Faculty and Staff
I grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and attended Catholic schools through 12th grade. I received my Masters of Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1993. I enjoy traveling and have spent years living and working abroad. Read more...
4th & 5th Grade Social Studies and LANGUAGE ARTS Teacher
I am originally from East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, where I grew up the middle of three children. Attending the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, I met my future husband, John. Read more...
Development and Communications Manager
My family joined the Mater Christi School community in 2008, when our son, Ethan '16, was a first-grader. I have had the privilege of wearing many hats for MCS: parent, volunteer, and staff member. I am honored to serve in a role that helps our beloved school grow, and I am grateful to the incredible community that makes this possible! Read more...
Hilary Bickford is originally from Florida but has spent most of her life in Vermont. She was an Elementary Education major from Franklin Pierce University.
Grace grew up in the small town of Wenham, Massachusetts where she attended public school from kindergarten up until High School. Grace graduated from the University of Vermont in 2020 where she double majored in both Theatre and Studio Art. Read more...
Spanish Teacher Grades 4 - 8
Jaclyn Cline grew up nearby in Colchester, Vermont, and attended the Colchester School District kindergarten through twelfth grade. Read more...
3rd Grade Teacher
I grew up in Essex Junction, Vermont and then attended Loyola University in Baltimore. I graduated in 1990 with a BA in Elementary Education. Read more...
Elementary School Support Services
I am from Oakton, Virginia, and am a graduate of Virginia Tech, where I received a B.S. degree in Biological Systems Engineering in 2012. Read more...
I grew up in Connecticut and went to college in New Hampshire. In 1988 I moved to Vermont with my wife Beth. I worked as a cartographer for 5 years and started taking computer classes. Read more...
Mary Farley grew up on Long Island in New York and, according to her mother, began singing and acting before she could walk!
She was blessed to have the Sisters of Mercy as her teachers from elementary through middle school and their guiding light has always been a positive influence. Mary has served as both a cantor and parish music director at varying locations since she was a teenager and has extensive experience in planning liturgical music. She has performed in musicals, dramas, comedies, and choirs in New York, New England, and Internationally. Read more...
Tricia is a Licensed Middle School Science, Social Studies and Math teacher. She brings to the classroom industrial experience as a Development Chemist. Read more...
Language Arts Specialist - Afterschool Director
I grew up in New Jersey with my older brother and twin brother, and first came to Vermont as a UVM student. In college, I was a double major in English and Italian, and studied abroad in Ferrara, Italy for a semester, living with a host family and studying at the local university. Read more...
MCS Class of '87. Husband to Kathy for 20 years. Father of Seamus (MCS class of '18), Kevin (MCS class of '20), and Carsten (MCS class of '23). Baptized, confirmed, and married in the Roman Catholic Church and continue to endeavor to be open to the grace endowed through those Sacraments. Read more...
I am a native Vermonter and am happy to be back in Vermont after spending years living overseas with my husband and two children. For the last several years we have enjoyed traveling, learning, and experiencing the culture in SE Asia and the Western Pacific. Read more...
I grew up in Bennington, Vermont where I attended Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales school. I then attended the University of Vermont where I received a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education in 2014. Read more...
Middle School Religion Teacher
I moved to Vermont from Louisville, Kentucky in 2015. I received a BA in Philosophy from Gordon College (Wenham, MA), an MS in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, and a Masters in Teaching from St. Michael's College. Read more...
Kate Lafferty came to Mater Christi with 20 years of experience in business and finance management. She’s been a Bookkeeper, Director, Manager, Trainer, or support staff in various nonprofits and religious organizations. Read more...
Patty grew up on a farm in Ohio where she played and worked in cooperation with others and alone. Her childhood was full of life outside, school, church, and family. As an adult, she has traveled extensively in North America and South/Southeast Asia Read more...
Grades 4 & 5 Literature Teacher
Kristen is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she received a B.A. degree in Psychology. Read more...
PRESIDENT/HEAD OF SCHOOL
I grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts as the youngest of four children. My home was one filled with faith, work, service and adventure. During my first teaching assignment, I made a best friend and then married her. Christa and I have five children, Peter, Elise, Teddy, John, and Louis, all of whom are former or present MCS students. Even in its "liveliness," we have sought to fill our home and lives with the same consistent sort of faith, work, life and joy. Read more...
Athletic Director & Physical Education Teacher
Taylor grew up in nearby Colchester, Vermont. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2020 where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education for majoring in Physical Education and minoring in Coaching. Read more...
Grade 1 Teacher
I am a true Vermonter; born, raised, and still living in my hometown of Colchester. I currently reside there with my husband, two daughters (ages 13 and 11), our cat Maestro, and the resident class pet- Josh the Beta fish. Read more...
