Mr. Angelo G. Berrios, III
Mr. Angelo G. Berrios, III returned to Abington Senior High School as the principal after various experiences in the Abington School District. In April 2008, Mr. Berrios was promoted to assistant principal at the Abington Junior High School where he served in this capacity for five years. Prior to entering the field of educational administration, Mr. Berrios taught secondary social studies. Mr. Berrios began his teaching career at Abington Junior High School where he completed his student-teaching practicum. After having such an excellent experience student teaching, Mr. Berrios proudly accepted a position as a social studies teacher in the Abington School District. Mr. Berrios taught social studies at the Abington Senior High School for eight years.
Prior to entering the field of education, Mr. Berrios served our country as a member of the United States Marine Corps on active duty from 1991-1995. During his time in the Marine Corps, he was an Infantryman/Machine Gunner and completed two 6 month deployments with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable (22 MEUSOC). He is a proud veteran who brings this experience with him to the field of education.
After being honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Berrios attended the Pennsylvania State University at University Park where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Social Studies Education. During his tenure, Mr. Berrios earned his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University. Mr. Berrios is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in Educational Leadership at Delaware Valley University.
Mr. Berrios enjoys the opportunity working with faculty, students, parents, and community of the Abington School District and looks forward to many more years serving a school district as excellent as Abington.
Mr. Bradley Palmer
Mr. Palmer started in Abington in 2000. He served as a chemistry and physics teacher for five years before becoming Department Chair of science in 2004 and then Assistant Principal in 2017. Mr. Palmer received a B.S. in Science Education form Temple University in 1995 and an M.S. in Science Education from Temple in 2000. His areas of interest are in STEM education, inquiry-based science instruction, and educational equity.
Mr. Ernest Johnson
Mr. Ernest Johnson entered the Abington School District in August 1998 as a school counselor at Abington Senior High School. Mr. Johnson was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his high school diploma from Philadelphia-Montgomery Christian Academy. Mr. Johnson then completed his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Moravian College, Class of 1996. After Moravian, he earned his Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Temple University, 1998. While earning his Master’s degree at Temple, Mr. Johnson was funded through a Graduate Assistantship for the Center for Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse.
After serving as a school counselor for six years, Mr. Johnson was promoted to Guidance Chairperson. While functioning in this capacity, Mr. Johnson and the counselors initiated a year-long mentoring program at Willow Hill Elementary School. After 3 ¼ years as Guidance Chair, Mr. Johnson was board approved and promoted to the position of Assistant Principal (November, 2007). Mr. Johnson completed his K-12 Principal Certification in the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Program at Temple University, 2007.
Mr. Johnson has a wife, Margaret, and two children. He was raised by his grandparents, Ruby and Odell. He has two brothers and two sisters. His one brother, Reg, is also an educator and serves as a principal in the Philadelphia School District. Mr. Johnson values spending time with his family and living a peaceful existence.
Mr. Cosimo Fiorino
Mr. Cosimo Fiorino joined the Abington School District in 1995 as a teacher in both the Mathematics Department and the Alternative Education Program. Mr. Fiorino was born in Abington and raised in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He attend high school at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, Pa. Mr. Fiorino earned his undergraduate degree in Education with a concentration in Mathematics from Temple University in 1998. He earned his Master Degree in Education Leadership at Arcadia University in 2001.
Mr. Fiorino also served in the role of Assistant Athletic Director at Abington Senior High School from 1995 – 2004. In the spring of 2004 Mr. Fiorino was appointed to the position of Director of Athletics at Abington Senior High School. He served in this role until 2012. During this time Mr. Fiorino also served as a member of the PIAA District One Committee. Mr. Fiorino was appointed to the position of Assistant Principal in 2011.
Away from Abington, Mr. Fiorino has a wife, Ivette and three children. Mr. Fiorino looks forward to the challenges of providing wisdom and guidance to young adults both at home and at Abington. His goal is to create responsible citizen who dedicate their lives to be lifelong learners.
