Social Studies Department

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Frank Amicucci
Douglas Bakka
Benjamin Barbour
Carla Betti
Department Chair
Deborah Kooser
Arthur Martone


Carla Betti,

Social Studies Chair

37 years teaching experience –
37 years at MPS
  • B.A. Niagara University Secondary Ed./Social Studies
  • M.A. Equivalency from State of Pennsylvania
  • Advisor for the Class of 2014
  • Advisor for Women in Motion
  • MPS representative for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
  • Completed Project TEACH, a three- year professional development program for American History teachers that included travel to historical sites in Pennsylvania
  • Attended Taft Institute for Teachers
  • Attended Mercy Leadership Institute
  • Traveled to USSR, Germany, Italy, United Nations, Washington DC with students
  • Cooperating teacher for numerous student teachers and practicum students
  • Worked with The Gannon Program for Teacher Preparedness
  • Former Student Government leader
  • Twice named “Teacher of the Year”
  • Served on the Western PA Conservancy Steering Committee for Lake Pleasant Preservation
  • Member of the National Honor Society for High School Teachers
  • Former Academic Challenge Coach
  • Earned grant from Erie Community Foundation
  • 2009 Golden Apple Award winner

Teaching Assignment: Modern American History-H, Modern American History-CP,
The 20th Century-H/IB-Standard Level, and History of the Americas-CP


Frank Amicucci,

39 years teaching experience –
29 years at MPS
  • B.A. Gannon University
  • M.A. Edinboro University
  • Drivers Safety Teaching Certificate – Indiana University
  • Varsity Men’s soccer coach 1981-1999
  • Former Social Studies teacher at Blessed Sacrament School 1974-1979
  • Principal at Holy Rosary in Johnsonburg – 1980 -1981
  • Former MPS Social Studies chair


Teaching Assignment: World Cultures-MPS PreIB/H and World Cultures-CP


Douglas Bakka,

19 years teaching experience –
19 years at MPS
  • Finance Degree from John Carroll University and Teaching Certificate from Mercyhurst College
  • International Baccalaureate History teacher
  • Moderator for the History Club and Finance Club
  • Completed Project TEACH, a three- year professional development program for American History teachers that included travel to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
  • Attended “Best Practice” IB Teacher Workshops: Levels I and II in Toronto
  • Interned with PA Historical and Museum Commission – Brig Niagara
  • Graduate course work:  Achieving Student Outcomes Through Cooperative Learning and Teaching the Skills of the 21st Century
  • Earned National and National Youth coaching certifications from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America
  • Coaching Director for the Junior Admirals Soccer Program
  • Head Coach for Boys Varsity Soccer team
  • Inducted into the Circle of Mercy in 2009

Teaching Assignment: Senior World History-IB, Government-MPS PreIB/H,
Sports and Society, and Nazi Germany


Dr. Jamie Borowicz,

Visual Art Department Chair
31 years teaching experience –
31 years at MPS
  • Earned a PhD in anthropology from the University of Buffalo in 2003
  • Spent five summers between 2002-2007 in Guatemala at the archaeological site of Tikal in northern Guatemala. He served as the “iconographic consultant/specialist” for the Proyecto Plaza de los Siete Templos, a multi-year excavation/restoration project run by a joint Guatemalan-Spanish team. He was the only foreign archaeologist invited on the team.
  • Adjunct professor at Mercyhurst College since 1999
  • His archaeological drawings and articles have been published in Mexico, Guatemala, and the US.
  • Chaired general session on the Maya at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeolo­gists, Montreal, Canada
  • Dr. Borowicz has exhibited his art in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Delaware.
  • Participated in the NCTA group and traveled to China in 2004
  • Participated in the NEH study group in Italy in 1999

Teaching Assignment: Art History-IB/H & CP and Anthropology


Deborah Kooser,

37 years teaching experience –
23 years at MPS
  • Completed Project TEACH, a three- year professional development program for American History teachers that included travel to historical sites in Pennsylvania
  • Cooperating teacher for numerous student teachers and practicum students
  • Student Government moderator
  • Faculty Service Award receipient
  • Spirit Squad moderator
  • IB Social Studies teacher
  • Director of Summer on the Hill program
  • Eucharistic minister at MPS
  • Education
  • Began Leadership classes
  • Former member of Diocesan Student Congress
  • Former member of the MPS Board
  • Started the Erie Experience class

Teaching Assignment: History of the Americas-IB, Psychology-CP,
and History of the Americas-CP


Arthur Martone,

Performing Arts Chair
29 years teaching experience –
25 years at MPS
  • Stage director/producer of the first high school production of The Phantom of the Opera in NW PA 2011
  • Music Director of the MPS Little Mary Sunshine  troupe performance at the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2005
  • Music director of the first high school production of Les Miserables in NW PA 2002
  • Music Director for the 1995 MPS I.T.S. Main stage production of Nunsense in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Stage director and performing member of the Erie Opera Theatre 1983 -2010
  • Music director/performer at Erie Playhouse since 1986
  • Former assistant conductor for the Erie Chamber Orchestra
  • Has been the music director/conductor for Erie Parks and Recreation Department, the Erie Diocesan Sum­mer Musicals, and the Titusville Summer Theatre
  • Sang as a soloist with the Erie Chamber Orchestra and the Erie Philharmonic
  • Former assistant musical director and head cantor at St. Peter Cathedral
  • Sang National Anthem at numerous professional sporting events
  • 2005 MPS Outstanding Faculty Service Award recipient
  • 2009 Golden Apple Award recipient
  • 2011 MPS Distinguished Alumni Service Award recipient
  • Has traveled extensively in the world to Italy, Germany, France, England, Scotland, Greece, Turkey, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Canada & Mexico
Teaching Assignment:Civil War and World War II


Benjamin Barbour,
1 years teaching experience –
1st year at MPS
Teaching Assignment:Government-CP