Gina Napoli DeProfio
Class of 1995
What is your name, where do you currently live and what year did you graduate St. Mary School?
My name is Gina Napoli DeProfio. I live in Milford, CT with my wonderful husband, Lou and my two children, Louie and Julia. I graduated from SMS in 1995.
What is your current job/profession?
I am a certified Veterinary Technician. I have been working in the veterinary field for over 15 years. I work at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, CT. I have been the ICU Supervisor for 13 years at VREC and continue to enjoy treating and caring for the critical cats and dogs.
What was your educational path after graduating from St. Mary School?
After SMS, I attended Lauralton Hall, Class of 1999. Then I continued my education at Quinnipiac University in Hamden CT. I graduated from QU with a Bachelors of Science in 2003.
What, if any, volunteer or charity efforts are you currently involved with?
I currently support and participate in the Declan Donoghue Foundation. This is a close and dear foundation, which honors my late nephew, Declan. My sister Nicole and her husband Rich, have started a beautiful foundation that celebrates Declan’s life and the spirit of play. With the proceeds from their foundation, they have built four amazing playgrounds in North Carolina.
How did SMS prepare you academically?
St. Mary School provided me with a great foundation in all aspects of school. I was taught discipline, organization, and responsibility. Doing homework, studying hard, and keeping myself organized prepared me and gave me the tools to succeed in higher education and eventually in my professional life. If you work hard, it pays off. I felt very confident and extremely prepared as I entered high school.
Do you feel SMS provided you with a foundation for your future?
St. Mary School was the perfect steppingstone to a successful future. You cannot get far in life without faith, friends, and an education. SMS is a great school that not only taught you how to read and write, it taught you how to make friends, be respectful, and enjoy being a kid all while learning to be a good Catholic. SMS was a great beginning for me. It is the only path I want my children to take as well. Louie is in 1st grade at SMS, and I’m happy he and Julia too will be receiving the same loving, friendly, and educational experience as I did years ago.
What are some of your favorite memories of SMS?
The list is long but to name a few; from the beginning, I remember the simple things like big chunky red pencils in Mrs. E’s kindergarten class (Yes, I had Mrs. E), Mrs. Riley’s first grade daily morning song (“hello song”), handing in my Hot Lunch tickets, clapping erasers (not on the brick building), and racing to the swings at recess time. As I got older, I remember my big school projects, and performances. I made a turtledove for the Christmas play, taught my 4th grade class a rap about adverbs, and the annual basketball tournament cover contest in art class. Hanging the angels in the windows at Christmas time and singing at church every first Friday of the month are great memories as well. I still get chills every Sunday at 8:30am mass while listening to Mrs. Pendleton sing prayers and fond songs of mine from my SMS years. These memories may be simple but I cherish them because they bring such joy & a smile to my face as I talk about them.
What advice can you give to our students?
Enjoy this time in your life. Appreciate the small things that will stay with you for years to come. Live in the moment and don’t try to grow up too fast. Before you know it, you’ll be asked to write an alumni interview for SMS!