Middle School English Teacher
Seana Coughlin Mancini grew up in Buffalo, NY and is a graduate of Catholic elementary and middle schools. Ms. Mancini earned her Bachelor's degree in English Writing and Political Science from SUNY Potsdam where she met Mr. Mancini who was a Clarkson University grad. After she earned an M.Ed. with a concentration on Middle School English from Canisius College in Buffalo, she married then US Army Captain Mancini, who’s obligation once met, retired and then began her 23 year teaching career in both public and parochial schools in North Carolina, Georgia, and New York. Read more...
2nd Grade Teacher
I grew up in Essex Junction, Vermont and attended public school from Kindergarten until high school graduation. After earning a BA from Castleton State College, I moved back to the Burlington area to be close to my family. Shortly after returning home I accepted a teaching position at Mater Christi School. Read more...
Teacher- Assistant Athletic Director
Matt McKinnon was born and raised in Little Compton, RI, a small seaside town an hour south of Boston. He attended Bishop Stang High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society, and was a letter winner in football, indoor track, baseball, and rowing. Read more...
Director of Support Services K-8
Mercy Education has been an integral part of my life from childhood to the present day. I attended Catholic school through Grade 8 and later attended Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont. Read more...
Middle School Social Studies Teacher
I grew up in Greenwich Village, New York City and fell in love with the Green Mountains while at the University of Vermont. My undergraduate degree was in Mass Communication and I worked in NYC in radio and television, and wrote for the Burlington Free Press once I moved back here. Read more...
Assistant Head of School for Spiritual, Religious and Community Life
I was born in Boston and grew up in a loving, caring, supportive family on Boston's South Shore. I attended a grade Catholic school through 8th grade, Boston College High School, a Jesuit high school in Dorchester, MA and St. Michael's College for my undergraduate degree in History and Secondary Education, and my graduate degree in Theology and Pastoral Ministry. Read more...
Now entering my 19th year as an educator, I am thrilled to return to the Mater Christi community! Read more...
Middle School Science Teacher
Mark Pendergrass grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee and attended a Private Day/Boarding School called The Baylor School. While there he ran cross-country and participated in the outdoor program called Walkabout. He attended Appalachian State University, where he spent a great deal of time climbing in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Read more...
Nicole Pinard Berry
I grew up in Winooski, Vermont and graduated from Nyack College in 2011 with my B.S. in Early Childhood Education. Read more...
Ensemble Teacher - Choir Director
When I first came to Vermont in 1999 to study at Middlebury College, I immediately felt a sense of coming home. Since my graduation, I’ve lived in various parts of this gorgeous and free-spirited state, making music with some of its finest musicians, and teaching piano and voice to students of all ages. Read more...
My name is Susan Robinson, and I am a native Vermonter who grew up in Dummerston, Vermont. Read more...
Jean grew up on beautiful Mt. Desert Island in the State of Maine where she lived until her marriage in 1972. Read more...
Grade 3 Teacher
I grew up in Wilmette, Illinois about 30 minutes north of Chicago where I attended Catholic school from kindergarten through high school. Read more...
4TH-5TH GRADE MATH & SCIENCE TEACHER
Mrs. Sem has taught first grade at Mater Christi since 2004. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts and her M.A. in Teaching Mathematics Grades K-12 from UVM. Her two children have attended Mater Christi School. Matthew was a graduate of the MCS class of 2010. Sarah was a graduate of the class of 2012. They both attended and graduated from Rice Memorial High School, where Mrs. Sem volunteered as a Stunt Night Coach for many years. Read more...
ADVANCEMENT, ENROLLMENT & MARKETING MANAGER
Melissa was born and raised in Lima Peru in a devout Catholic family and was very active member in her local church. Read more...
I am originally from Essex Junction, Vermont, where I attended Mater Christi School from Kindergarten- 2nd grade! Read more...
Middle School Math Teacher
I was born and raised in New York City, the middle of three siblings. I graduated from Williams College, where I met my husband John, and then went on to earn a Master's degree from Columbia University Teachers College. Read more...
PERMANENT SUBSTITUTE TEACHER
Megan Shields grew up in multiple states across the east coast. She rode horses, played violin, and participated in theater, drama, and library councils as a student. Megan attended the University of Vermont as an Education major and also discovered a love of writing, American sign language, and Brazilian JiuJitsu Read more...
Middle School Literature Teacher
Grew up in West Chester Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Attended West Chester University and earned a BA in History. Read more...
APRN, School Nurse
Mrs. Worgan grew up in Pennsylvania, while enjoying her summers waterskiing and soaking up the sun on the white sand beaches of South Jersey. After completing her higher education in Philadelphia, she pursued travel nursing to explore the opportunity where she and her husband thought best to raise children. They chose to stay in Vermont after completing several assignments. And chose Mater Christi School for the family. Read more...