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IN THE NEWS: Caldwell Dean: ‘All-Girls’ Education Relevant

Caldwell Prep School Dean: ‘All-Girls’ Education Still Relevant’

“An all-girls’ education remains relevant in a society where gender equity is not yet a given,” Marissa Muoio of Cedar Grove said.

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — A Cedar Grove resident was recently named as the new Dean of Academics at Mount St. Dominic Academy in Caldwell.

Mount St. Dominic Academy, a Catholic college prep school for young women, announced Thursday that Marissa Muoio, 28, will take the reins as Dean of Academics.

Muoio received her B.S. in Elementary/Special Education in May 2012 and her M.A. as a School Library Media Specialist in May 2014, both from Seton Hall University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Seton Hall, studying toward an Ed.D. in Education Leadership, Management and Policy.

Prior to taking on the new leadership role, Muoio most recently served as Curriculum Coordinator for the Mount, a role she was promoted to in June 2016. Muoio first joined the staff in July 2013 as the school’s Media Library Specialist, a role she continued until taking on the responsibilities of dean.

Muoio, a 2008 graduate of Mount St. Dominic, will be responsible for the Mount’s day-to-day operations, with special focus on the academic progress of the students as well as curriculum review and innovation. As dean, Muoio will also have oversight of the nearly 40 educators that make up the school’s dynamic faculty, administrators said.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Mount’s longstanding reputation of excellence in education into the future,” Muoio commented. “An all-girls’ education remains relevant in a society where gender equity is not yet a given. The Mount community fosters an atmosphere of inquiry, self-advocacy, and critical thinking, and we are committed to preparing young women for a future where they will excel as culturally competent, social justice minded, empowered learners and leaders.”

Sister Fran Sullivan, Head of School of Mount St. Dominic Academy, said that Muoio possesses a powerful blend of passion, expertise, enthusiasm and joy.

“Since she joined the staff and faculty at the Mount, I have watched Marissa blossom into an extraordinary educator, a skilled administrator and a passionate advocate for our young women,” Sullivan said.

According to school administrators:

“Muoio has worked successfully to help develop and launch several new curriculum programs for Mount students in recent years. The Senior Capstone in Directed Research, taught by Muoio, was added to the curriculum as an elective for the 2017-18 school year. A year-long exploration of a topic, possibly tied to a future major or career path, the new course also partners the young women of the Mount with alumnae mentors to help them more deeply investigate their chosen topic while becoming comfortable with professional communications skills in a safe and monitored environment. She was also a member of the team responsible for integrating the Online Learning Initiative in 2016-17, which enables students to pursue additional complementary studies beyond the borders of the brick and mortar classroom.”

Published Caldwells Patch – By Eric Kiefer, Patch Staff | Sep 4, 2018 7:00 am ET | Updated Sep 4, 2018 7:00 am ET

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