ACADEMICS + WORK + CHARACTER = SUCCESS
Faculty & Staff
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."
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
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.”
Relationship Manager, Corporate Work Study Program
English and Social Studies Teacher
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.
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."
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."
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."
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.”
Social Studies and Academic Readiness Teacher
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."
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."
Social Studies Teacher
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."
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."
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 girls 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."
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."
"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
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