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Saint Louis School 
77 Boisvert Street
Lowell, Massachusetts
(978) 458-7594
Welcome to our family!

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At St. Louis School
We Believe . . .

· That all children are capable  of successful learning

· In families, teachers, and staff  working together to ensure that all children receive the very best
learning experience both in
school and at home

· In high expectations, coupled with an understanding of each child’s unique challenges and gifts

· In cultivating knowledge of child development to foster our             curriculum and in keeping that    curriculum current, challenging,
and centered in Christ

· That children learn by doing—
we promote exploration, interaction, and engagement

· That Christ is our guide, model,  and hope at St. Louis School
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Now Accepting Applications for the 2018-2019 School Year!
Toddler (2 yrs) - Grade 8
Tours and Shadow Days Available
Come see all the great things happening at St. Louis School!

Faculty and Staff

  
Ms. Vina M. Troianello M.Ed.: Principal
  
Ms. Vina M. Troianello, affectionately know as Miss T. is excited to begin her 3rd 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: Office Manager

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 Shibutani SASV is a Sister of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin who joined the faculty of St. Louis School in 1999. Since arrving from Japan she has taught music and art to all grade levels. While in Japan where she was born and educated, she earned degrees and certifications in Religion and Sociology, Kindergarten Education and Music Studies. She was on the faculty of the Catholic high school, taught scripture and sociology, served as chairperson of the religion department and was a student advisor. Her greatest joy and passion is teaching here at SLS.
  
  
  
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
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 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
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Mrs. James graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. Prior to coming to St. Louis School, she has taught preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and fourth grade. This year, is her third year at St. Louis School. I love teaching and my ultimate goal is to instill a love of learning that will last a lifetime.
Mrs. Kathy LaBrecque: Grade 2
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Mrs. LaBrecque received her BA in Elementary Education / Special Education at Rivier College and her M. Ed in Special Education from Endicott College. Within the MA. Department of Education, she is certified as having Professional Status. Mrs. LaBrecque has worked in the inner cities of Lowell and Lynn as both a classroom teacher and a special education teacher. She has taught Kindergarten through eighth grade. Besides her love for teaching reading, writing and math, Mrs. LaBrecque considers guiding and encouraging her students in their role as disciples for Christ to be her greatest reward as a teacher at St. Louis.


Mrs. Susan Walsh: Grade 3
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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.

Emily Morrison: Grade 4
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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. 

​​​  ​Mrs. Jessica Smith: Middle School
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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
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Ms. 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.

 





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



School Nurse:   Mrs. Erin Shackelford