Leadership

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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.

Susan Niden

Growing up in Ohio and New York, Susan’s path to Jackson began as a teacher and assistant principal in upstate New York. As a graduate student at Syracuse University she became interested in the concept of synesthesia and multi-sensory approaches to teaching and learning. Susan completed a second masters in Educational Administration prior to moving to Massachusetts where she became Principal of Jackson Elementary, a position she has enjoyed for almost three decades. Inspired by the charism and core values of the Sisters of Saint Joseph and Catholic Education, she is proud of the robust learning environment JWP provides for students and teachers. Jackson’s selection to the Gateway Project as a school of distinction at the Museum of Science helped drive the implementation of STEM and technical curriculums for all grades. Under her leadership, Jackson students achieved the highest scores in the diocese in 2018 and the school was voted Boston Parents Paper’s Readers’ Choice Award
or the Best Faith-Based Elementary School. Susan has served as a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission, and chaired numerous Visiting Committees for NEASC. A presenter at educational conferences, Susan also served on the Board of Trustees for Bethany Hill Place, another CSJ sponsored ministry.

Stephanie Marcucci

A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Stephanie found her passion in the Montessori method of education. Accredited by the N.E. Montessori Teachers Education Center, she became a teacher at Walnut Park in 2000. Stephanie is excited to move into her new role as 2018 Interim Head of Walnut Park Montessori, a 2017 and 2018 winner of the Boston Parents Paper’s Readers’ Choice awards for Best Montessori Preschool. She loves the welcoming, diverse community at JWP and believes that the Montessori culture fosters and nurtures curiosity, discovery, empathy, and genuine kindness. Imbued with these values and the charism of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Montessori children, she says, will change the world. Having formed close relationships with teachers and parents as a Walnut Park teacher and parent herself, Stephanie looks to her new role as an opportunity to further advance collaboration among Walnut Park Montessori and Jackson Elementary teachers, staff, and parents.