Name: Sr. Jean Marie Humphries, osu, Ph.D. AMSU ’89
Position/Title: Principal
Phone: (718) 364-5353 Ext.211
AMSU Start Date: July 2014
Extra Curricula: Board Member of All Hallows School
Personal Interests: Reading, spending time with friends
Credentials: Bachelor of Science, College of New Rochelle – Psychology, Elementary Education (N-6 )
Masters of Science, College of New Rochelle – Literacy (K-12) and Special Education (K-12)
Ph.D. Fordham University – Language, Literacy, and Learning
Biography: Sr. Jean Marie 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 (AMSU ’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 165th anniversary in 2020.


Name: Carolyn Duggan
Position/Title: Assistant Principal for Discipline and Student Affairs
Phone: (718) 364-5353 Ext.212
AMSU Start Date: September 2002
Personal Interests: Finding a legal parking space when I get home
Credentials: Bachelor of Science, Marymount College – Biology
Master of Science, Fordham University – Administration
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
Credentials: Bachelor of Arts, Lehman College – Psychology
Master of Arts, St. Joseph’s Seminary – Religious Studies
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
Personal Interests: Volunteer work, traveling, and dogs
Credentials: Bachelor of Science, Iona College – Psychology
Biography: Just as Serviam is the Academy of Mount St. Ursula’s motto, it is also my life motto. Serving the community through volunteer work is a passion of mine and I regularly take the time to help my community through soup kitchens, mission trips, and volunteering at my local animal shelter. One passion of mine is being a group leader at a summer camp for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

As an alumna of Aquinas High School, I understand the importance of sisterhood and female empowerment. I hope to continue to inspire young ladies to be goal oriented, strong-minded independent women while working at AMSU.

Name: Susan Acocella
Position/Title: Administrative Assistant
Phone: (718) 364-5353 Ext.210
AMSU Start Date: November 2007
Personal Interests: A member of the American Legion Ladies Auxillary, going boating, kayaking, and cooking.
Biography: Born and raised in the Bronx. I love to work out, jog and ride my bike.

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