Very Rev. Joseph G. Fonti, S.T.L.

Very Rev. Joseph G. Fonti, S.T.L.

Rector-President

jfonti@cathedralprep.org
(718) 592-6800 Ext: 107

A graduate of Cathedral Prep’s Class of 1984 (Brooklyn), Bishop DiMarzio appointed Father Fonti Cathedral’s first Rector-President in 2013. Prior to coming home to Cathedral Father Fonti has served as a parochial-vicar, a high school chaplain, a seminary spiritual director, and as a pastor. He has also held several Diocesan positions: Vicar for Pastoral Support, Director of The SS Peter & Paul Spirituality Center, Associate Director of the Sacred Heart Institute, and Director of the Office of Priestly Life & Ministry. In conjunction with the duties of Rector-President he continues to minister to the priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn as the Director of the Office of Priestly Life and Ministry. Father Fonti was ordained on June 27, 1992. He studied in Rome for the priesthood at The Pontifical North American College, and did post graduate work at the Teresianum, also in Rome. He holds an S.T.L. in Spiritual Theology.

Richie Diaz, M.A., M.S.Ed.

Richie Diaz, M.A., M.S.Ed.

Principal

rdiaz@cathedralprep.org
(718) 592-6800 Ext: 105

A graduate of Cathedral Prep’s Class of 1996, Mr. Richie Diaz began his career teaching English at Cathedral Prep in 2001. Prior to assuming the role of Principal of the school in 2013, Mr. Diaz worked in the roles of English Department Chairperson, Assistant Dean, and Vice Principal. Mr. Diaz holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from Hofstra University, a Master of Arts Degree in English Education from Queens College, and a Master of Science Degree in School Building Leadership from St. John’s University. In addition to his duties as Principal of the school, Mr. Diaz also teaches the English IV Honors and Skills IV courses to seniors.

Joseph Russo, B.A.

Joseph Russo, B.A.

Assist. Principal of Student Life

jrusso@cathedralprep.org
(718) 592-6800 Ext: 119

As a graduate of Cathedral Prep Class of 1979, Mr. Russo has taught at his alma mater since the fall of 1990. Previously, he had taught at St. Anthony - St. Alphonsus Elementary School in Greenpoint. Currently he is the Assistant Principal for Student Life and teaches U.S. History to the Juniors, and courses in Government, Economics, and Public Speaking to the Seniors. He also coaches our school’s successful Forensics (Speech) team and moderates the Cathedral Prep Air and Space Association.

Louis D’Amico, M.B.A.

Louis D’Amico, M.B.A.

Business Manager

ldamico@cathedralprep.org
(718) 592-6800 Ext: 109

A graduate of Cathedral Prep’s Class of 1982, Mr. Louis D‘Amico began his career teaching English and Latin at Cathedral Prep in 1986. Prior to assuming the role of Business Manager of the school in 1992, Mr. D’Amico also taught Computer/Typing, coached baseball, and was the Moderator for the Yearbook and Intramurals.

Matthew Dybus, B.S.

Matthew Dybus, B.S.

Associate Development Officer

mdybus@cathedralprep.org
(718) 592-6800 Ext: 137

A graduate of Cathedral Prep’s Class of 2011, Mr. Dybus returned to his alma mater as the Associate Development Officer in July 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Saint Thomas Aquinas College’s School of Business with a major in Finance and a minor in Economics. Mr. Dybus also holds positions as the Recruitment Assistant and Director of the Father Troike Summer Leadership Program.

Tim McCleary, B.S.

Tim McCleary, B.S.

Development and Alumni Director

tmccleary@cathedralprep.org
(718) 592-6800 Ext: 120

Mr. McCleary returned to Cathedral Prep in May 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Administration from St. John’s University. He spent 20 years in professional baseball working as an executive with Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees, and the Toronto Blue Jays, the last 13 years as an Assistant General Manager. In the Fall of 2006, Mr. McCleary joined the Cathedral Prep staff as Athletic Director, and taught Physical Education and Health. The following year, he was named the Director of Stewardship, assisting the Development and Alumni Office.

Kathy Gluszak, M.A.

Kathy Gluszak, M.A.

English

kgluszak@cathedralprep.org
(718) 592-6800 Ext: 600

Mrs. Gluszak holds a Master of Arts Degree in English Literature, and has done graduate coursework in Education at St. John’s University. A teacher with over fifteen years of experience, she has taught in Catholic high schools in both Brooklyn and Queens. She is teaching English to the Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Mrs. Gluszak also currently teaches writing at St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn. She is moderator of The Current, Cathedral Prep’s school newspaper.

Erin McDonough, M.A.

Erin McDonough, M.A.

English, Skills, and Resource Room

emcdonough@cathedralprep.org
(718) 592-6800 Ext: 603

Ms. McDonough holds a Master’s of Education degree in Special Education and Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in English and Secondary Education, both from Providence College. Prior to teaching at Cathedral Prep, Ms. McDonough taught English for three years at a Catholic high school in Rhode Island. Ms. McDonough will be teaching English, Skills, and Resource Room at Cathedral Prep, as well as working as the Coordinator of the The Vianney Program.

Larry Medina, B.A.

Larry Medina, B.A.

