Faculty and Staff

Ms. Vina M. Troianello M.Ed.: Principal
Ms. Troianello, affectionately known as Miss T., returns to the Archdiocese of Boston after spending four years as principal of the Hellenic American Academy, a Greek Orthodox Parochial School in Lowell. Prior to that, she was principal for 12 years at St .Mary of the Assumption School, Lawrence. She is a graduate of Merrimack College and University of Massachusetts: Boston, with certifications in the areas of elementary administration, elementary teaching, and E.S.L. She has also taken post graduate courses and workshops to enhance her knowledge as a teacher and as an administrator She has extensive experience as an elementary school teacher in the Merrimack Valley, an E.S.L. teacher at several local colleges and agencies, and had also been employed in the Lawrence Public Schools in Adult Education and in Family Literacy Program.  Miss T. has held varied leadership positions in the Archdiocese of Boston and parochial schools. Currently, she is a board member of the Merrimack Valley Immigration and Education center. It is Ms. Troianello’s responsibility to protect the roots of this institution(Saint Louis School) and provide a vision for its’ future.

Mrs. Denise Vega: Executive Secretary

Mrs. Denise L. Vega is currently the Executive Secretary at St. Louis School. Previous to this position, she was the receptionist, teacher aide, cafeteria worker, and a member of the cleaning service team.  Mrs. Vega is a graduate of Saint Louis School. She considers Saint Louis her”second home.”  She works with the school principal, cafeteria manager, teachers, and business manager daily in order to provide assistance when needed.

Mrs. Donna Garabedian: Athletic Director, Development, Support Staff
Mrs. Donna Garabedian has been at St. Louis School for 31 years.  During that time, she taught grades 4-8 specializing in math.  For the last 16 years, Mrs. Garabedian has been our athletic director, overseeing a variety of competitive and intramural sports year round. She is a graduate of Central Connecticut and received her Master’s degree from Fitchburg State.  Prior to coming to St. Louis, Mrs. Garabedian was the principal of St. Joseph Elementary School in Lowell.  She holds certifications in Elementary Education K-8 and Mathematics 7-12.
Mrs. Carol Piegorsh:  Librarian, Gym teacher, Support Staff
Mrs.Piegorsh is a graduate of Tufts University with a degree in History and German. She earned her teaching credentials at the University of Arizona. She continued working on her Masters’s degree in elementary education at Fitchburg State University. Mrs. Piergorsh has taught various subject areas and has enjoyed getting to know the children, families, and staff at Saint Louis School.
Sr. Rumiko Shibutani: Music, Music and Movement, Art

Sister Rumiko is a Sister of the Blessed Virgin who joined the faculty in 1999. She has taught music, music and movement, and art to different grade levels.  She coordinates the school choir, school liturgies and Christmas musical programs.  While originally from Japan, Sister taught kindergarten as well in Japanese Catholic High Schools with a focus on scripture and sociology. Her greatest joy and passion is teaching here at Saint Louis School.
Mrs. Mathenia Rojas: Computers

Mrs. Rojas comes to Saint Louis School after working in the Lowell Public Schools, Lawrence Vocational and Technical High School and Lawrence High School as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher. She had been a preschool teacher. Mrs. Rojas is a graduate of Cambridge College. This is Mrs. Rojas‘ first year at Saint Louis School.

Ms. Ashley Conway: Pre K 3

Ms. Conway earned her undergraduate degree in Special Education with a concentration in psychology from Westfield State College and is currently working towards her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Studies: Administration, Management and Leadership from Walden University. This year is her fourth year at Saint Louis School. Ms. Conway also coaches the school volleyball team. Previously she had worked in the Lawrence and Dracut Public Schools. After exploring several grade levels, she has found her home in early childhood and hopes to continue building a foundational love of learning in her students.

Mrs. Beth DaCunha: Pre K 4

Mrs. Beth DaCunha is a graduate of Salem State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood with a minor in music. As an experienced teacher, she has taught a variety of
grade levels. In recent years she has been the Pre Kindergarten 4 teacher. She is a coordinator of our Faith in Action program.

