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Notre Dame Academy Welcomes Caitlyn Germain as New Co-Athletic Director

Notre Dame Academy Welcomes Caitlyn Germain as New Co-Athletic Director

Notre Dame Academy is excited to welcome Caitlyn Germain to our Athletic Department where she will serve as Co-Athletic Director with long-time NDA Athletic Director Patricia Provost.

Caitlyn will be bringing a myriad of teaching and coaching experiences to Notre Dame Academy and our Athletic program. Caitlyn comes to Notre Dame Academy after teaching Physical Education and Health as well as coaching with the soccer, basketball, and lacrosse programs at Burlington High School. She is a graduate of the MIAA Leadership Training Institute and received her license as a Supervisor/Director while interning with the Burlington Athletic Department. Along with this experience Caitlyn interned for Kraft Sports Group, Boston University Fitness and Recreation Department, and the College of the Holy Cross Athletic Department. 

Caitlyn moved back to Worcester in 2018 to be closer to family and raise her one year old daughter, Kennedy. For the past year she coached the Sutton High Girls Soccer team and taught Health at Claremont Academy in Worcester.  Before starting her career as an educator, Caitlyn received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware. She received her B.S. in Sport Management with concentrations in Business and Legal Studies and her M.ED. in Leadership with a concentration in Sport Administration. Caitlyn competed on the Women's Soccer Team at the University of Delaware where she was a Colonial Athletic Association All-Star and was nominated as a CoSIDA ESPN Academic All-American selection.

She is an alumna of St. Peter-Marian where she was named an All-American soccer player in 2005 and was inducted into the St. Peter Marian Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. Caitlyn truly values the role that high school athletic participation plays in providing student-athletes with life lessons and preparing them for success in the real world. She is excited to take on this role and continue the proud tradition of success at Notre Dame.

Caitlyn will be working with Patricia Provost to manage the Athletics Program and teach physical education classes. Working together as a team, we are confident that they will have both the history and the expertise to re-imagine the NDA athletics program of the future.

Please join us in welcoming Caitlyn Germain to the NDA Community. Go Rebels!

Notre Dame Academy Board of Trustees Announces Head of School

A Message From Renee Mikitarian-Bradley P'12, Chair-Board of Trustees

During this unusual time, the Notre Dame Academy staff and faculty have worked tirelessly to ensure that our students continue to thrive and receive the education that has made NDA graduates women who are strong contributors to their communities. Students and parents have expressed their appreciation for the dedication and commitment to academic excellence that has been demonstrated over the past few weeks.  This is a statement to the passion, experience and commitment of our NDA faculty, staff and supporters.

The Board of Trustees is proud of this incredible response, ensuring that our students continue to receive high quality education as well as attention to their mental health and well-being during this challenging time. We continue to achieve our vision of inspiring young women to achieve their personal best in order to become forward thinkers and future leaders whose unique gifts will impact the world. 

As we continue the successful implementation of our Strategic Plan, the Board of Trustees believes it is important to regularly evaluate and assemble a strong leadership team. 

As such, we are pleased to announce that effective immediately, Lisa Mancini, who was named Interim Head of School in November, will continue to lead the Academy as Head of School. Lisa is an ‘88 NDA graduate, the parent of an ’18 graduate and the past Chair of the Board of Trustees.  Transitioning from a successful corporate career, in just a few short months, Lisa has been very visible and made remarkable progress in advancing the mission of NDA and creating an engaged NDA community. As Head of School, Lisa will continue to provide spiritual, academic and administrative leadership and vision, while spearheading the Academy’s enrollment growth, fiscal stability and development initiatives.

As part of Lisa’s initial evaluation of NDA operations and talent, she recently shared the Academy’s 20-21 organizational structure with the Board. Today, I am pleased to also share that two members of the current leadership team will be promoted into new roles as we begin the new school year.  

Susan Butler is being named Principal of NDA grades 7-12.  Mrs. Butler is an ‘85 graduate of NDA, parent of an ‘11 graduate and recently received her M. Ed. Leadership and Management. Susan has been with NDA as a faculty member for 20 years and most recently also as Head of the Saint Julie Division. In her role as Principal, Susan will be the educational leader of the Academy, overseeing all facets of its instructional program, including curriculum design and delivery, faculty performance and development, and student expectations. 

Emily Haley is being named Dean of Students. Ms. Haley has been at NDA for 16 years and most recently as Director of Student Services. She will be awarded her Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration this summer.  As Dean of Students, Emily will oversee Guidance, Health and Wellness, Registration, and the Learning Commons, conferring with parents, teachers, counselors, support service personnel, outside agencies, and students on matters of discipline and student well-being. In addition, Emily will administer the co-curricular and extra-curricular programs.  

These leadership appointments are coming at a time when NDA is positioned to continue the positive momentum it has achieved in our Strategic Plan. We are extremely fortunate to have these strong women leaders who are not only committed to educating our young women and fulfilling the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, but who lead as role models, demonstrating the values that make a successful NDA graduate; Character – Community – Commitment.

