For most of us, summer tends to have a fleeting quality. In the blink of an eye, uniforms start to make their way back to the front of the closet and supply lists suddenly demand our focus. Amid the bustle and excitement every new school year brings, this fall we also welcome enthusiastic new leaders to 10 of our schools.
Roseann Citro, Principal
Our Lady of Czestochowa School in Jersey City, NJ
Roseann Citro comes to OLC with an impressive 25 years of public-school experience – 12 as a teacher and 13 as a principal – in addition to prior career experience as a human resources manager.
A certified school leader, she also holds teaching endorsements in Bilingual/Bicultural Education, ESL, Spanish and Elementary Education. Her educational preparation includes a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and communications from Douglass College of Rutgers University and a master’s in education from The College of New Jersey.
Thus far, Citro has been amazed by her staff’s dedication, referring to them as “caring and passionate educators” who view their work as “a vocation rather than a job.” Citro herself entered the profession with a desire to make a difference in the lives of children by impacting “the whole child, every child.” She believes that a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment is essential to that end, and has made school security a priority for the coming year.
Going forward, Citro will continue to instill Catholic values in her students, while introducing inquiry- and project-based learning, STEM, and other innovations in math and science education.
Sister Lou Ann Fantauzza, FMA
Saint Theresa School in Kenilworth, NJ
Having originally entered the field of education in 1981, Sr. Lou Ann Fantauzza leads the pack in terms of experience in this cohort of new administrators. Like her counterparts, she has held many roles, beginning as an elementary and early childhood teacher, center director, summer camp director, principal and, most recently, assistant principal at Saint Theresa for the last two years. Her academic preparation includes a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and a Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision.
As a Salesian Sister of Saint John Bosco, Sr. Lou Ann has had the opportunity to work in Salesian schools in several states, leading to her certification in New York and Florida as well as New Jersey. Asked of her decision to become a teacher, she explains that while “it was a vocational choice as a Salesian Sister,” she believes in “education as a way of impacting the future of our Church and our world.”
While many with Sr. Lou Ann’s experience would be heading towards retirement, she enters this school year with nothing but enthusiasm for the future. Looking ahead, she intends to spread the message of all STS has to offer: its family environment, strong faith formation, rigorous academics, small class sizes, dedicated teachers and staff, and the lifelong benefits of the investment in Catholic education.
Jason Feliciano, Principal
Saint Anne School in Fair Lawn, NJ
Born in Washington Heights, NY, Jason Feliciano has been a Bergen County resident most of his life. A product of Catholic education himself, Feliciano grew up in Cliffside Park and was actively involved at Our Lady of Grace as a parishioner, choir member, usher, Eucharistic minister, and lecturer. Once a student and youth group member at OLG School, Feliciano returned in adulthood to hold the titles of teacher, youth group leader, coach, and assistant principal.
Despite an active involvement in his church and community, Feliciano has found time for missionary trips to Mexico, Belize, New Orleans, Kentucky, and West Virginia. He’s traveled to Italy and the Vatican, and even attended Mass presided over by Pope John Paul II.
Feliciano holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in organizational leadership from Rutgers University, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Saint Peter’s University, in addition to his teaching credentials.
Now living in Elmwood Park with his wife and their children, Mr. Feliciano was already familiar with the community of Saint Anne School in nearby Fair Lawn. He cites the impressively “rich history and family culture that are so evident around the school and the church” as being what attracted him to the position. With such a strong foundation to build upon, he seeks to further enrich students’ lives by inspiring them with the same sense of faith, respect, and servant leadership he’s gained through his own education so they, in turn, may lead by serving others.
Academy of Saint Paul in Ramsey, NJ
Over her 24 years in education, Tracy Graham has held numerous roles, from lead teacher, to grade level leader, district liaison, curriculum specialist, and coach. She began as a middle school science teacher, remaining in the classroom for 17 years. Most recently, Graham was Academic Dean at Saint Mark the Evangelist in New York City.
Graham, another product of Catholic schooling, attended Saint Joseph’s School in Greenwich Village and Cathedral High School on the Upper East Side. She later graduated Magna Cum Laude from Touro College with a Bachelor of Arts in education and went on to earn a master’s in science education from the City College of New York. She is now a doctoral candidate at Concordia University, where her research focuses on students’ perception of their teachers and its effect on their education.
In her personal life, Ms. Graham is a member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish in Tappan, NY, where she lives with her family. She in an avid volunteer who enjoys reading, dancing (flamenco and ballet), kickboxing, karate, and is a classically trained opera singer.
Asked what motivates her work, Graham says she was led to education by a love of children and her own positive learning experiences. Of her new post, she states, “I love that ASP has a school culture that is rooted in strong Christian values with high academic expectations in a structured, yet loving environment. I plan on building on the success of the school by strengthening the technology department so that our students can continue to compete globally.”