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Cockeysville-area schools are welcoming new additions to their faculty, administration

As the school year gets underway, many area schools are welcoming new members to their faculties. Padonia International Elementary School has some leadership changes for the new school year, with Daniel Pizzo being named principal after serving as the assistant principal for the past several years at Padonia. Lauren Dorsey joins him as the assistant principal, coming from Seven Oaks Elementary School. Melissa DiDonato, the former principal, has moved on to become the executive director for elementary schools in the community superintendent’s office for Baltimore County Public Schools.

St. Joseph School also has some new faces for the 2018-19 school year, including new teachers Julie Culotta in music, Abby Krauss in first grade, Ann Murphy as the first- and second-grade instructional assistant, Jenny Krush in third grade and Beth Kistler in seventh- and eighth-grade language arts.

These new teachers will be joining a vibrant and caring staff, which features several teachers who recently celebrated milestones in their years of service ministering to students in Catholic schools. Maggie Dates, principal at St. Joseph School, recognized four faculty members with a special award from the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Department of Catholic Schools for their dedicated service. Congratulations to Mary Kay Willard, third grade, for five years; Kelly Fick, kindergarten, and Patty Ruppert, language arts, for 15 years; and Pat Daley, director of instructional technology, for 20 years.

The new additions to the Dulaney High School faculty and staff begin with two assistant principals, Christopher Parker and LaTonya Wallace. Julie Kramer is joining the guidance office, Kristen House will be the new bookkeeper, and Officer Michael Lynch will be the additional school resource officer.

The social studies department is gaining four new members: Timothy Guest, Christopher Karwacki, Lynda Motiram and Courtney Wolfgang. Karla Jackson, in special education, and Elizabeth Bana, in world languages, will round out the new additions.

Welcome to all the new staff members; each one, according to Principal Sam Wynkoop, “is bringing to the DHS community a strong sense of dedication, energy and vitality.”

One other thing that St. Joseph School and Dulaney High School have in common at this time of the year is that both are hosting golf tournaments this fall. The Dulaney Sports Boosters Club is sponsoring the Dulaney Tournament at Oakmont Green Golf Course in Hampstead on Saturday, Sept. 22 with dinner, drinks, contests and prizes included.

They are looking for volunteers, sponsors and players and the proceeds will benefit the sports programs at Dulaney High, especially the golf and softball teams. For more information, go to

St. Joseph School will be hosting the Carpenter Cup on Monday, Oct. 1 at Hillendale Country Club, to raise funds for security upgrades to St. Joe’s campus. Again, sponsors and attendees are being sought, so check out for all the details.

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