Ms. LaVonda Daniels
Ms. LaVonda Daniels joined the Abington School District in August 2006 as a teacher at Highland Elementary School. She has had the privilege of fostering student success in the classroom teaching grades two, three, four, five and six. At Highland, Ms. Daniels started the school’s VIBE and IMAGINE program and served as the sponsor. As a sponsor of the building Service Learning program, she also started the Highland Elementary, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Day of Service. For nearly a decade, donations collected and packaged from this day of service assisted children and families through partnerships local organizations. In 2017, Ms. Daniels was appointed as Elementary Curriculum Specialist at Overlook Elementary School. Currently, she serves as an Assistant Principal at both the Junior and Senior High schools.
Prior to joining Abington, Ms. Daniels worked as an Intake Coordinator for Big Sisters of Philadelphia. She also taught third grade teacher at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr.
Ms. Daniels earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Communications Studies from Howard University in Washington, D.C.. She earned her first Master’s Degree in Education from Temple University. She earned her second Master’s Degree in Reading (with Distinction) from Cabrini College along with her Reading Specialist K-12 Certification. Ms. Daniels earned her third Master’s Degree from Gwynedd Mercy University in Educational Administration along with her Principal’s K-12 Certification.
Grateful for the opportunity to serve the district on the secondary level, Ms. Daniels looks forward to working with the students, staff, and community. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling especially when visiting her hometown, Louisville, Kentucky, where she was born and raised. She and her husband have twin sons, Justin and Jordan.
Mr. Joseph Tagliaferro
Coordinator of Student Support Services
Mr. Joseph Tagliaferro joined the Abington Senior High School professional community in September, 2000. For nine years, Mr. Tagliaferro functioned in the capacity of Guidance Counselor. Mr. Tagliaferro brought an affinity for student success to his daily duties, especially for students with disabilities and first-generation, college-bound students. Outside of his Guidance duties, Mr. Tagliaferro, under the direction of Mr. Ernest Johnson, established a full-year Mentoring Partnership Program with both Willow Hill and Overlook Elementary Schools. After the 9/11 tragedy, Mr. Tagliaferro helped students establish an American Red Cross Blood Drive to supplement the annual ASHS spring drive. Mr. Tagliaferro has been recognized by the American Red Cross and the Coca-Cola Scholars Program for his commitment to student success, and recently presented at the 2009 Naviance Summer Institute.
Mr. Tagliaferro completed his undergraduate studies at Saint Joseph’s University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1995. Mr. Tagliaferro received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary School Counseling from the University of Scranton in 1997. Mr. Tagliaferro is certified as a Secondary School Counselor and Supervisor of School Guidance Services by the state of Pennsylvania. Mr. Tagliaferro has served a number of social service agencies throughout his professional career, fulfilling duties as a group home supervisor, social worker and mobile therapist prior to his entry into the Abington School District.
Mr. James Rizzuto
Mathematics Department Chair
Mr. Rizzuto joined Abington in 1993. He came to the Philadelphia area as a Graduate Assistant at Villanova University. While at Villanova, he assisted in teaching calculus and linear algebra classes. He earned an MA in Mathematics at Villanova in 1993. Mr. Rizzuto did his undergraduate work at Shippensburg University. Before coming to Abington, Mr. Rizzuto taught Calculus 1 and Calculus 2 at Widener University.
Mr. Rizzuto first taught AP Calculus in 1994 and is a strong proponent of the Advanced Placement program. He has served as an AP Reader for Calculus and attended regional CollegeBoard AP conferences. Mr. Rizzuto has been involved with ATMOPAV, PCTM and NCTM professional mathematics teaching organizations. He was a presenter at the PCTM state conference in 2008.
During his time at Abington, Mr. Rizzuto has taught most of the math course offerings and been involved in many areas of school life. He feels fortunate to work with such outstanding students and teaching professionals at Abington Senior High School. Mr. Rizzuto is proud to work in a school that offers the highest caliber of academic opportunities for all of its students.
Ms. Janine Sack
Supervisor of Communication Arts 7-12
Janine Sack joined the Abington School District in 1994. She began her Abington career as a Reading teacher at Abington Junior High School. Her experience as a teacher includes teaching all courses offered at AJHS for reading. At AJHS, Mrs. Sack spent her time co-sponsoring various clubs such V.I.B.E., Reading Olympics, Diversity Club, Character Café as well as several stints coaching field hockey and basketball teams. In 2001, Sack was appointed Reading Chairperson at Abington Junior High School. Mrs. Sack has also served on a variety of committees such as Opportunities to Learn, NCLB Special Education, Strategic Planning Action Team, Blue Ribbon, Multicultural, Gifted Education and numerous content area textbook adoption committees. In July 2013, Mrs. Sack was named the Supervisor of Communications Arts-Secondary for ASD. Her primary responsibility is to supervise the reading programs offered at Abington Junior and Senior High Schools.
