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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Making People Happy and Healthy
Apr07

Making People Happy and Healthy

There were no mai tai cocktails, no lounging by the beach at a swanky resort, and certainly no sleeping in late. Immaculata alumna Christine Kinslow’s trip to Belize in Central America was not that kind of trip—but something much more valuable. As a team leader of a seven-member nursing medical mission trip, organized through International Service Learning (ISL) and sponsored by Good Samaritan Missions, she and the other nurses helped...

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The Real Mr. Immaculata
Apr07

The Real Mr. Immaculata

If the Mr. Immaculata contest were still held, this year’s crown would certainly be bestowed upon James Wier ’16, the epitome of what a great Immaculata student is and what he or she can become. Knowing almost everyone on campus is a “big deal” to Wier. As a prospective student touring the beautiful campus over four years ago, he was amazed by the fact that everyone knew his tour guide (Alyssa Gonzales ’14). Now, serving in that same...

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Worth it: The Emilia Wojtyla Women’s Shelter in Bolivia
Feb15

Worth it: The Emilia Wojtyla Women’s Shelter in Bolivia

When Father Luciano Ciciarelli spoke about working among the poor in Latin America, Katherine Cartagena Orochi ’15 was impressed by his enthusiasm. He was visiting her parish to share about the initiatives he was involved with, and she felt compelled to approach him after his talk. “Have you ever been to Bolivia?” she asked him. She had grown up in El Alto, Bolivia and was working in the U.S. as an au pair. She knew firsthand the...

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