Cathy Novello ’83 has been a high school social studies teacher at Pen Argyl Area High School in Pennsylvania since graduating from Lafayette in 1983.  In 1997 she received her Master’s in Education from Lehigh University. Her undergraduate degree in history prepared her to teach a variety of subjects including World Cultures, Psychology, American Government, Modern American History, and Advanced Placement European History.  Currently she is the Department Coordinator for the Social Studies Department and the Coordinator of the Student Assistance Program. She has fond memories of classes with outstanding professors like the late Professor Richard Welch, Professor Donald Miller, and Professor Ellen Hurwitz.  The content knowledge, critical thinking skills, and opportunities for civil discourse provided a great foundation for her future in a high school classroom. Cathy also owes a great debt to the Education Department and the late Dr. Clay Ketcham for the outstanding teacher certification program that existed at the time.  For Cathy the program was transformative as it led her to discover her passion for teaching. Thanks to Dr. Ketcham, Cathy was introduced to high school Principal John Squarcia ‘69 who hired her to teach at Pen Argyl. Professor Squarica, who teaches two Education classes at Lafayette, was also instrumental in bringing Cathy back to her Alma mater as a visiting professor in 2016. It is a true honor to share her enthusiasm for education with Lafayette students.