Grades 6-8 Teachers

Jake Devereaux


I graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in history and political science. I also attended Fitchburg State University where I earned a Masters of Education Degree. I most recently had the pleasure of being part of the History Department at Newton South High School. Prior to this experience, I moved to Washington D.C. and worked in variety of positions, inincluding at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, where I was able to teach history in one of the most interactive and immersive environments possible. Although I do not dress in costume as often while teaching, I bring that same passion, enthusiasm and ability to bring history alive to my student at Our Lady’s Academy.

Patricia Fothergill


Hello, I am Patricia Fothergill. My husband and I live nearby in Arlington. We are blessed with one child, Katherine. I teach seventh and eighth grade math at Our Lady’s Academy, and have been here since 2008. I came to OLA after completing my undergraduate and graduate degrees at Boston College.I believe it is important to educate the whole child. Focusing on academic, social, and the developmental needs of each individual student. I love sports, and always find a way to incorporate into my classroom.

Matthew Giles


My name is Matthew Giles and I teach Middle School Religion. I earned my B.A. in Philosophy and my M.Ed. from Emmanuel College in Boston. As a graduate student I focused on educational technology as well as classroom management and school discipline. I also have a certificate in Catholic Theology and Evangelization from the Institute for the New Evangelization in Braintree. I have been a religious educator in some capacity for approximately 10 years and began my career in education at St. Michael’s School in Brooklyn, New York. I’ve worked as a teacher in Boston and Natick as well as a high school and middle school Youth Minister in New York State and at St. Brendan’s Parish in Bellingham, Massachusetts.

As a Catholic educator, it is my primary goal to make God known, loved, and served and to teach the Truth of the Gospel. I also hope to give kids the tools to analyze and understand the Faith and the world around them with critical eyes, especially through classroom debates, Socratic Seminars, and other discussion-based teaching methods. I seek to integrate technology as best as possible into my classroom to help prepare my students to succeed in the modern world.

Kate O'Brien


While I have been an Our Lady’s parent for the past nine years, I am excited to now serve as the Middle School Science Teacher.  After 20+ years performing a variety of roles in the energy industry, I obtained my Massachusetts teaching license in 2018 and worked as a long-term (7-months) sub at a public middle school in Westwood, MA.  I have a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from Boston College, and a certification in Leading Innovative Change from UC Berkeley.  I live in Waltham with my husband and two daughters.  Together we love to travel and cheer on the local sports teams.  I look forward to working with the OLA students to help them prepare for life beyond Middle School!

Patrick O'Brien


I grew up in Massachusetts, graduating from BC High in 2008. I have a bachelors degree in English from Wesleyan University and a masters degree in education and instructional technology from UMass Boston. I have always had a passion for reading and writing, and I try to bring that passion into the classroom. My classes focus on writing and grammar, with an emphasis on creativity and critical thinking. My goal is help every student develop his or her own unique voice as a writer.

Kian Olia


Mr. Olia graduated with a BA in elementary education from The Catholic University of America. He then attended Boston College and received his master’s in curriculum and instruction. Prior to working at Our Lady’s Academy, Mr. Olia worked in various public and private schools as both a teaching assistant and a learning specialist. In his spare time Mr. Olia enjoys running, cooking, and reading.

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