ACADEMICS + WORK + CHARACTER = SUCCESS
Faculty & Staff
Maryam Abdulsalam began teaching at Cristo Rey Newark High School in 2016. She holds a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Montclair State University. "Every day is a new challenge in educating our students. I'm inspired by their willingness to succeed, to go to Ivy League universities and how they handle themselves in the workplace. This school has impacted a lot of students' lives."
Registrar / Attendance Officer
Chris Alvarez joined the Cristo Rey Newark High School staff in 2015.
"What makes this school unique is that we work together with families so our students have a better future and achieve their goals. Our work program exposes them to new experiences and makes them grow as a person and professionally. The students make us realize that race, religion and social class don't matter. If you commit yourself to something, you will go far."
Social Studies Teacher
Ian Bray holds bachelor's degrees in history and social sciences from Radford University, and a master's in education from George Mason University. A Cristo Rey Newark High School teacher since 2016, he moderates the Debate Club.
"My students are motivated and passionate about connecting historical events and government action with the modern age. They are dedicated and open-minded about self-improvement, inside and outside the classroom."
Jenny E. Campbell
Social Studies Teacher
A Cristo Rey Newark High School teacher since 2015, Jenny E. Campbell earned undergraduate and master's degrees from Saint Peter's University, and is a doctoral candidate. She is adviser for Girl Talk.
"The students of Cristo Rey Newark High School inspire me every day through their resilience and ability to live in their greatness, despite their daily life challenges. Their tenacity is indicative of their commitment to succeeding beyond their imagination and societal stereotypes."
Dorothy Carola holds a bachelor's degree in religious studies and a master's in religious education, both from Fordham University. She started teaching at Cristo Rey Newark High School in 2010.
"I teach here because I feel strongly about righting the injustices and inequality often produced by urban education. Our rigorous curriculum and corporate work-study program help level the playing field for students who might never have imagined the level of success our school can help them achieve. I especially enjoy the challenge of helping young minds think in new ways and helping young people see new possibilities in themselves, both academically and spiritually."
Director of Alumni Tracking and Support
LeByron Corbett joined Cristo Newark High School's faculty in 2017, and holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education in integrated studies and mathematics from Liberty University.
"Many schools teach diversity acceptance, but Cristo Rey Newark High School faculty model for students how to embrace it. With a large, diverse population of students, this school has academic opportunities that appeal to every type of student, through course offerings, extracurricular activities and vocational programs. This is what makes Cristo Rey Newark High School unique."
Ed Curtis earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and a master's from The New School. An assistant Girl's softball coach at Cristo Rey Newark High School, he joined the school's faculty in 2014.
"When I first heard about the concept of the school's work-study program, I though it sounded like a progressive idea in education and wanted to jump aboard. We open students' eyes and minds to new experiences. Cristo Rey Newark High School changes lives for the better."
A member of the Cristo Rey Newark High School staff since 2016, Ejike Enworom holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is certified as a Microsoft systems engineer/administrator (MCSE/MCSA), A+, CCNA and Network +.
"Cristo Rey Newark High School really is the school that works. Our students inspire me every day. They're extremely respectful."
Rev. Gregory Gebbia, OFM
Rev. Gregory Gebbia, OFM, holds an undergraduate degree from Quincy College, as well as master’s degrees from Catholic Theological Union and Fordham University. He also earned an Ed.S. from Seton Hall University. He joined Cristo Rey Newark High School in 2009.
“As an administrator, I am charged with the wonderful responsibility of providing instructional leadership to the school community. Setting a course for success for our students and helping them achieve their college aspirations gives me the joy of witnessing how lives are forever changed. The inspiration the students offer me is their ‘ganas,’ their passionate desire to make more of themselves, in spite of the challenges life has set before them.”
Marian Hobbie, PhD
Dr. Marian Hobbie earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Fairleigh Dickinson University, master's degrees in elementary education and educational administration from Kean University, and a doctorate in philosophy from The Catholic University of America. She joined the Cristo Rey Newark High School staff in 2017.
