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Recent Student & Alumni Accomplishments

The Education Department is pleased to announce several student and alumni recent accomplishments:

April 2017
  • Mary Bongo '15, MSEd ’17 and Cassie Dulac ’17 presented at Iona Scholars Day on April 11, 2017. Both students’ respective projects, “Morphological Instruction in Social Studies” and “Literacy Case Study: A 2nd Grade English Language Learner” were based on work produced for their education classes. Dr. Amanda Howerton-Fox served as advisor to both students.
    Cassie Dulac, Dr. Amanda Howerton-Fox and Mary Bongo
    Mary Bongo
    Cassie Dulac

January 2017
  • Port Chester Middle School Assistant Principal Byron Womack ’92 received the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee Humanitarian Award. Assistant Principal Womack was recognized for his work with students and the organization, STEER For Student Athletes. Read full article.
  • Mount Vernon Superintendent Kenneth Hamilton ’09 MS was featured on for introducing an extracurricular STEM program into the district.

November 2016
  • Mariah Ortiz, Steven Hernandez, Rosemarie Villani and Gabriella Osso (all '18) collaborated with a middle school social studies teacher to teach four separate lessons on American immigration at the Dodson School in Yonkers. Read full article.
  • Congratulations to Samantha Goyco '15, '17MSEd on being nominated for the 2017 Big Apple Awards! Her nomination was recently submitted by a parent of one of her Kindergarten students in the NYC Board of Education who took the time to share what she and ALL of the parents in her class believe makes her such an outstanding educator. Each year, there are thousands of nominations from across New York City, representing more than 76,000 educators serving 1.1 million students. A BIG Apple Awards nomination is a great way for students, families, staff and community members to say “thank you” to NYC teachers.
  • Robert DiSapia, MST Graduate Student expected date of completion Spring 2018, passed the New York State Department of Education required assessment for certification: Educating All Students (EAS) (201). The Education Department congratulates Robert on this remarkable accomplishment!
  • Katie Sutorius '17MS and Angela Pesce '15, '17MS (the graduate assistant in the Education Department) both passed their New York State Certification Examinations - Literacy CST. This is Angela's last certification test! The Education Department congratulates both Katie and Angela on this remarkable accomplishment!
October 2016
  • Kerri-Anne Dodenhoff '14, was voted New Teacher of the Year by her colleagues in PS4 from the New York City Department of Education. Kerri-Anne received her BA in Adolescence Mathematics from Iona. Congratulations, Kerri-Anne!

September 2016
  • Giulia Lopez '15, '17MSEd, recently passed the last and final certification exam for Special Education and Literacy after successfully passing all of her previous examinations. The Education Department congratulates Giulia on this remarkable accomplishment!
July 2016
  • Vasilis Topalis '17 recently passed his Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), a test that all Education majors are required to take. The Education Department congratulates Vasilis on this remarkable accomplishment.
June 2016
  • Current graduate student, Victor Cristiano '17MS, has been chosen as one of 30 high school social studies educators from across the nation to attend C-SPAN Classroom's 2016 Educators' Conference in July.
March 2016
  • Former student, David Stahl, continues to create works of art in his studio, and has recently begun selling his artwork online. View his website and marvel at the creations he's made. Many of his pieces are accompanied by poetry that he also writes. He's truly an inspiration!
September 2015
  • Cassie Dulac '17 and Vasilis Topalis '17 recently passed their EAS (Educating All Students) examinations.
  • Angela Pesce '15, '17MS was awarded the position of graduate assistant in the Education Department.
If you have an accomplishment you would like to share with your classmates and alumni included on the website, please email Professor Richard McMahon at