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Guidance: Meet Our Staff

More Than 70 Years Of Experience

Mr. Richard Magner, Director of Guidance

A 1969 Xavier graduate who excelled in baseball and basketball here and went on to a long career in professional baseball, Mr. Magner returned to Xavier in 1979 and has been the guidance director since 1997. He also has been a teacher, baseball coach and basketball coach. Magner played minor league baseball in the Los Angeles Dodgers system.

"My role as the Director of Guidance at Xavier has been wonderful. I have been involved with so many families and their sons. I have had the good fortune to work with serious and dedicated faulty, administrators, counselors. The day to day joy of the job has been working with our students, seeing them mature from young teens to adults ready to accept new challenges. Although the college process has changed a bit each year the our concentration is still student focused and that is the best part of the job."

Mrs. Joan Tomasiello, Guidance Counselor jtomasiello@xavierhighschool.org

Mrs. Tomasiello has been a guidance counselor at Xavier for 21 years. Her husband Jack '72 and sons Adam '09 and Peter '12 are Xavier graduates.

Tomasiello is a graduate of Uxbridge (Mass.) High School with a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Elms College and a Master's degree in counseling from Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, now the University of St. Joseph. Tomasiello enjoys golf and is the moderator of the intramural golf program.

Before coming to Xavier, she was a therapist at the Affirmation Counseling Center and Director of Residential Life at Saint Joseph.

She enjoys golf and is the moderator of the intramural golf program. And a lover of ice cream.

Mr. Mark Lambert, Guidance Counselor mlambert@xavierhighschool.org

Mr. Lambert started at Xavier in 2006 and is the director of UConn's Early College Experience [ECE] program. Xavier is a top 10 school in the state in terms of enrollment and credits taken.

Lambert is on the committee for the National Honor society and helped out with the crew program for several years. He also has scouted in college and professional baseball for 29 years.

Mrs. Beth Pattavina, Guidance Counselor

Pattavina has been in the Xavier guidance department since September 2015. Prior to that, she worked for the Middletown Board of Education as a Special Education Tutor & Case Manager for 14 years and for the Middlesex Family Advocacy Group as a Remedial Tutor for four years. Both positions involved servicing students with learning differences in parochial schools. Her work covered Xavier, Mercy and four elementary schools in Middletown. After graduating from St. Bonaventure in 1990, she taught for seven years at St. John School in Middletown.

She is a 1986 graduate of Mercy High School. Her husband Jon and her brother, Brian Wendry, graduated from Xavier in 1985. Pattavina has two girls, 22 and 16, and she likes the beach, hiking and biking, and working in the yard .

Mrs. Laura Wyzykowski, Guidance Administrative Assistant


Wyzykowski is a graduate of Terryville High School and received an Associate Certificate as an Executive Assistant from Morse School of Business in Hartford in 1994. She took online and Saturday morning classes at Post University for three years straight with, as she says, no holiday or summer breaks. She graduated with her Bachelors in Business Administration/Management in 2010.

Wyzykowski started at Xavier in the summer of 2007, which is where she met her husband Andy. They were married in 2010, have two children and Dutch, a dog they rescued in 2008.


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