Athletic Director and Physical Education

lmedina@cathedralprep.org
(718) 592-6800 Ext: 115

Mr. Medina comes to Cathedral Prep with fifteen years of Physical Education and Health teaching experience, and track coaching experience at Bishop Ford High School. Mr. Medina holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from St. Francis College and has pursued graduate-level coursework in Teaching at Touro College. He will be teaching all levels of Physical Education and Health at Cathedral Prep and serving as the Athletic Director.

Angel Morales, B.S.

Angel Morales, B.S.

Spanish & Physical Education

amorales@cathedralprep.org
(718) 592-6800 Ext: TBA

Mr. Morales comes to Cathedral Prep having graduated from Adelphi University with his Bachelor of Science degree, and where he is in currently in pursuit of his Masters degree. Mr. Morales recently worked at Citizen Schools as a Spanish Teaching Fellow and as a Spanish Tutor at Queens Tutoring Services.

Alex Pisano, B.A.

Alex Pisano, B.A.

Theology, Fine Arts, Writing Skills, and Campus Ministry

Mr. Pisano earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Catholic Studies, with a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He is both a product and a proponent of Catholic education and is very eager and excited to begin his teaching career at Cathedral Prep. He is teaching Theology, Fine Arts, and Writing Skills at Cathedral Prep, as well as working on Campus Ministry.

Jeremy Reyes, M.S.Ed.

Jeremy Reyes, M.S.Ed.

Math/Science

jreyes@cathedralprep.org
(718) 592-6800 Ext: 602

Mr. Reyes has been with Cathedral Prep for four years. Teaching is his second career, for he worked previously in the pharmaceutical industry for 20 years. Among his lessons, he shares stories of his professional and life experiences with students as an example of various encounters they could discover academically and personally in their lives beyond textbooks. Mr. Reyes holds a Master of Business Administration degree, and Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Biology. He teaches Earth Science, Algebra, and Biology at Cathedral Prep.

Rev. James Rodriguez, M.A.

Rev. James Rodriguez, M.A.

Theology

jrodriguez@cathedralprep.org
(718) 592-6800 Ext: 110

Father Rodriguez was ordained a Priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn in 2008, and assigned to Most Precious Blood Parish in Long Island City for five years. He then came to Cathedral Prep in 2013 to teach Theology while obtaining a Master‘s in Counseling at St. John’s University, and training to become the Diocesan Vocation Director, a position he currently holds. Father did not attend Cathedral Prep as a student, but feels very much a part of this family of faith.

Marie Rosa, B.A.

Marie Rosa, B.A.

Foreign Languages

mrosa@cathedralprep.org
(718) 592-6800 Ext: 607

Mrs. Rosa is a graduate of Hunter College holding a degree in French and dual minors, Latin and Spanish. Having first started her teaching career at Newtown, H.S., she moved on to Catholic education as a teacher of French at St. Mary’s Nativity School, Flushing, where she established a French language program for grades 4 to 8. The Holy Spirit led her to Cathedral Prep 22 years ago. Mrs. Rosa teaches all levels of Latin and will be moderating the French Club to share her love of the French language with her students.

Angela Sammarco, M.A.

Angela Sammarco, M.A.

Math

asammarco@cathedralprep.org
(718) 592-6800 Ext: 610

Ms. Sammarco comes to Cathedral Prep as no stranger to the school, as the daughter of a graduate and as the older sister of two brothers who are graduates of Cathedral. Ms. Sammarco holds a Master of Arts Degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics, both from St. John’s University. She will be teaching all sections of Math to the Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.

Peter Sammarco, M.A.

Peter Sammarco, M.A.

Global Studies I and II

psammarco@cathedralprep.org
(718) 592-6800 Ext: 604

Mr. Sammarco is a graduate of Cathedral Prep Class of 2010, returning to his alma mater this year to teach Global Studies I and II, and a section of Physical Education. He holds his Bachelor‘s of Science Degree from St. John’s Univeristy in Adolescent Education, concentrating in Social Studies, with an additional minor in Theology. He is currently in his last year at St. John‘s University completing his Master’s Degree in United States History.

Victor Santos, Ph.D

Victor Santos, Ph.D

Science

vsantos@cathedralprep.org
(718) 592-6800 Ext: 614

Mr. Santos also comes to Cathedral Prep very aware of who we are as a school, having previously taught here from 2002 to 2012. With twenty years of teaching experience at various Catholic high schools, Mr. Santos also currently teaches on the University level through the CUNY system, at St. John’s University, and at Nassau Community College. Mr. Santos is currently a candidate for his Doctoral Degree in Biology at St. John’s University, and holds a Master of Science Degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He will be teaching Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Biology, and Practical Science at Cathedral Prep.

Deacon Philip A. Franco. Ph.D

Deacon Philip A. Franco. Ph.D

Theology

pfranco@cathedralprep.org
(718) 592-6800 Ext: TBA

A graduate of Cathedral Prep’s Class of 1993, Doctor Franco was ordained a deacon in May 2015 and is assigned to the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Brooklyn. He and his wife Tara have been married for 12 years and they have three sons.
He has a Masters in Dogmatic Theology and a Doctorate from Fordham University in Religion and Religious Education. He has been a teacher and Catholic school principal for almost 20 years. He is teaching the Junior Class Moral Theology.