Saint Mary School|Milford, CT | Grades 5-8
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Grades 5-8

Grades 5-8

Grade 5: Homeroom – Brian Carey

Brian Carey

Brian Carey is one of our fifth grade teachers who also teaches a fourth grade Reading class.  He received his B.A. from Villanova University, his M.B.A from the University of Connecticut and worked for more than twenty years in both corporate marketing and supply chain areas before he felt the calling to teach. He entered the education field in 2007 after receiving his M.A. in Teaching from Sacred Heart University.

Mr. Carey taught grades 3 through 6 for eight years in the Bridgeport Diocese.  He is a long-time resident of Bridgeport and lives in the Lake Forest area with his wife and son. He enjoys boating in the summer and is an enthusiastic skier (and former ski instructor) come winter time (he does admit, however, that he taught his son too well and now can’t keep up with him on the slopes!). He has also been a leader in a number of youth organizations over the years (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, YMCA…) which is what led him into teaching.
Mr. Carey hopes “to teach his students how to make practical use of the skills they gain at St. Mary School and how to take the lessons of this community with them through life.


The Teacher Spotlight today is on our 5th grade teacher Mr. Brian Carey!

His favorite quote is, “We all make mistakes, the trick is to learn from them.”

Did you know Mr. Carey taught skiing before he became a school teacher and that he had the opportunity to complete a high-performance driving course at Lime

Rock Race Track?

A few of his favorite things to do are skiing, canoeing / kayaking, cars and movies – especially Star Wars!

Art & social studies were his faves when he was a student .

His advice to us is: “You get 2 minutes to make a first impression; make it a good one!”

Grade 5 Homeroom – Ann Kiernan

Ann Kiernan

Anne Kiernan is the grade 5 homeroom teacher. She will also teach grade 6 math and reading. Born and raised on Long Island, she graduated from St. John’s University with a B.A. in elementary education, then received her Masters in early childhood. She is certified in New York, as well as in Connecticut, to teach grades K through 6. Anne also has a state middle school math certification from Quinnipiac University.

Mrs. Kiernan was also a substitute teacher in the Milford Public Schools, and taught full time grades 4 – 6 in Catholic schools in New York City.

Anne loves spending quality time with her four children, such as enjoying Milford’s beaches. She also enjoys watching and cheering them on at all their sporting activities.  She volunteers to teach Faith Formation and co-leads her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.

Ann hopes “to inspire students to understand mathematics and its daily application and importance in their future.”


Today’s Teacher Spotlight is shining on 5th grade teacher Mrs. Anne Kiernan!

Her favorite motto is a great one: “A hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money was in my bank account nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a better place because I was important in the life of a child” – Forest Witcraft.

There should be no surprise that Mrs. Kiernan’s favorite subject when she was in school was math! \

Some of her favorite things to do are watch her children’s sports games, take early morning walks with her husband & dog, and relax at the beach with a good book!

Did you know she loves HGTV and likes to try to do home improvement projects with her husband whenever they can?

Mrs. Kiernan’s advice to her students is “Never stop learning. Education is a journey not a destination.”

Grade 6 Homeroom – Rebecca Piorek


Mrs. Piorek worked in Catholic Education; teaching Language Arts to 5th graders in Greenwich. She also taught Middle School students in New Hampshire. More recently she was an ELL/language support teacher in the Oxford system where she has also served on their Board of Education. She has her BA and M.Ed. degrees and will be the 6th grade homeroom teacher. She will teach Language Arts to 6, 7 and 8, Literature to 7 and 8, and Religion to grade 6.

Mrs Piorek is very excited to be back in the classroom!

She says, “I try to make learning fun and exciting for my students. When I am not teaching I am either with my kids, doing a crazy 5k obstacle course, or watching hockey. Teaching is a passion of mine and I am so glad to be a part of such a terrific school. I feel welcome already!”


Today’s Teacher Spotlight is shining on our Upper Grades Teacher (6th grade homeroom) Mrs. Becky Piorek!

Mrs. Piorek’s favorite quote is from Shakespeare, “Though she be but little, she is fierce.”

Her favorite subject when she was a student was surprisingly, Science! She also loved Creative Writing class in high school.

Her teaching motto would have to be, “Children must be taught HOW to think, not WHAT to think” ~ Margaret Mead.

Did you know that Mrs. Piorek recently became a vegetarian and is feeling great! Some of her favorite things to do outside of school are listen to music, go for a run, or sneak in a nap.

Her advice to students as continue their education is, “Try your hardest, pay attention, and have fun! Don’t be afraid to take chances. Do the right thing, always.” ‪

Grade 6 Homeroom – Jaclyn Williams

Jaclyn Williams

Mrs. Williams became a teacher here at SMS in 2014. She is one of our 6th grade homeroom teacher and she teaches Science to grades 6, 7, and, 8, Geography to grades 7 and 8, and Reading & Math to grade 6. Mrs. Williams is also a co-advisor for our National Junior Honor Society.

