Our Staff

Donna Allen

Guidence Counselor

Donna Allen is a Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) who has worked in public and private school systems and public/private/Child Welfare agencies as a School Social Worker, School Adjustment Counsellor, Child Advocate and Guidance Counsellor for many years. Donna started as a parent at Our Lady’s Academy when her older daughter attended Our Lady’s Academy (graduated in 2014). Donna and her husband were involved as volunteers in the school community in many different ways from being a Room Parent to Fund-raiser Coordinators at Our Lady’s Academy. In the Fall of 2013, Donna was hired as the Guidance Counselor to assist eight graders and their families with the transition from Our Lady’s Academy to high school (high school application process). Donna is grateful to be a member of the Our Lady’s Academy faculty. Donna has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College, a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College and a Certificate in Human Services Management from Boston University. Donna’s educational philosophy is that each student is unique and learns about the world in his/her own unique way. Each student has his/her own path to reach their full potential. Donna is happy to support students and their families in the process of following the path that meets each student’s unique potential and support their road to academic and personal success.

Christine Forcier

School Nurse

Hello, my name is Christine Forcier, one of  your school nurses. I typically work Thursday and Friday.

I have been married for 36 years , have 5 children and 2 grandchildren. All my children are grown with the last one in college. We summer on Cape Cod and we enjoy boating . I am an avid gardener as well.

I studied Nursing at Malden Hospital School of Nursing, receiving my diploma in 1981. I have practiced school nursing for approximately 8 years now. Previously I was an Operating Room/PACU nurse.

I enjoy children and find School Nursing rewarding. The health needs of students can run the gamut from serious chronic illnesses to needing reassurance  for school worries and concerns. Although encounters can be brief, nurses are trained to assess the whole person and be a listening ear for patient’s concerns.

My hope is to establish relationships with the students where they can feel comfortable asking questions about their health and concerns.

Nurses are advocates first and foremost.

Mary Gotgart

School Secretary

I have been the Secretary for Our Lady’s Academy since 2008 and provide the administrative support for the school and I am often the first person the families and students encounter.  I actively support all of the programs and services here at Our Lady’s that celebrate our Catholic traditions.  It has been a blessing to watch the children grow in stature and their faith.  Prior to coming to Our Lady’s Academy, I worked as an Administrative Assistant at both private schools and Catholic Schools after raising my three children.

I have spent the last 25 years in Catholic education serving in a variety of support positions.  I have always enjoyed working in various Catholic ministries including Youth Ministry at my parish and most recently Prison Ministry in Framingham.  I have been blessed with two beautiful granddaughters and my husband of 50 years who is also an educator.

Paula Murphy

School Nurse

I attended UMass Boston and received my  Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a minor in Biology.  I also hold a National board Certification in the school of nursing..  I have experience in nursing surgery, visiting nurse and have been a school nurse for twenty years.

I am married with three children.  I have a particular fondness for PBS, Nova Programs, ferrets and dogs.

I hope for my students to be patient and keep trying as they grow and become more compassionate.  I hope for them to make the world a better place while choosing to do their favorite things.

Frances Stuart

Director of Instruction

Hopes and Dreams for our students;  Strive for excellence in everything you do!  BELIEVE YOU CAN!

Director of Instruction, Acting principal at the P.J. Kennedy School in East Boston, Lead Teacher, Teacher of the Year 1997 in the Boston Public School, Science and Math Facilitator for the BPS.

UMASS Boston – BS

Lesley University – M.ED

Salem State University- CAGS

I am married and have two wonderful children and five active grandchildren who keep me on my toes!  I love it!  My life is full and I am blessed!

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