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.
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
- Erin Jacobs – President, Home & School Association