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Each year we celebrate the arrival of students from countries all over the world who come to experience an American education while improving their English and learning about other cultures. It is our priority is to ensure that they are safe and happy in our school.


The Student Affairs Team

The team creates and maintains a positive school culture, enhances the student life experience through programming and school activities and ensures that the school is a safe place.

You will be connected with an advisor who will support you throughout your career at CATS and help shape you academically and developmentally. Our community thrives on a mutual respect and understanding between students and staff members in order to create a productive space for students to be academically challenged and successful.


Student Services

Our team acts as a link between teachers, House Parents and parents. Our priority is to contribute to the success of your journey by means of exemplary support and attention to individual needs. You can ask questions raise concerns, make general and special requests, receive help with accounts and registration, re-enrollment, I-20 maintenance and compliance and more. We encourage you to consider us your first point of contact when having a question about the student experience while attending CATS.


Department of Residential Life

The CATS Academy Department of Residential Life consists of 16 dedicated members living in the four Houses with more than 380 students. They provide a personalized program that enhances your living experience and promotes a sense of “home”. The House Parents care for, guide, and introduce you to the responsibilities of independent living. The Residential Life Curriculum focuses on being successful at CATS Academy, building community, learning about other cultures, developing a global perspective, exploring ethics, and making informed choices. In summary, we strive to help you succeed academically and socially at CATS Academy, and prepare you for life after secondary education.


Staff

William Newman
Residential Director
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William Newman

Residential Director

BS, Chemistry, Virginia Tech
MS, Chemistry, University of Connecticut
MA, Secondary Education, Supervision & Leadership, College of New Jersey
PhD, Science Education, Purdue University

Will is the Director of Residential Life. In this position, he works with the, dorm parents, and students to ensure the students’ residential life experiences are engaging, provide opportunities for personal growth, promote cultural awareness, and develop lifelong skills. Will has worked as a science teacher, team leader, department chair, grade level dean, student activities supervisor, and assistant professor of mathematics and science education.

Jessica Doyle
Dean of Student Affairs
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Jessica Doyle

Dean of Student Affairs

BA Arts in History Education, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Jessica Doyle leads the Student Life and Culture Program at CATS. The program creates a strong and positive environment, conducive to academic success and personal growth for both students and staff alike. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Arts in History Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation she embarked on a three-year teaching experience in Shenzhen, China, gaining vast insights into the world of working with international students. In 2014, Jessica travelled to Haiti to lead a workshop, which provided formal training and professional development to local educators. Jess expects to complete a Master's degree (MEd) in Educational Leadership from Boston University in 2018.

Emelia Punches
Assistant Director of Residential Life
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Emelia Punches

Assistant Director of Residential Life

BS, Business Management, Bridgewater State University

As the Assistant Director of Residential Life, Emelia strives to make CATS Academy a home-away-from-home for all students. She is also the business teacher and works with the school’s theatre department to put up school plays. Emelia has worked with high school students for the last 7 years in different capacities. Emelia’s passion is creating a supportive school community and spending time with her two dogs, Odin and Fern.

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