Meet Our Team

James L. Hayes, School President

Mr. Hayes, a life long educator, joined The Epiphany School’s faculty in 1977 and was Principal from 1978-2016. During his 38 year tenure as principal, Mr. Hayes has overseen a period of tremendous growth at The Epiphany School: the school’s population grew from 250 to 560 students, the physical plant expanded from one building to three, and cutting edge technology was introduced at every grade level. In addition to his education credentials, Mr. Hayes has a Business Degree from Iona College and a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Manhattan College. In this new role Mr. Hayes’s focus will be on strategic planning, fundraising, and community relations for the School.

Jennifer Grogan, Director of Development

Jennifer is a career educator and administrator whose roles have included Assistant Principal of The Annunciation School in Crestwood, New York, Principal of the Saint Francis de Sales School in Manhattan, Head of School at The Riverside Church Weekday School in Harlem, and most recently Head of the Middle Division at the Marymount School of New York. Jennifer’s early teaching experience included 7 years as a faculty member of The Epiphany School, teaching Grade 5, Grade 8 English, and Spanish to Grades 1-8. Jennifer received a Bachelor’s Degree from Smith College in English and Spanish Literature, a Master’s Degree in the Teaching of English from SUNY Albany, and a second Master’s Degree in School Building Leadership from Manhattan College. Jennifer has served as a Trustee on the Board of The Epiphany School Foundation and is thrilled for the opportunity to serve the Epiphany community in this new capacity.

Mary Jean Fitzpatrick, Business Manager

MJ Fitzpatrick began her career at The Epiphany School in 1996 and in 2006, she joined The Foundation as the very first Business Manager. Married to her wonderful husband, Hank, for over 40 years, they are the very proud parents of two Epiphany graduates, Terence ’98 and Kevin ’00. Although MJ wears several hats at Epiphany, her role of Business Manager at The Foundation has been one of her most fulfilling ones.

Neema Shah, Development Assistant

Neema Shah is joining the Epiphany School Foundation after spending 6 years in the classroom teaching for the NYC Department of Education Pre-K For All program. Although she will no longer be in the classroom, Neema is dedicated to helping develop resources for the members of our school to succeed. She is also committed to developing and fostering relationships within and outside the school community. Neema holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Maryland University College. Neema is thrilled to be joining the Epiphany School Foundation!