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

We welcome students of all beliefs who seek a Catholic School experience.

 

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. 

 


 

Preschool - Kindergarten

Mrs. Trish Collins and Ms. Sandy Parker

collins.patricia@olssac.org

 

Our PreK and Kindergarten students are blessed to be taught by Mrs. Collins and Ms. Sandy each day.

First Grade

Ms. Caroline Muccifori

muccifori.caroline@olssac.org

 

Ms."Mooch" holds two degrees from The College of New Jersey, including a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication/Media Studies (Magna Cum Laude) and a Post-baccalaureate Dual Certification in Elementary Education (Cum Laude). She attended Moorestown High School, graduating with highest honors and 14 academic and athletic awards in softball and basketball, including several scholar, athlete, leadership awards and All Conference, All County, and All State Honors. She especially loves to use her passion for all sports to engage her students and urge them to always try their best. She resides full time in Brigantine, and spends her free time working out, going to the beach, spending time with family and friends and her big dog named Buddy.

Second Grade

Mr. Rafael Blotta

blotta.rafael@olssac.org

Mr. Blotta 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.
 

Third Grade

Mr. Kevin Kelly

kelly.kevin@olssac.org

Mr. Kelly holds a B.A. in History from Stockton University and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree 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 Grade

Ms. 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 of basketball intra-murals program at Our Lady Star of the Sea for grades 3-8. 

 

Sixth and 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.

ESL

Mrs. Francie Josephsen

josephsen.frances@olssac.org

Mrs. Josephsen is a part time Title 1 ESL teacher. A former Atlantic City Public Schools teacher, she retired from full time teaching in 2019, after 28 years of service. Mrs. Josephsen holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Rowan University. She is certified PreK - Grade 8, English as a Second Language, as well as Elementary Art. During her tenure with Atlantic City Schools, Mrs. Josephsen was awarded the Governor's Teacher Recognition Award, was named Chelsea Junior HIgh School Teacher of the Year, and was also awarded the Atlantic City MBCA Outstanding Educator Award. Mrs. Josephsen has a very simple educational philosophy. She believes in catering to the unique interests of each child. When she is not working, she enjoys her family, her pets, and traveling.

Our Lady Star of the Sea Faculty