Vittoria Pacifico, Ed.D.
Dr. Vittoria Pacifico comes to Jackson Walnut Park Schools with extensive experience in Catholic education. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve as interim President of the Jackson Walnut Park community,” says Dr. Pacifico. “The mission and charism of the Sisters of Saint Joseph have been an integral part of my life. I look forward to continuing their dynamic legacy through the distinctive educational environments of Jackson and Walnut Park Montessori.”
A graduate of Regis College, Emmanuel College, and the University of Massachusetts Boston, Dr. Pacifico worked at various schools as a teacher, vice principal, principal, and president of a pre-K-12 school. While completing work on her dissertation on Urban Education, Leadership and Policy, she supported the Harvard Graduate School of Education as an Administrator Coach.
Dr. Pacifico has served as a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission, chairperson of NEASC accreditation teams, on Boards of Trustees at Malden Catholic High School and Archbishop Williams High School, and as an adjunct professor at Regis College and guest lecturer for doctoral students at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
An innovator and educational entrepreneur, Dr. Pacifico offers a robust and collaborative commitment to Catholic education, a devotion to the charism and values of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, and a mindful vision for the future of Jackson Walnut Park.
Growing up in Ohio and Upstate New York, Susan was inspired to pursue her passion for education by her parents and former teachers. As a graduate student at Syracuse University she became interested in the concept of synesthesia and multi-sensory approaches to teaching and learning. While teaching at a variety of grade levels Susan completed a second masters degree in Educational Administration. When she moved to Massachusetts, she was introduced to the Sisters of Saint Joseph and Catholic Education. Susan has served on the Commission on Independent Schools and chaired numerous Visiting Committees for NEASC. She has presented at educational conferences and served on the Board of Trustees for Bethany Hill Place, another CSJ sponsored ministry, where she continues to volunteer teaching photography at the children’s summer camp. The Jackson Walnut Park campus has become her second home and she is most grateful that her own children benefited from a JWP education.
As soon as she walked into a Montessori classroom and observed children working, Stephanie knew that this was what she wanted to do. She began working at Walnut Park Montessori in 2000. Stephanie loves the welcoming, diverse community at JWP and believes that Montessori children will change the world. Stephanie has played the role of teacher, parent, and now administrator while all three of her children have attended Walnut Park.