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Meet the Curriculum Staff

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Rosemarie Gregitis

Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Rosemarie Gregitis joined Colonial School District in July of 2013 as Principal of Plymouth Elementary School and was promoted to Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in the summer of 2020.

Mrs. Gregitis came to Colonial from the Upper Darby School District where she served as Principal of the Charles Kelly Elementary School (CKES), including one year as Interim Principal at CKES and the district’s Kindergarten Center. She has extensive experience as a reading specialist, instructional support teacher, kindergarten and elementary classroom teacher, and literacy coach.

Mrs. Gregitis holds a B.S. from West Chester University and an M.S. and Principal's and Supervision Certifications from Saint Joseph's University.

Joseph Pacitti

Curriculum Supervisor

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Joseph Pacitti joined the curriculum team in May 2021 after serving as an elementary assistant principal in the Allentown City School District. There, he designed and implemented professional development focused on culturally responsive pedagogy, coordinated district-wide teams to ensure equitable access to rigorous curricula, and aided in the development of the district’s instructional framework and strategic plan.

As a teacher at Salisbury High School from 2014-18, Mr. Pacitti created a credit-bearing internship program and was part of a team that earned the College Board AP Equity and Excellence Award. Mr. Pacitti also earned the county's Distinguished Educator Award for his work in Maryland at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

As Curriculum Supervisor, Mr. Pacitti oversees:

  • K-12 Language Arts
  • Reading
  • World Languages
  • K-12 Library
  • Professional Development Coordination
  • ELD/Title III Coordination 

Mr. Pacitti holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a minor in Italian from Temple University, an administrative certificate from Lehigh University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Lehigh University in Educational Leadership.

Edward Merk

Curriculum Supervisor

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Edward Merk is one of the curriculum supervisors in the Colonial School District.  He joined the administrative team in 2018 after serving as the K-12 Mathematics Curriculum Leader in the Downingtown Area School District. Prior to that, Mr. Merk was part of a pioneering team that created the Downingtown S.T.E.M. Academy High School which pushed the limits of public education by emphasizing a growth mindset, inquiry based learning, and STEM initiatives for students. 

With a strong background in mathematics education, new program facilitation, and teaching innovation, Mr. Merk will enhance the academic programs Colonial offers by directing others in a supportive environment, coordinating team based solutions, and promoting a positive culture. 

As Curriculum Supervisor, Mr. Merk oversees:

  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Health and Physical Education

Mr. Merk also has experience teaching mathematics at the middle school, high school, and college levels in addition to developing summer school programs. He received his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Arts Degrees in Mathematics Education from West Chester University and completed his administrative certification at Immaculata University.

Maria Wileczek

Curriculum Supervisor

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Maria Wileczek joined the Colonial School District as Curriculum Supervisor in 2009. Under her leadership, the Science Department has begun important work in identifying student needs and building in opportunities for students to develop into 21st century learners. A main focus of the science curriculum review is to refine the program to ensure students as scientifically literate and capable of using scientific knowledge and inquiry skills with today’s technological innovations. Mrs. Wileczek also was an administrative leader for the Classrooms For the Future Grant.

As Curriculum Supervisor, Mrs. Wileczek oversees:

  • Science
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Federal Programs
  • Gifted Programs
  • Teacher Effectiveness
  • Innovative Programs

Mrs. Wileczek came to CSD from the Upper Darby School District where she served 11 years as a biology teacher and then Assistant Principal. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Biology from the University of Scranton in 1998. She completed her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership as well as administrative and supervisory certifications in 2005 from Saint Joseph’s University.

Melissa Figueroa-Douglas, Ed.D.

Equity and Advancement Officer

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Melissa Figueroa-Douglas joined Colonial School District in 2022 as the Equity and Advancement Officer. Over the past two decades, she has been a champion for equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging across New York, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. She is focused on ensuring optimal support and resources for all students. As an agent of educational change for positive student outcomes, Dr. Figueroa-Douglas will further the commitment of Colonial School District’s Equity initiative.

As Equity and Advancement Officer, Dr. Figueroa-Douglas is responsible for:

  • Facilitating Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (EIB) Committee meetings
  • Facilitating and coordinating districtwide EIB professional development
  • Collaborating with teachers, administrators and staff districtwide to expand the districtwide EIB initiative
  • Amplifying and sustaining student voices
  • Serving as the District's Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Figueroa-Douglas holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology Secondary Education from Lincoln University, a master’s degree in School Leadership from Wilmington University, and a doctoral degree from Wilmington University.