JUNE 2020
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Traci Koval Named Interim Dean of Students at Holy Angels

Demarest, NJ: Educator Traci Koval has been named interim dean of students at the Academy of the Holy Angels. Koval will step in for Dean Andréa Beyer, who will be on leave beginning July 1, 2020.

“Traci brings many years of experience in Catholic and charter schools as a dean. I hope you will join me in welcoming her to the AHA community,” AHA President Melinda Hanlon said in an official statement.

The dean of students is integral to the daily operations of the Academy. She is responsible for school discipline, student activities, the student handbook, the attendance office, and security procedures. The dean supervises the school nurse, social worker, athletic director, and attendance officer. She is also the administration’s liaison to the Parents’ Athletic Association.

“I am excited to join the AHA team!” Koval said of her appointment. ”I hope to continue the long-standing traditions of AHA while inspiring the young women spiritually, academically, and emotionally to become leaders and empower others to be confident members of society.”

Koval grew up in Carlstadt. She graduated from Henry P. Becton Regional High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Thomas Edison State College. She continued her education at Seton Hall University, where she received a master’s degree in education leadership, management, and policy through the Catholic School Leadership Program. She has completed the coursework and only needs to finish her dissertation to earn her doctorate in school administration from SHU.

A certified principal and teacher, Koval has spent most of her career teaching in Catholic schools. She has taught students at every level, from pre-K through Grade 12, and has covered nearly every subject over the years. She has served as a director of admissions, campus minister, principal, assistant principal, and dean of students. She has also guest taught at the college level.

“I had two very special teachers in elementary school who inspired me by their dedication to teaching,” Koval said of her decision to pursue a career in education. “These influential people have remained strong role models as I continued my educational journey. Once in college, I knew I wanted to be as influential in the lives of young people as my special teachers were in mine. I became involved in a youth group at my parish and the more I experienced working with youth the more I knew how important becoming an educator was to me.”

Koval also enjoys artistic pursuits and sports. She holds an associate degree in interior design from Berkeley College, and occasionally assists her best friend, who is an event coordinator and wedding planner. She roots for the Yankees, Devils, and Jets.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.

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