"Cristo Rey Newark High School's mission of providing a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to urban young people is exciting, but it's the caring relationships among students, teachers and staff that make this school unique. Our students inspire me because they are polite and friendly, and manage a challenging curriculum along with working one day each week. They do all this with a smile."
Administrative Assistant / Secretary to the Board
Pamela Hocutt has worked at Cristo Rey Newark High School since March 2017. She holds a master of public administration degree from Rutgers University.
Melissa A. Honohan
Vice President, Corporate Work Study Program
Before joining the Cristo Rey Newark High School staff in 2017, Melissa A. Honohan worked with a work-study partner organization. She earned a bachelor's degree and secondary teaching certificate from Denison University, and a master's degree in government and policy from Johns Hopkins University.
"As an employee at a work-study partner organization, I was familiar with Cristo Rey Newark High School students onsite. They inspired me to do more. The work-study program and the tremendous experience the students gain through their roles in corporations are unique to our school model. I love the energy, community of support, meeting and working alongside dedicated staff and volunteers. I also love that every day is different."
Robert Kearns holds a bachelor's degree from Felician University, and a master's degree from Saint Peter's University. He has worked at Cristo Rey Newark High School since 2010.
"I believe in the mission of Cristo Rey Newark High School. The balance between academics, work and athletics is unique. Each day here holds an upbeat tempo. Our students' thirst for success inspires me."
Director of Admissions
A staff member at Cristo Rey Newark High School since 2016, Terrence Kelleher holds an undergraduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and master's degrees from Bloomfield College and Johnson State College. He is head coach of the girls basketball team.
"The thing I like most about my job is sitting with a family that never thought about a private education, and helping them realize it can be a reality. I believe in Cristo Rey Newark High School's mission to serve only low- and moderate-income families. The fact that our students work in a corporate environment five times a month prepares them for the challenges life throws at them. In their four years with us, they develop a twinkle in their eye with the realization that they can do anything they set their mind to."
Gregory Kornegay has taught at Cristo Rey Newark High School since 2009. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Rutgers University. He is also the school's head bowling coach.
"Cristo Rey Newark High School provides students with a great support system and the academic skills needed to be successful in college. I love being a tangible role model for our students. I share the fact that I was once in their shoes. This instantly allows them to view me as relatable. I am inspired by their strength of purpose and readiness to sacrifice."
Yosimar LaVa joined the faculty at Cristo Rey Newark High School in 2017 after earning a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in Newark. Once a teacher at an orphanage, LaVa was first drawn to the school because its mission and rich diversity.
“I believe in God, and this school’s mission. Cristo Rey Newark High School is so unique because it has students from so many different ethnic groups. What I like most about teaching here is the students’ enthusiasm to learn a new language and enrich their knowledge. They are eager to learn.”
Assistant Business Manager
Stephanie MacDonald holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Kean University.
"The integration of academics, work-study and a spiritual approach that builds character makes Cristo Rey Newark High School unique. I'm inspired by our students' joy, their insights and their perseverance. We create graduates who are ready to contribute to their communities, our nation and the world."
Social Studies, Physical Education and Health Teacher
Thomas McGuire joined the Cristo Rey Newark High School faculty in 2017. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Sacred Heart University.
"Students at Cristo Rey Newark High School have a greater maturity because they have to be more responsible representing our school in the workplace. Our work-study program provides them with unique opportunities. You do not see that in many schools, but I believe it will be happening in more schools over the next 10 years. Cristo Rey Newark High School students have a great drive and passion. They make it a pleasure for me to come to work every day."
George W. Maize, IV
Music and Senior Exhibition Teacher
George W. Maize, IV earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Livingstone College and a master’s of pastoral ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He joined Cristo Rey Newark High School in 2016, and is now the choir director.
