Mrs. Martha O’Leary – Principal
Mrs. O’Leary has been the principal of Holy Cross School for the past 7 years. Before coming to Holy Cross, Mrs. O’Leary was the Principal at Chestnut Hill Elementary School in Liverpool for 11 years and prior to that she was the Assistant Principal at Wellwood Middle School in the Fayetteville Manlius District. She is a graduate of Nazareth College of Rochester and received a Masters in Social Work and Certificate in Advanced Studies from Syracuse University. Prior to working as a School Administrator, Mrs. O’Leary was a School Social Worker in the Syracuse City School District.
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. 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.
Mrs. Hudson – Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Hudson is certified in NY and CT in Reading K-12, English 7-12, and Elementary Ed. N-6. She has 32 years of teaching experience to include: years in Tully grades 3-6 ( Enrichment) and 7-12 ( Remedial Reading) years in Pawling Schools, Pawling, NY ( ELA 6 and Reading) and 1 year in New Fairfield schools, New Fairfield CT ( Reading Specialist) 6-8. She is a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner and Therapist. Mrs. Hudson is a Fayetteville-Manlius graduate and received my BS and MS degrees from SUNY Cortland and Oswego.
Mrs. Burns –1st Grade Teacher
Mrs.Burns joined the Holy Cross family in 2013. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Oneonta State. Mrs. Burns also earned a dual Master’s Degree in Special Education and Childhood Education from Le Moyne College. She is a proud member of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.
Mr. 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. 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. 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.
Mrs. White – 5th Grade Teacher
Wendee White joined the Holy Cross community this academic year, having taught in various international settings over the past 20 years. Wendee is a qualified elementary school teacher (K-8) with specialist training in mathematics, special education, and early childhood education. In 2015, Wendee earned her Master’s degree from East Tennessee State University
Ms. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Kang – Spanish
Mrs. Kang joined Holy Cross in 2018. Mrs. Kang is a native Spanish speaker who grew up in Peru, Mexico, and Long Island. She earned her B.A. with a double major in Economics and French Language & Literature from Stony Brook University, and M.B.A. from the University of Rochester. She studied abroad in France and Japan. Mrs. Kang is happy to use her experience learning foreign languages to teach Spanish at Holy Cross.
Mrs. 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!