Welcome to the Saints Spotlight, where each month we feature one student and one faculty member who exemplify Neumann Goretti’s core values of courage, compassion and commitment. We hope you enjoy getting to know our school family.
March 2018 Profiles
Joseph Messina ‘19
By Eric Nardini, Class of 2019
Joseph Messina has been at Saints Neumann Goretti for the past three years, but you would think he has been here for 10. Joe has made a significant impact on the school and the people in it. He is a perfect example of how to be a leader. Everything that he does for the school he does at the highest level.
Joe is involved in Baseball, Student Council and Mini-Thon. He was an All-Catholic Pitcher during the 2017 season as a part of our Catholic League and State Championship team. NG is like Joe’s second home and he loves to give back through Student Council and Mini-Thon. Joe says, “NG does a great job of creating a tight knit community environment. I feel like I am a part of one big family.”
Saints are Saying
“Joe is going to be a future President of the United States” ~ Savannah Maratea, Class of 2019
“Joe not only excels on the field but in the classroom as well.” ~ Joe LaFiora, Class of 2018
“Joe is the kind of guy that you can depend on in any situation. He is friendly and warm and always leads by example.” ~ Mrs. Graveley, English Teacher
Ms. Doran, English Teacher
By Ceran Ash, Class of 2019
Neumann Goretti has proudly chosen the prodigious Ms. Doran as this month’s Saints Spotlight. Ms. Doran has been recognized as one of the most encouraging and involved teachers throughout the school. Her expedition began in 2015 when she was hired by Neumann Goretti’s meticulous staff. They identified her admirable qualities that would suit the school perfectly.
As an individual full of ignited school spirit, Ms. Doran has dedicated her time to many clubs and roles, such as Mini-Thon, Lead Teacher, and Student Council. Within her first few weeks at NG she immediately took on the job of Student Council moderator, which gave her an important role with involvement in student life. From there she has coordinated new dances, lively spirit days, and a bond amongst the students and teachers at Neumann Goretti.
Ms. Doran’s significant qualities are also found within the classroom, where she has developed an environment filled with energy, color, and intrigued students. Ms. Doran welcomes each student to be a part of more than a classroom, a home. Students have identified Ms. Doran to be a teacher they can call upon for anything.
Being a young teacher in a high school full of students close to your age is not easy, but Ms. Doran makes it otherwise. She creates a special bond with every student and uses her age as an advantage. She uses it to connect with the students on a personal level, yet keeps every connection on an educational level. Ms. Doran is someone that is always there to lend a hand. The most astonishing part about all of it is that Ms. Doran does not find any of it a burden nor stressful. She says, “My passion is education. I love coming to work each day and working with so many different students and hopefully making their day a little better. It’s incredible seeing my 9th graders come in as just babies in September and helping them grow as individuals and learners by the end of the year. I really just hope to make our school a more positive environment that students can look back on fondly and help students achieve more academically than they may have thought possible.”
Saints are Saying
“Ms. Doran is not just a teacher, she is a friend. She cares and goes above and beyond for every student. She always holds all the pieces together for our school, it’s truly incredible.” ~ Julia Kinney, President, Class of 2018
“During class she creates a positive and efficient environment for her students” ~ NG Student
“Ms. Doran’s class is a place you can always go to talk because you know she is going to be there to listen and help you with whatever you need. She is also able to engage us in what she is teaching because she knows how to relate it to us and what is going on around us.” ~ Mia Messina, Class of 2021
“It is hard for teachers to connect with the students, but Ms. Doran makes it easy. She’s able to create such special bonds because she cares so deeply. Whether it’s staying in her classroom on her lunch break to help a student or after school planning events for our students to take part in, she shows that she wants the best for everyone.” ~ Ms. Bianculli, Student Affairs Coordinator