New fac­ulty and staff wel­comed; stu­dents re­turn to new cour­ses and ren­o­vated chem­istry lab

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - COMMUNITY -

When Devon Prep stu­dents ar­rived on cam­pus for the first day of the 2016-17 aca­demic year, they were greeted with new and ex­cit­ing changes, in­clud­ing new fac­ulty and staff mem­bers, sev­eral new course of­fer­ings, an ex­panded art and mu­sic pro­gram, a new stu­dent study cen­ter and a com­pletely ren­o­vated, state of the art chem­istry lab.

Among the new cour­ses now avail­able to up­per school stu­dents are Psy­chol­ogy, Sports Phys­i­ol­ogy, Graphic De­sign, In­tro­duc­tion to Mar­ket­ing/Man­age­ment, Fi­nance/ En­tre­pre­neur­ial Busi­ness Plan Writ­ing, Ceram­ics, Man­age­ment & Lead­er­ship, and In­tro­duc­tion to Le­gal Stud­ies.

For the first time in many years a ma­jor con­struc­tion project was un­der­way on Devon Prep’s cam­pus this past sum­mer. The school’s chem­istry lab was com­pletely gut­ted and ren­o­vated. Ev­ery­thing was re­placed and up­graded, in­clud­ing the light­ing, floor­ing, fur­ni­ture, equip­ment and more. This is the first phase of a larger renovation project. The renovation was funded by the Guzikowski Fam­ily, and a pri­vate foun­da­tion. The ar­chi­tect was Barton Part­ners of Nor­ris­town and the builder was Del­ran Builders of Wyn­d­moor.

Head­mas­ter, Rev. Fran­cisco Aisa, Sch.P., opened the school year Aug. 29 by cel­e­brat­ing Mass in the gym for the whole school com­mu­nity. Af­ter Mass 19 new fac­ulty and staff mem­bers were in­tro­duced to the stu­dents, in­clud­ing a new ad­mis­sions di­rec­tor, school nurse, school coun­selors and as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of athletics. They are:

Marie An­der­son- Paut­ler of West Ch­ester di­rects Devon Prep’s Choral TIDE vo­cal group. She holds a BA in Mu­sic Ed­u­ca­tion from Simp­son Col­lege and a Masters in Mu­sic Ed­u­ca­tion from West Ch­ester Univer­sity. She is cur­rently the ad­vanced vo­cal in­struc­tor at the Main Line School of Rock in Ber­wyn.

Diane An­draka of Am­bler teaches math and science. She holds a BS in Bio En­gi­neer­ing from Syra­cuse Univer­sity. She re­cently taught Chem­istry and Al­ge­bra at Villa Maria Acad­emy.

Erin Lynch-Baracco of New­town Square teaches Span­ish and English. She holds a BA in In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies from the Univer­sity of Miami, a Post BA in Span­ish from Dowl­ing Col­lege and a MA in Span­ish from West Ch­ester Univer­sity. Lynn-Baracco served as an ad­junct Span­ish pro­fes­sor at West Ch­ester be­fore mov­ing to Peru for eight years where she worked as an English Teacher at Ca­suar­i­nas In­ter­na­tional Col­lege.

Ni­cole Botta of Phoenixville teaches science. She holds a BS in Bi­ol­ogy and Ed­u­ca­tion from Buck­nell Univer­sity and a M.Ed. in Ath­letic Train­ing from Tem­ple Univer­sity. Botta served as the ath­letic trainer at Devon Prep for 12 years. Prior to Devon she was a mem­ber of the Ge­orge School fac­ulty teach­ing Bi­ol­ogy and Phys­i­ol­ogy.

Sarah Brac­cia of War­ring­ton is Devon Prep’s school coun­selor. She holds a BA in Psy­chol­ogy from Guild­ford Col­lege and a MA in School Coun­sel­ing from Gwynedd Mercy Univer­sity.

Cather­ine Ciocca of Devon serves as Devon Prep’s school nurse. She holds a BS in Nurs­ing from Gwynedd Mercy Univer­sity.

Mark Con­solo of Roy­ers­ford is the as­sis­tant ath­letic di­rec­tor, Sum­mer Pro­gram di­rec­tor and lacrosse coach. He holds a BS in Sports Man­age­ment from Neu­mann Univer­sity and a grad­u­ate cer­tifi­cate in Ath­letic Ad­min­is­tra­tion from South­ern New Hamp­shire Univer­sity.

Ann Marie DeCain of Bryn Mawr teaches math­e­mat­ics. She holds a BS in Civil En­gi­neer­ing from Vil­lanova Univer­sity. She was a li­censed pro­fes­sional en­gi­neer in the state of Delaware. DeCain, who be­gan her ca­reer in the wa­ter treat­ment in­dus­try, has tu­tored math and science for 20 years.

Gabriela Dokas of Wayne teaches French. She holds a BA in French from New York Univer­sity. She is cur­rently work­ing on her Mas­ter of Arts in French Lan­guage & Cul­ture at West Ch­ester Univer­sity.

Kather­ine Frank of Philadel­phia serves as an as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of tech­nol­ogy and teaches Graphic De­sign and Com­puter Pro­gram­ming. She holds a BS in Graphic De­sign from Philadel­phia Univer­sity and a MS in In­sti­tu­tional Tech­nol­ogy K-12 from St. Joseph’s Univer­sity. Frank also holds cer­tifi­cates in Film Di­rec­tion and Screen­writ­ing from the Los Angeles Film School.

