Added Capacity Brings New Faculty And Staff To The Rosarian Academy

(Front row) Gloria Hernandez, Olivia Bennett, Dawn Woods, Pam Williams, Jessica Pincheon, Meghan Monteiro, Ellie Marino and Amanda Petrucco; and (back row) Amy Pelletier, Jeff Atkins, Kerrie Alsop, Elizabeth Straight, Sydney Sommer, Morgan Pate and Rohan Wight.

The Rosarian Academy has expanded its capacity, and the extra classes bring strong new faculty and staff to its West Palm Beach campus. The additions to Rosarian’s faculty and staff boast more than 100 years of teaching experience, as well as multiple master’s degrees, post-graduate degrees and teaching certifications.

Joining the returning highly qualified faculty and staff, the new teachers allow the school to accommodate a larger student body while ensuring that each student receives a top-notch education, steeped in spiritual values, strong academics and the arts.

Jeff Atkins joins Rosarian’s Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE) as a certified middle school exceptional student education (ESE) teacher with 25 years of experience teaching and coordinating special education programs.

Ellie Marino will serve as a physical education teacher. She is certified to teach physical education and has two years of teaching experience in Alabama. She is a former competitive gymnast and coach, as well as a certified fitness trainer.

Ilse Mish joins Rosarian as the seventh and eighth grade Spanish teacher. Mish is a certified teacher with 17 years of experience teaching Spanish, most recently as a middle and high school level Spanish teacher.

Meghan (Bulfin) Monteiro comes to Rosarian in the role of lead advancement officer. She has 13 years of experience in advancement and fundraising for nonprofits, most recently at a local independent school. Monteiro is also an alumna of Rosarian Academy’s Class of 2000.

Morgan Pate will serve as a third-grade teacher. She holds her teaching certification, has K-8 teaching experience, and has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

Amy Pelletier comes to Rosarian as a fourth-grade teacher. She is a certified teacher with 20 years of experience teaching fourth grade and serving as director of a private learning center.

Amanda Petrucco joins Rosarian as the eighth-grade language arts teacher. She is a certified teacher with 13 years of experience teaching ELA in grades 7 to 12, including 11 years in eighth-grade English.

Jessica Pincheon comes to Rosarian as a certified elementary teacher with 15 years of teaching experience in New York between the grade levels of kindergarten and second grade. She will be teaching second grade.

Elizabeth Straight will teach seventh and eighth grade religion. She is a certified middle school English teacher with eight years of experience teaching English, public speaking and meditation.

Rohan Wight will be serving as the seventh and eighth grade science teacher. He holds his teaching certification and has seven years of experience teaching science in grades 5 to 10 in Australia and Texas, including his most recent position as department chair at St. Clare’s College, a Catholic school in Canberra, Australia.

Pam Williams will serve as a second-grade teacher. She is an elementary-certified teacher with 10 years of teaching experience between the grade levels of kindergarten and third grade.

Dawn Woods joins Rosarian as a third-grade teacher. She is a certified elementary teacher with 15 years of experience teaching third grade.

Other additions to the Rosarian faculty and staff include Kerrie Alsop, Montessori assistant; Gloria Hernandez, kindergarten assistant; Olivia Bennett, kindergarten assistant; Emma Runko, kindergarten assistant; and Sydney Sommer, Montessori assistant.

The Rosarian Academy, founded in 1925, educates students from early childhood through eighth grade and offers a strong academic program enriched by athletics, visual and performing arts, and community service opportunities. The independent, Catholic school is located on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Bus service is available throughout Palm Beach County.

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