Nardin Welcomes New Faculty for 2018-19

The Montessori, Lower, Middle and High School each welcomed new faculty to our dynamic community last week.

Colleen Smith brings her passion for Montessori education to our Montessori Early Childhood program. Mrs. Smith holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from SUNY-Buffalo, is trained through the Buffalo Montessori Teacher Training Program, and previously taught at Saint Aloysius Regional School Montessori Pre-K in Springville.

Cassandra Holic joins Nardin's Lower School as the new French teacher. Ms. Holic holds a Masters in Adolescence Education and a B.A. in French and Spanish from Canisius College and is the recepient of a 2015 WNYFLEC French Award.

Cynthia Udagawa-Lougen is excited to return to Nardin Lower and Middle School to teach Spanish and Spanish culture, having previously taught Spanish in the elementary school for ten years. Ms. Udagawa-Lougen holds a B.A. in International Relations and International Business from Canisius College and a certificate in International Studies from Universidad de Antonio Nebrija in Spain.

In the high school, Stephanie O'Donnell has joined the faculty as a new teacher in the History Department. Previously, Ms. O'Donnell served as Chair of the Social Studies Department at Cardinal O'Hara High School and has also taught in both the Newfane Central School District and Grand Island Central School District. She holds a Master of Professional Studies in Literacy Specialist (5-12) and a B.S. in Secondary Social Studies Education from SUNY-Buffalo.

Suzanne Thepaut-Hasselback '96 returns to her alma mater as the new Physics teacher in the high school. With experience teaching both science and French from New Hampshire to Le Havre, France, she holds a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from SUNY-Buffalo and a B.A. in Biology and French from Mount Holyoke College.

Rachel Allen brings her enthusiasm for Spanish to our World Language Department in the high school. She previously taught for seven years in Chelsea, Vermont as a Middle and High School Spanish Teacher. Ms. Allen holds a B.A. in Spanish from Nazareth College and has also completed coursework at the Institute for Spanish Studies in Valencia, Spain.

Brian McCarthy brings his experience leading the social studies department at Niagara Catholic to our high school. Mr. McCarthy holds a Master of Professional Studies, Literacy and a B.A. in Education, Social Studies 5 - 12 from Niagara University.

Please join us in welcoming them to our halls! We know they will work incredibly hard to continue Nardin's tradition of maximizing student potential and engaging students with the world.

Pictured above from left to right: Brian McCarthy, Cynthia Udagawa-Lougen, Colleen Smith, Stephanie O'Donnell, Suzanne Thepaut-Hasselback, and Rachael Allen (not pictured - Cassandra Holic)