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Meet the Team

At Rectory, our faculty are legendary. By "legendary" we mean teachers who have a profound impact on the lives of their students, the kind of impact that lasts a lifetime. We recognize that young people learn best when surrounded by adults who believe they can succeed. Our faculty are committed to a classroom culture of questioning and deep thinking, in which all children learn from shared discussions with their teachers and peers. In addition, the school community values relationships with families and respects communication and input by inviting parents to share their knowledge of their child, by keeping parents informed of what is happening at school, and welcoming them to participate in their child's educational experience.

Our faculty walk alongside each child by guiding and supporting them to be their best selves, and are our cornerstone. We are proud to have a diverse, experienced and dedicated elementary and related arts faculty guiding the children each day. At Rectory, we want each child to realize that they are unique and together, we are a community!

I am what I am because of who we all are.

Elementary School Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Maria Carpenter

Mrs. Maria Carpenter
Titles: Director of Elementary
Departments: Administration, Elementary School Teacher

Mrs. Becca Pagitt-Mungai

Mrs. Becca Pagitt-Mungai
Titles: Director of Learning Services
Departments: Administration, Elementary School Teacher, Learning Services

Mrs. Melissa Zahansky

Mrs. Melissa Zahansky
Titles: Grade 4 Teacher
Departments: Elementary School Teacher

Ms. Alexis Dukette

Ms. Alexis Dukette
Titles: Elementary Teacher Assistant
Departments: Elementary School Teacher

Mrs. Hayley Finnegan

Mrs. Hayley Finnegan
Titles: Grade K-1 Teacher
Departments: Elementary School Teacher

Ms. Willa Gustavson

Ms. Willa Gustavson
Titles: Grade 2-3 Teacher
Departments: Elementary School Teacher

Mrs. Patty Shattuck

Mrs. Patty Shattuck
Titles: Learning Specialist, Certified Orton-Gillingham Associate-Level Practitioner
Departments: Elementary School Teacher, Learning Services, Middle School

Elementary School Related Arts Teachers

Mrs. Donna Bessette

Mrs. Donna Bessette
Titles: Arts Team Leader

Ms. Judy Blakelock

Ms. Judy Blakelock
Titles: Art Teacher

Mrs. Dena Cocozza O'Hara

Mrs. Dena Cocozza O'Hara
Titles: Creed Team Leader

Mrs. Mary Tiebout

Mrs. Mary Tiebout
Titles: Director of the Hettinger Library