Mr. Robert McCrone – Principal
Prior to coming to Holy Cross, Mr. McCrone was the principal at Long Branch Elementary School in Liverpool. Earlier in his career, he was also an administrator in the West Genesee School District, and was a middle school English teacher in Liverpool. Bob and his wife are parishioners at Christ the King Church and reside in Liverpool.
Ms. Joanne Markert – Administrative Assistant
Ms. Markert joined Holy Cross in 2011 working in the after-school program. The following year she moved into the front office as the administrative assistant to the Principal. During her sales career she sold electronics, refurbished networking equipment and medical supplies. She resides in Fayetteville with her husband.
Mrs. Nina Walters – Nurse
Aside from being the first ever Auctioneer/Nurse, Nina Walters is our very own School Nurse. She graduated from Franciscan University with her BSNRN in 1997. She has held many positions as a Nurse including in Urgent Care and Lab one and was regularly published in New York Physician Magazine. She played and coached varsity soccer, plays guitar and used to sing in a Christian band. Nina grew up in Syracuse and graduated from Nottingham High-School. She is also a very proud Alumni of Holy Cross School, Class of 1987! She is the busy mom of 5 children, and lives in Manlius with her husband Bob; spending their free time watching Cross country and track meets and making maple syrup!
Mrs. Linda Cadaret – Pre-K Teacher
Mrs. Cadaret joined the Holy Cross Family in 2017. Mrs. Cadaret has her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from St. John Fisher College and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Lemoyne College. She is certified in Elementary Education PreK-6 and Special Education PreK-12. Prior to teaching at Holy Cross, Mrs. Cadaret taught in the Syracuse City School District as well as St. Margaret’s School in Mattydale.
Miss Helen Knapp – First Grade Teacher
Helen Knapp recently graduated from SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor of Science degree in English with Childhood Inclusive Education grades 1-6. She will be continuing her education at SUNY Cortland working toward receiving a master’s degree in Literacy, Birth to Grade 12. This is her first teaching job she is glad to be starting this journey at Holy Cross!
Mr. Dan Rys – 2nd Grade Teacher
Mr. Rys joined the Holy Cross Community in December 2013. He is returning to his Catholic School roots after retiring from a 33 year career in public education. His previous position included 15 years as an elementary special education teacher in the Syracuse City School District, and most recently, 13 years as a teacher in the Liverpool School District at the primary grades. He holds a BA degree in Elementary and Special Education from SUNY Buffalo and a Masters degree in Special Education from Adelphi University. He and his wife, Mary (who is also a teacher), reside in Liverpool and have two grown children.
Mrs. Mary Jo DiMento – 3rd Grade Teacher
Mrs. DiMento joined the Holy Cross School Community in 2015. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Reading, both from SUNY Oneonta. She has over 20 years of teaching experience in private education in grades K-3. She enjoys skiing and bike riding with her husband and two sons.
Ms. Kathy Laurenzo – 4th Grade Teacher
Ms. Laurenzo joined the Holy Cross Faculty in 1993. She is a graduate of Maria Regina College and Oswego State University. Ms. Laurenzo previously taught kindergarten at St. Daniel’s.
Mr. Michael Musolino- 5th Grade Teacher
Michael Musolino was raised in Oneida, NY but currently resides in Syracuse, NY near his Alma mater, Le Moyne College. Le Moyne is where he completed both his Bachelor’s Degree in History and his Master’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education. He is certified to teach both these areas in grades 1 through 6. His previous experience working with children comes from being a Youth Development Professional at Elmcrest Children’s Center in Syracuse, NY as well as a Senior Camp Counselor and Head of Nature at Camp Lookout in Eaton, NY. He has worked with children from a large variety of different backgrounds and is fluent in American Sign Language. He strives to see personal, educational, and spiritual growth within the children he works with, and for that reason he feels blessed to working as the 5th grade teacher at Holy Cross School.
Ms. Monica Kolinski – 6th Grade Teacher
Ms. Kolinski has taught at Holy Cross School since 1997. Her previous positions include: 12 years teaching in Africa, 2 years in hotel administration, and 5 years at St. Patrick’s School on Tipperary Hill. She is a graduate of SUNY Albany (B.S. -Science, Education and French) and LeMoyne College (M.S. – Education). Ms. Kolinkski and her husband, Manuel, reside in Manlius and have three grown children of whom two graduated from Holy Cross. Ms. Kolinski enjoys cultural exchanges and speaking French and Portuguese.
Mrs. Judith DeLorenzo – Library Media Specialist
Mrs. DeLorenzo has been working at Holy Cross School since 2007. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Buffalo. All three of her children and her husband are graduates of Holy Cross School.
Mrs. Leslie Poppe – Resource Specialist
Mrs. Poppe has been a resource teacher at Holy Cross School since 1996. She works with students in a small group setting to assist them with their academic studies in all subjects. She received her bachelor’s degree in Special Education at Syracuse University. She and her husband Joe have two children and five dogs! They love camping, boating, jet skiis and especially rollerblading. Mrs. Poppe considers Holy Cross her second home and family and can’t imagine being anywhere else.
Mr. PJ Herron – Physical Education
Coach Herron, Graduated from SUNY Brockport in 2010 with his B.S. in Physical Education-Teacher Certification for grades K-12 and received his Masters in Health Education from SUNY Cortland. Coach is also the Athletic Director for the boys and girls 4th-6th grade basketball teams.
Mrs. Kim Henty – Art
Kim Henty recently joined the Holy Cross staff in September 2020 as a longterm substitute art teacher for Mrs. Diane Doby. Prior to this she has taught 35+ years in the Liverpool Central School district working in a variety of grade levels 1st though 6th . She is dually certified in both Special Education (K-12) and Elementary Education (K-6), as well as holds a Master’s degree as a Reading Specialist. While teaching is her truest passion, Mrs. Henty enjoys gardening, traveling, and finding new ways to be creative. She and her husband, Andy, also enjoy spending lots of time with their growing family (including 4 grandchildren!)
Mrs. Diane Doby – Art
Mrs. Doby taught art at, and retired from, the Liverpool Central School District before beginning at Holy Cross School in the spring of 2015. She attended St. Mary’s Academy in Glens Falls. She holds a degree in Art Education from Nazareth College and an MS in Art Education from Syracuse University. She is a member of the Syracuse Pastel Artists group and a previous judge for the NY State Fair Exhibit. Her daughter attended Holy Cross School and her grandson is currently a student here as well!
Mrs. Lisa Zippi – Music
Mrs. Zippi graduated from Crane School of Music in 1984 and taught music for 34 years.
She retired from Liverpool Schools in 2018 and joined the Holy Cross staff in September of this year. Mrs. Zippi resides in Liverpool with her husband and her dog, Hooper!