Specials Faculty

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

    music Class pages                                                                                         

    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.  

  • Mr. Tom Sites,   Library Media/Technology Integration Specialist                                  SITEST@SJSUSA.ORG

    Tom Sites worked for a number of years at a major telecommunications company in New York city, coordinating installation and maintenance of high capacity data networks. In 2006 he left that position and went to Fordham Graduate School of Education where he graduated with honors and his master’s degree in social studies education. He went on to teach at Cristo Rey New York High School, and became the History department chair. A major part of that position was overseeing the blending of technology into classroom learning activities. His unique mix of competencies and passion for teaching brings a special perspective to all that he does.

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

    P.E. Blog

    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. Christina Viganola                                                                                                                     viganolac@sjsusa.org

    LS world language blog

    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. 

  • Ms. Elise Duffy and Ms. Areana Solano                                      duffye@sjsusa.org             solanoa@sjsusa.org                                                              


    Ms. Elise Duffy joined the faculty this year as one of two Art Teachers. She teaches on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Ms Duffy attended Massachusetts College of Art in Boston where she majored in illustration. she went on the Berkley College where she earned a degree in Interior Design. Ms. Duffy has been a Fine Artist for over 20 years where she has done commissioned work, kitchen and interior design. Ms. Duffy offers private art lessons for students Kindergarten through Grade 8. 

    Ms. Areana Solano joined the faculty this year and teaches on Mondays. She has worked extensively at the Montessori Center, Nyack, NY. Ms. Solano holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education/Language Track from Rockland Community College and remains a current student.