Meet Our Teachers!

Mary Phillips
Grade 5 & Grade 6 Religion
This is my second year at SFX! Having this unique opportunity to share in the walk of faith with my students is inspiring and encouraging. The students here at SFX embody a spirituality that they are comfortable sharing with their peers as it is a natural part of their daily lives. My favorite part of the week is having the ability to pray the Rosary together as well as starting and ending our days, classes, and meals in prayer as a community of believers.  I continue to be impressed with the courage students must be ambassadors and stewards of this faith. It is an amazing opportunity to witness the teachings of Christ in our everyday school life and seeing faith put into action. I am a graduate of Stonehill College and received a Master’s Degree from Fitchburg State College. I was formerly a public-school teacher, and I have thoroughly embraced this opportunity to teach in the Catholic School community. I have three daughters with whom I enjoy hiking, taking long walks, and going to the beach.

Patricia Bouzan
Grade 5 & Grade 6 Math and Science
I am so excited to be teaching sixth grade at St. Francis Xavier this year! I began my teaching career many years ago after graduating from Curry College with a Bachelor's Degree in elementary education. I taught fifth grade at Sacred Heart in North Quincy for five years before I left to teach in Quincy Public Schools. For my three years there, I taught second and fourth grade at the Wollaston school as well as the Clifford Marshall. I decided at this time to start a family with my husband Brian and stayed home to raise my three boys. During this time, I took workshops and classes to keep up my certification as I knew I would return to my passion for teaching. Once my children entered school, I was hired as a Special Education Paraprofessional in the Rockland Public Schools. I worked here for seven years with children on the autism spectrum that were mainstreamed into the classroom. Last year during covid, I took on the position of a Remote teacher. I taught fifth and sixth grade students both science and English. During this role, it made me realize that I was more than ready to return to what I love doing, teaching. I am thrilled to be part of the Saint Francis community and work with this amazing group of kids and educators.

Patricia McIntyre 
Grade 5 and Grade 6  English Language Arts
I am beyond excited to join the Saint Francis Xavier school family. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Bridgewater State College, I began my teaching career at the Seach School in Weymouth. My fondness for the values instilled by the Catholic school community then brought me to my alma mater, Saint Mary School in Quincy. The merging of Quincy’s Catholic schools led me to the Clifford Marshall School, where I worked as the school’s media specialist for several years, a position that allowed me to assist students with keyboarding lessons, independent research, and organizational skills. I am an avid reader, a lover of all things creative, a wife, and a mom to an adult daughter and one mischievous Golden Retriever named Riley. 

Katherine Foisy
Grade 5 & Grade 6 Social Studies
I am Kathryn Foisy, the fifth and sixth grade history teacher here at St. Francis Xavier! Before starting at St. Francis last year, I worked at Hingham High School and Weymouth Public Schools. I attended college at Bridgewater State University, where I studied History, Social Studies, and Education.I am currently working on my Master's Degree in special education through University of Maine online. I hope to share the love of learning history to all my students!

Michelle Barry
Grade 7 & Grade 8 Math
I enjoy being part of this caring and positive community. I grew up in South Weymouth and St. Francis Xavier Church has been my family's parish for over 50 years. As I walk the halls of the school building and attend mass in the Church, fond memories fill my heart. I received a Bachelor's Degree from Providence College and a Master's in Teaching from Emmanuel College. Upon graduation from Providence College, I taught Algebra, Chemistry and Physics at Msgr. Ryan Memorial High School in Dorchester. After the birth of my son, I stayed at home to raise my three children. Once my oldest entered high school, I returned to teaching at Holy Family School in Rockland. At HFS, I taught middle school Math and Religion. After the closing of Holy Family, I started a new position as the middle school Math and Science teacher at Sacred Heart School in Weymouth. I enjoy teaching Math and Religion to 7th and 8th graders here at SFX. I have 16 years of experience teaching in Catholic Schools of the Boston Archdiocese.

