St. Augustine Prep Blog
Taking STEM and Humanities to New Heights
Nancy McHugh P’08 ’11 ’15 and Caroline Chapman P’15 ‘ 18 have been appointed as STEM Division Head and Humanities Division Head respectively. Both will continue to teach within their own departments, as well as enhancing their programs through collaborative leadership. With these appointments, these outstanding faculty members are renewing their commitment to the school’s mission.
Nancy McHugh P’08 ’11 ’15 – STEM Division Head
“Working closely with the STEM faculty (science, math, computer science, and business), my goal is to design curriculum (and its subsequent lesson planning) that reaches our students’ diversity of learning styles and taps into their creativity by focusing on more real world and more co-curricular connections to course content and emphasizing student skill development.”
Prior to motherhood, the proud alumni mother of Brendan ’08, Dillon ’11 and Colin ’15 worked at the Rohm and Haas Company in research and development as a Senior Research Scientist and, later, as a Corporate New Ventures Specialist. Along with a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.B.A. in Finance, Nancy brings great passion and commitment to this new role. Teaching nearly every class in the science curriculum and more, she has been a member of the Science Department since 2004. Most recently she served as the Program Coordinator for the school’s much-vaunted Unitas Advisory Program and also as Chairwoman of the school’s Science Department.
2015 and 2016 served as banner years for the veteran educator as she was named Princeton University’s Distinguished Secondary Teacher of the Year and St. Augustine Prep’s Augustinian Educator of the Year in 2015. The following year placed her at the state pinnacle of her profession as she was presented with the honor of Non-Public Teacher of the Year for both the Camden Diocese and the entire state of New Jersey. Currently holding membership within the American Chemical Society and American Association of Chemistry Teachers, Mrs. McHugh has served a variety of leadership roles at St. Augustine, her latest as STEM Division Head will find her impacting the future of the Brotherhood in yet another critical manner.
Caroline Chapman P’15 ‘ 18 – Humanities Division Head
“If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that the world is increasingly complex, interconnected, and unpredictable. Working with this very talented Humanities faculty to update curriculum, create innovative courses and incorporate new methods of instruction is an honor, and I am looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together on behalf of our students.”
Caroline comes to this position very qualified. She has a B.A. in History from Hood College, a graduate degree in Reading Education from Rowan University, and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from George Washington University. She has served as a faculty member at St. Augustine Prep since 2014 and most recently as Chair of the English Department. Caroline holds several State of New Jersey instructional and administrative certifications. Her leadership roles at St. Augustine Prep include Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management and Assistant Academic Coordinator for the BEACH Program. Caroline served as Head of School at The Ellison School in Vineland, NJ for five years.
Please join us in extending congratulations to Mrs. McHugh and Mrs. Chapman!