Mr. Brian Herlihy

1st Grade

“I love teaching children new concepts and ideas, and enjoy building a classroom of independent thinkers and learners. I believe in providing a positive and safe school environment so that every child can be a successful student and member of the community.”

Personal and Professional Background

I am from Glens Falls, NY, and grew up attending mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. I attended Glens Falls High School and earned my Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York at Cortland. I also hold a Master’s Degree from Slippery Rock University in the area of K-8 Math and Science.  After graduating from Cortland, I moved to Raleigh, NC to pursue a teaching career.  I taught for seven years as a Kindergarten teacher in the Wake County Public School System.  In Raleigh, I met my wife, Adria (Matonak), who is a graduate of Butler Catholic.  I was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was married in Sacred Heart Cathedral.  I moved to Butler with my wife to be closer to family.

This is my sixth year at Butler Catholic School, and I love teaching first grade. I always encourage my students to support each other and work cooperatively while learning.  I also teach my first graders to explore and use technology in order to more fully engage them in their own learning.

Outside the classroom I still enjoy playing hockey when I can. I also enjoy playing golf in the spring and summer.  I love spending time with my family, especially my son, my five nieces and one nephew.  My wife and I enjoy trying new foods and restaurants.

What Do You Feel Makes Butler Catholic Special?
I really enjoy the community and family aspect of BCS. I also enjoy starting the day off with morning prayer, as our faith is the foundation for everything we do as a school community. Butler Catholic School students are amazing, and having small class sizes allows me to provide individualized instruction for all of my students.


Staff Information
Campus Address
First Grade Room 117
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