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New faculty and staff share perspective

This year, Malvern has welcomed 11 people to its faculty and staff. Each issue this fall will profile several of our new community members.

Mr. Kevin Moore
Mr. Kevin Moore

Mr. Kevin Moore – Math

CB: Tell me about yourself. Where were you born?

KM: I was born and raised in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Downingtown West High School in 2008. After that, I went to Immaculata. I studied to be a math major, as well in secondary education. I graduated in 2012. Then, prior to teaching here, I taught a Salesianum down in Wilmington, Delaware. Aside of that, I enjoyed running in college, and I continue to enjoy running. I also have a hobby of drag racing with my family. Then, on top of that, I just got married about a month ago.

CB: What about drag racing do you enjoy?

KM:That’s where I think my love for math originated. So studying the numbers, the times, and whatnot.

CB: Is there anything else unusual about yourself?

KM: Actually, I still sing occasionally at local church. St. Joes in Downingtown. So you have running, drag racing, and singing. I also enjoy golf.

CB: Anywhere specific you golf?

KM: No, just all around.

CB: At Malvern, what courses are you teaching?

KM:At Malvern, I am teaching Algebra 2, and AP Calculus AB.

CB: Is there any clubs or sports you will be moderating or coaching?

KM:I coached at Salesianum for cross country and track. I enjoy currently running with the cross country team, maybe eventually becoming more involved with that team. Right now, I enjoy just running, and supporting that team. I’ll enjoy watching other teams compete, I look forward to getting involved in coaching cross country and track.

CB: What first attracted you to teach at Malvern?

KM:Location was [a] huge [factor]. I liked Chester County a lot, as well as growing up around in Chester County, as well as going to Immaculata. I enjoy this area and what it has to offer. I also being part [of] and teaching at a Catholic school.

CB: From the week or so you have been here, what are your first impressions of Malvern?

KM:I have really enjoyed the sense of when you walk on the campus. It reminds me of college at times, in the sense that travelling between building to building, as well having a more relaxed feeling. It doesn’t remind me as much of high school, in the sense that it doesn’t have bells. It definitely is a mature atmosphere, I think, than your typical high school. The sense of the students of getting along. I noticed that there is a tight bond [between] friends, as well as between activities they do. I really enjoyed the first mass that was celebrated in the chapel. I thought that as soon as the first song “Here I am to Worship” played, I thought [it was] was very nice. It’s contemporary for the students, and it was very enjoyable [way] to start off mass for the school year.

CB: What are you looking forward to the most at Malvern? What are you looking to get out of Malvern?

KM:I am looking to continue to not only teach, but mentor students as they continue through their high school experience, even past as they go through college. I’ve enjoyed keeping in touch with past students in college, and I look forward to continue to do that. Whether it be just math, or how to best handle time management, I enjoy getting emails and keeping in touch with students because they’re not just my students in the classroom, they continue to be my students. I look forward to continuing to be a teacher/mentor to the students I have now, and as they continue. As well as continue to foster my own spiritual growth while teaching, as well as witnessing.

 

Mrs. Michele DelGiorno
Mrs. Michele DelGiorno

 

Mrs. Michele DelGiorno – Mandarin

CB: Where were you born?

MD:I grew up in South Jersey. It is about 20 minutes over the bridge from Philly.

CB: Where did you go to college? What did you study there?

MD:I went to St.Joe’s. I majored in Political Science. My minor was Italian.

CB: Before Malvern, did you have any experience teaching anywhere else?

MD:I first taught at Malvern 8 years ago. Before Malvern, I didn’t teach anywhere else. 

CB: Did you teach anywhere else in between [The first time at Malvern and now?]

MD:I taught English in China.

CB: How was that?

MD:That was an awesome experience. It was very different experience. It wasn’t at a very traditional school. It was just an English language school for adults, so you had to be at least 16 to go there. But it was at a school called Wall Street English that’s in over 100 countries. They had many centers around China.

CB: Do you have any hobbies?

MD:I like to read a lot. I am into arts and crafts.

 CB: Any specific books?

MD:I am into nonfiction books. Anything that’s not the feel good book of the year is what I read.

