SCOTCH PLAINS – Union Catholic High School humanities teacher Maryann Carolan has been selected as a 2010 Nonpublic Teacher of the Year Finalist by the New Jersey Council for Private Education (NJ CAPE) and the New Jersey Department of Education Advisory Committee for Non-public Schools.
Carolan, a resident of Linden, has taught for 20 years at Union Catholic and is also a graduate of the class of 1986. She received a BA in Speech and Theater from Montclair State University, an MS in Education from Walden University and she was a fellow at St. Andrew’s University. She has taught a variety of English courses and is Assistant Chair of the Humanities Program. Additionally, Carolan serves as the director of the Union Catholic Performing Arts Company.
Carolan’s service includes her many roles in her parish community of St. Michael’s Church in Cranford. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Educational Theatre Association, and she is an adjunct faculty member at Fairleigh Dickenson University.
Under her directorship, the Union Catholic Performing Arts Company includes a spring musical, a fall comedy, and summer musical. Last school year her students traveled to an off-off Broadway stage where they produced and performed “Love (Awkwardly),” an original playwright by Carolan and fellow Union Catholic graduate John Rotondo ’07 in collaboration with 12 Union Catholic students. She has been involved in assisting many teachers in differentiated leaning techniques while creating rubrics for teachers to use as part of their professional development activities.
Carolan describes her philosophy of education as being pragmatic, given her desire to teach practical life skills along with the content of the course, and she tries to have students connect abstract thoughts with concrete elements in their daily lives. “Teaching students to value the process of learning will help make them students of our world and create the hunger for knowledge that far surpasses anything,” states Carolan.
Maryann Carolan is pictured along with Brother Ralph Darmento, Deputy Superintendent of School for the Archdiocese of Newark, John O’Neill, Associate Superintendent of School for the Archdiocese of Newark, and Sister Percylee Hart, Principal of Union Catholic High School.