Sack received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Reading at St. Joseph’s University. After that, she completed the requirements and practicum for Principal and Supervisor of Reading certification and holds certificates in Elementary Education, Reading, Supervisor and Secondary Principal.
Mrs. Sack is active in professional development opportunities in the industry as both as a presenter and a participant. She is past president of DVRA, serving on the board for DVRA for fifteen years and currently co-chairs the Adult and Adolescent Literacy Committee. Mrs. Sack has presented at various conferences on reading strategies, student engagement and cultural proficiency including KSRA, DVRA, DVMSAC, Alpha Phi Epsilon’s annual conference and works with other education programs as a consultant. She also serves as an adjunct instructor in the Education department for both St.Joseph’s University and Neumann University, teaching language arts, content area reading, and literacy courses.
Janine and her husband, Chuck are the proud parents of four daughters, Lizzy, Meghan, Caroline and Kiera. Their family resides in Havertown, PA.
Mr. Ryan Weathers
Supervisor of Secondary Health and Physical Education
Mr. Weathers became the Supervisor of Secondary Health and Physical Education for ASD in July 2012. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from West Chester University where he was a 25-time All American and National Champion swimmer for the Golden Rams. Mr. Weathers returned there as an adjunct professor and assistant swimming coach before beginning his career as a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Abington Junior High School in 2006. Mr. Weathers earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Arcadia University while earning his K-12 Principal Certification as well. He has a minor in coaching, is lifeguarding/First-Aid/AED and CPR instructor certified, has an Emergency Medical Technician certification, and is an open water professional rescuer.
During his time at Abington, Mr. Weathers has utilized his various experiences and certifications to serve in many capacities outside the classroom. He was the Athletic Director for the Junior High School for two years and coached swimming, football, and baseball at both the Varsity and Junior High School levels. Mr. Weathers was the district-wide First-Aid/CPR/AED trainer for administrative assistants, nurses, coaches, and paraprofessional staff. Before transitioning to his current supervisory position, he served as the Head Swimming Coach and swimming lessons director for Arcadia University for three years.
Mr. Weathers believes his staff is committed to guiding students on their unique path to acquire personal knowledge and life skills through physical activity. He feels privileged to work with the students and staff of Abington Senior High School in leading healthy and active lifestyles.
Mr. James Lodewick
English Department Chair
Mr. Lodewick was appointed to the position of English Department Chair at Abington Senior High School in 2008. He earned his B.A. in English from Iona College in 1989, M.S. in Secondary Education from Iona College in 1996, and a Supervisory Certificate in Secondary English from Temple University. Mr. Lodewick began his teaching career in 1992 as a Physical Education Teacher at Don Bosco Prep. High School in Ramsey, N.J. Mr. Lodewick also coached Baseball and Football at Don Bosco. In 1996, Mr. Lodewick moved to Salesian H.S. in New Rochelle, N.Y. where he taught English and coached Baseball and Basketball. Mr. Lodewick came to Abington School district in 1999 and taught one year of 9th Grade English at the Junior High School before moving to the Senior High.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities over the years, Mr. Lodewick has served as the Sponsor for the Class of 2004, Moderator of the NHS, AEA Vice President, and has coached Baseball and Football. Committees include, Opportunities to Learn, Blue Ribbon Committee, Trainer in Differentiated Instruction, Strategic Planning Committee, 21st Century Secondary Curriculum Committee, Classrooms for the Future, and The Senior High School Emergency Management Team.
Mr. Dave Daubenspeck
Business/Informations Systems Chair
Dave Daubenspeck arrived at Abington Senior High School the Fall of 1990. Prior to arriving at Abington, Dave taught in the Bethlehem School District, Freedom High School, where he taught courses ranging from Business Administration to Computer Programming.