CB: Is there anything unusual about yourself?

MD: Unusual? I don’t know.

CB: What courses will you be teaching at Malvern?

MD: I am teaching two [classes of] 8th grade social studies. The course is called “Global Issues”. I have one 8th Chinese class, which every 8th grader has to take for one quarter. And then I have one Upper School Chinese class.

CB: What first attracted you to teach at Malvern?

MD:The first time? I was roommates with Bob Colameco’s daughter in college. One of the social studies teachers became ill, and they needed a long term sub. Mr. Colameco called me and asked me if I would be interested in teaching World Cultures, because I have been to China, and [will be] teaching the students about China. At the time, teaching seemed like something that I wanted to explore. I hated my job at the time, working for Drexel hospital. So, I thought it was a good opportunity to see what it was like. I loved it, and I stayed for that half a year, and the next year when another teacher took a year sabbatical. I loved Malvern. I went to China to teach English and a variety of other things.

Why did I come back now? When the opportunity arose to teach Chinese, I thought it was a good opportunity to put my Chinese education to good use, and share my passion for Chinese and China with the students here. Also, to come back to the great community I loved being a part of before.

CB: Reaching back to your first time at Malvern, what were your first impressions of Malvern. What are your first impressions of any changes now?

MD:My first impressions were that it was a welcoming community. It was supportive and helpful. As far as now, I would have to say that those things still ring true. It has certainly progressed into the school of the 21st century.

CB: What are you looking to get out of Malvern?

MD:For me, it not so much what I get out Malvern, but rather what I can put into it. How I can contribute to this great environment and [what I can] bring to the table. I guess as far as get out of it, is to learn from my students and those around me.

Mr. Joseph Sanchez
Mr. Joseph Sanchez

Mr. Jose Sanchez – Spanish

CB: Where were you born?

JS:I was born in Santiago, Chile.

CB: Where did you go to college?

JS:I went to college here in the states. Wheeling University in West Virginia, a Jesuit university. My undergrad is from National Louis University in Chicago. 

CB: Have you taught anywhere else before?

JS:I have taught at many schools. I’ve taught in Presbyterian, Jewish, Christian schools. All independent schools. Every single one, for 27 years. Mainly in West Virginia, Chicago, and Philadelphia. 

CB: Do you have many hobbies outside of Malvern?

JS: Oh, I have many. I like to work out. Sailing, golf, music shows. I like to see bands. I support the Eagles. [They] break my heart everyday, but I do my best.

CB: Can you elaborate more on your basketball career?

JS: I was a member of the Chilean basketball national team for 11 years. I pretty much played all of the world in national competitions. It was good. There’s nothing more exciting [than] to wear your country’s jersey and listen to your national anthem being played before a game. I went to one Pan-American game, which are the games before the Olympics, but we didn’t make it. We played in Europe for a year, then we went back to finish playing at the Chilean pro-league. That was the end of my career.

CB: Is there anything else unusual about yourself that you would like to share?

JS:When I was born, I was so long that my mother didn’t see me for a week because the doctors were showing me off to all of their colleagues.  (Laughs.) It was kind of a funny story, but I don’t know anything unusual about me. I live a simple life.

CB: What courses are you teaching at Malvern?

JS:I have 2 [classes] of Spanish 2, and 3 [classes] of Spanish 3 Honors.

CB: What first attracted you to teach at Malvern?

JS:I taught down the road, at a church. You’re one of the premier prep schools in the Philadelphia, so when the opportunity came up, and I saw the ad that you’re looking for a Spanish teacher, I didn’t hesitate to send my resume in.

CB: What are your first impressions of Malvern?

JS:I think that it is a community oriented place. I think that it is well known to me, as a new teacher, that your education is student centered. The way it should be. We are here for you, you should be number one, it is a very friendly community, very dynamic with one goal in mind: to be the best

CB: What are you looking forward to getting out of Malvern?

JS: Experience the opportunity to work in an all-boys school. Participation, get involved in a sport, community. It’s a little different than my other school, especially with your community service. I have never done that, so I’m looking forward to that. The Camden trip, and all of the help you do for a semester around the area.

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