We are pleased to have these very talented Middle School teachers at OLOL
Sister Marie Baldi – Theology
Sister Marie Baldi is a Holy Union Sister who has spent her entire religious life in education. Her ties with Catholic education in Taunton go back many years. While studying for her bachelor’s degree at Bridgewater State University, Sr. Marie did her student teaching at the Taunton Catholic Middle School. She later received a Masters degree in Education from Bridgewater State University. She began her teaching career in an inner city school in the Archdiocese of New York. She taught at Saint Michael School in Fall River and then returned to the Taunton Catholic Middle School.
For several years Sr. Marie was a principal, first at All Saints Academy in Middletown, RI and then at Saint Michael School in Fall River. As principal, she led both All Saints Academy and Saint Michael School to earn accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Sr. Marie has participated in several NEASC visits to schools seeking accreditation in both the Providence Diocese and the Boston Archdiocese.
She joined the faculty of Coyle and Cassidy High School Middle School in 2016 and teaches Religion 7 and Theology 1 Classes. In the fall Sister will be moving to Our Lady of Lourdes with the Middle School from Coyle & Cassidy.
“To Teach is to Touch a Life Forever.” Author unknown.
Ms. Amanda Sampson – Spanish and World Cultures
I am currently in my 8th year teaching. Prior to teaching at Coyle & Cassidy I taught PreK-8 Spanish at Holy Name in Fall River and St. Francis Xavier in Acushnet. However, I started my teaching career with PreK-3 Technology classes at St. James-St. John in New Bedford. The passion for world languages and cultures that I have developed since high school has led me to grow intellectually, to discover new interests, to connect with others, and to develop a deeper appreciation for my own family’s traditions. I hope that all of my students find their lives enriched by these studies and new experiences as well!
“This year, I taught the 6th grade World Cultures course at Coyle. I enjoyed teaching that class because the students were still so curious and open-minded about what we were learning. It really opened the door to thoughtfulness and creativity in the classroom.”
Mrs. Hannah Norwood-Science
Hi everyone, I’m Hannah Norwood! I am a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology. All throughout my time in college I continually came back to my love of sharing knowledge and instilling curiosity about the incredible wonders of science, which is why I ultimately decided to go into education. After finishing my degree, I completed many graduate level science education classes through the University of Maine.
I enjoy scuba diving, sailing, and anything to do with the ocean and I bring my experiences into the classroom any chance I get. Though I just started teaching for the Diocese in 2019, I previously worked developing middle school curriculum for 4-H Cooperative Extension in Bangor, Maine.
“I have been passionate about science since I was very young and I am so thrilled to be able to share that passion with you. Science allows a person to explore their world and I believe that middle school students have the energy and curiosity needed to make top notch scientists.”
Ms. Katie Rogier – Math
My name is Katie Rogier and I have been teaching middle school math in the Diocese for two years. I graduated from Bridgewater State University in May of 2018 with my Bachelors in Math and Secondary Education. I was also a member of the swim team during my time there. I returned to BSU in September of 2019 to start my Masters in Education. I have taught every level of middle school math from Math 5 all the way to Algebra 1. I have always wanted to be a math teacher and what better grade level than middle school?
“What I love the most about middle school math is that it is the building blocks for the rest of your mathematical journey. We focus on the basics such as operations with decimals and fractions, that you will use for the rest of your math courses and in your life. I am excited to be taking this journey with you!”
Mrs. Patricia Williams-ELA, Social Studies
Mrs. Williams began her teaching career at Laliberte Middle School in Raynham, Mass. She has many years of experience in education teaching math, science, social studies, reading, Latin and English in grades five through eight. Mrs. Williams has also worked for the Mass Migrant Education Program instructing students in grades five through twelve in reading, math and life skills. While working at M.M.E.P, she also served as Head Teacher and was responsible for coordinating the standardized testing program and overseeing the daily schedules of both students and teachers. During her many years as an educator for the Diocese of Fall River, Mrs. Williams has been a member of countless academic committees and served as Lead Teacher for the middle school at Coyle & Cassidy.
“The best thing about teaching in a Catholic middle school is the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child, and to nurture each student’s God-given talents. Each day is another chance to have a positive impact on a child. What an awesome vocation!”