Administration, Faculty & Staff

Our educational team is committed to cultivating each student's academic potential and unique gifts.

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Jo-Ann Bettencourt

Director of Admissions

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  • Education

    • B.A., Education/Special Education, Summa Cum Laude, Salve Regina University
    • B.A., English-Writing/Journalism, Summa Cum Laude, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

    What I like best about BCHS

    I love that everyone becomes family the moment they walk through our doors.

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Boris Blitshteyn

Teacher - Science, Mathematics

 

  • Education

    • B.S./M.S., Science
    • M.S., Mathematics
    • Certifications: B.S./M.S., Physics

    What I like best about BCHS

    Students, teachers and culture

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Daniel Boudria

Teacher - Science

 

  • BCHS Positions

    • Moderator – Environmental Club
    • Moderator – Food Pantry

    Education

    • B.S., Biology, Southeastern Massachusetts University
    • M.Ed., American International College
    • Biochemist with 17 years’ experience in biotech company

    What I like best about BCHS

    Teaching and coaching students in a calm, Christian atmosphere, and preparing them for college and beyond

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Kimree Cote

Teacher - Special Education

 

  • BCHS Positions

    • Academic Advisor – Juniors

    Education

    • B.A., English Literature and Curriculum Design, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
    • M.Ed., Special Education, American International College, expected 2019

    What I like best about BCHS

    Connolly is my job, but I feel like I am a part of something more important than just being an employee. There is a cohesiveness here. I don’t mind doing “extra” because I know it is appreciated, and that is what makes all the difference.

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Patricia Coulombe

Teacher - Spanish

 

  • BCHS Positions

    • Moderator – World Language Honor Society
    • Moderator – Junior Class

    Education

    • B.A., Business Administration, University Autonomous of Guadalajara

    What I like most about BCHS

    Family atmosphere, students, faculty and staff—I feel at home.

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Marian Desrosiers

Director of Advancement

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  • Education

    • USCCB Human Life and Dignity and Project Rachel Training Seminars
    • Board of Directors, NCHLA, Washington D.C.
      Public Policy Advocacy for Life and Liberty
    • Advisory Board MCC, Braintree MA
      Public policy office of the Roman Catholic Church in the Commonwealth. Seeks to advance the legislative agenda of the Church on Beacon Hill, representing the four bishops of the four dioceses of Massachusetts: Boston, Fall River, Springfield and Worcester
    • Certified Tax Professional and Instructor

    What I like best about BCHS

    A strong, vibrant and welcoming community. The mission, tradition and core beliefs of the school foster an atmosphere of academic excellence, allowing every student the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. Rooted in the truth of Jesus Christ, the dignity and sacredness of every human person, mind, body and soul is a lived experience for all students and staff.

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George dos Santos

Lead Teacher

 

  • BCHS Positions

    • Teacher – History, English
    • Coach – Debate and Mock Trial

    Education

    • B.A., New York University
    • M.A., M.Phil., Columbia University

    What I like best about BCHS

    Bishop Connolly’s dedication to providing students from working class backgrounds with a holistic education that emphasizes rigorous academic preparation and authentically Catholic spiritual formation

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Megan dos Santos

Vice Principal of Academic Affairs

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  • BCHS Positions

    • Teacher – Theology

    Education

    • B.A., Theology and Public & Community Service Studies, Providence College
    • M.Ed., Secondary Education, Providence College
    • Certification in Health Care Ethics, National Catholic Bioethics Center
    • Certification in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Georgetown University

    What I like best about BCHS

    The emphasis on holistic learning and student-centered approach; the motto “not only hearers, but doers of the Word”

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John Feeny

Athletic Site Manager

 

  • Education

    • B.A., M.A.T., Rhode Island College

    What I like best about BCHS

    The kids, without question

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Christina Fontana

Lead Teacher - Chemistry

 

  • BCHS Positions

    • Coach – Girls’ Tennis
    • Teacher – High School Success Seminar
    • Academic Advisor – Freshmen
    • Moderator – Freshman Class

    Education

    • B.A., Secondary Education, Roger Williams University
    • B.S., Chemistry, Roger Williams University
    • M.S., Medical Laboratory Science, University of Rhode Island

    What I like best about BCHS

    I am able to start my day with prayer and continue throughout the day. I also enjoy the sense of community here.

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Steven Frank

Teacher - Mathematics

 

  • Education

    • B.A., Mathematics, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
    • M.Ed., American International College
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Cherie Gilmore

Director of Instructional Technology

 

  • Education

    • B.S., Computer Science, Bridgewater State University
    • M.Ed., Instructional Technology, Bridgewater State University

    What I like best about BCHS

    The welcoming community to work with—faculty and students who are ready and willing to learn and grow to their full potential.

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  • BCHS Positions

    • Teacher – French, Portuguese

    Education

    • B.A., French and Portuguese
    • M.A., Portuguese/Brazilian Studies, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

    What I like best about BCHS

    The community

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John Lanctot

Teacher - Theology

 

  • Education

    • B.A., Providence College

    What I like best about BCHS

    BCHS is a place where prayer is central to what we do. Prayer empowers us to be not only hearers, but doers of the Word.

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Daniel Larkin

Teacher - Advanced Placement Calculus

 

  • Education

    • B.A., Mathematics, Providence College
    • Graduate work at Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Massachusetts
    • Twice nominated, Presidential Award for Excellence in teaching mathematics and science
    • Recipient of the The Project Sharing Award for North America, Today’s Catholic Teacher magazine

    What I like best about BCHS

    The students

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Bethany Lemieux

Certified Athletic Trainer

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  • EDUCATION

    • B.S., Athletic Training, Lasell College
    • Currently pursuing M.S. in Physical Education with Strength and Conditioning concentration, Bridgewater State University

    WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT BCHS

    All the athletes and coaches are great!

