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Meet the Staff of Mount Royal Academy
Mrs. Kathleen McDonald
Mrs. McDonald has worked at Mount Royal Academy for nine years, the first year as a substitute teacher, and subsequent years as Office Manager and Registrar.
Mrs. McDonald holds a degree from Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, MA. She resides in Enfield, NH with her husband and two children
Aimée grew up in Penacook, NH, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from St. Joseph's College in 2010. Her background is in primary education, formally teaching kindergarten at Abbot Downing School in Concord. Aimée is the Youth Group Coordinator and also sings in the choir at St. Joseph Parish in Belmont. She is extremely excited to be able to share her faith and talents with her students!
Mrs. Elizabeth Heath, Teacher
Mrs. Heath has taught at Mount Royal Academy for 13 years, working with children in grades Pre-K through 2nd; currently she teaches Kindergarten.
Mrs. Heath graduated cum laude from the University of Dallas in Irving, TX with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, and has also received training and experience in the application of the Montessori Method in the classroom. Her focus in the classroom is to impart both skill and joy in reading to her young students.
Mrs. Heath resides in Warner, NH with her husband and young daughter.
Mrs. Karen Walsh, Teacher
Mrs. Walsh received her Master's Degree in Education from Lesley University in 2001. Her undergrad studies were completed in North Adams, Massachusetts at North Adams State College where she earned a B.S. in Education and a B.A. in Sociology in 1997. She has over 10 years of teaching experience while working with children grades Pre-K through fifth grade in both general education and special education classrooms.
She is an active parishioner at St. Patrick's in Newport and has volunteered in their senior youth group program. Mrs. Walsh lives in Grantham, NH with her husband and three children.
Mrs. Moorehouse joins Mt. Royal Academy after thirteen years of raising and homeschooling her five children in Bernardston, MA, with one year spent in Santiago, Chile. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside, in 1993 with a degree in Psychology, then spent a year teaching kindergarten at an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico, where she met her husband, a fellow volunteer. After completing elementary teaching certification training in Arizona, she taught elementary and middle school in Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Vermont before finally settling down in Massachusetts. She is looking forward to sharing her love of God and of learning with her students this year!
Mrs. Richardson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Magdalen College in 1995 and an Apostolic Catechetical Diploma from Magdalen College in 1995. She will complete her Masters degree in Educational Leadership and school principal certification in 2015. She is an active parishioner at St. Patrick/St. Joachim parish, where she lectors and teaches CCD. She resides in Sunapee with her children.
Mrs. Deborah Nelson, Teacher
Mrs. Nelson graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and minors in Educational Psychology and Middle School Education. Before homeschooling her own children from kindergarten through eighth grade, she taught in both public and private schools. Mrs. Nelson and her husband Scott live in Newbury, New Hampshire, and attend St. Joachim’s Church. They currently have two children attending Mount Royal Academy high school and two children attending Franciscan University. Their oldest daughter begins her nursing career at the same hospital where her father works. Mrs. Nelson’s favorite quotation comes from William Butler Yeats: “Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.”
Mrs. Jackie Diebold, Teacher
3rd & 4th Grade
Mrs. Diebold earned an Honors Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Windsor and Lakehead University, Canada, in 1991 and 1993 respectively. She has taught children grades Kindergarten to Sixth over the past seventeen years, and her primary focus has been Reading and Mathematics. To engage her students in Mathematics, she connects Math to a variety of subjects and combines traditional instruction with hands-on activities.
Mrs. Diebold resides with her husband and 11 year old daughter in Grantham, NH. Mrs. Diebold and her daughter came to Mount Royal Academy in 2005. Erin is currently in grade seven.
Mr. Derek Tremblay, Teacher
Admissions, Athletics, 7th & 8th Grade Theology, High School Theology
Mr. Tremblay started teaching, ministering, and coaching at Mount Royal in the 2009-2010 school year. He graduated from Saint Thomas Aquinas in Dover (04’), one of our brethren Catholic Schools in New Hampshire. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Political Science (08’), as well as a Masters of Theological Studies (09’) from Providence College. Mr. Tremblay teaches theology courses for the Upper School grade levels.
