Notre Dame Academy Welcomes New Faculty and Staff Members
Notre Dame Academy is excited to announce our newest Faculty and staff Members joining our team in the Fall of 2020. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Baker, Mr. Bennett, Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Coulson, Miss Daigle, Ms. Goyette, Miss Inman, Mrs. Shipp, and Mrs. Isakson. We are welcoming quite a few more faculty and staff members to our school, so please stay tuned for those announcements later this summer!
Lindsay Baker graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 2013 and went on to attend Nichols College to study Hospitality Management and Sport Management. While at Nichols she participated and co headed the establishment of the first ever Dance Team. She was involved in the Hospitality Club and participated in a three-day Leadership Program with Walt Disney World. Lindsay graduated Nichols College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and in 2018 with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Her roles since college have focused on customer service and event planning. She has had the opportunity to work for such organizations as Fenway, Lou & Grey (Ann Taylor Inc.), Mohegan Sun, and National Grid. She is an avid traveler having already traveled to 9 countries and 31 states. Because of this passion she was able to study abroad in London, England where she attended Regents University for a semester. Her all-time favorite place to travel to is Walt Disney World.
Humanities Academic Lead/Lead English Teacher
Jonathan Bennett was born and raised in Cincinnati. He graduated from St. Xavier High School and attended Miami University (Ohio). His undergraduate was in Creative Writing and Literature, and he earned his Master’s degree in Adolescent Language Arts Education. He has taught for six years in Chicago public schools and for four years at a Christian high school in southern California. He is excited to move to Massachusetts with his wife, Nicole, and two children, Charlotte (4 years old) and Henry (born in March).
Social Studies Teacher
Sam Cook has been teaching in a local private school for the last six years. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, she grew up south of Boston and made her way to central Massachusetts after high school. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an undergraduate certificate in Organizational Leadership from Thomas Edison State University. She currently teachers in the special education department where she works with students with various learning struggles. In the past she has also taught middle school social studies, math, and 8th grade Bible. Outside of school, she can be found diving into a good book, adventuring with her husband, or playing soccer on a local co-ed team. “I am so excited to be joining the team at NDA and look forward to meeting each of you in the near future!”
Monique Coulson is a 20-year teaching veteran who has spent the vast majority of that time working in a public high school setting. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology, her Post-baccalaureate degree in Education, and is currently working on a Leadership and Administration Master’s degree. Monique brings 14 years of experience teaching AP Biology and 10 years of experience teaching AP Environmental Science. She is a college board approved presenter for both AP Biology and AP Environmental Science (APES) as well as a registered test reader for APES through the College Board. Through the years, she has overseen science departments, been a class advisor, led numerous school-based committees, in addition to being a teacher mentor and coach. Monique has spent the last several summers working with the Boston Leadership Institute, running their week-long intensive Anatomy and Physiology program as well as programs in medicinal plants, Introduction to Surgery, and World Medicine. Monique is mother to four children- 23, 19, 7, and 6. She enjoys exploring and explaining nature and all its wonder with her husband and two youngest children.
Religious Studies Teacher
Meredith Daigle is originally from Belle Rose, Louisiana. She recently graduated from Providence College with a degree in Political Science and Theology. During her time at Providence, she worked closely with the Admission Office, where she conducted interviews for prospective students and assisted the admission counselors. She was also involved in Campus Ministry as a peer minister, retreat leader, and volunteer coordinator. One of her most memorable experiences at Providence was studying abroad in Paris, France for a semester. While at Providence College Meredith interned with an NGO called Women’s World Wide Web, which crowdfunds for women’s rights and empowerment. “I’m super excited to join the NDA family because of my passion for women’s education and the great community!” Meredith is currently getting her Master of Education degree from Providence College and is part of their PACT program.
Lead Social Studies Teacher
Sharon Goyette is a veteran social studies teacher joining the Notre Dame Academy staff. Mrs. Goyette has more than a decade of experience teaching social studies. She has spent the majority of her career teaching ancient civilizations at the Robert E. Melican Middle School in Northborough. She has also taught in Stow and Springfield. Mrs. Goyette holds a B.A. in History from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s degree in Education from UMass-Amherst. In addition to teaching history, Mrs. Goyette enjoys reading, cooking, spinning, and leading a Jimmy Fund Walk team.
English Teacher/Dance Teacher
Lauren Inman, a Worcester native, graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 2016 and went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts with a major in English and a minor in education from the College of the Holy Cross. She discovered her love of teaching through her work as a dance and swim instructor throughout high school and is excited to be back in the classroom at her alma mater. Lauren is currently working towards her Master of Education from Providence College and is a part of their PACT program.
Religious Studies Academic Lead/Lead Religious Studies Teacher/Director, St. Julie Division and Campus Ministry
Paula Isakson is a veteran educator with more than 30 years of experience teaching English Language Arts and Religion in the Diocese of Worcester. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Assumption College in language and religious studies. A Massachusetts certified teacher and a certified catechist, Mrs. Isakson has completed graduate work in education. She is currently pursuing a certification as a Sheltered Content Instruction Teacher for English language learners. According to Mrs. Isakson, teachers must be continuously learning to better teach their students. “As teachers, I believe we need to be constantly preparing ourselves to provide the best instruction for our students.” Among her pursuits are gardening, sea glass hunting, and reading. She lives in Worcester with her husband, Neil, her two children, Emily and Josh, and her beloved Shitzhu, Maggie.
Denise Shipp is a certified Math Teacher and has taught at area Catholic schools for 16 years. She came to teaching after almost 20 years as a software engineer. She brings real-life experience into the classroom as a key component to education. She is a proud alum of NDA, and holds a BA in Mathematics from Assumption and a BS and MS in Computer Science from WPI. She is looking forward to driving through “the gates” and walking the halls of NDA again in her new role!