My Crusader



Karen Johnson - History/Department Head
BA University of Rhode Island    
Mrs. Johnson teaches Psychology I and II, Western Civilization, and Youth and Law.

William Tyson Edmonds - Social Studies
BA, Social Science, St. Johns University
M.Ed., Providence College
National Endowment of the Humanities Mesoamerican History.  University of Oregon 2008
Mr. Edmonds teaches Western Civilization.  He also moderates Prout's recycling program and coaches the boy's cross country team.  Before joining the Prout community in 2001, he was a Lasallian Volunteer at the Ocean Tides School in Narragansett, Rhode Island. 

MaryAnn Houlihan - English/History
BA, Salve Regina University
Ms. Houlihan has been at Prout since 1999 and currently teaches U.S. and Modern U.S. History. Ms. Houlihan was the senior class advisor for the Class of 2006.  A member of the Newport Democratic Committee, a mental health volunteer, and a recipient of the Boys Club of Newport community service award. Ms. Houlihan enjoys playing tennis, reading, skiing, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Michael LaBarbera
BOS, University of Rhode Island
RI Teaching Certificate,RI Coaching Certificate
In addition to teaching U.S. History and Global Studies at Prout, Mr. LaBarbera is also moderator of the Mock Trial team.  A former professional baseball player with the Montreal Expos, Mr. LaBarbera coaches the boys' varsity baseball and boys' junior varsity soccer teams.

Thomas E. Keefe
BA, History/Comparative Theology, Saint Joseph’s University
MA, Diplomacy/International relations, Norwich University
Mr. Keefe attended Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.  While at SJU, Mr. Keefe earned the Lyndon Baines Johnson Award for Congressional Internships and worked at the U.S. House of Representatives.  Mr. Keefe completed his degree in both History and Comparative Theology, then matriculated at Miami University in Ohio where he studied secondary education in social studies.  Returning to New England, Mr. Keefe taught English, religion, and history at Espiritu Santo School in Fall River and completed his Master’s in Diplomacy at Norwich University in Vermont.  In seven years at LaSalle Academy in Providence, Mr. Keefe taught scripture, world religions, history, psychology as well as an introduction to law and politics.  In addition, Mr. Keefe successfully coached the debate and swim teams to the state and division championships respectfully.  Mr. Keefe also facilitates summer educational workshops in social justice for Catholic teachers.  He is a member of the national Regional Formation Board of the Christian Brothers Conference.

Michael Sweeney
BS, Education Major/ History Minor, University of Rhode Island
MA, History, Providence College.
Mr. Sweeney is a lifelong Rhode Island resident graduating from Bishop Hendricken High School. He comes to The Prout School with over 16 years of experience working in Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Providence. Mike began his career in education at The Prout School in 1994 teaching in the junior high Social Studies and Religion and later in the high school teaching US History and Western Civilization.

In 2002, Mike was appointed Assistant Principal for Student Life at Saint Raphael Academy. In 2004 he became the Academic Assistant Principal and in 2008 he was appointed Principal. Has served on numerous Lasallian district committees and underwent a 3 year training program through the Lasallian Leadership Institute. In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, as well as cooking and traveling.

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