The DMCS staff is comprised of five dedicated full-time teachers, all with teaching degrees or equivalent, one part-time teacher, an ESL specialist, a marketing and donor relations director and a part time secretary. Each and every staff member has a heart for Catholic education and commits to the founding vision of DMCS.
The staff works as a team to ensure that a faith-filled, loving atmosphere exists at DMCS. As this atmosphere is created and maintained daily, the school becomes a place where learning is enhanced, children feel safe and self-esteem is built. The ongoing call of the staff is to tend to the development of each student: body, mind and spirit. The maintaining of a Catholic environment within the school assures the healthy development and security of all DMCS students.
Mrs. Sue Tufts: Grade K-1 teacher and Art Specialist
Mrs. Tufts, mother of 7 and grandmother of 4, holds a BA and BEd. She has 12 years of teaching experience at DMCS in kindergarten and grade 1 and does a phenomenal job of teaching art to all grades. Teaching a wide variety of art forms, Mrs. Tufts keeps the school colourfully decorated with the creations of her students and offers both Art Club and Afterschool care at DMCS.
Mrs. Paula Dobbelsteyn: Grade 2-3 teacher and Music Specialist
Mrs. Dobbelsteyn brings her gift of musical talent to DMCS as she provides music classes, liturgical music and choir direction to our students. Music fills the hearts and voices of our students with song under her delightful direction. With a BA and 13 years of classroom experience, she also teaches grades 2 and 3. At home, Mrs. Dobbelsteyn is mom to 7 children and 7 grandchildren.
Mrs. Jennifer Fabrizi: Grade 4/5 teacher
Mrs. Fabrizi specialized in Biology at the University of Toronto as an undergraduate (B.Sc., 2001) and completed graduate-level coursework and research in the College of Biological Sciences, University of Guelph, where she received an "Overall Outstanding" rating as a teaching assistant. She then completed a Developmental Services Worker post-graduate diploma at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (2004) where she earned the Developmental Services Worker Faculty Award. She completed her degree in Education at the Ontario Institute for the Study of Education (B.Ed., 2008), earning qualifications in teaching at the Junior and Intermediate levels as well as qualifications in teaching Science and French as a Second Language. She was the recipient of the Science Teacher's Association of Ontario's "Don Galbraith Preservice Teacher Award of Excellence". The Fabrizi family relocated to New Brunswick in 2013 with their four children and feel very blessed to have discovered Divine Mercy Catholic School.
Mrs. Judy Burnham: Grade 6/7 teacher and Principal
Mrs. Burnham, one of the founding parents of DMCS, has been Principal and teacher at DMCS since its inception. With a degree in Physical Education and Teaching and with many years of teaching experience (7 years at St. Malachy’s High School, 10 years of homeschooling and 14 years at DMCS), she passes on the original vision of the school from year to year and teaches grades 6, 7 and 8. Her dedication to the school has been foundational to its growth and her passion for Catholic Education has touched the lives of teachers,
parents and students for years. Mother of 7 children and 9 grandchildren,
her love of children and love of her faith prepare her well for her work at DMCS. Mrs. Burnham's passion and commitment to Catholic Education landed her the front cover of Today's Catholic Teacher! Article here: http://www.catholicteacher.com/teacher-highlight-judy-burnham-divine-mercy-catholic-school/
Contact Judy at principal@DMCSsj.com
Mr. Patrick Giguère: Grade 8 and Gym Teacher
Mr. Giguère brings his 3 years of youth ministry experience and extensive religious formation as a seminarian to the school this year. He has a B.A. in Humanities and a B.A. in Philosophy and is excited to share his many experiences of loving and serving the church with the students. A native of Cornwall, Ontario he is excited to have moved to Saint John to be part of this fantastic school community.
Mrs. Nathalie Langevin – Part time French Specialist
For the past 3 years, Mme. Langevin has worked part-time at DMCS providing us with Intensive and Post- Intensive French. Being Francophone herself, Mme. Langevin brings a wonderful taste of French to our school with her fine language skills, fun-filled classes, Bachelor Degree in Science and as mother of 3 delightful DMCS students.
Mrs. Deborah Cann - Preschool Educator
Mrs. Cann has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for the past 30 years. Debbie began her career in the Arts program at UNB and went on to graduate from NBCC with two Early Childhood Education diplomas. Mrs. Cann has also completed additional courses at NBCC in Growth and Development, Curriculum Development, Child Guidance, Sociology and Early Childhood Program Planning. She believes that children learn best through opportunities of play, creativity, continued exploration and value imagination – these being key factors in the discovery of each child and their uniqueness.
Contact Deborah at preschool@DMCSsj.com
Mrs Judy Kennedy - Preschool Educator
Mrs. Kennedy has been involved with DMCS since its inception as a board member, volunteer and parent and has been teaching preschool for the past 13 years, having become an employee of the school 4 years ago. She recently completed her certification for Early Childhood Care and Education New Brunswick. She is a mother to four children (Step-Mom to five more) and Grandmother to two (step to 14). She enjoys gardening, sewing and beach combing with her husband. Mrs. Kennedy loves getting together with all of her children and their families…there is always a birthday party to go to! She has been a parishioner at St. Peter's Parish for the past 10 years.
Miss Catherine Burnham - Director of Marketing & Donor Relations
Miss Burnham has been involved in leadership of Catholic youth initiatives for over ten years in Atlantic Canada. Having attended The University of New Brunswick and Atlantic School of Theology, and having worked in both Catholic and non-Catholic organizations, she brings a keen understanding of the many layers that enable a non-profit to exist. Her passion for Catholic Education is the foundation on which she has developed her role in recruitment, fundraising and public relations at DMCS. Miss Burnham works on the side as a public speaker for events and retreats.