St. Joseph’s Academy has restructured its administrative team. Principal Stacia Andricain announced that Aubrey DeJohn will become the school’s dean of academics, Dr. Jason Hanks will be the dean of curriculum and instruction and Erika Angarita has been named the dean of women.
“Collaboration within an administrative team is so important,” Andricain said. “Though the deans will all be learning new roles next year, we are excited about the dynamic and working with the faculty and staff to continue the tradition of excellence in our school.”
Changes become effective August 1.
DeJohn became SJA’s dean of women in September, replacing Andricain, who was named principal when Dr. Michele Lambert left to pursue other interests. Moving into the role of dean of academics will enable DeJohn to oversee the school’s faculty and to implement academic policies. “I am looking forward to transitioning into working more in the area of academics,” she said. “I am excited to take on more of a role with teachers, as well. As a classroom teacher at SJA for more than a decade, I feel I have the necessary qualities to work with other teachers to enhance the classroom experience. Of course, my favorite part of the day will continue to be working with the students. They are my passion and the reason we all do what we do every day.”
Dr. Hanks has served as dean of academics since June of 2015. The role of dean of curriculum and instruction is a new one at SJA. Job responsibilities include the ongoing planning, implementation, development and evaluation of the school’s curriculum.
“I am looking forward to having more time for classroom observations as well as time to work with the faculty to begin to horizontally and vertically align the curriculum,” Dr. Hanks said. “My dissertation was on using data to inform decision making. I have used this information and skill set to improve test scores and college readiness at several other schools. I look forward to having the time to use data to help SJA improve academically and continuing to work with all stakeholders to move our exceptional program to even higher levels.”
Angarita is new to the administrative team. She has taught Spanish at SJA for five years and has 11 years of experience as a classroom teacher. She holds a bachelor of arts from Western Michigan University in Spanish literature and a master’s from New York University in foreign language education. As dean of women, Angarita will be responsible for discipline and co-curricular activities.
“I am looking forward to working with faculty and staff in a new position,” Angarita said. “The position of dean of women will give me the opportunity to pursue my passion. While I love being a teacher and a Student Council co-moderator, I believe that moving to administration is the next step in my journey here at SJA. I will work with a group of similarly minded teachers who put a lot of effort into their teaching and genuinely care about their students. I am excited to work with professionals I can learn from, and I know they will push me to take on new and challenging opportunities.”
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photo by Erin Albarado