Lower School Team
Mrs. Mariana Staehle
Mariana Silva Staehle joins Our Lady of Mount Carmel School teaching fourth and fifth grade Humanities. As a native of Brazil, she mastered literacy and the English language while living in England as a child and during college. She studied Education, earning her Baccalaureate and Masters degrees at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Teaching passionately at the elementary level for ten years, Mrs. Staehle spent the last six years teaching third and fourth grades at the American School in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Mrs. Staehle did not know, when she and her husband chose to live in Boonton, that the school on the hill would become such a central part of her life. She is certain that God operates in wonderful and mysterious ways and is happy to be corresponding to His call.
She brings to OLMC her passion for education and experiencing reality through the Arts, Literature and History. She has encountered in the Classical curriculum everything that she found missing in her previous educational experiences, especially the union between faith and reason. Mrs. Staehle is delighted to join her students on their journey towards their Destiny.
"Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth…” (Pope St. John Paul II, Fides et Ratio, no. 1).
Ms. Maria Vidal
Hello! My name is Ms. Vidal, and this is my second year teaching at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. I am teaching 4th and 5th grade Math, Science, and Religion.
I graduated from St. Peter's University in Jersey City with my Bachelors in Elementary Education and Psychology. I've always had a love for working with children, and for my strong Catholic faith. I've grown up attending Catholic schools my entire life, and would love to pass on the knowledge I've learned to many other youth.
The youth of today need to "go forth and set the world on fire." They will be Christ's bright light in a world that is desperate for God.
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.
Ms. Nichole Usinowicz
Nichole Usinowicz is excited to continue teaching at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and feels blessed to be a part of such an outstanding team of teachers. Ms. Usinowicz earned her BA from West Chester University, where she graduated cum laude in Early Grades Preparation: Preschool through Third Grade. She also holds a standard certification for Kindergarten through sixth grade. She began her teaching career as a Preschool teacher, and has since taught kindergarten and is now beginning her third year teaching second grade.
Ms. Usinowicz’s aspiration is to instill a passion for reading in her students. She believes that through such a passion, children grow into lifelong learners. When Ms. Usinowicz was in grade school, she had a teacher who passed along her love of literature, and it was that experience that set Ms. Usinowicz on the path of lifelong learning. She now feels it her duty to do the same for her students. She believes it is vital for students to develop a curiosity about all of God’s creation, and to be prepared and encouraged to investigate everything they find. Through a passion for literature, children can grow into young adults who actively seek to further themselves and their education by their own volition.
Mrs. Kim Marion
This school year marks Kim Marion’s sixth year educating young minds at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Mrs. Marion received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with a minor in mathematics from William Paterson University, and in addition to 1st grade has taught kindergarten and third-grade for a combined total of thirty years in the Diocese of Paterson.
Mrs. Marion continues to share her love of learning through Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s classical method of education. This year, she looks forward to preparing the first-grade students for future success and an utter love for learning all their own.
Mrs. Marion is married with two adult children. When she is home Mrs. Marion devotes much of her time to her brand new grandson. In her free time she likes to devote her green thumb to the cultivation of her family garden.