A Higher Calling: Academy of the Holy Angels Appoints New Teachers for 2015 - 2016 School Year

October, 2015 

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DEMAREST, NJ — AHA Principal Jennifer Moran has announced the appointment of five new faculty members, many of whom were recruited as a result of this year’s surge in school enrollment.  

Chris Petrozzo of Montclair, New Jersey, has joined AHA as a social studies teacher, teaching US History 1, High Honors World History, and Psychology.  Prior to joining AHA, he taught history at Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights following a career in law.  A graduate of George Washington University, he earned his J.D. at New York Law. 

Englewood, NJ resident Diana Rankin has been recruited to teach freshman and sophomore college preparatory English.   A graduate of Fordham University, she is pursuing a Masters in English at Vermont’s Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.  Prior to joining AHA’s faculty, Rankin taught college prep and honors level literature and electives in public speaking and journalism.     After school, she coached girls ‘ cross -country track and was the school’s yearbook advisor.

Kelley McGraw, a resident of  Blauvelt, New York, is a newly appointed algebra and geometry teacher. She completed her student teaching at AHA, received a MS in Adolescent Education at Long Island University’s Hudson campus, and was an LSAT Princeton Review instructor.   Prior to pursuing a career in teaching ,Kelley was employed as a scientist at Wyeth Laboratories.   After earning her BS in Chemistry from Fordham University, she received a MS in Adolescent Education at Long Island University, Hudson and a J.D. from Pace University School of Law.

Tenafly, NJ resident and linguist Lisa Betti has returned to AHA as an Italian instructor, where she teaches Italian III, Honors IV and AP Italian V.  A world traveler, she has taught English overseas and English as a Second Language in New York, Los Angeles and Europe.
 
Kaitlyn Pedicano has returned to  AHA after living in Austin, Texas.   She was the school’s athletic trainer and health educator from 2007 to 2010.   In her new role, she teaches freshmen health, computer applications and an elective in sports medicine.  Pedicano graduated James Madison University with a BS in Athletic Training and received a MA in Teaching from St. Peter’s College in 2010.

Jennifer Moran, AHA’s Principal says, “Holy Angels is  pleased to have a  staff of highly-qualified and committed personnel who actively seek to foster academic, spiritual and social growth within its students.  We appreciate their commitment to learning and hope they tirelessly share their wide range of learning experiences with the student body.”

For  more than 136 years,  the Academy of the Holy Angels, sponsored by  The School Sisters of Notre Dame, has been educating  young women from all religious backgrounds in a rigorous, college-preparatory program.  Located on a college-like campus,  AHA is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a National  Service Learning Leader School that empowers young women to lead in academics,  arts,  athletics, spirituality, and service.  For more information, visit www.holyangels.org.

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