Please join the Board of Trustees in extending your congratulations and support to our new leaders!



Renee Mikitarian-Bradley, ‘P12
Chair, Board of Trustees    

Welcome Nichole Farrington and Elisabeth Gilbride

We are excited to introduce two new faculty members to Notre Dame Academy.

Nichole Farrington, our new full-time Adjustment/Guidance Counselor, began last week in the midst of our distance learning situation we are currently experiencing. Nichole is an NDA alumna from 2012 and has recently been employed by Youth Villages as a Family Interventions Specialist and has also worked for the Key Program and as a Mental Health Counselor at Walden Behavioral Health. She received her B.S. from Worcester State University in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health and Women’s Studies, and received her M.S. in Investigative and Forensic Psychology from the University of Liverpool. Through her learning she developed a passion for helping at risk teenagers and this passion has continued to increase as she worked with adolescents in the community. Nichole has said that her experience at NDA helped shape her to the woman that she is today, and she is excited to help present and future NDA young women through the same journey.

Nichole will be assisting the Health and Wellness department in developing a framework for student clinical support. This may include individual counseling, social skills/therapeutic groups, crisis management, as well as collaboration with faculty/staff, parents/guardians and community providers. Additionally, she will collaborate with students and faculty to help identify behavioral and emotional interventions for student success. We continue to support the social, emotional and behavioral needs of students as we transition to online learning so they can continue to develop into strong self-advocates and learners time or any specific students you have concerns about please reach out to Nichole.

We would also like to introduce you to our new part-time English Teacher, Elisabeth Gilbride! She began officially last week and has been settling right into the virtual learning environment.

Elisabeth is an NDA alumna from 2001 and has worked in a variety of publishing and editing capacities. Most recently she was the General Manager/Executive Director for the Equine Journal (formerly Horseman’s Yankee Pedlar). She was even noted as being one of the top 40 under 40 in the Worcester Business Journal and her articles and publications have won several awards. Elisabeth received her B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Business Administration from Salve Regina University. She is an avid equestrian and runner and has completed a multitude of half-marathons and 5ks over the years. While a student at Notre Dame, she enjoyed being a part of the cross-country team, participating in theater and music, and further developing her love for literature. She will be teaching 9th and 11th grade English classes. 


Welcome New Strength & Conditioning Trainer Kellie Stewart

Notre Dame Academy is pleased to announce the next phase of our Strength and Conditioning Room project. Beginning this week and throughout the remainder of the school year, Kellie Stewart from True North Performance Training, will be on-site in the Strength and Conditioning Room on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3pm - 5pm. During those time periods, all NDA Faculty/Staff and Students, who have signed a waiver, are welcome to join her. She will be available to customize programs based on age and skill and will also be available to work with our Athletic Coaches, in-season and off-season to aid in strength training and metabolic conditioning. 

Kellie is the Director of Large Group Training and an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at True North. Kellie has experience coaching a wide variety of athletes in youth sports, high school, and college settings. She has played an important role in the success of the company since she joined the team in Summer 2018. Before True North, she graduated from Becker College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. North Performance Training offers Sports Specific Team Programming and Coaching for several institutions and organizations including WPI Athletics, Clark University Athletics, Becker College Athletics, Worcester Academy Athletics, Worcester Railers Professional Hockey Club of the ECHL, Worcester Junior Railers Hockey Club of the EHL, Worcester Railers Youth Hockey Organization, and Lady Crusaders Youth Hockey Organization.

Please stop by and welcome Kellie to the NDA community on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3pm-5pm. Additional information about our partner, True North Performance Training, can be found at

Notre Dame Academy Welcomes New Track Coach Celeste Maykel

Celeste Maykel is an alumna of Notre Dame Academy, class of 1988.  After graduating NDA she received a BS degree from Bryant University in 1992 then later went on to RI College and received another BS degree in Education. 

After several years Celeste made her way back to Worcester to help run her family business,  The Living Earth.  

Celeste has always had a passion for fitness and although she is a mother of 4, she's always found a way to carve out time to maintain her passion. Celeste was an avid runner, but when she needed more of a challenge she began doing more cross training and then ultimately found CrossFit Worcester. Celeste has become part of the CFW team as an administrative coordinator, and is currently preparing to expand her role to be part of the coaching team.  

"As an NDA classmate of Celete’s I can attest to her organizational skills and her drive," said Interim Head of School Lisa Mancini. "Personally, I am thrilled to be working with Celeste as part of the NDA staff and the Winter Track team is very lucky to have her as their trainer and Coach."

Celeste is excited to return to NDA and give back to the school that was the foundation of her success. NDA provided her with the drive to work hard, accept challenges and continually push forward.  Coaching is a dream to her and she can not wait to help her team achieve all the goals they set.