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Our School

Welcome to our wonderful St. Bridget School!

 

Dear St. Bridget of Sweden Parish Family,

As Principal of St. Bridget School, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our

school website! We thank you for taking the time to visit and explore.

We hope our website provides you with useful information of the amazing

faith-filled learning experiences offered to our PreK—Grade 8 learners

and the wonderful work accomplished by them. We hope you enjoy your

visit and return regularly to check out our latest news.

I am very proud of our dedicated staff and enthusiastic learners and I am

pleased that you are considering or have chosen our school for your child’s

education. At. St. Bridget School (SBS), our administration and teachers work

together to ensure that our children reach their fullest potential. I believe that all

of us—the school and the community, must work together as an extended family

to guarantee success for all our students. It is our responsibility to empower

children with the creative, intellectual and decision-making skills necessary for

them to take the risk of attempting new challenges, to help them blossom and grow

as individuals and to give them the academic, spiritual, social, physical and emotional skills to enable them to better realize their true potential as children of Christ.

Every day, I have the privilege of witnessing wonderful children achieve this transformation for themselves and emerge more confident and assured of their worth as individuals, helped by the loving and guiding presence of our Pastor, Fr. Jeffrey V. Romans, parents, administration, teachers, staff and other members of the school community.

At SBS, we offer a rich, vibrant and holistic approach to education in the Catholic tradition that is inspired by the life and teachings of our Patron Saint, St. Bridget of Sweden. We offer this to all those who come—Catholics and those of all faiths. It is above all else, a true sense of community, where each member makes his or her own unique contribution, and where all experience the joys and struggles of working and growing together, which makes St. Bridget's a truly special place.

With that in mind, you are invited to be an active participant at SBS. Whether you are a classroom volunteer, a member of our Home and School Association, a School Board member, a St. Bridget of Sweden parishioner or a community member, you are encouraged to be involved! Increasing parent and community involvement in our school is a high priority in the coming year for me as principal. Educational research clearly demonstrates that when parents and community members are more involved in a child’s education the child’s likelihood for academic success greatly increases.

One of our most important responsibilities to you is that we keep you informed of all that is taking place at the school. One of the ways we do this is regularly updating our school website. You can find up-to-date events, classroom photographs and additional information, so I encourage you to visit it as often as possible. Another critical communication tool that we use to keep parents informed is our educational platform, EduConnect. This is the quick and effective tool to help keep the doors of communication open between home and school. In addition to the website and EduConnect platform, I want you to know that you are welcome to call me if you have any questions or concerns.

 

If you would like to hear more about our school, or arrange a visit, please follow the contact links and rest assured you will be more than welcome. I look forward to having a long and rewarding relationship with you and your family at St. Bridget School! May God continue to bless you and keep you safe from all harm during our current pandemic.

 

Yours, in Christ,

Nancy E. Testa, Ed. D.

Fostering academic excellence, community awareness, and

spiritual growth

Meet Our Teachers

Pre-Kindergarten

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    MS. VICTORIA GUERRERA

    Pre-Kindergarten 3

    M.S., Elementary Education 1-6, University of Bridgeport

    B.S., Psychology, Southern Connecticut State University

    CT Professional Certificate in Elementary Education 1 – 6


    Joined SBS in 2019   

    vguerrera@stbridgetschool.org

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    MRS. NOEL NORMAND

    Pre-Kindergarten 4

    B.A., Child Studies, Charter Oak State College

    Director Credential, CDA

    A.A., Liberal Arts and Science, Naugatuck Valley Community College

    Head Teacher Certificate

    Educational Consultant for the State of CT 

    National Administration Credential

    Joined SBS in 2018   

    nnormand@stbridgetschool.org

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    MRS. APRIL BRILVITCH

    Pre-Kindergarten 4

    B.S., Early Childhood Education/Reading, West Chester University

    PA, CA, TN, VA Professional Certificate in Early Education PreK – 3

    Joined SBS in 2019   

    abrilvitch@stbridgetschool.org

Primary (K-3)

