Head of School, Director
Literature, History, Classical Languages, Mathematics
Aileen Coccia founded Sedes Sapientiae School in 2013 laying the groundwork for opening our doors in 2015. During this time, she was an Adjunct Professor at County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ, teaching composition. She has also taught Medieval and 16th to 20th Century British and American Literature at the American Christian School in Succasunna, NJ. Additionally, she home schooled her five children for 14 years. Her teaching experience includes tutoring writing at Wyoming Catholic College and teaching children's literature at a home school cooperative. At Wyoming College, Mrs. Coccia served as librarian from 2008-2010 building the nascent library's collection.
She, her husband Mario, and family reside in Morris County.
Academic Dean, Director
Patricia Donahoe has extensive business experience in Catholic institutions. She served as Program Director for Homeland Foundation/ Wethersfield Institute in New York City, NY; as Editor/Assistant to the Officers at Catholics United for the Faith for the monthly publication Laywitness, the yearly religious art calendar, and Ignatius Press’ Faith and Life Series; as a Member of the Holy See Delegation to the United Nations; as a member the Board of Directors for the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia and for Catholics United for the Faith; as Teacher and Advisor for the Narnia Clubs, a catechetical program in New York City, NY; as a Founding Board Member of the New York Catholic Forum; and currently as a Director of the Good Counsel Homes, Inc., in NY and NJ.
Mrs. Donahoe, her husband Thomas C. Donahoe, and family reside in Morris County. She has home schooled for 9 years and was a teacher in the Little Way Homeschool Cooperative in Middlesex, NJ.
Chemistry, Mathematics,Theology, Literature, History, Philosophy, Physical Education
Matthew Wall has a degree from Thomas Aquinas College, double majoring in Philosophy and Theology with a double minor in science and mathematics. He taught Physics, Biology, Astronomy, Pre-Calculus, and Algebra II at Ville De Marie Academy, Scottsdale, AZ. His experience includes teaching middle school math and science. In addition, he was one of the high school academic counselors. Most recently, Mr. Wall was a lead teacher at one of the Great Heart Academies. Currently, Mr. Wall is a clinician at Lindamood where he provides sensory-cognitive instruction in reading, comprehension, and math.
His favorite books include St. Thomas’ Summa Theologica, Machiavelli’s The Prince, and St. Augustine’s De Magistro (On the Teacher). He enjoys hiking, sports, drama, sketching, and horseback riding.
Mr. Wall resides in Morris County with his wife Gianna.
Mathematics, Theology, Latin, Literature, Drama
Gianna Wall has been teaching Latin since graduating college, beginning at a classical charter school in Phoenix, Arizona. At Sedes Sapientiae School, Mrs. Wall teaches in addition to Latin, Pre-Calculus, American Literature, Writing, and Sacraments/Church History. She also teaches Drama.
She earned her Bachelor of Liberal Arts, with a double major in philosophy and theology and a double minor in mathematics and science, at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, where she wrote her thesis on the nature of literature.
Mrs. Wall is also on the faculty of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, where she teaches seventh/eighth grade Latin. She enjoys directing and performing in plays, reading C. S. Lewis' Space Trilogy, landscaping, and "interior design."
Theology, Literature, History, Latin, Art, Drama
Mathilde Misko attended Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA, where she earned her BA degree in liberal arts. Her love of the Faith was enlivened and strengthened by her college experience, by the books that are studied there, by the examples of both tutors and students who lived the Faith earnestly, and this enkindling of the Faith has endured through all that came afterward. Following graduation, Mathilde worked at the international lay apostolate, Catholics United for the Faith. From there she went to teach at Good Shepherd Catholic School in Beverly Hills, CA. She married in 1985 and spent the next several decades teaching their six children at home. While homeschooling, Mathilde's passion for the Faith led her to be very active in the Faith Formation Program at her parish, Church of St. Jude, in lovely Blairstown, NJ. After many years of teaching CCD classes to all age groups, she recognized the urgent need to evangelize parents if we would ever hope to affect the children, and she helped develop a program for the parents of the Faith Formation students, bringing in guest speakers and also giving a series of talks herself on the truths of the Faith. Believing that it is necessary to help children form a sense of the sacred at an early age, Mathilde set up an atrium wherein she teaches the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. She has taught at several educational co-operatives over the course of two decades, and among other things, directed a high school play, “Arsenic and Old Lace”.
Mrs. Misko is a Lay Associate of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. For over a decade she and her younger children accompanied the Friars on a monthly basis helping with apostolic works which included, among other things, planting vegetable gardens in three friaries! as well as regularly praying in front of an abortion clinic, visiting and praying with the homeless, and just sharing somewhat in the beautiful life of the Franciscans.
When possible, Mrs. Misko loves hiking the nearby Appalachian Trail accompanied by her beloved German Shepherd. She loves gardening, cooking for family and friends, reading good books, listening to classical music, visiting art museums. A Sunday afternoon will often find her with a sketchpad in hand, trying to capture the loveliness of a country scene, with which she feels blessed to be surrounded. Her love of Our Lord and a deep gratefulness for all of God's gifts to us permeates all that Mathilde does, and she desires above all things to share her love of the Faith, especially through teaching.
She, her husband Mark, and family reside in Warren County.