Mr. Tremblay is a parishioner of Saint Patrick’s in Newport, where he is helping coordinate the Youth Ministry program, as well as catechizing candidates preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation. Other involvement with the youth included serving as Camp Minister at Camp Fatima during the summer of 2010. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus, and also a Trustee for New Hampshire Catholic Community Radio. Mr. Tremblay resides in Goshen, NH with his wife and two children.
Dr. Mitchell Kalpakgian, Teacher
High School English and Latin
Dr. Kalpakgian is returning to Mount Royal Academy this year as the full time High School English and Latin teacher. Dr. Kalpakgian is a published author and has been a college professor of English at different colleges most recently at New England College, Wyoming Catholic College, and Magdalene College.
Mrs. Kelley Ouellette, Teacher
7th & 8th Grade Math, High School Science
Mrs. Ouellette currently teaches Biology at Mount Royal Academy. She has a bachelors of science in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from Eastern Michigan University, and this is her second year at Mount Royal. Mrs. Ouellette also has taught CCD at her previous parish in Wilton, NH, and enjoys coaching soccer for her 2 oldest childrens' team. Mrs. Ouellette lives with her husband and 4 children in Newbury, NH.
Dr. Bonnie Akerman, Teacher
7th and 8th Grade Math, High School Science
Dr. Bonnie Akerman received her Doctorate in Molecular, Cellular and Systems Physiology from Dartmouth Medical School and her Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Dr. Akerman has been actively involved in many aspects of mentoring and teaching students from the grades of preschool through college and graduate/medical school. She taught 4th and 8th Grade science classes to the students of Thetford Academy in affiliation with the Montshire Museum of Science; mentored Boston high school students through the Biomedical Science Career Program of Harvard Medical School; taught physiology conferences to 1st year Dartmouth Medic al School students; and taught medical research techniques to several Dartmouth undergraduate students. Currently, Dr. Akerman is an adjunct faculty member at River Valley Community College teaching Fundamentals of Chemistry. She has worked in the field of medical research for over 11 years at Dartmouth College/Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with an emphasis in Renal Endocrinology and more recently Neuroendocrine oncology, specifically breast and ovarian cancer. Dr. Akerman lives in Newport New Hampshire with James Sr., her loving husband of 12 years, her five year old son, James Jr., and her new born daughter, Hailey Lynne.
Mr. Andrew Mihaly, Teacher
7th and 8th Grade History, High School History
Mr. Mihaly recently graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with and Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Science in Adolescent/Young Adult Education. He is a certified Secondary Education Social Studies Teacher with experience in several school districts in the Ohio region prior to graduation. He has also worked for the Upward Bound program at Keene State College, both this summer of 2013 and the previous summer of 2012, teaching and mentoring high school students. Mr. Mihaly has been a devoted parishioner of St. Patrick and St. Joachim parish for the past twelve years since moving to the area with intermittent service in youth ministry and altar serving. He currently resides in Newport, NH.
Mr. Patrick Dowsett holds a bachelor's degree (Literature) from Ave Maria College, a master's degree (Literature) from the University of Dallas, and is currently working toward his Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree at the University of Michigan. In his ten years in education, Mr. Dowsett has never taught a subject he does not enjoy. His favorite subjects to teach include: Literature, Theology and History. additionally, Mr. Dowsett holds certifications in English Language Arts and Computer Technology.
Mr. Dowsett, his wife, Sarah, and their five children are moving Michigan. They are all eager to meet everyone at Mount Royal and ask for prayers as they make the move this summer.
Andrew D’Amico has taught seventeen years in New York and in New Hampshire. He completed ten years of Catholic education in Brooklyn and Queens, NY before his family moved to Long Island where he completed high school.
Mr. D’Amico received a Bachelor’s degree in U.S. History with a minor in education from Hofstra University. In 1980, he entered industry at the beginning of computer technology age and has worked primarily for software companies for twenty-two years culminating with a company that invented processes that supports business network technology. While working for industry, he authored several technical manuals on network enterprise management using SPECTRUM technology – an industry management standard.
Applying the knowledge of hardware and software technology, he became certified to teach technology in New Hampshire. In addition, he is also certified by Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to teach Gateway to Technology (a middle school engineering curriculum), Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering and Computer Integrated Manufacturing (high school curricular).
