Rocky Fork Enterprise

100th graduating class

New head of upper school ready for milestone year

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When Columbus Academy's 2012-13 school year begins Aug. 22, the independent school will welcome a new head of upper school and mark the beginning of the senior year for the 100th graduating class.

The first day also will feature the arrival of the first student who is a child of a female Academy graduate.

Dominic Cacchillo, who will join the Columbus Academy prekindergarten program, is the son of Dr. Meri Mucha, who was among the school's first female graduates in 1993. Mucha was one of 14 girls in her class at Academy, the first to produce female graduates after the school became coeducational in the early 1990s.

Cory Izokaitis, former assistant head of school at West Nottingham Academy in Colora, Md., has joined Academy as the new head of the upper school. She served as the assistant director and later director of the high school girls division at Interlochen Arts Camp.

She also worked at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., as director of student activities, dormitory head and English teacher before moving to Maryland, where she was dean of students at St. Timothy's School.

Izokaitis, her husband, Joseph, and their two children live in Reynoldsburg.

Among Academy's full-capacity enrollment of 1,075 students in grades preK-12 will be 131 new students, including 16 in the ninth grade alone.

Other key entry points are fifth grade, with nine new students, and the kindergarten and prekindergarten levels, with 32 and 35 new students, respectively.

"We are very much looking forward to the start of Columbus Academy's 102nd year," said John Mackenzie, who is entering his 16th and final year as the school's headmaster. "The start of any school year brings with it a certain anticipation of new opportunities and new accomplishments for students, teachers and parents.

"For these reasons, the first day of school on Aug. 22 will undoubtedly be one of high excitement and enthusiasm," he said. "Although school years follow a fairly predictable pattern of high energy in the fall, some doldrums in the winter and a sprint to the end in the spring, no two years are alike, in terms of what they bring for each individual and for the school as a whole," he added.

MacKenzie said he looks forward to the challenges and successes of the 2012-13 school year, knowing that the school has a remarkably able faculty and staff to guide students.

In addition to Izokaitis, other new high school staff members are Tom DeVore (physics and chemistry), Dave Feinberg (computer science), Erik Peterson (history) and Robert Russell (math).

New additions to the middle school are Jennifer Bunker (language arts) and Julie Schneider (science). New lower school teachers are Miranda Bring (fourth grade and a 2003 Academy alumna), Renee Burr (third grade), Sean Gardner (third-grade assistant), Adriane Gray (Pre-K-K music and movement), Carmenza Gutierrez (Spanish), Katie Neenan (first-grade assistant) and Mia Terwin (prekindergarten).

Other new Academy staff will be Faouzie Alchahal (diversity fellow), Dr. Beckett Broh (director of diversity), Janet Fireman (nurse), Jennifer FitzPatrick (associate director of college counseling), Shannon Nelson (assistant to the headmaster), Susan O'Rourke (band assistant) and Janet Wymyslo (afternoon receptionist).

For those interested in applying to Columbus Academy for the 2013-14 school year, an admissions open house for prekindergarten and kindergarten will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19. An open house for all grades will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Call 614-509-2220 to register for either event.

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