Administration, Faculty & Staff

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

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Mrs. Brenda Berard

Teacher - Mathematics

 

  • Education

    • B.S., Mathematics, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (Southeastern Massachusetts University)
    • Certified in Math, grades 9–12

    What I like best about BCHS

    I like that Connolly is a welcoming, faith-enriched community with high academic expectations.

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Ms. 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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Mr. Boris Blitshteyn

Teacher - Science

 

  • 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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Mrs. Paula Boissonneau

Lead Teacher – Science

 

  • BCHS Positions

    • Freshman and Sophomore Class Moderator

    Education

    • B.S., Biology, Providence College
    • Education credits, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

    What I like best about BCHS

    What I like best about Bishop Connolly High School is the strong sense of community you feel when you enter the building, as well as the willingness of everyone to work together and help each other out. Everyone is so welcoming, from the students to the staff. Bishop Connolly is a great community because it blends these things with the strong academics based in critical thinking skills and commitment to teaching the student as a whole person.

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Mr. 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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Mr. Michael Cote

Teacher – Theology

 

  • BCHS Positions

    • Christian Service/Community Outreach Coordinator

    Education

    • B.A., University of Massachusetts
    • M.A., Providence College

    What I like best about BCHS

    The opportunity to teach, learn, and serve in a vibrant and hospitable community of faith

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Mrs. Jennifer deMatos

Lead Teacher – World Language

 

  • Education

    • B.A., Portuguese, minors in Education and Spanish, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

    What I like best about BCHS

    Making everything we teach come to life, especially our faith, so that our students can see how it can play out in their lives

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Mrs. Marian Desrosiers

Director of Advancement

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  • Education

    • USCCB Human Life and Dignity and Project Rachel Training Seminars
    • Member, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ National Advisory Council (NAC), Region I
    • 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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Mr. 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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Mrs. 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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Mrs. 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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Mr. William Hakeem, Jr.

Special Education Director

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  • BCHS Positions

    • Cross Country and Spring Track Coach

    Education

    • B.A., Philosophy/French Minor, The Catholic University of America
    • M.S. Ed., Simmons University

    What I like best about BCHS

    The people: students, faculty, support staff and all who walk through the doors of Bishop Connolly. It is the people who create the community and the environment.

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Mr. 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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Ms. 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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Ms. Jennifer Linehan

Teacher – Science/Theology

 

  • Education

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

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Mrs. Carol Mecca

Teacher – Visual and Performing 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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Ms. Anne Molloy

Lead Teacher – Mathematics

 

  • Education

    • B.A., Mathematics and Secondary Education, Westfield State University
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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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Mr. 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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Mr. 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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Ms. 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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  • Education

    • B.A., Philosophy, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
    • M.Div., Sacramental Theology, St. John Seminary

    Biography

    Father Christopher Peschel is a native of West Roxbury and later grew up in Taunton. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Fall River in June 2014. Fr. Chris attended Catholic schools at St. Mary’s in Taunton, Taunton Catholic Middle, and Xaverian Brothers High School prior to entering college at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. He entered the seminary in 2007 and studied at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia where he earned a degree in Philosophy. He was then assigned to St. John’s seminary in Brighton, MA, where he specialized in Sacramental Theology.

    Fr. Chris is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Equestrian Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. He is an advocate on the local level for Catholic education and vocations with several published articles, interviews, and conference speaking presentations. He currently serves on the Central School Board for the Diocese of Fall River Catholic Schools, and is a foundation board member for the Catholic Education Foundation, which provides scholarships for students desiring attendance at Catholic schools.

    Fr. Chris has served the Church in several capacities through parish assignments in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Archdiocese of Boston, and Diocese of Fall River. He has also had the privilege to minister in nursing homes, hospitals, special education, and on college campuses. He served the Diocese of Fall River for three years in the Office of Vocations and in addition to chaplaincy at Bishop Connolly High School, he is currently the pastor of Our Lady of Grace and St. John the Baptist parishes in Westport.

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Ms. 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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Mrs. Ellen Russell

Teacher – Physics, Engineering and Mathematics

 

  • BCHS Positions

    • STEM Director, Diocese of Fall River Academy

    Education

    • B.S., Chemistry, M.A.T. Physical Science, C.A.G.S., Science Education, Bridgewater State College

    What I like best about BCHS

    I like the sense of community at Bishop Connolly. Students treat one another with kindness.

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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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Mr. 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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Ms. 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