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Student Affairs Staff

Mr. Anthony Papuga
Assistant Director
(413) 283-9701 ext. 127

Mrs. Valerie Kowalik
(413) 283-9701 ext. 100

Mrs. Sherry Storey
Secretary to Assistant Director
(413) 283-9701 ext. 128

Mr. Mark Thompson
Behavioral Specialist
(413) 283-9701 ext. 205

Student safety is of utmost concern for all Pathfinder staff. The office of student affairs is responsible for many functions at Pathfinder, including: Transportation, Athletics, Discipline, Code of Conduct, and Student Health.

Meet the Student Affairs Team

Mrs. Kowalik and Mrs. Storey

Ms. Kowalik (Receptionist) and Mrs. Storey (Administrative Assistant) will be among the first staff to greet you at Pathfinder. 

Whether arriving tardy to school or meeting with a staff member, everyone should check in at the reception office upon arrival to Pathfinder. 

As the "information hub of the school" the reception office is a busy place! On any given day you'll find us announcing daily happenings, guiding students to support resources, coordinating busing, mailing out information for parents and researching student attendance or discipline information for Mr. Papuga (Assistant Director). No matter what task we're involved in we'll always do our best to make you feel welcome! Please let us know if there's something we can help you with.

It's great to have you here with us at Pathfinder!

Mr. Anthony Papuga

Mr. Papuga
Mr. Anthony C. Papuga is the Assistant Director for Pathfinder. He has been working with students in private as well as public schools for over twenty two years. Mr. Papuga is licensed as a High School Administrator as well as Special Education Administrator. He has extensive experience in developing positive school environments so that students are successful. His foundation for success has been by introducing the Six Pillars of Character which establishes frameworks that focus on Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship that strengthens students' lives through character education.

Mr. Mark Thompson

Mr. Mark Thompson
Pathfinder's Time Out Room uses the P.A.S.S. program (Positive Alternatives to Student Suspensions) with the emphasis on "positive." Mr. Thompson, the Behavioral Specialist, meets with students who are referred to the Time Out Room to talk about their problems, explore alternatives, make decisions and develop specific plans which lead to more productive behavior in academic classes and vocational shops. Many school behavioral problems can be eliminated by effectively intervening before punishment becomes necessary. Students may be referred by teachers, counselors, support staff or administration. Students may request a self-referral when personal issues prevent them from effectively participating in class but a student may only have up to five self-referrals allowed per year.


Emergency / Evacuation Procedures
Pathfinder has established procedures and codes to address a variety of emergency and non-emergency situations. Through a system of "codes," issues such as fire, serious injury and intruders in the building are announced and students are directed by their teachers and administration to safety. Regular drills take place in order that the students are familiar with the proper procedure if an emergency arises. In addition, Pathfinder has regular security cameras throughout the school, as well as on our buses. We strive and take pride in providing a safe environment for the students and staff.


JP McCarthy & Sons school bus company transports students for Pathfinder Regional High School. Pathfinder transportation is different than their regular town transportation.

JP McCarthy & Sons services nineteen towns and transports 600 Pathfinder students. Pathfinder drivers travel on an average 1,200 miles per day and have an excellent driving safety record. Their office is located on 4 W Brookfield Road, Brookfield Ma. 01506. For any questions, please call Trish at 413-668-6036