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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

George Naron
Director of Residential Life
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George Naron

Director of Residential Life

BA, History & Education, Maryville College

George Naron started his career as a house parent, history teacher and Director of Activities at The Webb School, Bell Buckle, Tennessee. He then worked as Assistant to the Head of School at The Phelps School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, then after two years', as Director of Admissions. George spent the next three years as Head of School in two small schools in South Carolina, the Avalon Academy and the Thomas Hart Academy. George then moved north to take up the role as Dean of Students & Development Associate at St. Mary’s Hall/Doane Academy in Burlington, New Jersey. He later accepted a position as Director of Admissions at the New York Military Academy where he spent 11 years. He then moved to The Know School in St. James, New York where he served as Dean of Students, Director of Residential Life and Director of College Counseling for seven years before coming to CATS Academy.

William Newman
Assistant Residential Director
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William Newman

Assistant 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 Assistant Director of Residential Life. In this position, he works with the Director of Residential Life, 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.

La'Mar Owens
Assistant Dean
of Student Affairs
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La'Mar Owens

Assistant Dean
of Student Affairs

BA, Human Services, Springfield College
MA, Business Management, Cambridge College

La'Mar Owens oversees the implementation of the Student Life program, supports the advisory program and manages mid to high level disciplinary issues. He focusses on equipping students with the faculties to be successful in high school as they transition to higher education. Prior to joining CATS Academy, La'Mar worked in Boston charter schools as a dean of students and comes to CATS Academy with ten years’ of experience in public education. This has provided him with expertise in management, programming, and student development processes. La'Mar received his BA in Human Services from Springfield College and his MA in Business Management from Cambridge College.

Danielle Baldisserra
Director of Student Services
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Danielle Baldisserra

Director of Student Services

BA, Business Administration

Danielle Baldissera is the Director of Student Services at CATS. She is originally from Brazil and has a Bachelor in Science from Lasell College. Danielle, like many of our students, came to the U.S. as an international student, therefore sharing the same first global experiences as most of our students here at CATS. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and started her education career as an ESL instructor. For quite a few years, Danielle worked in the legal industry with experience in U.S. immigration, family law and civil litigation. In 2012 she decided to return to the education industry and since then she has found her dream career and is enthusiastic and committed to the principles of excellence in customer service in international education understanding and improving the CATS experience and outcomes for our students.

Rochelle Higgins
Student Services Coordinator
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Rochelle Higgins

Student Services Coordinator

BSBA, Healthcare Administration/Management, American International College

Rochelle Higgins graduated with a BSBA in Healthcare Administration/Management, from American International College. After graduation, Rochelle moved to Beijing China and worked as an English Specialist at Etonkids Educational Group, a Montessori bilingual kindergarten. After working in Beijing, Rochelle was accepted to serve in the United States Peace Corps, as a Health Education Volunteer. Rochelle was stationed for two years in Costești, a small village in Moldova. Here she taught Health to under-privileged children. Rochelle is happy to be a part of the Student Services Team, as the well-being of the student and their education is her top priority. Rochelle speaks Romanian, and elementary Russian and Mandarin.