Now a teacher and the coordinator of Performing Arts at Immaculate Heart Academy (IHA), an all-girls, college preparatory high school in Bergen County, N.J., Iona alumna, and legacy Maureen McNulty ’12 is a veteran performer empowering young women to be the leaders of tomorrow.
Originally from Pearl River, N.Y. (Academy of the Holy Angels), Maureen had practically grown up on the Iona campus where her parents met while students at the College. A member of the Honors Program, the Iona College Theatre Ensemble, the History Honor Society, and president of the Iona Players, she graduated with a double major in English and history, while finding the time to minor in performing arts (theater), where she performed in over 10 theatrical productions on campus.
“When I began searching for a college, Iona stood out to me because I knew I could make it my own. Particularly as a member of the Honors Program, I was able to, in many ways, create a tailor-made curriculum that best met my interests, which allowed me to both double major and minor. The professors at Iona were so invested in the students and I was able to work closely with them on a myriad of ‘passion’ projects,” says Maureen.
Maureen credits her theater classes with Professor Thomas Donnarumma and her time in Doorley Auditorium for sparking her love for theater education. She was most impressed with the innovating teaching styles of her Iona professors, who allowed her to practice her craft by learning through real-life experiences, including internships with seasoned directors and educators.
Now a drama and English teacher at IHA, she holds a master’s from Iona in adolescent English and social studies, and recently completed her second master’s degree in education from St. Peter's University. Maureen is also working on expanding and supporting the Performing Arts program at IHA as well as teaching teenage girls to be empowered, socially conscious, Catholic women of valor. She just wrapped up directing and producing the school’s fall drama, “The Matchmaker,” and has just begun work on the spring production of “Beauty and the Beast.”
“If you want a school that cultivates a passionate, empowered community, choose Iona. Iona challenges us to move the world, so do it! Use your voice and be your own strongest advocate. The community at Iona will support you and help you to achieve and actualize your academic and extracurricular passions. Iona equips its students with the power to ‘fight the good fight,’ and as a Gael, it is both your privilege and responsibility to carry out the mission of Edmund Rice. Be a part of something bigger than yourself; be a Gael,” says Maureen.