Another exciting, wonderful school year has begun at Mary Help of Christians Academy replete with varied and stimulating possibilities! My name is Elizabeth Manzella, and I serve our community as the Dean of Student Affairs, a role that envelopes the more intangible aspects of MHC Academy. A true Mary Helper is a confident, well rounded student who can articulate her goals and is a catalyst for positive change. To encourage that growth, I work with students, parents, and guidance counselors to hand-pick extracurricular and internship opportunities that are not only congruent with students’ academic courses, but which also foster growth and support students in the discovery of what it is they are meant to do and be.
As a Salesian High School, Mary Help of Christians Academy follows the oratory model - based on the experience of the Home, School, Church, and Playground - developed by Saint John Bosco. We are a home that welcomes, a school that educates, a Church that prays, and a place where young people can gather. Moreover, at MHC Academy, we embrace the Preventive System educating the young, which has reason, religion, and loving-kindness at its core. Our goal is fostering young women that are responsible citizens and independent thinkers with strong character and faith.
Our students benefit from our dedicated faculty and staff who bring years of experience, talent, and enthusiasm to our community. Rigorous academics combined with career opportunities in a faith filled environment provide the space for experiential learning opportunities unique to MHC Academy. In keeping with our mission, through academics and extracurricular activities, we challenge our young women and inspire them to be leaders of today and tomorrow through positive experiences and a support system that creates a safe and secure environment for our students to realize their path and purpose. In Don Bosco’s words, “Without confidence and love, there can be no true education.”
These goals are lofty yet quite reachable. MHC Academy provides an environment that imprints itself within the heart of all connected with it. As Dean of Student Affairs, I welcome the opportunity to work with our students and their families as together we work toward a successful, happy, and faith-filled experience.
Dean of Student Affairs
Director of Educational Technology