Loving learning, loving students: Jo Anne McAdams ’84, ’87 M.A., ’96 Ed.D.
Jun30

Loving learning, loving students: Jo Anne McAdams ’84, ’87 M.A., ’96 Ed.D.

Job: IU’s coordinator of sophomore and junior field experiences, placing students in observation sites at educational and special education institutions in urban and suburban areas. Fun facts: I was the first person to obtain all three degrees—baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral—from Immaculata, taking classes part-time for 19 years straight. My daughter and I both graduated with our bachelor’s degrees in 1984. A favorite teacher:...

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Old-school, new-school: Paul McAndrew ’10, ’15 M.A.
Jun06

Old-school, new-school: Paul McAndrew ’10, ’15 M.A.

There is something about role-playing that drives a message home. Many students seem to comprehend a lesson better with visuals and what’s more visual than your teacher and classmates dressing up as medieval gladiators? This is the life of a student in Paul McAndrew’s World History class at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia. “One of the main reasons why there were gladiator fights,” McAndrew commented, “was to distract the...

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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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