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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

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 five PACT members at Feehan who teach in the Science, English, Social Studies and Theology Departments. The Theology teacher also serves as Campus Minister. These five current PACT teachers join the eleven PACT alumni that teach full time at Feehan. PACT1.jpg

Left- 16 current and former PACT teachers at Bishop Feehan.


Bellesini Academy and Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School

Lawrence, MA


PACT works with two schools in Lawrence which are dedicated to serving students of limited means. Bellesini Academy is an all-boys, Nativity middle school that believes "the cycle of poverty can be broken through education." PACT members teach ELA, religion and science at Bellesini.

Right- A lesson on pedigree and genetics at Bellesini

Notre Dame is part of the national Cristo Rey network. The school was founded in 2004 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The two PACT teachers at NDCR are in the Social Studies and Theology Departments. Ms. Peg Downing, principal of Notre Dame Cristo Rey, described how "PACT teachers are a gift to the school and to the students. Their energy and willingness to learn are just two of the qualities that they exemplify. The spirit that they bring to every event is life-giving to the rest of us".



Left- Teaching freshmen about the Tower of Babel in Theology class at Notre Dame Cristo Rey.


PACT Alumni Continue to Serve


On June 6, 2015, the PACT 13 cohort will graduate with Master's in Education degrees from Providence College. Many of these soon-to-be graduates have decided on their next step. 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. 

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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