrs. Brown is in her second year assisting in the elementary school.  She has four daughters currently attending SJRS.

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Mrs. Stephanie Johnson

Second Grade

Mrs. Johnson joined the SJRS staff in 2020 from the Monadnock Waldorf School, where she had been for three years in their Early Childhood classrooms.  
She holds a BA from Plymouth State University. 

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Ms. Ann Skidds

Religion

Elementary School

Miss Skidds is a graduate of SJRS.  She holds a BA in Education from LIU and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction  from Keene State College. She is certified by the NHDOE.

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Madame Julia Dutton

French

Elementary School

Madame Dutton has taught at SJRS for over 16 years.  She holds an MA in French.  She is NHDOE certified.

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Ms. Suzanne Foder

Religion/Social Studies/English

Middle School

Lead Teacher for the

Middle School/Specials

 Ms. Foder has taught at SJRS since 2006.  She holds a BA in History and a BS in Elementary Education from Keene State College.  She is NHDOE certified.  Ms. Foder also advises the Kiwanis Builders Club.

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Mrs. Bernadette Kuhn

Mathematics

Middle School

Mrs. Kuhn has taught high school mathematics for over 30 years.  Prior to SJRS, she taught high school mathematics in the Monadnock Regional School District.  She is NHDOE certified.

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Mr. Robert Thies

Music

Mr. Thies studied music composition and performance at The College of Marin in Marin County, CA, and at The College of The Canyons, in Los Angeles, CA, and is a classically trained trombonist. He has taught at SJRS since 2015.

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Mrs. Sara Mann

Student Support Specialist

Librarian

Mrs. Mann holds a BA in Elementary Education from Notre Dame College. She joined the staff in 2016, and became school librarian in 2019.

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Mrs. Tracy Young

Pre-Kindergarten Assistant

Miss Tracy has worked and volunteered at SJRS for over 12 years.  She is the parent of two graduates and two current students of SJRS.

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Mrs. Stephenie Konopka

First Grade

Mrs. Konopka has taught at SJRS since 2016.  She holds a BA in Psychology from KSC with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and is certified by the NHDOE.

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Miss Catherine Isacco

Third Grade

 Miss Isacco received her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from McGill University.  She holds a teaching certification and has had experience instructing in Montreal, Dominican Republic, and Mexico City. 

She is also certified in ESL.

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Miss Rachel Reekie

Kindergarten

Child Care Director

 Miss Reekie received her BA in Psychology and BS in Elementary Education from KSC.  She is NHDOE certified and serves as a coordinator of the SJRS Destination Imagination Program.

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Mrs. Mary Grace Nelligan

First Grade Aide

 Mrs. Nelligan is in her third year assisting in the First Grade classroom.  She has three children who attend SJRS, and two children at Our Lady of Mercy Academy.

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Mrs. Bridget Lundin

4th Grade

Mrs. Lundin served as an elementary school teacher in the Keene School District for 16 years and joined the SJRS staff in 2020.  She is NHDOE certified.

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Ms. Melanie Zwolinski

Religion

Middle School

Ms. Zwolinski is in her first year teaching at SJRS.  She is an active member of St. Bernard's Parish.  She is also a former founding member of the Mercy Academy Board and was instrumental in opening our high school.

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Madame Emily Winterbottom

French

Middle School

Madame Winterbottom is a native French speaker from Rwanda.  She holds a BA from George Mason University and is fluent in English, French, and Portuguese.

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Mrs. Rebecca Bezio

Dean of Students

English/Literature

Middle School

Mrs. Bezio earned her BA from Keene State College in both English and Education.  She also advises the Student Council, and is NHDOE certified

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Miss Ali Wilson

Mathematics

Middle School

 Miss Wilson is a graduate of SJRS, and received her BA in Psychology from Keene State College.  She is NHDOE certified.

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Mrs. Cathy Hart

Physical Education

Mrs. Hart joined the staff in 2020 and holds a BS in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College, followed by working 17 years as a physical therapist. She has experience also as a fitness instructor with a strong interest in nutrition.

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Mrs. Danielle Sanderson

Special Education Case Manager

Mrs. Sanderson holds a BA in Elementary and Special Education from Keene State College and M.Ed. from Plymouth State. She has worked as a reading specialist for over 18 years. She is NHDOE certified and joined the SJRS staff in 2022.

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Senora Isabel Hernando Cabrera

Spanish

Middle School

Senora Cabrera joined the SJRS faculty in 2022.  She is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in English.  She holds a BA in Elementary Education from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain.

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Mrs. Wendy Petschik

Science

Middle School

Mrs. Petschik holds a BS in Zoology and Applied Computer Science from Keene State College.  She has served as Accreditation Coordinator and Adjunct Professor for KSC.

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Mrs. Megan Amundson

Director of Admissions

Literature/English

Middle School

 Mrs. Amundson holds a BA from California State University and an MA from San Jose State University.  Prior to SJRS, she taught at St. Patrick's School in Jaffrey.

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Miss Molly Fletcher

Art

 Ms. Fletcher holds a BFA from Keene State College in 2007 and an MFA from the University of Delaware in 2010. In addition to teaching at SJRS and Mercy Academy, she serves currently as a KSC adjunct professor in painting, design and drawing as well as director of Keene's Art Walk.

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Mr. Troy Chaput

School Nurse

Mr. Chaput has been a nurse for 11 years, and currently works as an Applications Systems Analyst for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System and as a Staff Nurse at the Cheshire County Department of Corrections.

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Mr. Christopher Smith

Principal

Mr. Smith has served at SJRS since 2008.  He holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Rutgers University and an MA from Hofstra University in English Literature and Writing.  He is NHDOE certified.

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Mrs. Katie Pratt

Main Office Manager

Kate has worked at SJRS for almost 13 years.  She is also a Licensed Nursing Assistant.

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Ms. Liberty Ebright

Dean of Students

Our Lady of Mercy Academy

Liberty holds a Master's degree in Social Work and is NHDOE certified, serving both SJRS and Mercy Academy .  

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Anthony Toscano
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Jennifer Marshall
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Father Alan Tremblay

Project Manager

Mr. Toscano holds a BS from the University of Pittsburgh and oversees all operations and finances for both SJRS and OLMA.  He also teaches the Mercy Project at OLMA.

Director of Advancement

Mrs. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Economics.  She manages fundraising, marketing and communications for both SJRS and OLMA.

Pastor

Father Alan is currently Pastor of the Parish of the Holy Spirit and Dean of the Monadnock Deanery for the Diocese of Manchester.  He also serves on the Advisory Board for SJRS and OLMA, and initiated the Catholic Identity Formation Team for the schools.