Familiar Faces in New Places
Ms. Lara Cesco-Cancian
Ms. Lara Cesco-Cancian will move into a full-time role as a member of the math department. Moravian Academy will now benefit even more from her enthusiasm and professionalism. Along with math, Ms. Cesco-Cancian will be leading our computer science courses and helping with robotics and coding.
Dr. Brian Crowe
Dr. Brian Crowe will move into a full-time role as a member of the English department and faculty coordinator of the Freshmen Interdisciplinary Research Experience. We are thrilled to have Dr. Crowe’s passion and expertise in literary analysis and research continue to enhance the student experience.
Mrs. Wendy Sheetz
Mrs. Wendy Sheetz will move from the Middle School to the Upper School as a member of the science department. Mrs. Sheetz earned her B.A. from Goucher College and her B.S. from Towson University. She coaches varsity field hockey and lacrosse and has trained Summerbridge teachers for 10 years. The Merle-Smith campus is thrilled to have Mrs. Sheetz share her commitment to student engagement as she continues to bring science to life.
Mrs. Kathryn Barnhardt
Mrs. Kathryn Barnhardt will join the Upper School’s history department. Mrs. Barnhardt earned a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.S. from Simmons College. She has been teaching for 17 years, most recently at Chatham Hall in Virginia. With roots in the valley, Mrs. Barnhardt brings to Moravian Academy an intellectual tenacity that will spark and assuage our students’ curiosity.
Mrs. Coleen Kenyon
Mrs. Coleen Kenyon recently joined the Upper School faculty as the Upper School Nurse. Mrs. Kenyon earned a B.S. in Nursing from Villanova University and an M.S. from Chestnut Hill College in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. She brings to the position a unique combination of school nursing and professional counseling experience. She holds a Certified School Nurse Certification from Kutztown University. We are excited to have Mrs. Kenyon on board!
Dr. John McKay
Dr. John McKay will join the Upper School’s math department. Dr. McKay earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.S. in Music from MIT before doing a Franklin Fellowship at UPENN and earning a Masters and Ph.D. from Harvard in Music Theory. Last year, he also completed a competitive fellowship at Wellesley College Humanities Center. Dr. McKay has been teaching for 20 years, most recently at the University of South Carolina School of Music. A Lehigh Valley native, Dr. McKay is excited to return to secondary education, having previously taught secondary math and physics. He is a wealth of knowledge and wisdom.
Mr. Paul Reduzzi
Mr. Paul Reduzzi will join the Upper School’s math department. Mr. Reduzzi has been teaching Advanced Placement and Honors level math courses for over 20 years at both Belvidere High School and Hopatcong High School in New Jersey. He received a B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education from East Stroudsburg University. In 2013, he was recognized as Governor’s Teacher of the Year while teaching at Belvidere High School and, as a football and basketball coach, has won numerous “Coach of the Year” honors. We welcome Mr. Reduzzi and his impressive experience both in the classroom and on the field to the Moravian Academy community.
Dr. Juan Rojo
Dr. Juan Rojo joins the Upper School’s Global Language Department as a Spanish teacher. Dr. Rojo earned his B.A. from Clark University, his M.A. from Emory University, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Dr. Rojo has taught Spanish at the college level and high school level. Most recently he taught Spanish at EF Academy outside of New York City. Dr. Rojo brings with him a passion for international culture, especially cuisine, and travel. His creativity in the classroom will encourage high levels of student engagement.
Mrs. Elena Schanta
Mrs. Elena Schanta will join the Upper School’s math department. Mrs. Schanta has spent the last 20 years split between Allentown Jewish Day School and Allentown Central Catholic. She earned her B.S. from Cedar Crest College and recently completed her Masters of Engineering at Lehigh University. Along with tremendous experience in the math classroom, Mrs. Schanta has also taught coding and designed a course on energy systems analysis. Her versatility and collaborative spirit are very welcome!
Lower & Middle School Faculty Appointments for 2018-2019: