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               Our Lady Star of the Sea Regional School
Faculty and Staff 
2019-2020

"Our Lady Star of the Sea is an extremely welcoming environment. Students openly embrace their classmates of all ethnicities and learning abilities."

Mary Netherby, 

OLSS Teacher

 

All full-time teachers are NJ State Certified.

 

Principal

Ms. Carol Spina

spina.carol@olssac.org

 

Ms. Spina, holds a M.ED., M.B.A, and M.A. from Drexel University, as well as, a B.A. (dance) from University of the Arts.  She brings a vast amount of experience to OLSS as an elementary school vice principal, dean of instruction, financial advisor, and teacher. 


Ms. Spina believes the foundation for real life is laid down through education and spiritual growth. She believes education prepares students for their lifelong journey of learning, whether in school or in their day-to-day lives. She sees education as the driving force that moves youth toward becoming successful, intellectual adults. "Education is vital to our society. It empowers individuals and allows them to be constructive, productive, and positive contributors in the world." Ms. Spina

Ms. Spina is a strong believer in student involvement in service activities, extra-curricular activities, and the Visual and Performing Arts.  She is excited to bring opportunities in these areas to OLSS students.  Ms. Spina enjoys giving back to the community by being on the Literacy Committee of the Atlantic County Workforce Development Board, and member of the American Association of University Women. When not in school, she enjoys the beach, dancing, singing, and spending time with family and friends. 

Student Affairs and Development Director

Mr. Greg Freelon

freelon.greg@olssac.org

 

Mr. Freelon holds a B.A. in political science and theater from Union College.  He brings his experience to OLSS as Dean of Students at Principle Academy Charter School in Egg Harbor Township. He taught Kindergarten through Eighth Grade within the NYC Department of Education.  Mr. Freelon helped develop the model for Conflict Resolution through Drama as a faculty member of New York University’s Creative Arts Team and has pioneered best practices models in Youth Leadership Development, creating and facilitating interactive workshops delivered to youth groups and community organizations across the country. 

 

In his spare time, Mr. Freelon is the founder and president of Windy Crest Media, an educational video production company. Mr. Freelon is an educator with national and international credits in teaching, theatre, television/video, film, music and large-scale multi-media event staging.  His credentials have been earned through over 30 years of professional experience in these fields.  

Special Education Teacher

Kathy Morris

morris.kathy@olssac.org

Ms. Morris holds a B.A. in special education from Stockton University specializing in teaching history and language arts/reading.  Ms. Morris was the recipient of the Ocean City Lodge Educator of the Year award recognizing her commitment to education.  Ms. Morris is an enthusiastic, experienced Catholic school teacher, who believes in the intrinsic value of a Catholic school education. She believes that all students can reach their learning potential. Ms. Morris especially enjoys how kind and helpful her students are to each other, despite their learning challenges.  She believes each student has a talent or skill set that helps the class progress, and achieve their academic goals.

 

"The entire group celebrates when one of their classmates is able to successfully overcome an obstacle and acquire a new skill." Ms. Morris. 


Coaching and playing basketball have been a continuous theme in Ms. Morris’s life. While teaching at the various schools in the Camden Diocese, she was coaching there as well. She has coached both boys’ and girls’ CYO varsity teams, as well as High School teams.  She was honored to receive the Neumann College Leadership in Catholic Youth Sports Award. Ms. Morris is the coordinator basketball intramurals program at Our Lady Star of the Sea for grades 3-8. 
 

Preschool - Kindergarten

Mrs. Laura Schwartz

schwartz.laura@olssac.org

 

Mrs. Schwartz holds a B.S. in elementary and special education from St. Joseph's University. She brings several years of experience teaching in both preschool and special education classrooms. Mrs. Schwartz is excited to help her students thrive academically, emotionally, spiritually and physically with many engaging activities. She looks forward to watching her students grow and work together to develop a true love for learning in these important educational years.

 

First Grade

Mrs. Mimi Menei-Lovallo

menei.mimi@olssac.org

 

Mrs. Lovallo holds a B.A. in elementary education and a B.A. criminal justice from Stockton University. She was born and raised in Atlantic City and a proud Catholic school alumna.  Mrs. Lovallo finds teaching first grade so rewarding.  What she loves most about teaching first grade is teaching her students to read. It is amazing to see the growth that happens in first grade!   Mrs. Lovallo enjoys making holiday projects with the students each year.  To see how happy they are to bring home special things to their families, touches her heart!

 

When not in school, she enjoys spending time with her family and Golden Retriever, going to the beach and boardwalk, taking pictures and scrap-booking.  Mrs. Lovallo also enjoys reading, making crafts, and decorating for all holidays. 

Second Grade

Mr. Mark Bisicchia

bisicchia.mark@olssac.org

Mr. Bisicchia holds a B.A in education from La Salle University.  Prior to joining the staff at Our  Lady Start of the Sea School, he taught fifth grade at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Maple Shade, New Jersey. Mr. Bisicchia is committed to bringing out the best in each of his students, and encouraging each to achieve anything they set their mind to by focusing on lessons that interlink creativity and innovation. He is very excited to prepare his second grade students for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Reconciliation this year.

Outside of the classroom, Mr. Bisicchia enjoys reading and writing, as well as, the performing arts. As a member of his university's drama club, he wrote and directed 3 one-act plays. 
 

