Specials Faculty


  • Ms. Cara Zakian, Music                                                                                                                      zakianc@sjsusa.org

    Ms. Cara Zakian, Music Teacher, earned her Master’s Degree from Bennington College and a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Hartwick College. In addition to music passion, Ms. Zakian loves to travel and enjoys the outdoors.  

  • Ms. Hillary Brewer,   Library Media/Technology Integration Specialist                                brewerh@sjsusa.org

    Ms. Hillary Brewer earned a Bachelor's of Arts in History from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Minor in British Studies & Arabic Studies and a second Minor in Communications. Ms. Brewer participated in a five week International immersion program while enrolled in Fairleigh Dickinson University. She holds a School Library Media Specialist Certificate of Eligibility and is actively enrolled at William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ. Ms. Brewer brings a wealth of technology and social media experience to her position. She will also serve as the yearbook advisor.  

  • Ms. Barbara Nuvola, Art                                              nuvolab@sjsusa.org                                                                               

    Ms. Barbara Nuvola is a Fine Artist and veteran Catholic School Art Teacher with twenty years of teaching Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 students. Ms. Nuvola earned a Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies and the Fine Arts from SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga, NY. She continues her education coursework to this day at the School of Visual Arts, NY. Ms. Nuvola is also trained in  Botanical illustration via the New York Botanical Gardens, NY. Ms. Nuvola's work has been published by community partners and she has been nominated and recognized three consecutive times by The Executive Arts Awards, Rockland County in the areas of Art Education and Visual Arts. Ms. Nuvola's work has been  included in local news and media publications, museums, libraries, bookstores, and galleries. She is also recognized for creating three successful After School Art Programs. 

  • Mrs. Suzanne McFadden, Physical education                                                                                              mcfaddens@sjsusa.org

    Mrs. McFadden attended William Paterson College, Queens College and The Wood School. She has served Saint Joseph School over the years as a long term substitute teacher and day to day substitute and will join the staff as the new Physical Education teacher in September 2019. Mrs. McFadden has served as a CCD teacher and Middle School Girls Basketball Coach for Oradell, Waldwick and Saddle River,NJ.  

  • Mrs. Loretta Onorato, school nurse                                                                                                                                  Onoratol@sjsusa.org

    Mrs. Loretta Oronato earned her School Nursing Certificate from Jersey City State University.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Family Child Services and has been a school nurse for more than thirty years.  Mrs. Oronato also served as a Social Worker for the State of New Jersey - Division of Youth and Family Services.  She brings an extensive background of service to the Saint Joseph School.   Mrs. Oronato is a practicing Catholic and her daughter attends Catholic High School.  

  • Mrs. Christina Viganola                                                                                                                      viganolac@sjsusa.org  

    Mrs. Cristina Viganola earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from New Jersey City University. She brings over 10 years of experience in the classroom to Saint Joseph's School. She was formerly the Spanish/Technology teacher for K-8th grade at Saint Stephen's School. Mrs. Viganola enjoys spending time with her husband and children, reading, doing barre, running and walks on the beach.