“I choose to teach at Cristo Rey Newark High School because of its mission and belief that faith is necessary in the education process. Our promise of educating and positioning the urban student to be prepared for and accepted by an institution of higher learning fulfills my personal calling to make a difference in the lives of young people. They inspire me to be thankful, determined and relevant.”
Rita McMann holds a bachelor's degree in liberal arts (history) from Florida Gulf Coast University and is pursuing a master's in English literature/creative writing at Seton Hall University. She joined the faculty at Cristo Rey Newark High School in 2017.
"I believe in the fact that all children deserve a quality education and understand that I can help our students achieve success. The emphasis on academics and continued support through college make Cristo Rey Newark High School stand out."
Relationship Manager, Corporate Work Study Program
Blanca Pacheco joined the Cristo Rey Newark High School staff in 2014. She holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Brooklyn College, and is a Class of 2003 Lead NJ Fellow.
"The Cristo Rey mission of providing inner city youth with a college preparatory education and professional work experience really appeals to me. No other schools, including charters, have this model or provide their students with the academic foundation and corporate experience."
Director of College Guidance
A Cristo Rey Network High School Staff member since 2015, Erica Mickens holds a bachelor's degree from William Paterson University and a master's degree from New Jersey City University. She is also holds certifications as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Accredited Counselor (LAC).
"My passion is to continue to increase the enrollment and graduation rate of minorities in college. Students in the Cristo Rey Network are getting a two-for-one special: a quality education and work experience. Our students have tremendous perseverance. To witness their growth is amazing and very motivational."
Lisa M. Papciak
Assistant Director of Development
Lisa M. Papciak holds a bachelor's degree in interior design from Kean University, and joined the staff at Cristo Rey Newark High School in 2010. She is a 2013 Leadership Newark fellow.
"I love the culture of achievement that is woven into the fabric of this school. There is the expectation that every student will graduate from Cristo Rey Newark High School, and from college. Our students possess the grit and determination to make themselves better. They have the same hopes and dreams as other students, but must balance work, academics and extracurricular activities, so they need to work harder to achieve their goals."
A faculty member at Cristo Rey Newark High School since 2013, Jungeun Park holds bachelor's degrees in education and mathematics education from Hongik University. She moderates the K-Club.
"My students remind me why I am here at Cristo Rey Newark High School. I enjoy teaching mathematics and seeing students' growth. They inspire me with their hard work and desire to learn. They have made me feel that I am loved more than I love."
Chris Paterek has worked at Cristo Rey Newark High School since 2011, and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Montclair State University.
"Cristo Rey Newark High School provides students with the ability to compare classroom learning with real life experiences through our corporate work-study program. Our students develop the skill to focus on both academics and work-study requirements, while actively participating in after school activities and athletics."
Program Manager, Corporate Work Study Program
Brenda Pescoran holds a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in social work from Seton Hall University. A Cristo Rey Newark High School staff member since 2007, she coaches the volleyball team.
"I like to say that Cristo Rey Newark High School chose me. I came in as a college senior looking for volunteer work. Knowing that students get to work one day a week and get real work experience makes this school special. I love seeing the growth of the students over just one academic year."
Ricky N. Randolph
A U.S. Navy veteran, Ricky N. Randolph was honorably discharged from the Naval Submarine Force in 2005. He earned a bachelor's degree from Full Sail University and began teaching at Cristo Rey Newark High School in 2015.
"I choose to work at Cristo Rey Newark High School because of our mission to educate minorities to achieve a college degree. The work-study program is a great resource that most schools can't provide to high school students. Our students have a healthy work history, before entering the workforce."
Administrative Assistant, Corporate Work Study Program
Evelina Rodriguez earned an associate degree from Union County Community College and joined the Cristo Rey Newark High School staff in 2015. "Working with the students at Cristo Rey Newark High School has taught me many aspects of each one of them as individuals. They all have different personalities. Our students inspire me when they have a question or concern about their grades. That shows me how much they care about their future."