Third Grade

Mr. Kevin Kelly

kelly.kevin@olssac.org

Mr. Kelly holds a B.A. in history from Stockton University and pursuing a masters in early childhood education.  Following a career in management and sales, he believes teaching is his true calling, and enjoys teaching third grade very much.  He especially enjoys the excitement Third Grade students experience when they begin learning and mastering multiplication and division for the first time. He looks forward to his class learning a lot about each other and growing together.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and sons.  Mr. Kelly is a long-time volunteer for Galloway Police Athletic League that helps kids find a safe place to learn and play sports.

Fourth Grade

Ms. Jeannie Worth

worth.jeannie@olssac.org

Ms. Worth holds  a B.A. in psychology from Stockton University. She has been teaching at Our Lady Star of the Sea for the past 10 years, following several years teaching in the Camden Diocese.  Ms. Worth loves teaching! She looks forward to getting to know this year's 4th graders and their families, and to sharing her love of math and science. 

Ms. Worth loves reading and singing in her spare time. She is active in her Catholic faith as a certified Catechist with the Camden Diocese, and sings at the 9:30 mass at St. James Church, Ventnor, N.J. each week.

Fifth and Sixth Grade

Mrs. Mary Netherby

netherby.mary@olssac.org

 

Mrs. Netherby holds a B.S. in science and teacher of the handicapped from College of New Jersey.  She brings 25 years of Catholic school teaching experience to OLSS.  Mary is a strong believer in Catholic education and the morals it instills in children.

 

Mary enjoys spending time with her husband of 42 years. Her favorite pastime is reading that she hopes to instill the same love of reading in each of her students.

 

Seventh Grade

Mr. Ralph Pileggi

pileggi.ralph@olssac.org

 

Mr. Pileggi holds a B.A. in English from St. Joseph’s University.  He brings 25 years of experience to OLSS.  He is a proud Catholic school alumnus from St. Michael, Atlantic City and Holy Spirit High School, Absecon.  As the Seventh Grade teacher I embrace the opportunity to bring those young children from Sixth Grade and prepare them for the leadership roles they will accept in Eighth Grade. I am blessed with the incredible opportunity to see these children become young men and women.  In the classroom I love to use technology and have the children work together and help each other learn with me as their guide. We do a lot of projects and performances in the classroom as well. By the end of the year we will be ready for all the responsibilities and opportunities ahead.

 

When not teaching, Mr. Pileggi is most likely reading, watching a sports game, spending time with his family or working at his favorite deli, Pete’s Subs and Deli. 

Eighth Grade

Ms. Meaghan Netherby

netherby.meaghan@olssac.org

 

Ms. Netherby holds a B.A. in English and women’s studies from University of Connecticut. This is her ninth year as an OLSS teacher. She truly loves teaching Eighth Grade because they are excited to learn, to younger students, and work well both independently and in groups. She enjoys helping her students prepare for the high school selection and application process.  Ms. Netherby is very excited to prepare Eighth Grade for Confirmation, the final sacrament of initiation into the Catholic Church. Ms. Netherby says one of the best things about teaching at OLSS is teaching with her mother, Mrs. Netherby, Fifth-Sixth Grade teachers.  

 

She is active in her parish as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, member of the church choir and a mass cantor.  Ms. Netherby is also very involved with local ocean conservation efforts, long time volunteer with the Surfrider Foundation, South Jersey Chapter and coordinator for South Jersey's Ocean Friendly Restaurant Program.   Reading is her favorite pastime and surfing is her favorite sport/hobby.  During the summer, she runs a surf school, so she spends a lot of time in the ocean.

Guidance Counselor

Rev. Ryan Boyce

boyce.ryan@olssac.org

Reverend Canon Ryan Antonio Boyce, Pastor of St. Augustine's Episcopal, Atlantic City, was born in the Island of Barbados, West Indies.  He holds BA in Theology from The University of the West Indies via Codrington Theological College.  Reverend Boyce was Ordained to the Dioconate on the 6th December, 2007.  He was educated at the Alleyne Secondary School, The Barbados community College where he majored in Law with Political Studies, and also obtained an A’level Law certificate from Cambridge International examinations council, UK.  He is currently completing his Post graduate studies.

 

Reverend Boyce looks forward to serving the individual needs of our students as Guidance Counselor.  He has served as Chaplain and Board member three different level schools and has also taught family live education and social studies.  He is a strong advocate of social outreach and service to the Atlantic City/county community (especially the unaided and incapable) and is always willing to encourage and participate in any way possible to eradicate the concern and placate the affected wherever he is called to serve or assist others.  He actively participates in many activities including the Union of Black Episcopalians, the police and law enforcement Chaplaincy Program and is currently a chaplain to the Pleasantville Police and fire Department.  He was recognized by the Atlantic City Council for his contributions to religion in Atlantic City.

 

His Ministerial training includes Youth and Missionary training (Mission to Belize 2001 in collaboration with the Barbados Diocesan Youth Department), post Collegiate College Postulant in the Diocese of North Eastern Caribbean and Aruba; he also  served as a Government appointed Board Director of The Barbados Child Care Board (Equivalent to Children’s Services) 2012 - 2014, a Government appointed Board Director of the National Housing Corporation April 2012 - 2015 ). He has also served in the capacities as assisting and acting Chaplain of Boys and Girls Industrial School (The Juvenile Delinquency Incarceration Centre of Barbados). Reverend Boyce is the father of two sons, and has lived in Atlantic City for over five years.

Our Lady Star of the Sea Faculty 

Our Lady Star of the Sea
Educating the Mind. Empowering the Heart. Engaging in Service.

15 N. California Ave

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Principal: Carol Spina

Email: spina.carol@olssac.org

Main Office: (609)345-0648

Marketing & Outreach:

Christine Willard

Email: willard.christine@olssac.org 

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