Brainstorming with Kevin Moore ’12
May18

Brainstorming with Kevin Moore ’12

At an all-boys Catholic high school two weeks before Christmas, 18 students arrive early to class—a Calculus class, no less. Their teacher: Kevin Moore, a 2012 Immaculata Education alumnus and Math teacher at Malvern Preparatory School since 2014. Watching Moore engage his students, all juniors and seniors, is a pure pleasure. The class begins with a prayer—which, by the end of class, some students need more than others. Drawing...

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Impacting lives one lunch at a time: Linda Leib ’98 M.A., ’14 Ed.D.
Apr28

Impacting lives one lunch at a time: Linda Leib ’98 M.A., ’14 Ed.D.

“We believe that work and effort create success” is the school motto that Principal Linda Leib, Ed.D., created when she arrived at Brandywine-Wallace Elementary School in 2010. “Effort is a big deal here,” Leib states. Every month each teacher submits one name of a student who has shown exceptional effort in the classroom that is not tied to how smart the student is, but based strictly on how much effort he or she has put forth. That...

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Q&A with Tom Shaffer ’11 Ed.D.
Apr19

Q&A with Tom Shaffer ’11 Ed.D.

Could you walk us through your career to this point? Currently I am the superintendent/high school principal in the Bristol School District. I started out initially teaching at St. Mary’s Catholic School in St. Clair, PA. I taught English in grades 6-8. From there I went to All Saints Catholic School in Pottsville, PA where I was the vice principal. Then I became the elementary school principal in Shenandoah Valley. Then in 1990, I...

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And The Winner is…Sara McDermott Jain
Apr08

And The Winner is…Sara McDermott Jain

When asked which essential films young people should watch—Casablanca or Citizen Kane—Sara McDermott Jain ’04 responds with an answer typical of an English major with a love of film. “I’d recommend Casablanca for anyone who wants to be a writer (it’s maybe the best script of all time) and Citizen Kane for anyone who wants to be a filmmaker (the shots and techniques are relentlessly innovative).” Film and writing—her two passions—have...

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Seeking Freedom Through Creativity: Jack Carr ’97 Ed.D.
Apr08

Seeking Freedom Through Creativity: Jack Carr ’97 Ed.D.

Just outside the entrance to String Theory Charter School in Center City Philadelphia is the famous “Break Through Your Mold” sculpture, one of the world’s top 10 public art works. The piece shows a man progressing through four different stages. At first, he is trapped within a mold, hands pinned behind him. In the next stage, he twists his shoulders free. Then he takes a step and leans forward, reaching out a grasping hand. At last,...

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Joyful, Joyful
Feb05

Joyful, Joyful

Sue Graves ’03 M.A. got a text one night from her boss at Melmark, an organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities. The Joybells have been invited to perform when the Pope is here…we’re in! Graves texted back, You’re joking, right? She wasn’t. The Joybells, a handbell choir made up of some of Melmark’s adult members with disabilities, had been chosen out of thousands of applicants to be one of the performing groups...

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