For the second consecutive year, the Central Catholic community celebrated our retiring faculty members during a Super Send-Off during the final days of the school year.
Students and faculty lined the hallways to thank them for their contributions to the Raider Family and to wish them well!
In addition, two returning faculty members celebrated 25 years of service to Central Catholic.
Celebrating CCHS Faculty Retirements & Milestones
Four valued members of the Central Catholic Faculty and Staff retired at the end of the 2021-2022 Academic Year after almost 100 collective years of loyal service. Additionally, two faculty members celebrated 25 years of service to Central Catholic.
- Mr. James O’Neill
- Religious Studies Teacher
- 44 years of service to Central Catholic
- Ms. Kathleen "Casey" Coyne
- English Teacher
- 22 years of service to Central Catholic
- Mrs. Kristina "Kris" Keleher
- Director of Library & Media Services
- 20 years of service to Central Catholic
- Mrs. Carmen Lonero
- World Language Teacher
- 18 years of service to Central Catholic
- Mr. Kevin Smith
- Manager of IT Services
- 12 years of service to Central Catholic
25 Years of Service
- Mr. Sully Grella '92
- Mathematics Teacher & Coach
- Mr. Jeremy Hay '90
- World Language Teacher
Photo Album: Retirees Super Send-Off
Students and staff gave our retiring faculty members a super send-off as they walked the halls of CCHS!
Mr. James O’Neill, Religious Studies Teacher
Mr. James O'Neill, Chair of Religious Studies (44 years of service to CCHS) believes in providing a moral education for students in their formative high school years.
Mr. O'Neill joined Central Catholic in 1978 to be among a caring faculty, diverse student body, and highly motivated parents.
"On my last day of teaching, my students presented me with a cake labeling me the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) Religion Teacher," said Mr. O'Neill.
Outside of the classroom, Mr. O'Neill is a dedicated community servant, participating in Project Rebuild and volunteering at Lazarus House, Cor Unum, and Bread and Roses.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading and following sports, especially football and basketball.
Mr. O'Neill earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Master of Education Degree in Religious Education from Boston College.
He was honored with an Excellence in Education Award from the Archdiocese of Boston in 2019.
His three daughters are all Raiders: Kelly A. O’Neill '07, Molly M. O'Neill '12, and Rebecca R. O'Neill '16.
Ms. Kathleen "Casey" Coyne, English Teacher
Ms. Kathleen "Casey" Coyne, who taught English for 22 years at CCHS, spent her entire 35-year teaching career in the Merrimack Valley.
She taught for nine years at St. Mary High School in Lawrence and then for four years at Lowell Catholic High School before coming to Central Catholic in 2000.
"Lawrence and Lowell, like my hometown of Somerville, are cities of immigrants - and so, I have always felt at home in the communities where I have taught," said Ms. Coyne.
Ms. Coyne was inspired by the teachers she had at St. Clement Elementary and High School in Somerville – the Sisters of St. Joseph – who "taught with such joy!" As a child, a local teacher gave her an old student desk and some books and supplies so she could play 'teacher' with her friends.
Throughout her time at CCHS, Ms. Coyne enjoyed sharing her love of literature with her students, discussing themes and stories written many years ago that remain meaningful today.
"I hope that I instilled in them the knowledge that words have power - it is important to choose them carefully, and kind words are always the best choice. I have learned so much about being an educator and even more about myself through my friendships with my colleagues at Central who have shared their gifts and talents with me throughout the years," said Ms. Coyne.
Outside of the classroom, Ms. Coyne enjoys reading, taking day trips to the beach, and traveling along the New England seacoast.
She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Boston University and Salem State College.
Mrs. Kristina "Kris" Keleher, Director of Library & Media Services
Mrs. Kristina "Kris" Keleher served as Director of Library & Media Services at Central Catholic for 20 years and left a lasting imprint on the library and on Central Catholic
Early in her tenure, she helped transform the Library & Media Center during its expansion as part of the South Wing building project and renovation. The physical footprint of the library doubled, and Kristina helped reimagine its functionality to best serve students and teacher.
Kristina also expanded the online resources and presence of the Library. She connected Central Catholic with a variety of open access resources, consortiums, and databases to significant increase the materials available to students and faculty.
She developed and launched a new library website through LibGuides, the leading content management and information sharing system designed specifically for libraries. She also established a library Instagram account to make the library even more accessible for students.
Committed to curriculum development, she served as a trusted resource for the Faculty and Staff, collaborating with teachers across departments, developing and providing resources and materials, including subject guides for each department.
