Sister Maureen Fichner SSJ — Principal
Sister Maureen Fichner S.S.J. is a native of New Jersey and was graduated from St. Joseph the Carpenter School in Roselle, Holy Family Academy in Bayonne, Chestnut Hill College and University of Scranton.
She has been a member of the religious order of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia for many years. After serving the community by teaching in four different grade schools in Philadelphia, Sister assumed the position of Principal in St. Philip Neri School in Lafayette Hill, PA for 14 years. Her years in education reflect her love of children and her desire to motivate them to learning.
Organization, discipline, and Love of God are a way of life for Sister Maureen. She desires to instill these characteristics in her students. Concentrating on religion, art, math and science, Sister has developed a well-rounded foundation of learning.
Family obligations drew Sister back to New Jersey, her original roots in development. She taught science in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, began the tradition of the Living Rosary and introduced a Student Council during her five years as teacher at Holy Trinity School. She has now assumed the leadership of Principal, again.
Her commitment to Catholic education exhibits itself in her serious involvement in the spiritual life of the school community. She will continue to share generously her time, treasure and talent with all the faculty, students, pastors, and people of our united parishes.
She celebrated her 50th year as a religious — her Jubilee Year — in 2015.
Mrs. Leslie Lewis — Director, Early Education
Mrs. Lewis is Director of Holy Trinity School’s Mountainside Campus. Mrs. Lewis has a B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education/English from Douglass College, Rutgers University, and a Master’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University. Mrs. Lewis has her NJ State Teacher’s Certification for K-8 and Permanent Nursery.
Prior to her current position, Mrs. Lewis taught grades 3, 2, K and Preschool, was a Home Instructor for Westfield Public Schools, K-8 as well as the Assistant to the Director of Westfield Presbyterian Nursery School. Mrs. Lewis was also previously employed as an Account Executive for AT&T.
Mrs. Lewis is a member of National Association of Educators of Young Children and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Mrs. Lewis has been a resident of Westfield for many years. She is married to James and has two married children, Sean and Abigail, and one granddaughter, Nora. Mrs. Lewis is a member of St. Helen’s Church where she has taught religious education and is active in the youth ministry.
Mrs. Virginia Gilcrest – Upper School Coordinator
With the start of the 2017-2018 school year, Holy Trinity School announces that Virginia Gilcrest has joined the school’s faculty as the Upper School Coordinator (grades 6th, 7th, and 8th). Mrs. Gilcrest has extensive experience with both Catholic and public schools. She taught for 16 years at Roselle Park Middle School where she taught general math, algebra, science, and computer literacy. She also was very active in the school’s extracurricular programs coaching girls basketball, softball, and tennis. While residing for two years in Guatemala when her family relocated due to her husband’s career, Mrs. Gilcrest began a preschool for American children who were affiliated with the U.S. Embassy. Upon returning to the U.S., she taught 5th grade at Ernest J. Finizio Jr. – Aldene Elementary School where she later served as the principal for 11 years. She has also served as an interim principal at St. Elizabeth’s in Wyckoff, New Jersey.
Mrs. Gilcrest graduated from Girls Catholic High School in Roselle, New Jersey and Montclair State University with a B.A. in biology. She received her elementary certification from Kean University and attended Elizabeth General Hospital Nursing School where she became a registered nurse. She earned her supervisor and principal certifications in 2003.
In addition to her role at Holy Trinity School, Mrs. Gilcrest is an active member of the Roselle Catholic School Board where she is the chair of the Academics and Technology Committee and assists with regular teacher evaluations. She also is an adjunct faculty member at Kean University where she teaches a pre-professional field experience course and a wellness course in the physical education department. “Teaching is my first love,” said Gilcrest. “I am very excited to become a member of the Holy Trinity community. As a Mountainside resident, I am aware of the outstanding accomplishments of Holy Trinity School and hope my contributions will enhance the educational environment.”
“We are excited to have Mrs. Gilcrest join us,” said Principal Sister Maureen Fichner. “Our middle school continues to flourish with many new families joining us each year. By adding Mrs. Gilcrest to our faculty, we will further support the needs of our middle school students in today’s fast-paced world.”
School Advisory Board
The School Advisory Board is the policy-making body of Holy Trinity School, acting in accordance with the Archdiocesan School Board, the Parish Council Board of Education, the Pastors and school Principal. In addition to advising on policy matters, the Board identifies educational needs, establishes objectives for educational programs, develops the annual school budget, monitors conformance to budget, and formulates long-range plans.
The Board is composed of the three parish pastors, the school Principal, the Director of the Mountainside Campus, the HSA President, and three representatives from each of the sponsoring parishes. All appointed members serve a three-year term and chair committees as needed. The chairpersons of the committees are responsible for organizing regular meetings for their committee, recruiting membership, establishing objectives that support the global objectives of the Board, providing monthly updates on progress and for bringing forth proposals to the Board for consideration and approval.
Ex Officio Board Members
- Rev. Anthony Randazzo – Pastor, The Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity, Westfield
- Rev. Richard Carrington – Pastor, Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Mountainside
- Rev. Michael Saporito – Pastor, The Parish Community of Saint Helen, Westfield
- Sr. Maureen Fichner – Principal
- Leslie Lewis – Director, Early Childhood Education
- Becky Klock – President, Home & School Association