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Increase in new teachers likely next year

Interesting facts about this 16-17 new faculty

Amanda Thomas and Samantha Torre, Staff Writers

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NDP saw 15 new teachers join the faculty this year, and students can expect to see even more new faces next year.

With the expected increased enrollment from 930 this year to around 970 to 975 next year, additional teachers will be added in most departments. Additionally, the senior class size will increase from 193 to 260.

Mr. Matt Rylski, the director of admissions, said that when trying to keep the classes sizes at 25, this increase in enrollment will amount to an addition of about one new teacher to each department. He added that the new classrooms in the former library will help accommodate the increase in student population.

The number of new teachers this year is up from last year’s total and down from the 17 in the 2014-2015 school year.

Into the second semester, it’s likely one has seen these new faces around campus. The Seraphim surveyed these new teachers to learn more about them. See below the responses of those who answered to the survey below.

English Department

Jennifer Foradori
Classes: English 3 and English 4
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Education: Undergrad: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Master’s: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Doctorate: Idaho State University
Previous Job: Instructor at Mesa Community College
Hobbies: Baking and crafts
Family: Daughter: Fifi and Husband: Ehab
Why did you choose to be a teacher? I remember teaching my sisters to read when they were little.

Ryan Pefley
Classes: English 1 and English 2 Gonzaga
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
Education: B.S. in Language, Literature, and Writing, Post. Bac. Teacher Certification in English and Psychology
Previous Job: Middle school ELA teacher
Hobbies: Reading, writing, drumming and gaming
Family: Two brothers, one half-sister
Why did you choose to be a teacher?: My senior English teacher handed me a copy of 1984 after graduation and said, “You’ll need this.” I figured there was some symbolism in that gesture that led me into teaching.

Mathematics Department

Morgan Ball
Classes: Algebra 1 and Algebra 2
Hometown: Ojai, Calif.
Education: Bachelor’s in Economics from Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles and Master’s in Education from University of LaVerne
Previous Job: Math teacher at Saint Bonaventure High School in Ventura, Calif.
Hobbies: Going to concerts, snowboarding, volunteering and major USC football fan
Family and/or Pets: Parents, Mark and Michele still in California, and my cat, Rilo.
Why did you choose to be a teacher? I really enjoy working with teens and helping them succeed in life and school.

Megan Loertscher
Classes: Algebra 2 and Geometry

Wilhelm Nieweglowski
Classes: College Algebra and Precalculus

Physical Education Department

Casey Jewett
Classes: Sports Medicine 100
Hometown: Hanover, Minn.
Education: Bachelor’s in Athletic Training and Minor in Nutrition
Jobs: Athletic trainer at NDP and Rehab Plus Physical Therapy (2014-present)
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, hockey, hiking
Pet: French Bulldog
Why did you choose to be a teacher? I wanted to teach students about Sports medicine, injury evaluation, acute medical care, sports rehabilitation and allow them to have direct observation hours on the field.

Science Department

Nic Orlando
Classes: Anatomy and Honors Anatomy
Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
Education: NDP ’12, B.S. in Exercise Science from NAU ’16
Previous Job: Construction worker and strength and conditioning coach
Hobbies: Coaching athletes, working out, watching movies, camping, hiking, racquetball and cooking
Family and/or Pets: Brother named Anthony, NDP ’08 alum, and Dog, Turbo
Why did you choose to be a teacher? I enjoy connecting with young adults to help them achieve their academic, spiritual and personal goals. Plus, teaching is the only job that offers a spring break.

Mary Woloschuk
Classes: Biology and Physical Science
Hometown: Johnstown, Penn.
Education: Saint Francis University
Hobbies: Horseback riding, playing guitar, hiking, and rock climbing
Family and/or Pets: One younger brother and two cats
Why did you choose to be a teacher? I chose to be a teacher because it not only gives me the opportunity to talk about what I love every day, but it also allows me to share this passion with others. I also chose to be a teacher because I want to help, motivate and inspire students to reach their goals and their fullest potential as young adults.

Social Studies Department

Catherine DiBonaventura
Classes: I was teaching world geography for Mrs. Oliver while she was out on leave. Now I am a full-time sub.
Hometown: Kildeer, Ill.
Education: Northwood University in Michigan
Previous Job: I worked for automotive manufacturer Kia/Hyundai Motors of America. I was the Northeast Regional Business Manager.
Hobbies: Wake surfing and golfing.
Family and/or Pets: I have two daughters Sophia, 10, and Mia, 8. We have two dogs, Molly and Marie.
Why did you choose to be a teacher? I started teaching a few years ago. I enjoy teaching and helping young adults learn and reach their potential. Being a teacher, I get to learn new stuff everyday and be creative.

Theology Department

Katherine Purple
Classes: Sophomore and Junior Theology
Hometown: Avon, Conn.
Education: B.A. in English and M.A. in Moral Theology & Ethics from The Catholic University of America
Previous Job: Theology teacher at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol, Conn.
Hobbies: Reading, dance, hiking, soccer
Family and/or Pets: I am the middle of three children. My family is now spread out over Arizona, Colorado, Washington. D.C., and Connecticut.
Why did you choose to be a teacher? Theology fascinates me, and I greatly enjoy bringing others to a deeper knowledge of Christ and the Church.

Nolan Cleary
Classes: Theology 1 and Theology 3

Stephen Matuszak
Classes: Theology 4 and Philosophy Honors


World Language Department

Teresa González

Classes: Spanish 1, Spanish 3 and Spanish 3 Honors
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Education: Bachelor´s Degree in Spanish from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Master´s Degree in Curriculum and Design from SUNY Buffalo
Previous Job: High School IB Spanish teacher at Escuela Campo Alegre (the American school in Caracas, Venezuela)
Hobbies: Photography, reading, cooking
Family and/or Pets: I have been married for almost seven years and we have two boys (1 and 3 years old) and a French bulldog named Lilly.
Why did you choose to be a teacher? I felt it was my calling and I followed it.

Barbara Hernández

Classes: Spanish 1 and Spanish 2

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis. (Go, Packers!)

Education: B.S. from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Post-baccalaureate program Loyola University Chicago

Previous Job: Stay-at-home mom, department chair of foreign languages and Spanish teacher

Hobbies: I love hiking, crafting, photography and yard work.

Family and/or Pets: My husband and I have been married 27 years, and we have three awesome kiddos, Antonio, Enrique and Sofia. We have a cute little (temperamental) dog named Kokopelli and two Sulcata tortoises named Tortuga & Rafaela!

Why did you choose to be a teacher? I’m not so sure that I chose teaching… it’s more like teaching chose me! Ever since I was seven years old, I have been taking care of children. Teaching came rather naturally, and it is what I’ve been doing nearly all my life! I am super excited to be back in the classroom and thrilled to be at Notre Dame Prep!

Maria Luisa Alonso Rice

Classes: Spanish 2, Spanish 2 Honors, and Spanish 3

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