Mrs. Christine Rotondo
Mrs. Rotondo brings a wealth of experience as an administrator and as a teacher in Catholic schools and the Diocese of Paterson to Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Most recently, Mrs. Rotondo served the students and staff of Pope John High School in Sussex County, where she and her husband live with their Westie, Kermit. Born and raised in New Jersey, Mrs. Rotondo is a gifted administrator, a scholar of history, an enthusiast for the culinary arts, and a devout follower of Christ and his Church.
Mrs. Arlene Zagarino
Mrs. Zagarino, a native of the Bronx, NY, brings to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, over thirty years of teaching in the Catholic tradition. A graduate of Saint Catherine’s Academy High School and Manhattan College, Mrs. Zagarino holds a degree in Education. Her first teaching experience was with Monsignor Scanlan High School in the Bronx, where she taught Foreign Languages from 1981 through 1987. She began teaching at the elementary school level in 1987 when she joined the faculty of Saint Lucy’s Elementary School, also in the Bronx. She remained with Saint Lucy’s until 1994 when she and her family moved to Rockaway, New Jersey. It was with her move to New Jersey that Mrs. Zagarino began her career with the Paterson Diocese as a teacher with Saint Virgil’s School in Morris Plains, a position she held until 2002. She then moved to Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Dover, New Jersey, and subsequently joined our faculty in 2009.
This year she assumes a new role as our Dean of Faculty, serving our teachers as a support and mentor. A committed Catholic educator, Mrs. Zagarino is a past recipient of the Knights of Columbus, Bishop McLaughlin Council 3495 Teacher of the Year Award, (2000–2001), and the Star Ledger Star Teacher Award in 2006–2007. She enjoys using precious personal time to pursue swimming and sewing lessons. Mrs. Zagarino’s home parish is Sacred Heart of Jesus in Rockaway.
Ms. Alicia Greey
This is Alicia Greey’s second year teaching at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Ms. Greey hopes to further the work she began last year of opening the door to beauty through the study of classical and sacred music. The composer Robert Schumann has been one of Ms.Greey’s greatest influences as an artist, scholar and teacher. Her favorite quote attributed to Schumann is, "To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.” She feels this certainly applies to children when given the opportunity and skills to express joy through music and art.
Ms. Greey began studying classical piano at the age of four, and was involved in many church choirs throughout her childhood. In high school, she performed twice in Carnegie Hall, Weil Recital Hall, as a winner of the Crescendo Competition for pianists. Following her classical education, Ms. Greey attended Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education with a vocal concentration. These experiences of classical music and the traditions of sacred music in the church helped shape her desire to both teach and compose. Ms. Greey recently released her first album titled With God; a work of eleven original songs that blend her classical, sacred and contemporary worship styles. In addition to teaching at OLMC and recording, Ms. Greey is a private instructor for piano, voice, guitar and composition at RMC Studios in Garwood, NJ. She is also a board member for a non-profit organization called IMPACT – International Musicians Performing Arts Cultural Troupe. Ms. Greey enjoys painting and sketching, hiking, and visiting the many gardens and vineyards in this area of New Jersey.
Mrs. Heather Golinski
"It is not what is poured into a student that matters, but what is planted." This is the quotation that I chose when asked to find a line that summarizes my view of teaching. This quote has not only shaped how I teach, but has influenced my journey as a life-long learner as well.
As a C.S. Lewis and Tolkien fan, I believe that the wonder of God can be found anywhere. Whether I am teaching, writing, reading, sewing, gardening, hiking, or playing flute and ukulele, I am continuously planting seeds of wonder in myself and in those I am teaching.
I recently completed my Masters degree in Literature and want to share my own love of reading and learning with my students. I believe that learning is an experience like creating a cherished memory, one that is so powerful that you want to share it with the world. That is the kind of awe that I like to create in my students and hope to let thrive at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.