Before teaching at SMS she worked as a Special Education Paraprofessional in Branford at Walsh Intermediate School for seven years. Mrs. Williams attended Southern Connecticut State University for her B.S. in Psychology and the University of New Haven where she earned her M.A. in Education as well as her state teaching certification.

In 2012, Mrs. Williams served as a student ambassador teacher leader with People to People International. She traveled with 24 middle school students from New Haven County to France, Italy, and Greece for 21 days.

Mrs. Williams and her husband live in Milford with their daughter Brynn, along with their two dogs: Cali who is an American Stafford Terrier and Gunner who is a Yellow Lab. When not teaching, Mrs. Williams loves spending time with her family & friends, reading, going to the beach, and attending music concerts.


Today’s Teacher Spotlight is shining on our Upper Grades Teacher (6th grade homeroom) Mrs. Jaclyn Williams.

One of her favorite quotes is, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou.

What students might not know about Mrs. Williams is that she was a cheerleader for 7 years in middle & high school.

She loves going to concerts and has been to about 25, ranging from country, rock, alternative & hip-hop.

She can also say the alphabet backwards – her mom taught her and her sister as they drove to Florida when they were kids

Her favorite school subject was science, especially biology! Some activities she enjoys outside of school include going to the beach!

She grew up in Wallingford but was born in Milford, and has spent her whole life going to Bayview beach.

She also enjoys going to Red Sox games, spending time with her husband, their daughter Brynn, and two dogs Cali & Gunner.

Her advice to her students is, “There is no such thing as failure, only learning experiences.”

Grade 7 Homeroom- Sally Huyser

Sally Huyser

My favorite things about working at St. Mary School are the students, the ‘family’ environment, and the professionalism of the staff.”  Sally Huyser has been employed at St. Mary School as a 6th grade teacher since March 2003. She also has taught 8th grade Math since 2008 and is one of our Technology Coordinators.

She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, minoring in Psychology. She has taken additional courses and graduate courses in Reading, Math, Technology, Computer Networking, and Web Design. Mrs. Huyser enjoys technology, camping, kayaking, biking, reading, spending time with family and friends.


Today’s Teacher Spotlight is shining on upper grade teacher Mrs. Sally Huyser (7th Grade Homeroom).  Mrs. Huyser’s teaching motto is, “I believe wholeheartedly that a positive attitude is necessary for success is something. Negativity adversely affects outcomes, especially in Math. I always start the year telling students that my goal is to get them to enjoy Math and feel successful.”

What her students might not know is that she enjoys being outdoors as much as possible during the summer, and enjoys camping, cycling, kayaking & sailing.

In her freetime Mrs. Huyser likes being with her grandchildren, Jake and Julianna. She says they are great mood stabilizers and stress busters, and she is lucky that they live very close to her.

When she was a student herself, math was her favorite subect, and she really enjoyed psychology and even minored in it in college. Mrs. Huyser’s advice is, “Embrace learning. Learn for the long-term, not just to pass a test. Learn at least one new thing every day.”

Grade 8 Homeroom – Janet Adler

Janet Adler

Janet Adler has been teaching Grade 5 at St. Mary School since September 1998. She teaches Math and Science, as well as Reading, Religion, Spelling and Family Life. Mrs. Adler attended St. Mary High School in New Haven, and is a graduate of Salve Regina University, Newport, RI with a BS degree in Elementary Education and a BS degree in Special Education.

Mrs. Adler enjoys vacationing, spending time with family, reading and dining out with friends.

My favorite things about teaching at SMS are feeling like I am part of the school family, watching my students grow and succeed and the enjoyment of working daily with such dedicated staff and administration. Our daily lessons stretch beyond the textbook, to educating every student not only in curriculum topics, but guiding them to make moral decisions and to Live the Message of Jesus. This foundation will remain with them when one day they leave our school and move forward.”


Today’s Teacher Spotlight is shining on 8th grade teacher Mrs. Janet Adler!

Her favorite quote is from Winnie the Pooh: “If ever there is a tomorrow when were not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart I’ll always be with you.”

Most of you may know this, but it’s a wonderful story… Mrs. Adler met her husband at St. Mary School! Ken was a single dad with twin daughters in the kindergarten, and she met him through the after school program which she works. They were married when Erin & Tanya were in 7th grade, and she legally adopted them the following year.

The girls (pictured below) graduated from St. Mary’s in 2012 and will be heading to college this fall!

When not in school, Mrs. Adler likes to travel, spend time with family & friends and visit lighthouses! She has always loved lighthouses!

Mrs. Adler attended St. Aedan School in New Haven and her favorite subjects were always Math and Science.

Her best advice: “Though your time at St. Mary’s will one day end, carry with you always the lessons you’ve learned, the friendships you’ve gained and memories we’ve made!”