Rice welcomes new staff and faculty members, including new principal

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Rice welcomes new staff and faculty members, including new principal

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 4:18pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Rice Memorial High School began its 100th academic school year on Tuesday, August 29 with several new teachers and staff members, including a new principal: 


Lisa Lorenz, Interim Principal: Lisa has a BA in psychology from Rutgers University, 1994, a MA in Moral Theology from St Charles Borromeo, 1997, and a MS in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University, 2008. She has over 27 years of experience in Catholic, public and private education. Lisa began her career as a middle school teacher, then became an administrator, a licensed counselor, Coordinator for Counseling Programs for both Mental Health and School Counseling in Higher Education, and principal of St Therese Digital Academy Online High School.  

Jim Abrams, Interim Associate Principal: Jim has a BA in English from Lemoyne College in Syracuse where he spent his first two years living in the diocesan seminary as he considered a vocation to the priesthood. Though his vocation ended up being a husband and father to four boys, the spiritual formation and practices he received at the seminary have shaped his adult life. Jim started his teaching career in the Catholic Schools of Broome County. From there he moved to a rural public school in upstate New York where he taught High School English and coached for thirteen years. Upon completion of a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Administration, Jim went on to serve as an assistant principal, principal, and superintendent in the Southern Tier of New York State. Most recently, Jim served as interim assistant principal at South Burlington High School. 

Father Scott Gratton, Vice Principal for Catholic Mission: One of the newest priests in the Catholic Diocese of Burlington, Father Scott Gratton received his BA in Religion and Italian from Middlebury College where he was also a part of the soccer and rugby programs. After college, he studied at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Providence, Rhode Island. During this time, he received his BA in Philosophy at Providence College. After two years in minor seminary he went to the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy, to finish his seminary studies. He completed them with an STB in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on July 11, 2015 at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington, Vermont, and is currently the Parochial Vicar at St Francis Xavier Parish in Winooski.

Neil Brodeur, Athletic Director: Neil is a 1985 graduate of Rice, where he was a two sport athlete. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Plymouth State University in 1989, then worked for 27 years in IT for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Neil is a member of Rice’s Athletic Hall of Fame and has coached Rice football for 10 years, 8 of them head coach of the varsity program. 

Nancy Viner, Annual Giving Manager: Nancy started working in the Rice Advancement office in the fall of 2015. Nancy has previously worked as an account manager for a legal publisher and the executive director/fundraiser for a non-profit organization. She received her BA from the University of St Catherine and her JD from William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN. She grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Vermont in 2007.  

Andy Bond, Controller: Andy Bond began his career in 1998 working for Bond Auto Parts in Barre. In his career at Bond Auto he served in many roles including Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and Human Resources. From 2003 through 2007 he served as Controller, and from 2007 through 2016 he served as Chief Financial Officer. Andy attended Spaulding High School and received his college degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Andy resides in South Burlington with his wife, and two daughters.


Charlotte Pitone, Spanish Teacher: Because of Charlotte’s Spanish origins, she has been passionate about the Spanish language since a very young age. She graduated with a master's degree from the University of Nantes, France to teach Spanish at the middle school and high school level. She then went on to pursue another master's degree at the University of Montreal, which focused on teaching Spanish at the community college level.

Mollie Bachner, Social Studies Teacher: Ms Bachner has a BS in History and Secondary Education from the University of Vermont. She taught at Burlington High School last year. Ms Bachner's interest in history stems from the discovery that her paternal grandparents were holocaust survivors. 

Kevin Giron, Math Teacher: With a degree in Mathematics from the University of Buffalo, Kevin is currently pursuing a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Saint Michael’s College. Prior to Rice, he was a teaching assistant at University of Buffalo in the Mathematics Department.

Rice will welcome 428 students for the 2017-18 school year. Originally founded as Cathedral High School in 1917, the school moved to its present location in 1959 and changed its name to Rice Memorial High School. Its mission has remained the same for 100 hundred years: to guide students toward the realization of their God-given potential by teaching them how to recognize and develop their gifts, to love learning, serve others, and seek God. 

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