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Eleven new faculty and staff welcomed to the school community

 

 

MP_New _Faculty_2013As the new year unfolds, and life is breathed once more into the Malvern Prep campus, we welcome the fresh faces of Malvern Preparatory School. Pictured above, the new teachers and faculty members come from a variety of backgrounds, and have been integrated into the Malvern Prep Community to serve and better our school. The Chronicle’s Jack Marchesani had the opportunity to sit down with a few of the new staff members to ask the tough questions about their role here at Malvern Prep, collaboration, and what the future of the student looks like.

 

Mrs. Lauren Rossiter
1. Describe Your Background.

I graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. Prior to teaching at Malvern Prep, I taught at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield and Merion Mercy Academy in Lower Merion.

2. What will you be teaching here at Malvern?

Honors Pre-Calculus and Algebra II

3. How do you think that you can add to the course as it already is, and better the learning styles of the students?

I hope to emphasize critical thinking skills and the importance of discovering mathematical concepts.  Every student is different in how he learns, so I hope to vary instruction and assessment to meet the needs of the students.

4. How do you think that you can add to the school as it already is, and better the overall atmosphere for the students?

Malvern, in a short time, has already welcomed me with open arms and I feel as though I have a sense of the tight-knit community that flourishes here.  I think I can add to the school by continuing the academic and personal mission that Malvern so passionately promotes.

5. What are your thoughts on the changes to the idea of school itself, as we head into a collaborative, community and technology driven, age of learning?

I believe balance is a key to successful learning.  Collaborative learning and technology can be useful aids in the classroom, but in addition to students knowing how to appropriately use technology, I think that they must also work on building a foundation of mathematical skills without technology.  I want students to know why (-1)^2 = 1, not just accept it because the calculator says so.

Mrs. Emily Feeney:

My background: I grew up in Wayne and went onto Harvard for my BA.  I swam all 4 years for the Varsity team and captained the team at Harvard as a senior.  I then went onto work in admissions at Columbia Business School, Barnard College and most recently, Princeton University.  While at Columbia, I received my Masters in Education and also coached the women’s swim team.

I am Director of College Counseling. I hope to give students all the support and guidance they need through the sometimes confusing world of college admissions.  All of the counselors will start educating students earlier on how to make good decisions in their coursework and activities, both for their own development and with an eye towards the college process.   I think my perspective as a former admissions officer reading thousands of applications will really help students here put their best foot forward in their own college application process.  I also hope I can add my skills on the pool deck!

I was particularly drawn to working at Malvern because of the vision of the school moving forward.  My dad, uncle, brother and cousins all attended Malvern and had wonderful experiences and I think the changes the school is moving through will only make it stronger.  I am thrilled to be part of it!

Mr. Alex Haynie

1. Describe Your Background.

I went to Germantown Academy from pre-K to 12th grade. My dad teaches there. No, I did not know Bradley Cooper. I’ve been to Malvern a ton of times in my life for Lacrosse, but always as an enemy.  I went on to play Lacrosse at Princeton, live abroad in Kenya and Germany, and teach for a year at Pennington. I went to Grad  School at Notre Dame.

2. What will you be teaching here at Malvern?

Theology to Juniors and Seniors as well as being an assistant Campus minister

3. How do you think that you can add to the course as it already is, and better the learning styles of the students?

Various times in my life, I’ve been really been struck by Christ. On a senior retreat, I had a really important experience, in which I realized I wanted to serve Christ. At Princeton I took some classes in which I realized I wanted to defend the faith. Everyone brings a distinct flavor, so I believe my background and enthusiasm will carry over to the students.

4. How do you think that you can add to the school as it already is, and better the overall atmosphere for the students?

I’ve had a very warm welcome so far. I want to continue this, and have a positive presence around campus.

5. What are your thoughts on the changes to the idea of school itself, as we head into a collaborative, community and technology driven, age of learning?

There certainly are changes happening, and we need to embrace them, and be ready for them, and prepare ourselves for the changing world. In my classes I attempt to use technology and collaboration as much as possible. Collaboration is so good for theology because it’s a community based entity.

 

Mrs. Diane Giordano

1. Describe Your Background.

I grew up outside of Reading and went to Reading Central College. I attended Albright University where I got a degree in Biochemistry. I did research down at Thomas Jefferson. After, I got my masters degree in exercise physiology. I worked in adult fitness for a while. I went back to Temple to get my Masters in teaching after that.  I taught in the archdiocese of Philadelphia for 16 years.

2. What will you be teaching here at Malvern?

Honors Algebra II class and the Senior Applied Calculus Class

3. How do you think that you can add to the course as it already is, and better the learning styles of the students?

I already believe that the students won’t learn best by just sitting. We’re there to learning together. I want to try  something called Flip Classroom where they work the night before so that we can do more problem solving  in class.

4. How do you think that you can add to the school as it already is, and better the overall atmosphere for the students?

I want to become a part of the school community and embrace the Augustinian values. I’ve been reading a lot of Augustinian works. I want to be highly involved with the school community, at which levels right now I’m not really sure.

5. What are your thoughts on the changes to the idea of school itself, as we head into a collaborative, community and technology driven, age of learning?

I think that it is a great thing, because I think Malvern is going to have young gentleman prepared with the collaborative skills for the work force. There are going to be new jobs out there that do not exist today. It’s not about what you learn, but it’s about how you learn it.

 

Mrs. Vernice Mulcahy

1. Describe Your Background.

I am originally from Chicago, Illinois. This is my 16th year teaching. I taught at West Chester for the last few years. I’ve taught at various places before that. I am almost finished with my masters degree in Educational Administration. I actually have a 6th grader here at Malvern!

2. What will you be teaching here at Malvern?

Honors Chemistry and Academic Physics

3. How do you think that you can add to the course as it already is, and better the learning styles of the students?

One of the things that attracted me to Malvern was the mission for 21st century learning. I’ve always wanted that, and this is the first opportunity I’ve gotten. I am really looking forward to teaching in a new way.

4. How do you think that you can add to the school as it already is, and better the overall atmosphere for the students?

I have a lot of experience with so many different places and different kinds of students. I have so many tricks to try, and I am really excited to try them.

5. What are your thoughts on the changes to the idea of school itself, as we head into a collaborative, community and technology driven, age of learning?

Connections are crucial. The world doesn’t work in a way where you just know something, you need to know what to do with it. Do something with your knowledge!

 

Mr. Michael Prosalik

1. Describe Your Background.

I started off in a community college in Upstate New York. From there I moved on to get a degree in Environmental Science and Geology. I was a construction superintendent for two years, so I went on and got my masters in teaching.

2. What will you be teaching here at Malvern?

Honors Biology and Environmental Science

3. How do you think that you can add to the course as it already is, and better the learning styles of the students?

One of the reasons Malvern invited me was my focus on projects. My teaching style is doing two major projects a year, and working together in collaboration.

4. How do you think that you can add to the school as it already is, and better the overall atmosphere for the students?

I probably will be coaching middle school track in spring, and I will be adding to the Outdoors club and possibly Robotics.

5. What are your thoughts on the changes to the idea of school itself, as we head into a collaborative, community and technology driven, age of learning?

I think that as much as we are progressing, we must find a balance between 21st century and the old ideas. With both facets, we can go alot further. It’s like speaking two languages.

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