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Making A Difference

​PACT teachers share in their knowledge, creativity, energy and faith and work to revitalize Catholic schools in New England. This section highlights just a few of the contributions that PACT teachers make to their schools and communities.

Interview with Sarah Gallagher (PACT 2)

Sarah Gallagher agreed to chat with us about the beginning of the PACT Program and how its evolved

Enriching Catholic Schools across New England: PACT Students in New Schools

In the 2015-16 school year, PACT students will be teaching in four schools new to the program. They are Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, NH, Bayview Academy in Providence, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Bristol, RI and St. Francis Xavier School in Achusnet, MA. PACT now partners with 19 different Catholic K-12 schools across 6 dioceses in 3 states.  


Bishop Feehan High School

Attleboro, MA

PACT has a longstanding partnership with Bishop Feehan, a regional high school in the Fall River Diocese that has about 1,000 students. Currently, there are four PACT members at Feehan who teach in the Science, Social Studies, Music and Theology Departments. The Theology teacher also serves as Campus Minister. These four current PACT teachers join the 14 PACT alumni that teach full time at Feehan. PACT1.jpg

Left- PACT alumni who continued to teach at Bishop Feehan

PACT Alumni Continue to Serve


On June 6, 2015, the PACT 13 cohort graduated with Master's in Education degrees from Providence College. By the end of summer, all PACT 13 graduates​ found full-time employment. Here's a look at what they are doing after PACT. Presently,
- 11 of 14 graduates (nearly 80%) will continue to serve as educators in Catholic schools.
- 6 decided to remain in their current PACT placement school for another year.
- 2 will teach at other New England Catholic schools.
- 3 will teach in Catholic schools in Chicago, Seattle and the Washington, DC area for the 2015-16 school year. 
- 2 will teach in public schools in MA, one as an elementary teacher and the other as a middle school social studies teacher. 

In the past three cohorts (PACT 11-13), there have been 53 graduates. Of them,
- more than 50% stayed on to teach at least one more year at their PACT placement school
- more than 75% remained in Catholic education after graduation from PACT

PACT now has nearly 250 graduates!

PACT Member Profile

J. Patrick Koopman, PACT 12

Theology Teacher- Lowell Catholic High School Lowell, MA




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