Name : Sr. Jean Marie Humphries, osu, PhD ’89
Position/Title: Principal
Phone: (718) 364-5353 Ext.211
AMSU Start Date: July 2014
Biography As a graduate of the College of New Rochelle and Fordham University, Sr. Jean Marie has her PhD in Language, Literacy and Learning, a Masters of Science in Reading and Special Education, and is permanently certified in Elementary Education K-6 as well as Reading and Special Education K-12 . She has worked in various educational settings as an elementary school teacher, curriculum developer and master teacher in Bronx Catholic Schools (St. Philip Neri and St. Ignatius), a reading specialist and English Language Arts Chairperson at Flanders Elementary School in Malone, NY, an Instructional Supervisor at the Cooke Center for Learning and Development, a school providing special education services in Manhattan. Sr. Jean Marie has taught graduate courses in literacy and special education and supervised student teachers at Fordham University. Most recently, she was an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Concordia College, N.Y. and involved as a literacy and special education consultant with Cooke Center for Learning and Development for the Archdiocese of New York Catholic Schools office (particularly St. Thomas Aquinas) to see how students with special needs and English Language Learners may be better served.

Sr. Jean Marie has a deep love for her alma mater, and a strong belief in the Mission of AMSU and its students. She has been a member of AMSU’s Board of Trustees and has recently worked with Claudia Toni-Smith ’92 to start our Young Alumnae Committee. Sr. Jean Marie looks forward to bringing her skills, dedication and energy to AMSU as it celebrates its 160th anniversary in 2015.


Name : Mrs. Carolyn Duggan
Position/Title: Assistant Principal for Discipline and Student Affairs
Phone: (718) 364-5353 Ext.212
AMSU Start Date: 2002.
Biography: I began my teaching career as a science teacher and retired (after 35+ years) as Assistant Principal Organization and Security from a NYC inner-city high school in 2001. I happily served as Assistant Principal at St. Philip Neri for 1 year, but was pleased to accept the invitation to return to a high school setting – I really missed that word Regents! Born and bred in the city, I attended St. James School, Cathedral and Marymount College(B.S. biology). The NSF provided my graduate science courses and Fordham University conferred the M.S. Administration degree. AMSU is a spiritual and educational haven with capable and caring colleagues and students – a great place to be after the Major Deegan wars and daily battles with parking spaces. I thank God for a wonderful family, 3 grandchildren and good friends. Life is good.


Name : Jeanne DiBenedetto
Position/Title: Coordinator of Student Ministry and Activities
Phone: (718) 364-5353 ext. 231
AMSU Start Date: September, 1999
Biography: I began my career at The Academy of Mount St. Ursula as a Religious Studies teacher. I received my B.A. in Psychology from Lehman College and a Masters in Religious Studies from St. Joseph’s Seminary. I taught Religion 9 and 12 for over 10 years. In addition I have been the Youth Minister in charge of Masses and Retreats for all of my years here, as well as the director and producer of our annual International Nights and our Spring Musicals. At the present time, I am the Coordinator of Student Ministry and activities and remain involved in the Retreats and Musicals. I was born and have lived all of my life in the Bronx, and enjoy playing guitar, directing and watching Musical Theater shows, and going to the Jersey Shore.

Name: Kania Javier
Position/Title: Principal’s Secretary
Phone: 718-364-5353 x215
AMSU Start Date: August 2017
Biography: Kania graduated from Iona College in 2015 and is now pursing her Masters in Clinical Psychology. Just as Serviam is the Academy of Mount St. Ursula’s motto, it is also her life motto. Serving the community through volunteer work is a passion of hers and she regularly takes the time to help her community through soup kitchens, mission trips, and volunteering at her local animal shelter. One passion of hers is being a group leader at a summer camp for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

As an alumna of Aquinas High School, Kania understands the importance of sisterhood and female empowerment. She hopes to continue to inspire young ladies to be goal oriented, strong minded independent women through working at AMSU. Kania is very grateful for the opportunity she was given to work for such a great school.


Name : Susan Acocella
Position/Title: Administrative Assistant
Phone: (718) 364-5353 Ext.210
AMSU Start Date: November, 2007.
Biography: Born and raised in the Bronx. I love to work out, jog and ride my bike.

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