Mrs. Erika Joyce: Kindergarten

Mrs. Joyce is a graduate of Rivier University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. This is her 14th year teaching at Saint Louis School. She had taught six years in grade 1 and six years in grade 2. This is her second year in kindergarten. She has a love and passion for teaching in Catholic education.

Mrs. Linda James:   Grade 1

Mrs. James begins her first year here at Saint Louis School. She had taught preschool, kindergarten, grade one and grade four. She had been the first grade teacher at Saint Margaret School in Lowell for the past five years. Mrs. James is a graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.  First grade is a time to experience important transitions and to acquire skill. Mrs. James’ goal is to instill a love of learning that will last a lifetime.  

Mrs. Maria Maniatakos: Grade 2

Mrs. Maniatakos comes to Saint Louis School with a wealth of experience on both the elementary, middle and high school levels. She has developed literacy based programs, coordinated district wide STEM projects and has developed and conducted professional development sessions in area school systems.    She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts earning an undergraduate degree in English and is a graduate of Plymouth State University with a Master of Education. She has pursued graduate studies in the areas of ESL and SEI.  In her second year at Saint Louis School, Mrs. Maniatakos passionately supports all students learning styles by utilizing various strategies in whole and small group settings in order to promote achievement.

Mrs. Susan Walsh: Grade 3

Mrs. Walsh is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science degree in education with an emphasis on health. She has been a teacher for 30 years of which 13 years at Saint Louis School teaching grades one through grade three. She enjoys teaching grade three and particularly enjoys the school’s family atmosphere.  She is honored and proud to spend her days in a school where compassion, understanding, and friendship are the foundations of this community of disciples.

Mrs. Donna Henderson: Grade 4

Mrs. Henderson is returning for her seventeenth year at Saint Louis School. Throughout her time at Saint Louis School, she has taught multiple grade levels and has taken on various administrative roles. As a product of Catholic schools, Mrs. Henderson is most comfortable in the classroom where her faith and love of education come to life for her students. Mrs. Henderson is a graduate of Clark University in Worcester, MA with a degree in Psychology and Elementary Education: certified grades 1-6.   She has completed graduate work at Boston College in School Administration. Mrs. Henderson coordinates many of the school wide-fundraisers, as well as community events for our families and students. Go Royals!

Mrs. LoRetta Lowry: Middle School

Mrs. Lowry is a graduate of Rivier University with a major in elementary education and a minor in early education. Her career has spanned 22 years, encompassing a variety of subject areas.  Currently she is the ELA teacher in the middle school. Mrs. Lowry chooses to teach in a Catholic school where we educate the whole child, with not only academic instruction, but with social, moral, and spiritual experiences.   Mrs. Lowry is also involved in many service projects and school fundraisers.  “Teaching is not something I do. It is something I am.”

Mrs. Irene Clough: Middle School
Mrs. Clough comes to Saint Louis School as an experienced math teacher having taught in the Woburn  and Everett Public School systems. She also taught in the Woburn GED adult education night program. Mrs  Clough was an instructor  in the Lake Stevens Washington Community Schools, WA. She received her undergraduate degree from Salem State College and a Masters Degree from University of Massachusetts .  This is her second year here at Saint Louis School as she looks forward to an exciting year.

Mrs. Jessica Smith: Middle School

Mrs. Smith is a graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, MA. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Spanish from Merrimack College. She had been working for the Archdiocese of Boston for 13 years. This is her fourth year at Saint Louis School.  Currently she teaches religion and Spanish. Mrs. Smith also teaches art to our 7th and 8th grade students. Mrs. Smith is the coordinator of the National Elementary Honor Society and coaches the school softball team. She is excited to teach in a classroom setting and being a part of the wonderful, family-like SLS community.

Ms. Mareena Sullivan: Middle School

Ms. Sullivan is a graduate of Fitchburg State College. In addition to teaching here at Saint Louis School for the past 5 years, Miss Sullivan is in charge of the student council, drama club, show choir, and coaches both basketball and softball in the ecumenical league.  She also coaches soccer on the high school level.  Currently, she teaches Social Studies and Science. She also teaches gym to our 7th and 8th grade. Miss Sullivan is blessed to be part of this remarkable school community.

Instructional Aides: Mrs. Sandra Duquette, Mrs. Maria Florez

Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds: Mr. Derek Duquette