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Welcoming Our New Faculty & Staff

Welcoming Our New Faculty & Staff

The Central Catholic community is excited to welcome our newest group of dedicated educators and staff members as we begin the 2023-2024 Academic Year.

New faculty members attended a New Faculty & Staff Orientation in August and were prepared to hit the ground running when the entire faculty and staff returned on Tuesday, September 5.

Above photo, front row, left to right: Ms. Mae Ba, Religious Studies Teacher; Mr. Nicholas Imprescia '10, Assistant Director of Admissions; Ms. Julie Hayashi, Library Assistant; Mr. Masanori "Masa" Morita, Mathematics Teacher; Mr. Basil Chingros '91, Campus Safety Liaison; Mrs. Kristin (Campbell) Nelson, Religious Studies Teacher; Back row, left to right: Mr. Patrick McCafferty, Religious Studies Teacher; Mrs. Laura Reid, School & College Counselor; Mr. Mark Ciccarelli '84, Director of Campus Safety; Ms. Erin Saba, Science Teacher; Ms. Deanna Savary '15, Campus Safety Liaison. Missing from photo: Mr. Hamid Faiz, Manager of Desktop Support Services; Mrs. Sharon Kempinski, School Adjustment Counselor; Mrs. Kate Murray, Assistant to the President; Ms. Jenessa Zurek, Learning Specialist.

They participated in various training programs, workshops and meetings, in addition to tours of the Central Catholic campus.

They also embarked on a bus tour and history of the City of Lawrence led by two faculty members: Mr. Mark Svendsen, who sits on the Board of Directors and is treasurer of the Lawrence History Center, and Mr. Matthew Joyal '08, who developed a course at CCHS entitled, American City: Rise, Fall, & Rebirth, that focuses in particular on the history of the City of Lawrence.

Our new teachers will also be participating in a year-long New Teacher Induction Program to provide them with ongoing support and the necessary models, tools, and guidance to put themselves and their students in the best position to succeed.

Welcome to all of our new faculty and staff!

They are excited to be welcoming our students on Thursday, September 7, and Friday, September 8, as we begin our 89th year.


Meet our new Faculty & Staff

Ms. Mae Ba, Religious Studies Teacher

Ms. Mae Ba, Religious Studies Teacher

"Central Catholic is a reputable high school and it’s great to see the love of learning and watch the process unfold for students," said Ms. Mae Ba. "This age group is honest, and they embrace authenticity."

Ms. Ba earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management and a Master of Arts Degree in Ministry.

She is also a passionate advocate for serving others.

"We encounter Christ in the people we serve and the people we serve in our community teach us about who God is. Formation of mind, heart, and soul is available in service and volunteer experiences."

In her free time, this life-long ‘North Shore kid,’ who now lives in North Andover, loves being at the beach and enjoys cooking and baking with her nephews.

Ms. Ba’s Fun Fact...

"I can count from 1-10 in ten different languages!"

Mr. Basil Chingros '91, Campus Safety Liaison

Mr. Basil Chingros '91, Campus Safety Liaison

As a former Raider, Mr. Basil Chingros '91 thought this new position would be a "great opportunity" to come back to campus.

Mr. Chingros, who currently resides in Salem, NH, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from University of Massachusetts (Lowell, MA). In his free time, he enjoys working out.

CCHS Legacy: Basil’s brother – Jason Chingros '97

Mr. Chingros's Fun Fact...

"While I was a student at CCHS, I was Coach A's (Mr. Chuck Adamopolous, CCHS Teacher) teacher’s pet!"

Mr. Mark Ciccarelli '84, Director of Campus Safety

Mr. Mark Ciccarelli '84, Director of Campus Safety

"I am passionate about safety and security, and being able to pursue this role and be part of the proud history and mission at CCHS is the highlight of a 33-year career in law enforcement,” said Mr. Mark Ciccarelli '84, who currently resides in Topsfield.

He is looking forward to working with high school students as "this stage of development in a young person’s life is extremely difficult and challenging and being able to be a part of their growth in a positive way is important and rewarding."

Mr. Ciccarelli, who is a Lawrence-native and a CCHS graduate (1984), is a proud Raider, along with his children who are also alumni.

"I have seen first-hand all the great things CCHS has accomplished over the years, and I am super grateful to be able to be a part of the CCHS family again."

Mr. Ciccarelli earned an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology and a graduate degree from the University of Massachusetts (Lowell, MA). He is also trained in POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training), is CPR/BLS certified, and is a Certified Massachusetts Police Officer – a role that earned him Lawrence Exchange Club Police Officer of the Year (twice) and the Massachusetts State Police "George Hanna" Award recipient for Bravery.