Dave received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bloomsburg University, Master of Science degree from DeSales University, and various other Administrative Certifications from Temple University and Widener University.
Mr. Daubenspeck has been an instructor and lecturer of Computer Science and Information Systems at both Montgomery County Community College and Pennsylvania State University.
Currently Dave serves as the Chairperson of the Business and Information Systems Education and Future Business Leaders adviser at the Senior High School. Mr. Daubenspeck’s primary teaching responsibilities include: Advanced Placement Computer Science and Networking Administration.
Mr. Todd M. Vaccaro
Todd Vaccaro joined Abington School District as its Athletic Director in August 2012. Prior to this Mr. Vaccaro was an English teacher for six years in the Belle Vernon Area School District in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania as well as one year at McKeesport Area School District in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He taught at both the middle school and high school level.
During his time at Belle Vernon Area, he served as an assistant varsity football coach for three years. Additional coaching experience included middle school head coach for one season and varsity assistant coach for two years at Brownsville School District in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. In 2007, Mr. Vaccaro was co-defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Passion, a member of the Women’s Football Alliance. During that 2007 season, the Passion won the NWFA National Championship by defeating the Columbus Comets, 32-0.
Mr. Vaccaro earned his Bachelors of Arts in English and secondary certification in 2005 from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. He obtained his Masters of Education in Administration from California University of Pennsylvania in 2009.
Mr. Vaccaro has served as a representative on the PIAA District One Committee since August 2016. Mr. Vaccaro is the chairperson for Field Hockey and Boys Tennis for the Suburban One League American Conference. He is also a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association, the PIAA District One Athletic Directors Association, and the Pennsylvania Principals Association.
Mr. Vaccaro enjoys any and all sports, running the Broad Street Run, and watching Pittsburgh sports teams.
Mr. Vaccaro is excited to be at Abington because of the district’s focus on student success and high standards. His goals for the Abington Athletic Department are student safety, sportsmanship, and, most importantly, achievement in academics and athletics.
Ms. Julianne Petersen
Supervisor of Teaching and Learning
Ms. Julianne Petersen earned her BSED in Secondary Social Studies Education at West Chester University in 1992 and began her career with Abington School District that same year, teaching 8th and 9th grade social studies. After pursuing her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Arcadia University, she became Chair of the Social Studies Department at Abington Junior High School in 2002. In 2013, she was appointed as Supervisor of Secondary Social Studies for Abington School District and in July of 2016 she began her tenure as Assistant Principal at Abington Junior High School. In 2017, Ms. Petersen was appointed Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for Abington School District. During her years in Abington, Ms. Petersen has fostered a collegial, collaborative environment where teachers work together to implement a dynamic and forward-thinking social studies program.
Ms. Petersen has worked closely with local leaders, community members, and alumni to create and support programs that provide students with the opportunity to meet and work with government officials and people who are involved with various parts of our civic life. Each year students in the twelfth grade volunteer to participate in Local Government Day with Abington Township officials, and over the past few years Ms. Petersen worked with Common Pleas Judge Gary Silow to create a program that runs in conjunction with our Advance Placement United States Government & Politics course. Additionally, Ms. Petersen has directed many professional development programs in the areas of Holocaust Studies and local history in order to support and enrich the instructional program. Ms. Petersen has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Council of Social Studies, receiving the Social Studies Leadership Award in 2016.
Ms. Petersen and her husband, Jeff, have 3 daughters and are proud residents of the Abington community.
Ms. Nicole Callahan
Acting Supervisor of Special Education
Nicole Callahan joined the Abington School District in 2005. She began her Abington career as a Special Education teacher at Abington Senior High School. Her experience as a teacher includes teaching Learning and Emotional Support Math courses for eleventh and twelfth graders.
At Abington Senior High School, Mrs. Callahan spent her time co-sponsoring the Class of 2008. She was on numerous committees including: Opportunities to Learn Program, Strategic Planning Committee, Superintendent’s Committee for Data and Technology, Middle States Finance, Skyward Mentor, Student Involvement Committee, Ghost Team, Superintendent’s Committee for Secondary Programming.
Mrs. Callahan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Saint Francis University in 2001. After she attained her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and earned her Principal Certification in 2008 from Chestnut Hill College.