Faculty and Staff

  
Ms. Vina M. Troianello M.Ed.: Principal
  
Ms. Vina M. Troianello, affectionately know as Miss T. is excited to begin her 2nd year as principal of St. Louis School. She had spent 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 U Mass-Boston, with certifications in the areas of elementary administration, elementary teaching, and E.S.L. 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.
  

  
    
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. Maria Gagne: Computers
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Mrs. Marie Gagne has been teaching computer technology in catholic elementary schools for the past 12  years and she was a former classroom math tutor for a public middle school. She is also a certified  elementary grade level tutor through Wzyant Tutoring. Mrs. Gagne focuses on teaching presentation skills, social networking netiquette, and computer graphing in addition to preparing standard documents,  spreadsheets, and slide shows. She introduces students in grades 2-8 to  the world of coding (computer programming) and administers work on educational websites to enhance the classroom curriculum. Mrs. Gagne is looking forward to working with new students and teaching at the same 
school her daughter attended for 9 years.
  

  
  
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: On sabbatical

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!





Emily Morrison: Grade 4
  
Ms. Morrison is very excited to kick off a fabulous year in 4th grade. This will be Ms. Morrison's 4th year teaching and is coming to St. Louis from a charter school in Lawrence, MA. Ms. Morrison has been teaching since earning her Bachelor's degree from Salve Regina University and is currently working to earn her Master's degree from Merrimack College. She is very eager to start off the school year and is beyond delighted to be returning to St. Louis as an alum. 
  





Julie Chachus: Grade 5

  
Julie Chachus has been teaching for over 20 years. She received her Bachelor's degree from Framingham State University. Mrs. Chachus also earned her Masters Degree from Salem State university. Julie spent 17 years teaching in Winthrop Public schools. She then taught in Lowell public and most recently at St. Margaret School in Lowell. Mrs. Chachus has a strong Catholic background. She loves to help children achieve their full potential. Mrs. Chachus resides in Lowell with her husband and two sons. Julie is excited to be joining the SLS family.
  





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.



Ms. Heather Chiros: Middle School

Miss Chiros is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, receiving her Bachelors degree in Mathematics. She has spent the past two years tutoring math through Club Z! Tutoring and Tutor Doctor, where she tutored math of all grades from elementary level to AP Calculus. For the past year, Miss Chiros worked as a long-term substitute classroom aide for an elementary school in Tewksbury. She is teaching Mathematics to all the middle school grades, and Reading to the sixth and seventh graders. Miss Chiros is excited to share her passion for math and looks forward to teaching in the Saint Louis community.



Mrs. Kathy LaBrecque : Special Education/Academic Coach

Biography coming soon





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

Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds: Mr. Derek Duquette

School Nurse: Mrs. Erin Shackelford