Ms. Alicia Greey: Music

Ms. Alicia Greey

This is Alicia Greey’s third year teaching at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Ms. Greey hopes to further the work she began the last two years 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.


Dr. Carl Bolleia: Middle School Music

Dr. Carl Bolleia

Regarded as a "strong pianist" by New Music Connoisseur and "an uninhibited player [with] stealth and suavity...” by New York Concert Review, Carl Patrick Bolleia has performed as soloist, conductor and collaborative pianist at Carnegie Hall Issac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, (le) poisson rouge, Merkin Hall, Spectrum, NJPAC, Marble Hall (Austria), Vianden Castle and Centre Cultural Larei (Luxembourg), La Plantation International Art Center Concert Hall (Beijing, China), Brevard Music Center (North Carolina), Northwestern University New Music Conference, University of Scranton Concert Series, The Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music Piano Conference at West Virginia University, South Oxford Space Brooklyn, and numerous engagements on the New Music Series at William Paterson University. He has collaborated with musicians of the The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and has recorded for Composers Concordance Records distributed by Naxos and MSR Classics. His recordings have been hailed by Gramophone for “showing a heightened affinity for the music... savouring the novel, harmonic flights in Frederic Rzewski's Down by the Riverside” and by Fanfare as “capturing all of the quirkiness and chameleon changes... it arrives like a blaze of light, and continues to glow magnificently.” Niederösterreichische Nachrichten heralded his Austrian premiere of Jinsil Lee’s, “The Beginning: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra”, as “The highlight of the evening...” and described his playing as “excellent... [which] received frenetic applause.”

He is adjunct professor of piano and collaborative piano at William Paterson University, and lecturer of music at Rutgers University where he teaches seminars in the Art of Collaborative Piano and 20th-21st Century Performance Practice, and conducts the modern music ensemble, Split the Lark. In 2017, he has given masterclasses and recitals at Carroll Community College in Maryland, University of Scranton and sponsored by Si-Yo Music, a recital and teaching tour of Beijing, China and Hebei Province. Primary piano studies have been with Ursula Oppens, Min Kwon and Gary Kirkpatrick. Masterclasses with classical and jazz pianists ranging from Alan Feinberg, Nicolas Hodges, Fred Hersch and Dr. Billy Taylor.

He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Mason Gross School of the Arts, where his dissertation was entitled, “A Taxonomy of Musical Gesture and a Hermeneutic of Narrative and Diatonic Continuity in the Piano Music of Charles Wuorinen”. He received the Edna Mason Scholarship and graduated with the Elizabeth Wyckoff Durham Award for Academic Distinction and Excellence in Organ and Piano Performance and the Arthur G. Humphrey Memorial Prize in Collaborative Piano. He holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance from The City University of New York Brooklyn College where he received The Robert Starer Award for Performing the Music of Living Composers and the Bachelors of Music in Music Education from William Paterson University, as a Tami Cotsakos ‘71 and Legacy Scholar, where he graduated from the Honors College and received the Outstanding Musician Award and Music Scholar Award from the Department of Music.

Additional pursuits include the study of sacred music at The Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University and Gregorian Chant at the Wethersfield Institute, organ studies with Renée Anne Louprette, harpsichord studies with Rebecca Cypess and at Amherst Early Music with Arthur Haas and Peter Sykes, and the transcription and arrangement for the 125th Anniversary Promotional Campaign of Dr. Pepper.

He began his career as a liturgical musician at the age of 13 and has served from monasteries in rural Illinois to cathedrals and churches in Italy, Barbados, and as Director of Sacred Music in the Archdiocese of Newark and Diocese of Paterson, currently at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Boonton, NJ.


Mr. Aidan Valente: Middle School Art

Mr. Aidan Valente: Middle School Art

Mr. Aidan Valente

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Mrs. Cortney Christopher: Physical Education

Mrs. Cortney Christopher


Mrs. Lori Testa: Food Preparation, Gardening

Mrs. Lori Testa

This will be Lori Testa’s seventh year of contributing her expertise in Gardening and Food Preparation to Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. She has a BS in Accounting from William Paterson University, and a BS in Nutrition/Dietetics from Kaplan University.

Food Preparation is one of Mrs. Testa’s favorite activities, and as with last year, this school year she is very excited that all her cooking lessons will be tied directly to the students’ classroom lessons. She is also creating a school garden that will likewise reinforce the lessons of the classroom. An avid gardener who is currently enrolled in the Master Gardener Program of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension for Morris County, Mrs. Testa is looking forward to bringing beauty to the school through plants and flowers.

Mrs. Testa and her family make their home here in Boonton and are parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Her son started at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the PreK program and is now going in the 6th grade.


Mr. Robert Lazorchak: Curricular Chess

Mr. Robert Lazorchak

Robert has ten years of full-time scholastic chess teaching experience, and in that time he's developed state and national champions, many players on the United States Chess Federation's "Top 100" lists, and taught thousands of children that now love to play chess. 

During the day, Robert is a curriculum chess teacher and is responsible for teaching chess and its associated skills to 450 children in grades K-4. He created the school's chess team in September 2015 and coached them to consecutive National Co-Championships in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. The most accomplished student in his school is the former K-1 NY State Champion, and currently ranked in the top 5 in the country for his age.

Prior to his time in New York City, Robert was a lead instructor for Silver Knights Enrichment and led dozens of after school clubs and summer camps throughout Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Some of Robert's other achievements are:

  • USCF ranked “Class A” Player

  • Certified USCF Advanced Coach

  • Certified FIDE (World Chess) Instructor

  • Article + Video contributor for www.ChessKid.com

  • Holds a Masters Degree in Teaching

  • Certified Teacher, Grades 1-6

On a personal note, Robert lives in Madison, NJ with his wife and son.