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    MRS. PAMELA LUPO

    Kindergarten

    M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Phoenix

    B.A., Psychology, Southern Connecticut State University

    CT Professional Certificate in Elementary Education K-6


    Joined SBS in 2007     

    plupo@stbridgetschool.org

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    MS. ALEXA WASIELAK

    Kindergarten

    B.A. in Elementary Education (K-6), St. Leo University


    Joined SBS in 2020     

    awasielak@stbridgetschool.org

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    MRS. MICHELLE GEOFFREY

    First Grade

    M.A., Elementary Reading, University of St. Joseph

    B.S., Psychology/Early Education/Special Education, Springfield College

    CT Professional Certificate in Early Education PreK – 3

    Catholic School Leadership Certificate, Merrimack College


    Joined SBS in 2005  

    mgeoffrey@stbridgetschool.org

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    MR. RICHARD CASEY

    First Grade

    M.A., Education, Quinnipiac University

    B.A.,Communications/Psychology, Western Connecticut State University

    CT Provisional Certificate in Elementary Education K-6


    Joined SBS in 2010      

    rcasey@stbridgetschool.org

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    MS. EMILY MERRIAM

    Second Grade

    Currently enrolled in a Certification program for

    Special Education K-12, Central Connecticut State University 

    M.A., Elementary Education, Sacred Heart University

    B.A., English, Sacred Heart University

    CT Initial Certificate in Elementary Education 1-6


    Joined SBS in 2018   

    emerriam@stbridgetschool.org

  • MRS. JUSTYNA SZYMCZYK

    Second Grade

    M.A. in Early Childhood (Birth – 2), Hunter College B.S. in Childhood Education (1 – 6), LIU Post University NY State Certification in Childhood Education (1 – 6)


    Joined SBS in 2020

    jszymczyk@stbridgetschool.org

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    MS. CAITLIN KEOUGH

    Third Grade

    Currently Enrolled in a Masters Program for Curriculum Instruction, Post University

    B.A., Elementary Education/English,

    Central Connecticut State University

    CT Provisional Certificate in Elementary Education K-6


    Joined SBS in 2017 

    ckeough@stbridgetschool.org

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    MRS. KRISTEN GALIPAULT

    Third Grade

    M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Saint Joseph

    B.A., Elementary Education/History, Anna Maria College

    CT Provisional Certificate in Elementary Education K-6


    Joined SBS in 2014   

    kgalipault@stbridgetschool.org

Intermediate Grades (4-5)

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    MRS. KRISTY GAGLIARDI

    Fourth Grade

    B.A., Elementary Education, Stonehill College

    CT Provisional Certificate in Elementary Education

    Joined SBS in 2019

    kgagliardi@stbridgetschool.org

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    MRS. LYNN USHCHAK

    Fourth Grade

    33 Post Graduate Credits in Educational Leadership 

    B.S., Elementary Education, Salve Regina University

    CT Professional Certificate in Elementary Education PreK – 6


    Joined SBS in 1996   

    lushchak@stbridgetschool.org

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    MRS. CELESTE McKENZIE

    Fifth Grade

    30 Post Graduates Credits in Language Education,

    San Diego University 

    B.A., Education, Hamilton 


    Joined SBS in 2006  

    cmckenzie@stbridgetschool.org

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    MRS. JOANNE SLOT

    Fifth Grade

    M.S., Counseling, Southern Connecticut State University

    B.S., Elementary Education, Central Connecticut State University

    CT Professional Certificate in Elementary Education PreK – 8


    Joined SBS in 1999   

    jslot@stbridgetschool.org

Middle School (6-8)

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    MS. CATHERINE LAVALLEE

    Sixth Grade Homeroom

    Middle School Language Arts

    B.A., English and certification in French, St. Anselm College CT Initial Teacher Certification, Secondary English 7-12

    RI Initial Teacher Certification for Secondary English 7-12

    Joined SBS in 2020

    clavallee@stbridgetschool.org

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    MRS. NANCY MAIER

    Sixth Grade Homeroom

    Middle School Language Arts

    M.A. Child Study, Central Connecticut State University B.S. Child Study/Religious Studies, St. Joseph University CT Professional Teaching Certificate grades PK-8

    Joined SBS in 2020

    nmaier@stbridgetschool.org

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    MR. JOSEPH GUERRERA

    Seventh Grade Homeroom

    Middle School Social Studies, US History and Geography

    M.A., Public History, Central Connecticut State University

    B.S., History Education, Central Connecticut State University

    CT Initial Certificate in Social Studies

    Joined SBS in 2018

    jguerrera@stbridgetschool.org

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    SR. FRANCESCA SILVER, FSE

    Seventh Grade Homeroom

    Middle School Spanish

    M.A., Theology, Holy Apostles and Seminary

    B.S., Outdoor Education, Northland College


    Joined SBS in 2015  

    srsilver@stbridgetschool.org

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    MRS. TERRY FITZPATRICK

    Eighth Grade Homeroom

    Middle School Mathematics & Pre-Algebra

    B.A., Elementary Education, Marymount College

    NY Provisional Certificate in Elementary Education PreK - 8


    Joined SBS in 2006  

    tfitzpatrick@stbridgetschool.org

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    MRS. MICHELLE CARROLL

    Eighth Grade Homeroom

    Middle School Science & Health

    M.S., Education, University of New Haven

    B.S., Biology, University of Connecticut

    Outdoor Education

    CT Provisional Certificate in Biology


    Joined SBS in 2012     

    mcarroll@stbridgetschool.org  

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    MRS. VICKY JACOBSON

    Middle School Advanced Mathematics

    M.S., Computers and Information Science,

    University of New Haven

    M.S., Library and Information Science, Pratt University

    B.S., Mathematics, Southern Connecticut State University

    CT Provisional Certificate in Mathematics 7-12


    Joined SBS in 2017  

    vjacobson@stbridgetschool.org 

Enrichment

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    MRS. ALISON McCORMACK

    Pre-Kindergarten - Fifth Spanish/World Languages

    B.A., Liberal Arts, Magdalen College


    Joined SBS in 2012    

    amccormack@stbridgetschool.org

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    SR. JEANNE d'ARC PAQUETTE, FSE