Philosophy, Theology, Biology, Latin
Rafael Gonzalez is of Cuban descent, born and raised in New Jersey. He studied Theology, Philosophy, Latin and Greek in two seminaries, one in Spain and another in Peru, specializing in Thomism, Suarism, and Molinism. Mr. Gonzalez is in the doctoral program in Theology at Pontifex University. He has lectured at varied parishes and centers on approved Marian apparitions. Rafael is also a veteran of the Iraq war. He is currently an adjunct professor of philosophy and theology at St. Peter's University teaching a wide range of subjects for each field. In addition he teaches philosophy at Middlesex County College.
Mr. Gonzalez makes his home in Sussex County.
Mr. Anthony Nardinois an organist and choirmaster based in Central New Jersey. Mr. Nardino received a Bachelor of Music in Pipe Organ performance from The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. While at CUA, Mr. Nardino was most influenced by his organ professors, Dr. Edward A. Moore and Dr. Robert Grogan; Dr. Leo Nestor in the realm of choral conducting and composition; and Fr. Robert Skeris in the specialty of Gregorian Chant and the Ward Method. Additionally, he received a minor in Theology, with most of his course study in the area of Liturgy and the Sacraments. Anthony holds organ certification from the American Guild of Organists and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
For over a decade, Anthony has served as the Director of Sacred Music for St. Peter the Apostle University and Community Parish, the Catholic Center Campus Ministry at Rutgers University, and the New Brunswick Oratory of St. Philip Neri. He has served as the Director of Sacred Music for the Latin Mass Society of Central New Jersey since its inception in 2016.
In addition to his primary musical pursuits, Mr. Nardino has written the libretto and score for several children's musicals which have been performed by the Three Story Players acting troupe of Ocean County College, has collaborated in composing for and recording on an analog-only record project For the Record, and sings with several local choral ensembles including the Diocesan Choir of the Diocese of Metuchen and the Tim Keyes Consort.
Mr. Nardino currently resides in Middlesex County with his wfe Lisa and their three children.
Mr. Coccia has advanced degrees in dogmatic theology and bioethics, where he also gained a background in classical languages and philosophy. His educational experience prior to Sedes Sapientiae School includes work at Wyoming Catholic College where he taught a class on Carmelite Spirituality while also serving as the Admission Director from 2007-2010. He also taught classes at the International Theological Institute in Austria in 2006-2007 and as an adjunct faculty member at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University, in the summer of 2006.
Mr. Coccia also works in the pharmaceutical marketing field as Associate Creative Director, with a strong knowledge of healthcare sciences.
Mr. Collins is an actor and theatre director based in New York. He has played lead and supporting roles in the West End, off-Broadway and at major theatres and festivals in the US, Europe, and Israel. His screen credits include guest star appearances on US network television and supporting roles in feature films, including Steven Spielberg’s Munich.
As a teacher and director he has been greatly influenced by the text work of Sir Peter Hall, the founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, with whom he had the pleasure of working. Mr. Collins’ directing credits include new work and classics and, most recently, The Mysteries of Salvationat the historic King’s Theatre in Brooklyn, a production televised live on EWTN.
He has taught at The National Theatre School of Canada, the Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique, the Italia Conti Theatre School in London, and at high schools and universities in the US and Canada. He lives in Westchester County, NY with his wife and children.
Tom leads the governance practice at MAS, LLC. He assists Endowments and Foundations in creating process efficiencies, adding discipline, and achieving cost savings. These improvements enable non-profits to focus existing resources to better fulfill their missions.
Tom previously served as Chief Risk Officer at two major Hedge Funds as well as senior risk management roles at Barclays Capital and RBC, NY. He has been at the forefront of Valuation, Operational and Compliance risk issues both for major banks as well as non-profits. Most recently, he led the four-year rescue of the Wethersfield Estate and Garden from bankruptcy. Earlier in his career, Mr. Donahoe managed sales and trading staffs as well as advising on the proper use of financial derivatives for large US corporations.
Tom is the author of the chapter on Compliance and Documentation Risk in the Risk Handbook for Finance Professionals. Mr. Donahoe has published a variety of papers with a focus on Governance, Fiduciary Duty, OCIO selection, and ESG investing. He has been a frequent speaker at investment conferences and seminars. Mr. Donahoe serves(ed) as a Trustee for 7 NYC-area Foundations over the last 20 years. He earned a BSFS from Georgetown University, an MBA in Finance from Fordham University, and a JD from Pace University. He also studied International Economics at the Universite de Fribourg (CH.)
Catherine M. Brown, Esq., represented plaintiffs and defendants at every level of the state and federal courts for over 35 years.
Over the course of her career, she served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Law, where she handled complex litigation for the New Jersey Department of Corrections, the New Jersey Attorney General and the New Jersey State Police, among other agencies; she was Of Counsel at the law firm of McElroy, Deutsch & Mulvaney, and she maintained a solo practice for 20 years.
She was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a member of the District X Ethics Committee, which she chaired in 2007-2008. The substantive claims she handled include: constitutional law, civil rights, attorney ethics, employment discrimination, federal criminal defense, labor, personal injury, probate and juvenile justice. She prepared successful petitions for Certiorari and Certification in the Federal and State Supreme Courts.
Sedes Sapientiae School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid programs, and athletic or any other school-administered programs.
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