Familiar Faces in New Places:
Mrs. Alison Overdorf: Academic Coordinator
Mrs. Overdorf is a master teacher, having taught eighth-grade math in the Middle School for the past 20 years. Next year, Mrs. Overdorf will step into the role of Academic Coordinator, overseeing the academic programming of the Middle School, coordinating student assistance, and managing scheduling and course enrollment. Mrs. Overdorf has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from East Stroudsburg University and an M.Ed. in Mathematics from DeSales University. Mrs. Overdorf will continue to coach the math competition teams in the Middle School and serve as the math department coordinator.
Mr. Nicholas Lucas: Social Studies 7
Mr. Lucas is no stranger to Moravian Academy having taught sixth-grade social studies at the Middle School for the past five years. Mr. Lucas has a Bachelors Degree in history from Kutztown University and an M.Ed. degree from Moravian College. Prior to joining MA, Mr. Lucas taught history, English, and math at St. Albans School in Washington DC and also proudly served his country as a member of the US Navy. In addition to teaching, Mr. Lucas will also serve as the social studies department coordinator and the seventh-grade dean. Mr. Lucas looks forward to continuing the enriching curriculum around early American history and Moravians already in place in seventh grade.
Mrs. Carissa Casey: Director of Student Support Teams, Lower & Middle School Counselor
Mrs. Casey will join the Middle and Lower School faculty having previously served as the Director of Learning Support, Counselor, and Learning Specialist at Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, PA. At Malvern Prep, Mrs. Casey was a founding member of SEED (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) experiences, including designing and implementing a curriculum for middle school students and multiple experiences for faculty, staff, and board members. Mrs. Casey has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a concentration in education from Lafayette College, a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University’s Teacher College, and a certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from Harvard University.
Mr. Nathan Diehl: Music Teacher, Chorus and Handbells Director
Many may fondly remember Mr. Diehl from his time serving as Lower School music teacher for 11 years. For the past two years, he was the vocal music, music theory, and musical theatre teacher at Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts. Mr. Diehl has a Bachelors Degree in music education from Moravian College and a Master of Music degree from West Chester University. Mr. Diehl is also an Orff-Schulwerk certified music teacher. He frequently conducts musical theatre productions for DeSales University and the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and has performed with his band throughout the mid-Atlantic and Lehigh Valley regions.
Mrs. Michelle Leyesa: Science 6
Mrs. Leyesa will join the Middle School faculty having previously taught for 11 years at a handful of schools including Stevens Cooperative School, Stuart Country Day School, Ursuline School and Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Mrs. Leyesa has taught biology, life science, animal physiology, and physical science classes across multiple grade levels. In addition to teaching, she has also coached a forensics team, been a yearbook editor, and coordinated community science expos. Mrs. Leyesa has a Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova and a Master of Science degree from New York University. In her science classes, Mrs. Leyesa incorporates engineering/STEAM projects, makerspace activities, and project-based learning.
Ms. Rosemarie Martens: Social Studies 6
Ms. Martens is excited to join Moravian Academy having previously taught at Kennedy Middle School and Friends Academy in Locust Valley, NY. At Friends, Ms. Martens taught ancient world history and United States history, using project-based learning, hands-on collaborative activities, and individualized learning using technology. She also has expertise using interactive assessments tools. In addition to teaching sixth-grade social studies, Ms. Martens will also teach the debate elective. Ms. Martens earned a Bachelor of Arts from Marist College double majoring in history and Spanish and Latin American/Caribbean studies. She also holds a Master of Science degree in educational technology from Long Island University. Ms. Martens plans to enroll in the near future at a local university to pursue an additional masters degree in history.
Mrs. Andriana Turcotte: Math 8
Mrs. Turcotte will join Moravian Academy after seven years teaching at Newtown Friends School in Newtown, PA and four years at Krumbiegel Middle School in Hillside, NJ. Mrs. Turcotte is an experienced math teacher of students in seventh and eighth-grades. At NFS, she also served as the Upper School Coordinator (grades 5-8) in which she assisted the Head of Upper School with administrative duties such as scheduling, communication, facilitating workshops on technology integration, and organizing standardized testing. Mrs. Turcotte earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The College of New Jersey doubling majoring in elementary education and psychology. In addition, she also holds a Master of Science degree in administration and supervision from Drexel University.
Vincent McEnroe: Middle School PE/Health & Wellness
Mr. McEnroe will join Moravian Academy having previously taught both middle and high school students in New Jersey. Mr. McEnroe earned a Bachelor of Health and Exercise Science degree from The College of New Jersey where he was also a member of the varsity soccer team. In addition to teaching physical education, Mr. McEnroe will also lead some sections of Health and Wellness for the Middle School.
Matthew McKay: Math 7
Mr. McKay will join the Middle School faculty having previously taught at Western Heights Middle School in Hagerstown, MD, as well as three years of teaching with Lehigh Valley Summerbridge. Mr. McKay earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kutztown University and also holds a Master of Education degree from Lehigh University. Outside of school, Mr. McKay is a USSF licensed soccer referee for the Blue Mountain Youth Soccer Club. Mr. McKay will teach all sections of seventh-grade math.
Sonia Kelton: Spanish 6
Born and raised in Peru, Mrs. Kelton moved to the United States in 2001. She has a degree from Ricardo Palma University and a Spanish teacher certificate from Muhlenberg College. During the past four years, Mrs. Kelton taught Spanish to students kindergarten through eighth grade at St. Joseph Catholic School in Orefield, Pennsylvania. Prior to her time at St. Joseph’s, she served as a long-term substitute teacher in the Parkland, Pottsgrove and Whitehall School Districts.
Mrs. Emily Quinn will be having her second child this summer and will be off campus with her family throughout the first trimester. In her place, Mrs. Michele Fedorov will return to teach all sections of French having previously served in this same capacity two years ago. Madame Fedorov has a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from the University of Rhode Island and has completed courses to further her education at both Moravian College and Lehigh University. She has also worked full time as a French teacher in the Allentown and East Penn school districts. During her stints at these schools, Madame Fedorov taught French levels 1 through 5, led three trips to France, and co-led two trips to Quebec.
Lower & Upper School Faculty Appointments for 2018-2019