Off campus, Mark is an avid fitness enthusiast who enjoys weightlifting, is a fan of true crime novels, and is a proud dog dad to a beautiful female Leonberger and a sweet male pit bull Rottweiler rescue. He also loves 70’s music and old movies and is a huge college and professional football fan.

CCHS Legacy – Mr. Ciccarelli’s daughter Olivia R. Ciccarelli '14, son Mark R. Ciccarelli '21, and brother Richard V. Ciccarelli '77.

Mr. Ciccarelli’s Fun Fact...

"I have seven children!"

Mr. Hamid Faiz

Mr. Hamid Faiz, Manager of Desktop Support Services

"I enjoy working in education, because I value the importance of academics, learning, and building relationships," said Mr. Hamid Faiz. "Working with high school students is very fulfilling to me, as I get to have a positive impact on young adults. Specifically, I chose to work at CCHS, because it is a leading institute that promotes values of respect, community service, and family."

Mr. Faiz, who immigrated to Boston from Morocco in 1988, earned a Certificate of Information Technology from Boston University. He currently resides in Worcester.

Outside the classroom, Mr. Faiz enjoys sports (he has hopes of coaching soccer), fashion, food, movies, and family.

Mr. Faiz’s Fun Fact...

"I have six sisters."

Ms. Julie Hayashi, Library Assistant

Ms. Julie Hayashi, Library Assistant

"I love reading and was excited to hear about the Library Assistant position at CCHS!” said Ms. Julie Hayashi. "There is a wonderful community among the faculty and staff at CCHS, and I also enjoy working in a school that supports my Catholic faith."

Ms. Hayashi, who earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science (Nutritional Science), enjoys working with high school students. "They are a fun and interesting group… full of ideas and dreams for the future."

In her free time, Ms. Hayashi – who currently resides in Haverhill - belongs to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and helps at their food pantry at Sacred Hearts (Bradford). She enjoys books, games, cooking and baking, and sewing.

CCHS Legacy: Ms. Hayashi’s daughter – Lana R. Hayashi '26

Ms. Hayashi’s Fun Fact... 

"I lived in Japan for 14 years!"

Mr. Nicholas Imprescia '10, Assistant Director of Admissions

Mr. Nicholas Imprescia '10, Assistant Director of Admissions

"I have been working with students and student-athletes for over a decade, helping them through the various admissions and recruiting processes for college and I truly enjoy working with them and their families," said Mr. Nicholas Imprescia '10.

"I enjoy seeing high school students develop both in and out of the classroom and in their college years as well."

Mr. Imprescia is a proud CCHS graduate (2010) and hopes to share his experience as a Raider with prospective students.

"Central Catholic was a second home for me during my high school years and it holds a special place in my heart."

Beyond his role in Admissions, Mr. Imprescia – who currently resides in North Andover - hopes to coach Lacrosse at CCHS, a team he previously coached from 2014 to 2016.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Communications from Endicott College. In 2014, Mr. Imprescia received the Jacob Maxfield Spirit of '88 Award (four-year commitment) given to a senior on the Endicott Football team who embodied selflessness and was a good teammate.

Off campus, he loves watching and playing sports such as golf. "I was a multi-sport athlete growing up, playing hockey, lacrosse, baseball, football and basketball."

He is also a huge fan of going to the beach (specifically Plum Island in Newburyport) with his family.

CCHS Legacy – Mr. Imprescia’s sister Olivia A. Imprescia '14 and brother Richard A. Imprescia '12

Mr. Imprescia’s Fun Fact...

"My first and only concert was the Backstreet Boys after they released their album Black and Blue."

Ms. Sharon Kempinski

Mrs. Sharon Kempinski, School Adjustment Counselor

"It is very rewarding to help students reach their potential," notes Mrs. Sharon Kempinski.

"High school is a time of great growth for students, and supporting them through that process is fulfilling. Nurturing relationships with adults serve as a foundation for social and intellectual growth. As an adjustment counselor, I have the opportunity to foster these relationships and support the students in a unique way in the school."

Mrs. Kempinski attended Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, where she earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. She then earned a Master of Social Work from the University of New England in Maine.

Beyond her role as an Adjustment Counselor, Mrs. Kempinski "would love to get involved in extracurricular activities here at Central. I'm excited to learn about all that Central has to offer."

"Central has an excellent reputation of balancing academic rigor with exceptional student behavior. Central is highly regarded in the community and those that I know that work here and study here have positive things to say about being a part of this community."