In 1993 he graduated from the Computer Learning and Information Processing Program at Dartmouth College. Additional certifications earned by Mr. D’Amico include: Introduction to C++ from Boston University; and a certification as a SPECTRUM Engineer for Administration (network management) through industry.
He holds certifications by the state of New Hampshire and by Project Lead the Way to teach engineering, and is the founding board member of the PLTW Partnership Team for the John Stark Regional School District.
His community service includes serving as a member of the Kearsarge School Board from 1985-1995 representing Springfield, and service on both the Zoning and Planning Boards from 2000 to 2009. He and his wife Elizabeth have lived in the same house (now 223 years old) for 42 years. Their daughter, husband and grandchild live in Connecticut.
Lou Maresca has a B.A. from Stony Brook University (NY), 1972. M.S. from SBU in 1975.
This is Lou's 33rd year of teaching, math and science. Lou was Department Chair in Mathematics while at IND (Institute of Notre Dame H.S.), a Catholic high school, in the 1980s. He has taught math courses ranging from Algebra I through Calculus, and taught many years at the college level in the evenings while at IND, and here in NH. He has taught Chemistry on three levels in high school.
"Reasonable answers" and tying topics into the "real world" are not just catch phrases for Lou; these have been central aspects of his teaching since his first year. This is crucially important, in that students are not likely to remember the Quadratic Formula or the formula for Calcium Nitrate, but they will remember how they were trained to think clearly, be assiduous in their work, and ask incisive questions. It follows then that students, when they become adults, will be better and more involved and educated citizens, since they can think clearly.
Lou has very much enjoyed teaching here at MRA this school year, his first here, and is looking forward with much anticipation to an expanded teaching schedule in the Fall of 2014. He has enjoyed working with his students, and truly enjoys and respects his colleagues here at MRA.
Nancy Girald starts her second year at MRA teaching French and Spanish in the upper school. She comes to our community from Connecticut, where she served as program coordinator for world languages in the Madison, CT, public school district. Mrs. Girald earned her BA in French from Manhattanville College [NY], her MAT in French from Fairleigh Dickinson University [NJ], and her sixth year certification in educational leadership from SCSU in New Haven, CT. Mrs. Girald spearheaded the curriculum revision of world languages K-12 in Madison and also researched and wrote a white paper concerning student proficiency levels in world languages in Connecticut. From 2006-2011, she worked with American Councils for International Education [Teachers of Critical Languages Program], serving as a mentor, reader, team member of visiting administrators to China and lastly, in Beijing as interview team member of candidates to teach Mandarin in the US. Mrs. Girald has enjoyed working with our grade 7-12 students, and is delighted to work with MRA students and faculty again this year.
Mrs. Margaret Dwyer, Teacher
Pre-Kindergarten - 12th Art
Margaret Dwyer earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2008 from Vermont College of Fine Art in Montpelier. Her thesis work involved researching, writing and creating art based on psychological themes such as trauma, dreams and the unconscious. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree was earned in 1980 from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. Margaret works in several 2d and 3d mediums (though watercolor is her favorite). She is a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society, the Copley Society in Boston, and the New Hampshire Art Association. She has competed in many juried national and international exhibitions. Her work has been published in several art books and publications that include:
Teaching art is also a passion. In addition to working with the students at Mt. Royal, Margaret also teaches classes and workshops through her studio and other venues throughout the State. Margaret and her husband reside in Wilmot and have 2 grown children. She is deeply inspired by living in NH.
Mrs. Leanne Wesoja, Teacher
Pre-Kindergarten - 12th Music
After an education at Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory, Leanne went on a performance tour in Europe. She performed in France, at Mont St. Michelle, Cathedral at Chartres, Cathedral at Bayeux and performed with the Caen Symphony Orchestra is a series of concerts that included the opening of the Museum for Peace. Other European performances included the Regensburg Theatre in Germany and a series of concerts in private residences in Florence, Italy. Leanne went on to manage and teach at “The Little School of Music” in Salem, MA and Danvers, MA for a number of years. She moved to Nova Scotia, Canada to be close to family again. There she taught private music lessons and performed with the St. Francis Xavier Choral Society. In 1993 Leanne and her husband moved to Sutton, NH to raise their family. They have 5 adopted children and the 2 youngest attend Mount Royal Academy.