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Padua Welcomes New Faculty for 2014-15

meghan furlongMeghan Furlong (Spanish)

Meghan Furlong is so excited to be teaching Spanish at Padua. She graduated from St. Mary Magdalen and then went onto Ursuline Academy where she ran track, participated in stage productions, and was president of the National Honor Society. Mrs. Furlong was also a champion Irish dancer, at one point placing 5th at the world championships in Dublin.

During high school, Mrs. Furlong developed a love of the Spanish language and the world’s Spanish speaking cultures. She traveled to Spain in high school, and while a student at American University, she spent a semester studying in Brussels, Belgium, where she interned at the International School. Back in Washington, Mrs. Furlong interned at the embassy of Venezuela. She graduated with a B.A. in Spanish Studies and Secondary Education.

Mrs. Furlong spent a summer studying in Costa Rica, and then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Latin American literature from Georgetown University. This was followed by a move to New England where she taught at a school in Boston that is a lot like Padua.

After marrying a guy she first met at a dance in Salesianum’s cafeteria, Mrs. Furlong took a break from teaching to raise their son Liam and daughter Bridget, now 11 and 9 respectively. Big fans of Catholic schools, Mrs. Furlong and her husband look forward to seeing Bridget walking the halls of Padua in a few years.

When Mrs. Furlong isn’t teaching, she loves reading, baking, beaching, taking family trips and bike rides, and listening to country music as she cruises the back roads with the top down on her old Jeep Wrangler.

maria guarniMaria Guarni

Maria Guarni is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science Education.  After graduating from the University of Delaware, Ms. Guarni taught high school level Social Studies in Baltimore City Public Schools, and earned her M.Ed from Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Guarni lives in Wilmington with her yorkiepoo, Max, and enjoys biking, running and horseback riding.

yael haislipYael Haislip

Mrs. Yael Haislip is Padua Academy’s new Choral Director. Mrs. Haislip earned a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Delaware in 2011 and became certified to teach K-12 music. She started her career teaching choirs and group piano classes at Christiana High School (CHS) where she worked for three and a half years. While at CHS, Mrs. Haislip had the privilege of directing two musicals, including Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Cole Porter’s Anything Goes. During her first two years of teaching, she pursued and earned a Masters of Music degree in Teaching. Mrs. Haislip has also worked for the University of Delaware, teaching an arts-integration course through the School of Education and mentoring research scholars in the ArtsBridge America program. Mrs. Haislip teaches private piano lessons and plays jazz music with her husband for events at UD, restaurants, private parties, and festivals across the state of Delaware. Mr. and Mrs. Haislip reside in Newark and just had a beautiful baby girl who is now 3 and a half months old.

michelle keefeMichelle Keefe ’06

Michelle Keefe is a member of the faculty in the Religious Studies department at Padua Academy. Following her graduation from Padua Academy in 2006, Ms. Keefe earned her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame where she studied Italian, Studio Art and Theology. She spent eleven months during her junior year in a full-immersion program, living and studying at the University of Bologna through the Bologna Consortial Studies Program. After graduation, she continued her education by completing the Alliance for Catholic Education two-year program at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She received her M.S. in Education as well as a Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania Fox Leadership Program, while teaching 2nd grade in South Philadelphia. In 2012 Ms. Keefe moved to Boston to complete a M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies) degree from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Ms. Keefe is grateful to have the opportunity to be back once more in the classrooms of Padua. She is excited to share her faith and her many passions with the girls at Padua Academy. She enjoys drawing and painting, taking road-trips, and spending time with her many siblings and relatives back in Delaware.

nicole penzaNicole Penza

Nicole Penza is a School/Personal Counselor in Padua’s Office of College Advisement and Guidance. Working primarily with the freshman class and their transition to Padua, Ms. Penza also works with all grades with one-on-one counseling. She earned a B.S. in Rehabilitative Services from Penn State and a Masters in Counseling from Villanova University. She holds her certification in School Counseling in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and Initial Certification in Delaware. Her counseling experience includes time with counseling offices at Cardinal O’Hara High School, Kennett Square High School, and Marple Newtown High School. Ms. Penza lives in Broomall, Pennsylvania. She enjoys spending time at the beach, reading, shopping, and cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles.

susan poppitiSusan E. Poppiti

Susan Poppiti is a new member of the mathematics department at Padua Academy. Susan earned a B.S. in mathematics and French Summa Cum Laude from Ursinus College in 1999 and was awarded a J.D. Cum Laude from Villanova University School of Law in 2002. Following her graduation from law school, Mrs. Poppiti became a member of the Delaware Bar and focused her practice on matrimonial law and commercial litigation. In 2008, Mrs. Poppiti decided to pursue her passion for mathematics by becoming a mathematics teacher at Ursuline Academy, where she taught advanced courses including AP Calculus AB and BC. She is thrilled to join the Padua Academy faculty. Mrs. Poppiti resides in Wilmington with her husband Vincent and offers cooking lessons through her company La Cucina di Poppiti, LLC, writes a food blog and authors a monthly column for the Journal of the Delaware State Bar Association entitled “The Judicial Palate.”

lauren stanleyLauren Stanley

Lauren Stanley is one of Padua’s new math teachers this year. Mrs. Stanley earned a B.A. in Secondary Math Education and a M.S.E. in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of Kansas. A diverse experience best describes Mrs. Stanley’s teaching background. She began her career in a Missouri suburban public high school teaching Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. After her third year she moved with her husband to Pennsylvania and taught at Regina Angelorum, a small private Catholic primary school in Ardmore, for two years. There she taught 2nd and 3rd grade, as well as 6th – 8th grade math. The last two years Mrs. Stanley served as an adjunct at Delaware County Community College teaching mathematics. She is elated to return to the high school setting. She knows this is her calling. Outside of teaching, Mrs. Stanley resides with her husband in Drexel Hill, PA. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, sharing the faith, hiking in the outdoors, and doing artistic projects.

jessica taboltJessica Tabolt

Jessica Tabolt is a college and academic counselor at Padua Academy. She holds a B.S. from Marist College in Organizational Leadership and Communication (2010) and a M.S. from College of New Rochelle in School and Guidance Counseling (2012). Prior to joining Padua, Ms. Tabolt worked for five years in admissions at Manhattanville College, most recently as the Assistant Director of Admissions for the Graduate Business School. Ms. Tabolt recently relocated from New York to Delaware. She enjoys hiking, yoga and traveling.

lesley wallaceLesley Wallace

Lesley Wallace teaches Business and Economic Education at Padua Academy, where she also serves as faculty moderator for Model UN. Mrs. Wallace earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Delaware, a Paralegal Certificate from Boston University, and an M.A. in Teaching from Wilmington University. She started her professional career at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP in 2006 where she worked first in the Bankruptcy section and then years later, in 2011, with the Federal Courts and Technology section. She has also spent four years working as a Commercial Loan Documentation Specialist for Wilmington Trust Company (now M&T Bank) and most recently in the same role with the Small Business Department of WSFS Financial Corporation. Having realized her passion was in education, she is excited to merge her previous work experiences with the education she offers to her students at Padua. Her strong business and legal background enable her to bring many real-life experiences and examples into her classroom through personal stories as well as through guest speakers. Mrs. Wallace resides in Wilmington with her husband and two daughters, Emma and Greta. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with family.

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