Mrs. Kempinski enjoys crocheting and "spending time with my family and going to the beach. While at the beach, I love looking for sea glass."

She also enjoys exploring new places. "I love to travel. My favorite place is the Road to Hana in Hawaii."

Mrs. Kempinski's Fun Fact...

"I am an avid sea glass collector."

Mr. Patrick McCafferty, Religious Studies Teacher

Mr. Patrick McCafferty, Religious Studies Teacher

"Central Catholic has an authentic sense of mission and I look forward to working with the kids, caring for them, and challenging them to embrace the Gospel,” said Mr. Patrick McCafferty. "I appreciate their intellect, goodness, and humor."

As for community service, Mr. McCafferty has participated in visiting the elderly with high school kids, and he’s looking forward to getting to know and serve the students at Central Catholic.

A Portsmouth, NH resident, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Education Degree and a CAES in Education Administration and Religious Education from Boston College.

In his spare time, Mr. McCafferty dabbles in some ‘very basic carpentry.’

Mr. McCafferty's Fun Fact...

"I have two beautiful grandkids."

Mr. Masanori "Masa" Morita, Mathematics Teacher

Mr. Masanori "Masa" Morita, Mathematics Teacher

Welcome Mr. Masanori "Masa" Morita to the Mathematics Department at Central Catholic! 

"I love to teach Math and see students grow up with the Math I have taught," said Mr. Masanori "Masa" Morita.

"I believe that high school is the most important stage for kids to become a great adult. We can support what they want to be or what they want to learn in university and beyond."

Mr. Morita, who is from Tokyo, Japan, taught high school students in Japan for about 20 years, and he wanted to teach high school math in the U.S. as well.

"I have heard many times that CCHS is a great environment and is the best Catholic high school around my neighborhood."

Mr. Morita – who currently resides in Haverhill - earned a bachelor’s degree from Tokyo University of Science and a master’s degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology. Whenever he has the opportunity, he returns to Tokyo to visit his parents and siblings.

Outside of the classroom, Mr. Morita plays pool (billiards) – a hobby he’s had for 20 years. He also enjoys baseball, snowboarding, and playing basketball.

Mr. Morita’s Fun Fact...

"I decided to go to Boston to learn English after I watched a Japanese tv show that featured MIT. I met my wife Kristin while she worked for the Boston Red Sox at the same time I came to study English. So, if I never watched that tv show, my life would not be what it is today."

Mrs. Kate Murray

Mrs. Kate Murray, Assistant to the President

Though Mrs. Kate Murray has always worked in a corporate environment, she is excited to be a part of an educational organization.

"The collaboration and the excitement amongst the staff members is evident the minute you step foot in the door of CCHS, it is just a welcoming atmosphere," said Mrs. Murray, who hopes to become involved in a Central Catholic sports program in the future.

Off campus, Mrs. Murray stays busy! "When I am not ‘ubering’ four kiddos around, I love to workout, run, and spend time at our beach house in Dennisport," said Mrs. Murray.

Mrs. Murray, who earned a Bachelor of Science from Saint Anselm College, makes time to serve the community in a variety of ways.

"I have a seat on the board for Salem Youth Lacrosse and Salem Youth Soccer, and I also manage the Youth Wrestling program at the Boys & Girls Club in Salem, NH."

She also volunteers for Birthday Wishes for Kids, Run for Research Marathon Team, MS Challenge Walk 2002, American Red Cross Blood Drive Volunteer, March of Dimes Walk and many more.

CCHS Legacy: Mrs. Murray’s husband William R. Murray '02

Mrs. Murray’s Fun Fact...

"I have run five marathons."

Mrs. Kristin (Campbell) Nelson, Religious Studies Teacher

Mrs. Kristin (Campbell) Nelson, Religious Studies Teacher

Welcome back to Mrs. Kristin (Campbell) Nelson, who is returning to the CCHS campus after teaching at Central Catholic from 2008 to 2013.

"After pursuing opportunities to serve in Campus Ministry over the past 10 years, God has blessed me with three children and led me back to the classroom," said Mrs. Nelson.

"Walking through the doors of CCHS felt like coming home and I am excited to rejoin the stellar faculty!"

Mrs. Nelson enjoys working with high school students, because she believes they are at a pivotal point in their lives. "They are questioning the beliefs from their upbringing and navigating the world on a deeper level than they did as children. I love watching my students grow and mature into adulthood, journeying with them through this chapter of their lives."

Mrs. Nelson earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Catholic Studies and a minor in Psychology from Emmanuel College, a Master of Arts Degree in Ministry from St. John's Seminary, and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Spiritual Formation from Boston College.