Susan Sayers
Grades 7 and 8 Religion and Grade 8 Social Studies
First and foremost, it is a true honor for me to be able to share my faith and love for God.  I taught at Sacred Heart School in Weymouth for 25 years.  I fell in love with the Sacred Heart Community as soon as I walked in the door. The people of Saint Francis Xavier welcomed me with open arms (socially distant and masked of course!) in September of 2020, and I am so happy to be part of this wonderful community.  I received my Bachelor's degree from Bridgewater State University and my Master’s Degree from Boston College.  In addition to teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son and two chocolate labs. Not necessarily in that order!  I also enjoy the three R’s: reading and running and classic rock.  I look forward to getting to know the people of Saint Francis Xavier School better as the world begins to open up a bit after Covid-19 restrictions.  Please introduce yourself to me if you see me around the campus. 

Daniel Hipp
Grades 7 & 8 Science  
This is my second year back with the SFX community teaching seventh and eighth grade science and literature. I have spent fourteen years as a Park Ranger for the Cape Cod National Seashore, five of which were in the education department teaching life and earth science for K through 12 students. I have a masters in education from Fitchburg State University with a focus in middle school science and a degree in electrical engineering technology from Wentworth Inst. of Technology. I love science, history, and teaching and hope to share that interest with my students. I am also excited to be running the after school chess club.

Caitriona Lynch 
Director of the Learning Center
Having recently moved from Ireland, I am really looking forward to the new school year in St. Francis Xavier. In 2014, I graduated from St. Patrick's College, Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. I continued my studies in Marino College, Dublin and graduated with a Professional Master’s in Education in 2016. Since graduating,  have worked in a variety of settings ranging from 2nd to 6th grade followed by two years in an Autism Spectrum Disorder Classroom. Working in the Learning Center this year will be a great experience for me and I hope to provide a welcoming environment for the students. 

   

Lauren Gillenwater
Grades 5 and 6 Spanish
This is my sixth year teaching Spanish at Saint Francis Xavier, although my tenure has not been linear. I began teaching Spanish in 2013 to the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. My long-range goal was to revamp the Spanish program with the hope of having our students earn advanced placement at their chosen high school. This goal was achieved handily with many students matriculating in Honors Spanish I or Spanish II. I left my Spanish classroom in 2018 and worked as a kindergarten aide at Saint Francis Xavier until 2019. I have now rejoined the staff, a collaborative effort between St. Francis and Sacred Heart, my alma mater, and am teaching 5th and 6th grade for the 2021-2022 school year. As a parent, I drove my daughters from Pembroke to St. Francis, Weymouth each day from 2003 until 2014. By way of education, I have a Bachelor of Arts from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, where I majored in Psychology and completed an uncommitted major in Spanish, meaning I satisfied all requirements for a Spanish degree. I later graduated from Villanova Law School and I am a Member of the Massachusetts Bar. My three short-term goals have not been altered through the years; they include: instilling a love for learning a World Language, particularly Spanish; ensuring that our students are ready for Spanish on the first day of high school; and imparting my sense of caring for each of my students individually whereby they know I believe in and support them. I look forward to getting to know each of my students this year. 

Joanne Rugg
Grades 7 and 8 Spanish
Hola, mis amigos!  I teach Spanish 1 to our Seventh and Eighth Grades.  This high school level course is divided into two years, after which our students are ready to take Spanish 2 at the high school of their choice.  This is my third year of teaching at Saint Francis Xavier, and I cherish every moment I spend here. My full-time career was teaching Spanish, French and English as a Second Language at the Woodward School in Quincy.  After retiring, I contacted my alma mater, Saint Francis Xavier School, which my beautiful granddaughters attend, to seek a part-time job.  How thrilled I was to hear that they were looking for a Spanish teacher! I’m a proud alumna of the SFX School class of 1968.  I’m so fortunate to be able to share my love of languages and my Catholic faith with our precious children.  What a blessing!
 

Faculty Photo 9.2021