Grades K-2 Teachers

Kristin Marconi

K1 Teacher

Miss Marconi has been teaching elementary education for nine years with four of those years being at Our Lady’s Academy. She has taught from preschool to fourth grade, but loves Kindergarten the best!

Miss Marconi attended Stonehill College and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and American Studies. After Stonehill, she attended Sacred Heart University and earned her Master’s of Arts in Teaching degree with a concentration in reading. Miss Kristin loves reading and writing and hopes to foster a love of literacy in each of her students.

Besides teaching, Miss Marconi enjoys traveling, relaxing at the beach, interior decorating, learning how to cook, and listening to music (especially country music).

Miss Marconi’s educational philosophy is to provide an organized, safe, and independent classroom community in order for all students to develop as whole, well-rounded thinkers and learners. Miss Marconi’s hopes and dreams are to foster a love of learning in her students as they grow and progress in their own academic journeys. She hopes and dreams that all students will follow their own successful paths, treat others the way they want to be treated, and be a positive change in today’s world.

Elizabeth Avakian

K1 Aide

Mrs. Avakian is married with two sons. She enjoys reading, listening to music, volunteering, and traveling. Mrs. Avakian has an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been a teacher for over twenty-five years with most of her work experience in the Armenian Sister’s Academy as a PreK teacher. Mrs. Avakian’s hopes and dreams for her students are that every child will grow up happy, healthy, and in a safe school environment. She hopes all students follow their dreams.

Kristina Kovacevich

K2 Teacher

My name is Kristina Kovacevich. I am from Biloxi, Mississippi and I graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I also have a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on language-based learning disabilities. In 2012, I completed my National Board Certification in early childhood education. I love to travel and learn about different cultures. I also love sports, especially baseball. Go Sox!

It is my philosophy that children are born with a curious mind and innate desire to learn. I believe through authentic engagement, teachers have a responsibility to nurture that desire. As an educator, my role is to build a strong relationship with each individual student, to help them discover their interests and passions, and to use those to help foster a love of learning. I understand the importance of building a strong foundation in literacy and math to diverse young learners. Inquiry-based and experiential learning is instrumental in engaging young, curious minds. Through science and social studies, children are given the opportunity to explore the world around them. My goal is for all children to celebrate their uniqueness, appreciate various cultures, become lifelong learners, and grow to be global citizens.

My hope and dream for each of my students is that they develop a sincere and deep love of learning. I hope that they find their passions and use what they are passionate about to achieve their goals and reach their fullest potentials.

Amanda Normoyle

K2 Aide

Amanda Normoyle has been working as a teachers assistant at Our Lady’s Academy since 2017, and has been involved with the school since 2012. She is a Waltham resident, a wife and mother of two current OLA students. Amanda believes in equality, celebrating diversity, and understands the importance of developing relationships with students, their families and the community.
Before joining the OLA staff, Amanda worked for fifteen years in children’s media, mainly with Scholastic, producing children’s audio books and managing animation teams on the PBS animated series Clifford’s Puppy Days and the locally produced WordGirl. When she’s not assisting Ms. K., Amanda volunteers with local charities and food banks, and assists with school functions and activities. She enjoys traveling with her family, camping with friends, and cheering on her children, whether they’re playing a sport or entering the school talent show.

Judith Norton

First Grade Teacher

I have been happily teaching first grade at Our Lady’s since 2004. I received an MA in elementary education from Regis College in Weston, Ma. I live right here in Waltham with my family.

I believe each child is a unique individual who will learn best in a safe, supportive environment. My goal is to help each student grow and mature intellectually, emotionally and socially and spiritually. I view the education of your child as a partnership between school and family.

I hope my personal educational goal to “Never Stop Learning” will become a goal of the first graders as well.

Lori Pasto

First Grade Teacher

I’m from the Capital Region of NYS but have made Waltham my home since 2002. I have taught and have been a parishioner only at Our Lady’s since moving here. I am married to Daniel and we have two boys who have come up through the church and are now students are Our Lady’s Academy. I graduated from The College of St. Rose in Albany, New York. I have a degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Reading (I am a Reading Specialist).

My goal is to challenge my students and watch them grow to their full potential. I want to meet each student where they are and help them on their educational journey to get them to where they need to be.

Hopes and dreams for your students: That I can help instill a life long love of learning.

Christine Malone

Second Grade Teacher

My name is Christine Malone. I am married with two wonderful young children. I have my Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in Assistive Technology. I hold a Massachusetts Teaching Certificate for grades PreK through 3. I believe in meeting a child at their academic ability and helping them succeed beyond their expectations. I hope all my students grow to love school and become happy life long learners.

Kathleen Demers

Second Grade Teacher

I am happily married with a wonderful one year old daughter named Maeve. In my free time I love taking our dog Maggie for walks on the beach on Cape Cod. I received my undergraduate degree from Framingham State College and my Masters degree in early childhood education from Lesley University.

Every child is unique learner, so it is my goal to help them all reach their fullest potential.

My hope is that each of my students leaves 2nd grade with the confidence to know they can do anything they want to do if they try their best.

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