"I am a firm believer that there is always something more to learn!" said Mrs. Nelson. “I was blessed with many amazing teachers and ministers who helped me to grow academically, spiritually, and personally, and my hope is that I can do the same for my students!"

Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Nelson – who currently resides in Medford - enjoys volunteering alongside her students.

"I have led several service trips with high school and college-aged students, volunteering at organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, L'Arche Boston North, Boys and Girls Clubs, Nashua Soup Kitchen, The Wish Project, and many others."

In her free time, Mrs. Nelson likes to dance (tap is her favorite), read, spend time with family and friends, and participate in service opportunities.

Mrs. Nelson’s Fun Fact...

"I have two cats, one of whom I adopted from a Central grad!"

Mrs. Laura Reid, School & College Counselor

Mrs. Laura Reid, School & College Counselor

"I chose this field to be there for students as they navigate their education and dreams beyond school and to help them build personal confidence," said Mrs. Laura Reid. "I like working with high school students, because it is a constant time of transition and offers ample opportunity for self-reflection and honest conversations."

Mrs. Reid earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Administration from Northeastern University and a Master of Education Degree in School Counseling from Merrimack College.

In addition to her role in the School & College Counseling Office, she looks forward to becoming involved in DECA and any travel clubs.

Off campus, Mrs. Reid – who currently resides in Andover - volunteers with the Andover High School field hockey team and she will be coaching the Varsity Field Hockey team at Brooks School this fall.

For fun, Mrs. Reid enjoys cooking and baking… "I try to make something new every week!" She also loves to spend time outdoors, hiking, skiing, trail walks, and the beach and she is a dog parent to a five-year-old golden retriever 'who always keeps us on our toes.'

Mrs. Reid is an avid traveler… "I have been to Sweden, Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland and Greece and hope to travel through more of Europe!"

Mrs. Reid’s Fun Fact...

"I was part of the first Andover High School Field Hockey team to win the state championship and the team was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2019."

Ms. Erin Saba, Science Teacher

Ms. Erin Saba, Science Teacher

“I really enjoy chemistry and I tutored while in college,” said Ms. Erin Saba. "It was just a natural progression for me to begin teaching."

Ms. Saba earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Outside the classroom, Ms. Saba – who currently resides in Methuen - enjoys cooking, chemistry, painting, sewing, and reading.

Ms. Deanna Savary '15, Campus Safety Liaison

Ms. Deanna Savary '15, Campus Safety Liaison

"The Central Catholic community is unlike any other community I have ever been a part of,” said Ms. Deanna Savary '15, who graduated from Central Catholic in 2015.

"I would like to be a leader and an example for young students and help their growth and overall development. High school students have a better understanding of how the world works, yet they still have so much to learn."

In addition to her new safety position, Ms. Savary helps coach the CCHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team and still finds time to give presentations in the community about why learning CPR is important.

Ms. Savary earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and adventuring with her dog.

"I'm always doing something to stay active whether I am in the gym, on a walk or hike, or just sitting outside."

CCHS Legacy: Ms. Savary’s brother, David Savary '13.

Ms. Savary’s Fun Fact...

"I am a CPR instructor!"

Ms. Jenessa Zurek

Ms. Jenessa Zurek, Learning Specialist

Ms. Jenessa is looking forward to working with high school students, as she believes "it is a special time in a student's life, where much growth and transformation happens."

"Often, all it takes is for one person to believe in a student for positive changes to occur," said Ms. Zurek.

"This rapport, which is built on trust, confidentiality, and support, can help influence and ultimately shape a student's path for future success both in post-secondary education or in a future career. I hope to be that person for the students I work with!"

Ms. Zurek, who earned a Master's Degree in Education with a Concentration in Counseling, chose to apply for the Learning Specialist position at CCHS based on the school’s community environment.

"I've heard nothing but praise and positive feedback about Central Catholic from students, parents and staff. I've been told that working at Central is like being part of a family, where people bond together for the good of the community and the students they serve. I'm so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this growing community and work toward achieving these similar goals."

In her free time, Ms. Zurek cares for her two boys (ages 10 & eight) who love playing sports - especially hockey and baseball.

"When we are not traveling to games or practices, you can find us hiking or at home relaxing with our dog, cat, and five chickens!"

She also finds time to serve the community by volunteering at food pantries and hopes to volunteer at a local animal shelter in the near future.

Ms. Zurek’s Fun Fact...

"In my spare time, I love to hike - Mount Washington was one of the first hikes I completed and ever since then I've been hooked! I have the goal of one day completing all of the 48 4,000 footers in New Hampshire. I am also the author of a children's book."