Dy­lan Gavin of Ore­land teaches math­e­mat­ics and co­or­di­nates the ser­vice pro­gram at Devon Prep. He holds a BA in Eco­nomics/Math­e­mat­ics from Susque­hanna Univer­sity and most re­cently taught math at LaSalle Col­lege High School.

Peter Haas of Philadel­phia teaches English and his­tory, and serves as the Di­rec­tor of the Theater Arts Pro­gram. He holds a BA in Euro­pean His­tory, with a mi­nor in Theater from Wheaton Col­lege and a MA and MsED from the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia. Prior to Devon, Haas taught his­tory, di­rected, and coached at West­ern Re­serve Acad­emy in Hud­son, Ohio and taught for sev­eral years at Si­mon Gratz Mas­tery Char­ter in Philadel­phia.

Sara Haroun of Paoli is Devon Prep’s art teacher. She holds a BA in Art Ed­u­ca­tion from Tem­ple Univer­sity’s Tyler School of Art. She most re­cently taught ceram­ics at Ger­man­town Acad­emy where she led ini­tia­tives to dras­ti­cally im­prove af­ter school pro­gram­ming, and in­clu­sion of tech­nol­ogy and mod­ern de­sign con­cepts within the arts cur­ricu­lum.

Amanda Jenks of Ray­mond teaches the 7th grade writ­ing lab, as­sists with drama pro­duc­tions and serves as an in school sub­sti­tute. She earned a BA in English and Fine Arts from Loy­ola Univer­sity Mary­land and a MA in Teach­ing: Se­condary Ed­u­ca­tion with a con­cen­tra­tion in English also from Loy­ola.

Marie LaPrise of Down­ing­town is a mem­ber of Devon Prep’s coun­sel­ing depart­ment. She holds a MS in Coun­sel­ing from Vil­lanova Univer­sity. Most re­cently she served as an ad­junct fac­ulty mem­ber at Gwynedd-Mercy Univer­sity and La Salle Univer­sity.

Kevin Mul­hol­land of Me­dia is Devon Prep’s new di­rec­tor of ad­mis­sion. A 2002 grad­u­ate of Devon Prep he holds a BA in Broad­cast jour­nal­ism from the Univer­sity of Mary­land. Prior to Devon Prep he served as a par­tic­i­pant ser­vices ad­min­is­tra­tor for The Van­guard Group in Malvern.

Eileen Mul­lahy of Wyn­newood teaches English. She re­ceived a BA in English from Im­mac­u­lata Univer­sity and a MA in English Stud­ies from the Univer­sity of Ox­ford. She has taught in the English and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions de­part­ments at Vil­lanova Univer­sity for the last ten years.

Randy Navarre, Ph.D., of Glen­n­moore di­rects Devon Prep’s Jazz Band. He holds a BS in Mu­sic from Stephen F. Austin State Univer­sity, a MS in Mu­sic from Tem­ple Univer­sity and a Doc­tor of Mu­si­cal Arts from the Univer­sity of Mary­land. He teaches col­lege cour­ses for lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges in the Philadel­phia area. Navarre is the orig­i­na­tor and di­rec­tor of North­east­ern Mu­sic Pro­grams, Inc.

Pa­trick Sul­li­van of Phoenixville teaches sev­eral busi­ness cour­ses in­clud­ing In­tro to Mar­ket­ing/Man­age­ment and Fi­nance/En­tre­pre­neur­ial Busi­ness Plan Writ­ing. He has also served as Devon Prep’s JV base­ball coach.

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Devon Prep wel­comed nearly 20 new fac­ulty and staff mem­bers for the 2016-17 aca­demic year. They are, back row, from left: Diane An­draka of Am­bler, math and science; Gabriela Dokas of Wayne, French; Erin Lynch-Baracco of New­town Square, Span­ish and English; Ann Marie DeCain of Bryn Mawr, math­e­mat­ics; Marie LaPrise of Down­ing­town, school coun­selor; Ni­cole Botta of Phoenixville, science; Cather­ine Ciocca of Devon, school nurse; Sara Haroun of Paoli, art; Peter Haas of Philadel­phia, English, his­tory, Theater Arts Pro­gram di­rec­tor; (front row, from left) Amanda Jenks of Ray­mond, 7th grade writ­ing lab; Mark Con­solo of Roy­ers­ford, as­sis­tant ath­letic di­rec­tor, sum­mer pro­gram di­rec­tor; Sarah Brac­cia of War­ring­ton, school coun­selor; Kevin Mul­hol­land of Me­dia di­rec­tor of ad­mis­sion; Kather­ine Frank of Philadel­phia, Graphic De­sign, Com­puter Pro­gram­ming, as­sis­tant Tech­nol­ogy di­rec­tor; Dy­lan Gavin of Ore­land, math­e­mat­ics, ser­vice pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor; (Miss­ing: Marie An­der­son- Paut­ler of West Ch­ester, Choral TIDE vo­cal group di­rec­tor; Eileen Mul­lahy of Wyn­newood, English; Randy Navarre, Ph.D., of Glen­n­moore, Jazz Band di­rec­tor; Pa­trick Sul­li­van of Phoenixville, busi­ness).

Devon Prep stu­dents at­tend Chem­istry class in the newly ren­o­vated lab. Ev­ery­thing in the lab was re­placed and up­graded, in­clud­ing the light­ing, floor­ing, fur­ni­ture, equip­ment and more.

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