Elizabeth Rosario joined the staff at Cristo Rey Newark High School in 2008. She assists with Catholic Schools Week events, prom and fundraising for student events.
"I choose to work at Cristo Rey Newark High School to participate in making changes to students' lives, as well as to our city. Through our unique work-study program, our students mature and become responsible early on."
Jacqueline C. Ross
Director of Development
A Cristo Rey Newark High School staff member since 2011, Jacqueline C. Ross earned a bachelor's degree from Bridgewater College.
"I believe that the Cristo Rey educational model is one of the area's most effective change agents for economically challenged students. Our mission-driven team of professionals works extraordinarily hard to ensure the success of each student. As I see our students grow and mature, I honestly believe there is a hopeful future."
Rev. Robert J. Sandoz, OFM
Rev. Robert J. Sandoz, OFM, came to Cristo Rey Newark High School in 2009 and calls his ministry at the school “the opportunity of a lifetime.” He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Saint Thomas, a master’s from Saint Louis University and a master’s degree in divinity from the Catholic Theological Union.
“The corporate work study program is the distinguishing element of our school. No other school in New Jersey has as comprehensive a program as Cristo Rey Newark. The students are truly young people of promise. Their dedication and commitment to success, and their persistence to move through and beyond obstacles is the greatest inspiration to me.”
Margaret A. Sanzo
Margaret A. Sanzo degree holds a master's in pastoral counseling/spiritual direction and master's degree in divinity from ___________________. She joined the faculty at Cristo Rey Newark High School in 2014.
"The Cristo Rey work-study program provides real-life learning experiences, combined with the academic commitment to support students through college graduation. Each student faces personal challenges, in addition to academic responsibilities, yet they come to school open to all the learning opportunities offered."
Dean of Student Achievement
Charles Syby earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in educational administration from Seton Hall University. He joined the staff at Cristo Rey Newark High School in 2017.
"The ability to impact the lives of young people drives me every day. The school's philosophy of teaching three guiding components, character, academics and success in the workplace, is so valuable in today's world. The students at Cristo Rey Newark High School show a great amount of maturity to handle their workplace experience and still succeed academically."
Elizabeth Torres earned a bachelor's and advanced degree from Seton Hall University. She began teaching at Cristo Rey Newark High School in 2010.
"The integration of academics, the work-study program and character development that is instilled in our students helps to form men and women of purpose. I enjoy interacting with the students and seeing their growth from freshman year to senior year."
A teacher at Cristo Rey Newark High School since 2014, Sami Wakim earned a bachelor's in chemistry and a diploma in education from the University of Alexandria.
"I am a mission-driven person. My students have the right to a good education, and I enjoy serving by teaching what I love. What inspires me the most is to see my students growing. Having them as sophomores in my chemistry classes, then as computer science students in senior year, makes me say, "Wow!" It's always possible to make a change."
"The Corporate Work Study Program has provided me with the exposure to various aspects of the medical field with jobs at Holy Name Medical Center, Sanofi and Liberty Science Center. I plan to pursue a career as a neurosurgeon."
—Vince Polidor, Class of 2018
"The rigorous curriculum here at Cristo Rey Newark has helped me to become more than college-ready."
—Jennifer Rodriguez, Class of 2018
"Cristo Rey Newark definitely prepares you for life in the real world - helping to build character and challenging us academically. This school teaches us respect for ourselves and respect for others."
—Eldulfo Nyeor, Class of 2020
"The Cristo Rey work study program has helped me to step out of my comfort zone and helped to build my communication and social skills."
—Uchechi Desouza, Class of 2018
"Cristo Rey Newark has exposed me to all sorts of programs that help to build my resume and career portfolio before I even leave for college."
—Christopher Maycock Smith, Class of 2018
"'The school that works' is a great slogan for Cristo Rey Newark because it fits. We have 100% college acceptance rate. Also before we graduate we gain lots of work experience through the Corporate Work Study Program."
—Marquail Hardiman, Class of 2019
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