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Cara Zakian, Music Teacher, earned an undergraduate degree in music from Hartwick College and a Master's degree from Bennington College. In addition to music, Ms. Zakian loves to travel and enjoys the outdoors.


Regina Frei has both her BA and MST from Fordham University. She has an extensive background in both Computer programming and teaching, including a love of writing and a new interest in robotics! Ms. Frei's varied background and areas of expertise will be of great benefit to our students.


Sheri Dennehy earned her BA from Montclair State University and has been an art teacher for twelve years, both at the grammar and high school levels. This is her second year of teaching at SJS. Mrs. Dennehy has been a part of the St. Joseph family for four years as a parent and Lower School Representative on the PTO Board. She loves to read and travel with her three girls and husband.


Mr. Joseph Abbadessa, a life-long member of our parish, has his certification in Physical Education and Health from Montclair State University. He loves coaching sports and sharing his love of physical fitness with our students.


Maria-Rose Contini, librarian, is starting her tenth year in that position at St. Joseph’s. She began as the PTO library coordinator when her daughter was in first grade many years ago and transitioned into the current position in 2005. She received her BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania and her JD from Seton Hall University School of Law.


Nurse Carol has her RN and her School Nurse certification. She spent the first part of her career doing hospital nursing but has been a certified school nurse for 17 years. Nurse Carol is happy to be a part our SJS school family!


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