The faculty of HTS consists of a dedicated group of educators who are committed to teaching and learning in the Catholic tradition. Our teachers are professionally certified and participate in regular and ongoing professional development. Our staff actively embraces the value of life-long learning.
Recognizing the unique gifts in each child, our faculty strives to instill the faith component into students’ lives while challenging them to reach their academic, social, and physical potential. The faculty and administration are supported by a generous and talented staff that works collaboratively on behalf of our learning community.
Jessika Howard (Pre-K): is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University and has a degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelors in Psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent development. She was a teacher at Head Start for nine years and also has two boys who attend Holy Trinity.
Bonnie Perry (K) is a graduate of Plymouth State University. She is certified in Elementary Education K-8 with a specialty in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Perry uses her Early Childhood teaching experience to make an environment that is fun, safe, creative, respectful, educational and spiritual for all her students.
Nancy Pierce (Grade 1) graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a specialty in Reading. She has 16 years of experience teaching in Vermont, Ohio, and Florida. This is her second year at Holy Trinity School. Her passion is leading children to love literature.
Judy Gessner (Grades 2 & 3 Literature, Math, & History) has been teaching at HTS for 30 years. She graduated with a BA from San Diego State College.
Barbara McGrath (Grades 4 & 5) formerly taught first grade at HTS. She has been teaching at Holy Trinity Catholic School for 16 years. Mrs. McGrath graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education for grades K-8 in 1995 from Notre Dame College in Manchester NH.
Karen Sullivan (Grade 6 & Jr. High) earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Boston College in 1976, and her Masters in Education from Plymouth State University in 2008. She is certified to teach Grades K-8, and 5-12 Social Studies. Since coming to Holy Trinity is 1996 she taught first, third and fifth grade before settling in Jr. High. She currently teaches Grade 6 Religion, Math and World History, Grade 7 Math and US History as well as Grade 8 US History. She also serves as the Eighth Grade Class advisor and National History Day mentor teacher. In 2013 Mrs. Sullivan was recognized as the National History Day Middle School Teacher of the Year for the state of New Hampshire, and in 2015 as the Daughters of the American Revolution Unites States History Teacher of the Year for the state.
Maria Vertetis (Grades 5 & 8 Math and Grades 6, 7 & 8 Science/Robotics) received a BS from Russell Sage College. She went on to receive her MAT from the University of New Hampshire. This is her 3rd year at Holy Trinity School.
Richard Conrod (Jr. High Literature, Language Arts, & Religion) (Grades 2&3 Science & Religion) earned a BS Degree in Childhood Education at Plymouth State University in 2009. He holds a New Hampshire teacher certification K-8. He worked in Farmington for three years, with middle school, special education population, as well as being a long term grade six lead teacher. He also taught fourth grade at Holderness Central School before joining Holy Trinity School.
Jeanne Matzke (Algebra I, Aerospace, & Coding) graduated from New York State University at Oneonta with a BS in Secondary Mathematics and Union College with a Masters in Computer Science. After 40 years of teaching she retired from Gilford High School teaching both Mathematics and Computer Science.
Kate Criscone (Art) brings art alive to our students at HTS each week. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland Oregon in art. While living out west, she also took art classes at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has moved back to Gilford with her husband to raise her young family. Mrs. Criscone also enjoys painting murals and photography. Art is not extra, it’s integral!
Deborah Dow (Music) is the owner of the Imaginarium, a music/art and learning center in Moultonborough and comes to us with over twenty years of experience. Deborah studied musical education at Plymouth State University as well as New Hampshire Community College
Clarena McKinney (Spanish), originally from Colombia, was born in Armenia. She was raised as a Catholic and remains a strong, practicing Catholic. She has been in the States for over twenty years and has a B.S. in Business Administration. Ms. McKinney enjoys the opportunity to teach Spanish, her native language, to the students at Holy Trinity in grades 4 – 8, at the same time that she continues supporting the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church. She will also share some of her native culture with her students, broadening their understanding, acceptance of other cultures, and tolerance.
Kristin Doucette (Physical Education) graduated from Plymouth State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in physical education. She currently works as a physical education teacher at 4 different schools.
Janet Caouette (Title One)