Ermanno Morelli, Principal
Don Bosco Prep High School, Ramsey, NJ
It’s no coincidence that many of Catholic education’s biggest supporters are themselves alumni of Catholic schools. DBP’s newest Principal, Ermanno Morelli, ’02, is a testament to this fact.
After graduation, Morelli went on to attain a Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in both theology and Italian from Boston College in 2006, followed by a Master of Education in teaching and curriculum from Harvard University just two years later. In 2016, he returned to graduate school for a Master of Arts in educational leadership from Ramapo College.
Morelli makes clear that the interaction between his Catholic upbringing and education, natural love of learning, and passion for the service of others is what helped him discern a career in teaching. He spent 11 years as a middle and high school teacher before becoming Dean of Students at Regis High School in New York City.
Returning as principal has proven to be an extraordinary homecoming: the familiar feeling of family and brotherhood are now seen through an administrator’s lens. He notes, “there’s a diversity of passions that often fly under the radar; we have robust programs in robotics, theater, arts, media, and service trips…not to mention academics marked by impressive college acceptances.”
As a new principal, Morelli hopes to take in as much as he can before endeavoring to chart the course forward. “I plan on using this year to learn more about the students, staff, and culture, and from there to assess how I can help advance the teaching, learning, and the Salesian charism at Don Bosco Prep.
Joan Tyburcy, Principal
Saint Vincent Academy, Newark, NJ
After 19 years on the freshman instructional team at SVA, it should come as no surprise that Joan Tyburcy makes an excellent candidate to tackle the complex role of principal.
Tyburcy holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Siena College and a master’s in educational leadership from The College of Saint Elizabeth. A lifelong learner, she recalls always wanting to be an educator and credits her parents for instilling in her from an early age the value and importance of education. After college, Tyburcy tried her hand at other fields and found herself uninspired by all. She knew if she wished to find fulfillment, she must return to education.
In her tenure at the Academy, she has become an integral part of its community, which she describes as being permeated by the mutual respect and support bestowed to it by its founders, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. Nearly two decades later, Tyburcy remains inspired by the Sisters’ mission and their commitment to uphold it.
Looking ahead, Tyburcy will preserve and look to “build on the sense of community that is already well established [at SVA],” and to find new ways to encourage students to feel “confident to share their many talents.”
Mike Malkinski, President
Immaculate Conception High School, Montclair, NJ
This September marks the beginning of President Mike Malkinski’s first full school year in the role, which he assumed in January 2019. While the title is new, Malkinski – now an active member of Saint Rose of Lima Parish in East Hanover – feels very much at home on campus since his own graduation with the Class of 1973.
The oldest of seven Malkinskis to attend IC, his ties run deep, so when he says that the “shining star on Cottage Place” holds a special place in his heart, he means it. In addition to leading the ICHS Foundation, he’s been an active IC football coach for four decades.
Malkinski holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and marketing from Montclair State University. After retiring from AT&T with 40 years’ experience in engineering, project management, marketing and sales roles, the Board of Trustees invited him to bring his business skills, strong alumni connections, and ICHS Pride to this opportunity.
Of this turn of events, Malkinski says, “God definitely had a plan for me, and I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to help IC strengthen its mission.” He looks forward to his future work with an experienced and dedicated staff and IC’s generous alumni and friends so they may continue to be “inspired every day by their bright and hard-working students.”