Sr. Monica Sicilia, new IT instructor
Sister Monica Sicilia, IHM, of Philadelphia, Pa., has completed her first semester as an instructor of information technology in Immaculata University’s Mathematics, Computing Sciences, and Physics Department. This fall, she taught classes in multimedia, web design, computer technology and social computing.
Sister Monica has worked as a teacher or administrator in Catholic schools for more than 20 years, and she has helped develop innovative educational technology. She holds a master’s in interactive media and design from Philadelphia University and a master’s in educational leadership from Immaculata.
Sister Monica has taught at five different Catholic schools, teaching various elementary grades as well as the subjects of technology and religion. Her administrative experience includes serving as the founding principal of Notre Dame Middle School in East Stroudsburg, Pa., and the principal at St. Catharine of Siena School, St. Joseph School, and Villa Maria Academy, all in southeastern Pennsylvania.
“As a principal, I found that many of the endeavors I had to undertake involved marketing and planning for the future of the school where I was missioned. I also found that it was my role to ensure the best education for the students,” said Sister Monica. “With these tasks in mind and heart, I enrolled in a grant writing course. I was then instrumental in writing and attaining grants for three schools where I was missioned, to provide students with state-of-the-art computer labs and classroom instructional materials, including Smart Boards for each classroom.” Sister Monica also created various marketing materials and websites for these schools, and she is still active in helping to maintain the sites.
Sister Monica was a master teacher for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1995 to 2001, serving on archdiocesan curriculum committees, developing a peace and justice curriculum for elementary grades, and providing workshops in religion and technology for principals. She worked with first-year teachers, conducting orientation and workshops that offered classroom management techniques, curriculum overviews and activities for various grade levels. She served as the spiritual coordinator of Catholic Youth Organization parish activities at the middle and high school levels. She was also a contributing author to Sadlier-Oxford Publishing Company’s math and phonics programs.
“I feel being a faculty member at Immaculata University is rewarding and enriching,” commented Sister Monica. “Not only do I have the honor to be part of the education of others, and to learn from their experiences, I also have the wonderful privilege of working with professional, brilliant colleagues that enrich me daily. I am blessed!”
Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.