    Art

    B.A., Media and Arts Design, James Madison University


    Joined SBS in 2016   

    srpaquette@stbridgetschool.org

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    MS. LINDSEY CEITINN

    Music

    B.A., Music, Thomas Edison State University

    Joined SBS in 2018

    lceitinn@stbridgetschool.org

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    MRS. KARLENE REARICK 

    Library

    B.S., Secondary Education, Penn State University

    Joined SBS in 2020

    krearick@stbridgetschool.org

Resources

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    MRS. DOROTHY BURNS

    Intervention

    M.S., Reading and Language Arts &

    B.S., Elementary Education/English,

    Central Connecticut State University

    CT Professional Certificate in Elementary Education and Reading

    Joined SBS in 2019

    dburns@stbridgetschool.org

  • MS. CRISTINA FUOCO

    Building Aide

    Joined SBS in 2008

Meet Our Administration & Staff

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    DR. NANCY TESTA

    Principal

    B.S., Elementary Education, University of St. Joseph
    M.S., Elementary Education, Central Connecticut State University

    Ed. D., NOVA Southeastern University
    CT Professional Educator Certificate, K-6

    CT Professional Educator Certificate, Spanish

    CT Intermediate Administration and Supervision Certificate (092)


    Joined SBS in 2020

    DrTesta@stbridgetschool.org

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    MRS. JUDITH ROWINSKI

    Director of Campus Ministry

    6th year Professional Degree, Reading,

    Southern Connecticut State University
    M.S., Elementary Education, University of Bridgeport
    B.S., Early Childhood Education, 

    Southern Connecticut State University


    Joined SBS in 1994        

             

    jrowinski@stbridgetschool.org

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    MRS. CHRISTINA CUMMINGS

    Admissions/Advancement Director

    B.A., International Relations, Concordia University
    Certified Professional in Human Resources


    Joined SBS in 2014  

     

    ccummings@stbridgetschool.org

  • MRS. JOANNE TENNEY

    Administrative Assistant

    Joined SBS in 2015

    jtenney@stbridgetschool.org

  • MRS. LAUREN CROWEAK

    Office Manager

    Joined SBS in 2008

    lcroweak@stbridgetschool.org

Meet Our School Board

  • REVEREND JEFFREY V. ROMANS

    Pastor

  • REVEREND ANTHONY J. FEDERICO

    Parochial Vicar

  • DR. NANCY TESTA

    Principal

  • MRS. JUDITH ROWINSKI

    Director of Campus Ministry

  • MRS. MARYANNE PISANI

    Chairperson

    Advancement and Strategic Planning Committee

    Admission/Marketing Committee

  • DR. MARGARET PALMERI

    Vice Chairperson, Nominating Committee Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, Advancement/Admissions/ Marketing Committee

  • MR. GINO GENOVESE

    Finance Committee Chair

  • MR. TOM BURKARD

    Advancement Committee Chair

  • MRS. CHRISTI CARRANO

    Athletic Committee Chair, Nominating Committee

  • MRS. ANDREA JOHNSON

    Strategic Planning Committee

  • MRS. JOAN ROCZYNSKI

    Committee Member

  • MS. KATHLEEN DEVYLDER

    Committee Member

  • MR. MICHAEL MONTEFUSCO

    Committee Member

  • MR. ED DALEY

    Committee Member

  • MRS. OLGA LEVINE

    Committee Member

  • MRS. MOLLY JOHNSON

    Committee Member

  • MRS. DONNA MITCHELL

    Non-Voting Parish Finance Council Liaison

  • MRS. CHRISTINA CUMMINGS

    Non-Voting Director of Admissions and Advancement

  • MRS. LAUREN ST. ONGE

    Non-Voting HSA Co-President Representative

  • MRS. KRISTA OSTUNO

    Non-Voting HSA Co-President Representative

  • MR. JAMES THOMAS

    Non-Voting Building & Grounds Committee

  • MRS. LYN SCHMIDT-HEBERGER

    Non-Voting Accountant

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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St. Bridget of Sweden Parish

Contact Us

Address

Tel: 203-272-5860

Fax: 203-271-7031

Email: office@stbridgetschool.org

171 Main Street

Cheshire, CT 06410