For several years, she partnered with teachers and curated the Online Identity Museum, a cross-curricular program to tie in information literacy skills with the theme of "identity" across the disciplines.
Kristina established and coordinated a variety of initiatives to cultivate a love of books and expand reading skills. She offered a Summer Book Club (Raider Readers), Library Java Jams, poetry and book events, and author spotlights. She also hosted therapy dog visits during exams to provide a relaxed environment within the library.
She served as site director for our Virtual High School program, expanding our curriculum offerings through online courses, and established a media production room within the Library.
In addition, she assisted with several Theatre Guild productions - helping to further cultivate the artistic talents of our students.
She has several CCHS graduates in the family, including her sons Matthew P. Keleher '07 and Andrew Keleher '09, father-in-law Joseph C. Keleher '47, and nephews Jason K. Kenneally '20 and Aaron T. Kenneally '22.
Mrs. Carmen Lonero, World Language Teacher
Mrs. Carmen Lonero served for 18 years as a valued member of the World Language Department, including a distinguished tenure as Department Chair.
As a leader within the department, she served as a problem solver and mentor for her colleagues and her students.
She cultivated a love of world languages within her students and provided innovative opportunities for them to develop and practice their written and conversation skills.
In 2015, she led a student trip to Europe, providing students with the opportunity to visit Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid.
In response to student interest, she took the steps to offer AP Spanish Literature as a next step for those who had completed AP Spanish Language and Culture.
She played an integral role in student life at Central Catholic!
Carmen moderated the National Honor Society for several years, helped build the Catwalk4Cancer into a hallmark CCHS event, helped students raise funds for a Dominican orphanage through Casa Hogar and Dancing with the Raiders, and moderated the Raider Review, the student newspaper.
Mr. Kevin Smith, Manager of IT Services
Mr. Kevin Smith has served as Central Catholic’s Manager of Information Technology (IT) Services for 12 years.
Mr. Smith joined the CCHS community due to a desire to return to providing IT services in an educational setting.
"I enjoyed the Family atmosphere Central Catholic offered," said Mr. Smith. "It's been a great place to work, and all the teachers, staff, administration and students are super!"
Outside the office working with computers, Mr. Smith is a musician primarily playing the saxophone, but he also plays flute and clarinet.
He volunteers often at his local church, and he enjoys traveling, especially to visit family in North Carolina and Tennessee.
Mr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from University of Massachusetts at Lowell, a Certificate NT Administration Boston University, as well as a MCSE, MCP, A+ Certifications.
25 Years of Service
Mr. Sully Grella '92, Mathematics Teacher & Coach
Mr. Sully Grella '92 has dedicated 25 years to the Central Catholic community as a mathematics teacher.
He currently serves as the head Freshman Football coach and also coaches Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field.
Mr. Grella, who received the Brother Florentius, FMS Memorial Award at Commencement in 1992, is part of a long CCHS legacy including his wife Kara L. (Vaughn '93PMA) Grella, sons Matthew L. Grella '20, Ethan J. Grella '21, and current CCHS student Connor W. Grella '25; father Thomas C. Grella Sr. '64, mother Joanne (Campione '65SM) Grella, brother Thomas C. Grella Jr. '91, nieces Gabrielle V. Beaulieu '17, Quinn A. Grella '17, and Riochai E. Grella '18; nephews Timothy J. Vaughn '17 and Owen P. Vaughn '19; and sister-in-law Kelly M. (Vaughn '85PMA) Lavoie.
Mr. Jeremy Hay '90, World Language Teacher
Mr. Jeremy Hay '90 recently celebrated 25 years with the Central Catholic community! He has served as a World Languages Teacher since 1997.
"I loved my time here as a student, and I knew Central Catholic would offer a great atmosphere to teach in," said Mr. Hay. "Central really has a feeling of being one big family, and I think that's very special."
Outside the classroom, Mr. Hay moderates the Passport Club, National Honor Society, the Bowling Club, and he also served as the Sophomore Class Advisor.
Off campus, he has taught CCD classes at his local parish, and he has even traveled to Cali, Colombia to teach English for two years. He also enjoys golfing, bicycling, cooking, and traveling.
Mr. Hay earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Harvard University (MA).
His sons, Alexander Hay '20 and Isaac Hay '22, are both graduates of Central Catholic.
Thank you for your commitment to our students, to your profession, and to the mission of Central Catholic and the Marist Brothers!