Letter from the Dean of Academics

Dear Parents and Students, 

I enthusiastically welcome you to a new school year at the Academy of the Holy Angels. It will be an honor and pleasure to work with you to empower the young students we see today develop into the women of tomorrow as they make their mark on society.

For thirty-two years, I have been fortunate to embrace Catholic education while serving in various roles of administration, guidance, teacher, moderator, and coach. My role as Academic Dean gives me the opportunity to participate in the development and implementation of long and short term range plans for our school, oversee the Performing Arts Program as well as our International Students. I plan and conduct academic case conferences with parents and faculty members, while providing support and coaching for faculty members in their first three years at AHA.

My style of collaborative leadership complements my ability to empower educators to develop their own instructional skills while guiding them to implement new innovative teaching initiative and curricula in the classroom.

This year, after several years of research, AHA will use a new schedule which consists of an eight day cycle with four 70 minute blocks and a community building period. I am excited for the possibilities that our new schedule will provide for our school community. Longer periods allow for more flexible and productive classroom environment, more opportunities for using varied and interactive instructional strategies, and provide time for student reflection, while promoting durable learning, personal responsibility and reducing stress.

I encourage you to take an active role in your personal educational process. Embrace the challenges you will face this academic year and explore new avenues to achieve your goals.

As our school theme states, “Love is the Bond That Unites Us”. Please know that the entire school community is here to help you develop and hone your skills while you begin to make your personal mark on our society. Our dedicated and knowledgeable faculty and staff will challenge you and you in turn should challenge yourself throughout each step of your educational process knowing that the love we share for knowledge and each other will help us succeed.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame believe that “the world can be changed through the transformation of persons.” Help us to recognize and validate your unique gifts and talents so that we can empower you to contribute to our community world.

I am looking forward to our journey together and hope to meet you at the many school functions, games, and performances.

Francesca Tambone-Puzio
Dean of Academics

Academy of the Holy Angels

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