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Jennifer Linehan

Campus Minister

 

  • Education

    • B.S., Marine Biology, Roger Williams University
    • M.A., Ministry, Theological Institute of New Evangelization—St. John’s Seminary

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Sarah M. Mawn

Teacher - Music

 

  • Education

    • B.M., Music Education, New England Conservatory
    • M.M., Vocal/Opera Performance, University of Southern Maine
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Carol Mecca

Teacher – Visual Arts

 

  • Education

    • B.A., Painting and Art History, Providence College
    • M.Ed., Integrated Teaching Through the Arts, Lesley University

    What I like best about BCHS

    The chance to work with creative and talented young people

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Bill Milot

Teacher - Computer Science

 

  • Positions

    • Director of Technology – Catholic Schools Office

    Education

    • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Marquette University
    • M.S., Computer Science, Boston University

    What I Like Best about BCHS

    The welcoming and spiritual atmosphere

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  • Education

    • BMC Durfee High School
    • Plus School of Business

    What I like best about BCHS

    I like the way the teachers, students and staff interact and help one another. It has the feeling of “one big family.”

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David Mulligan

Teacher - History

 

  • BCHS Positions

    • Moderator – Senior Class

    Education

    • B.A., History/Political Science, Bridgewater State University
    • M.A., American History, Providence College

    What I like best about BCHS

    The family atmosphere and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my students

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  • Education

    • B.A., English, Framingham State University
    • M.Ed., Educational Administration, Boston College

    What I like best about BCHS

    The opportunity to see the face of Christ every day in the students, faculty, staff and parents

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Steve Nicolan

Director of School Facilities

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  • Experience

    Over 30 years in the maintenance field

    What I like best about BCHS

    How friendly our students are, and how they are always willing to help anyone in need

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  • Education

    • A.S., Johnson & Wales University
    • Certification, Thanatology, Bristol Community College
    • Certified Grief Counselor

    What I like best about BCHS

    I love that Connolly feels like a family rather than just a school. That’s a very rare thing to find.

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Sr. Lisa Palazio, SSD

Teacher - Theology

 

  • BCHS Positions

    • Academic Advisor – Sophomores

    Education

    • B.A., Psychology, Rhode Island College
    • M.A., Social Psychology & Personality, Rhode Island College
    • M.Ed., Education Leadership, Providence College

    What I like best about BCHS

    Family atmosphere and good quality education

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Jenna Pedchenko

Teacher - English

 

  • Education

    • B.S., Secondary Education/English, Rhode Island College
    • M.Ed., Literacy, Providence College

    What I Like Best about BCHS

    Everyone is extremely supportive and willing to help.

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Karen Pragana

Director of Marketing & Communications

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  • Education

    • B.A., Education/Special Education, Summa Cum Laude, Salve Regina University
    • B.A., English-Writing/Journalism, Summa Cum Laude, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

    What I like best about BCHS

    The generosity of spirit I encounter every day in our students, faculty and staff

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  • BCHS Positions

    • Academic Advisor – Seniors

    Education

    • B.A., Psychology & Sociology, University of Massachusetts
    • M.Ed., Bridgewater State University

    What I like best about BCHS

    I have known many of our students and their families for years and enjoy watching all of our students grow, achieve their high school diplomas, and continue to work toward their life goals. I feel very blessed to be a part of this community, which really does feel like a family.

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Brenna Thompson

Teacher - Science

 

  • BCHS Positions

    • Coach – Swimming

    Education

    • B.A., Biology and Education, St. Edward’s University
    • M.Ed., Providence College, expected May 2020

    What I like best about BCHS

    The aspect I appreciate most about Bishop Connolly is the shared dedication everyone has to building a strong, supportive community where everyone feels welcomed.

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  • Education

    • B.S., Nursing, Southeastern Massachusetts University
    • M.S., Nursing, University of Rhode Island
    • National certification, Catholic Health Care Ethics, National Catholic Bioethics Center
    • Fellowship, Boston College Lynch Leadership Academy

    What I like best about BCHS

    I love the spirit of community that is reflected in the students, faculty and staff of Bishop Connolly High School.

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Leslie Ann Steeves

Teacher - Theater, Stagecraft, Film Studies

 

  • BCHS Positions

    • Director – Bishop Connolly Theatre Company

    Education

    • B.A., Theater-Dramatic Literature, Suffolk University
    • M.A., Film Studies, National University

    What I like best about BCHS

    The happy, warm environment among the students and my colleagues. The ability as an artist to approach my work in theater with amazing support from parents and administration.

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Michael Vieira

Lead Teacher

 

  • BCHS Positions

    • Teacher – Social Studies

    Education

    • B.A., Political Science, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
    • M.A.T., Social Studies, Bridgewater State University
    • M.S., Public Affairs, MacCormack Institute of Public Affairs University of Massachusetts Boston
    • M.A., United States History, Providence College

    What I like best about BCHS

    The students—great people

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Amanda Woodman

Teacher - English

 

  • Education

    • B.A., Secondary Education, Language Arts, University of Nebraska-Omaha
    • M.Ed. in Literacy, Providence College, expected May 2020

    What I like best about BCHS

    The tight community and faith-filled environment