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Administration

ADMINISTRATION
Name
Title
Email
Telephone Number
Mary Ellen Dahlkemper
President
(814) 824-2313
Deborah Laughlin
Principal
(814) 824-2323
Paul Cancilla
Assistant Principal
Grades 11, 12
(814) 824-2317
Edward Curtin
Assistant Principal
Grades 9, 10
(814) 824-2405

 


Mary Ellen Dahlkemper,
President


  • B.A. Mercyhurst University
  • M.S. Edinboro University
  • Post-Graduate Gestalt Institute of Cleveland
  • Former Chief Administrator Officer for Stairways Behavioral Health
  • Former Director of Adult and Graduate Programs at Mercyhurst University
  • Former VP of Human Resources for Joseph B. Dahlkemper Company
  • Trustee of Mercyhurst University
  • Erie Rotary Club — past president — member since 1993
  • Member Erie Regional Peace and Justice Center
  • Member Women's Roundtable
  • Former steering committee chair: Culture Spark, Erie County Plan for Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Member Erie County PartnerSHIP for a Healthy Community
  • Member City of Erie Weed and Seed Program, co-chair Public Health Committee
  • Past Board member Stairways Behavioral Health
  • Past Board member Saint Mary's Home of Erie
  • Past Board member Young Erie Professionals
  • MECA Award
  • Woman Making History Award
  • Mercyhurst University Alumni Community Service Award
  • Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow
  • 4-Way Test Awardee
  • Member of St. Patrick Church
  • Three sons, Ed, Philip and James Razanauskas all MPS graduates
  • Sister Patricia Jackson and several nieces MPS graduates
  • Married to Edward Lesser, Administrator of the Erie Area Council of Governments

   


Deborah Zera-Laughlin,
Principal
33 years experience in education
31 years at MPS

  • Principal
  • Former dean of discipline for 11th/12th grades
  • Former academic dean       
  • Former chair of academic council    
  • Member, curriculum development/renewal leadership team  
  • Recipient of outstanding faculty service award
  • Publications: Incarnating Charism into A School’s Way of Life, Momentum: The Official Journal of the National Catholic Educational Association; Using Learning Style to Combat Attrition in Second Language Learning, The Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association Bulletin Vol. LXVI
  • Presenter, Conference of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association
  • MA, Middlebury College
  • PA certification     
  • Former adjunct professor at Mercyhurst College
  • Former Spanish teacher, master teacher, and world language chair
  • Former internal coordinator for Middle States accreditation
   


Paul Cancilla,

Assistant Principal
24 years experience in education –
16 years at MPS

  • Assistant Principal: June 2009 - present
  • Master’s degree in English
  • IB Theory of Knowledge instructor
  • IB Extended Essay supervisor
  • Former adjunct instructor, Gannon University
  • Past fellow, NWPA Summer Writing Institute
  • University of Chicago Outstanding Teacher Award 2008

Teaching Assignment: Theory of Knowledge-IB

   


Ed Curtin,

Assistant Principal/Theology Chair

22 years teaching experience –
22 years at MPS

  • Assistant Principal: June 2011 - present
  • M.A. in Pastoral Studies/Religious Education
  • Peer leadership teacher
  • Adjunct Instructor at Mercyhurst College in the Religious Studies Department
  • Accompanied youth group to Merida, Yucatan
  • Former athletic director at MPS
  • Golden Apple Teacher in 2008
  • Youth Minister/Confirmation Director at St. Julia’s parish
  • Writes for Faith Magazine, a Diocese of Erie publication

Teaching Assignment: Peer Leadership

   

 

 

Legacy of Leaders
Here is a list of principals and presidents who have provided leadership to
Mercyhurst Seminary/Preparatory School

2013-Present Mary Ellen Dahlkemper, President
Deborah Laughlin, Principal

2011-2013

Sr. Mary Ann Bader, President
Deborah Laughlin, Principal

2002-2011

Sr. Mary Ann Bader, President
Margaret Aste, Principal

1998-2002

Georgia Johnson, President
Margaret Aste, Principal

1996-98

Georgia Johnson, President
Edward Zenewicz, Principal

1987-96

Sister JoAnne Courneen, President
Anita Squeglia, Principal

1977-87

Sister Maura Smith

1976-77

Sister Mary Alice Schultz

1970-76

Sister M. Rebecca Sullivan

1966-70

Sister Marie Anne Neal

1959-66

Sister M. Michelle Leehan

1948-59

Sister Jean Marie Sullivan

1947-48

Sister M. Bertha Michalik

1945-47

Sister M. Gabriel Koch

1939-45

Sister Jean Marie Sullivan

1938-39

Sister Benedicta Flecken

1937-38

Sister Edana DuGuay

1933-37

Sister Benedicta Flecken

1930-33

Sister Bernadette Egan

1928-30

Sister M. Leona Reagle

1927-28

Sister Mary Ann Clark

 


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