Faculty Profiles

Diane Gualtieri

Diane Gualtieri has been a music teacher at St. Mary Academy - Bay View for over 35 years. She went to Rhode Island College and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. She has been instrumental in providing music for a number of our student performances including Manhattan at the Bay, Annual Fall Productions, Christmas Concerts, and more.

Why did you become a teacher?
To share my love and joy of music. I love being in an atmosphere of learning. It's exciting to share my knowledge, but I also learn so much in return.

What's your favorite part of teaching?
I hope to somehow make a difference in someone's life. To at least let the students know they have someone that cares about their strengths and weaknesses. And then walk the journey with them to graduation.

What is your favorite quote and why?
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything." - Plato.
It's difficult to "explain" how music makes us feel. I find that this quote gets right to the heart of it all.

Valarie Briden

Valarie Briden has been a technology teacher at St. Mary Academy - Bay View for 20 years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS) from Rhode Island College, and a Master of Education in Counseling from Providence College. A mother of three girls, Valarie's two oldest daughters graduated from Bay View in 2015 and 2018, and her youngest daughter is currently enrolled as a 7th-grader in our Middle School.
What's your favorite part of teaching?
I love seeing the girls every day. I have a unique opportunity to meet many of our girls at the age of 11 or 12 and get to watch them grow and mature into young women who are ready to take on the world. It is such a satisfying feeling to see a child walk into your classroom as a 6th-grader and watch a young woman leave your classroom as a senior ready to go off to college - my own children included. When I sent my two oldest daughters off to college, I knew that Bay View prepared them for any upcoming challenges.

What is your most memorable experience at Bay View?
So many things come to mind, like the "great toast fire," but the memories I have are not of the BIG things, rather the everyday things. Great interactions with students, sharing in the joy of winning a game, a robotics competition, or a student finally grasps a concept - those make my experience at Bay View memorable.

What is your favorite classroom item and why?
Probably my Apple TV. Being a technology teacher, I try to infuse many different types of technology into my lessons. I love the versatility of the Apple TV. I can show anything from a TED talk to YouTube video or I can AirPlay something from my desktop computer. It is a great teaching tool.