Meet the Curriculum Staff
DR. ELIZABETH MCKEANEY
Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Dr. Elizabeth McKeaney joined the Colonial School District administrative team as the Director of Curriculum in August, 2005. With a strong background in strategic planning and instructional improvement, Dr. McKeaney provides District-wide leadership and support to schools in the areas of supervision and evaluation of curriculum, assessment and program development, including professional development and the implementation of English as a Second Language and Title I federally-funded programs
Dr. McKeaney has presented at numerous conferences including the Pennsylvania Staff Development Council, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Pennsylvania Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Conference, and Pennsylvania Title I, Improving School Performance Conference. In 2000, while a teacher in CSD, she was awarded the Milken National Educator Award by Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Milken Foundation. As a teacher, Dr. McKeaney worked at the elementary and middle school level in both urban and suburban school environments. Her experiences include gifted support teacher, English as a Second Language co-teacher in an inclusive multi-age setting, staff developer and instructional coach.
Dr. McKeaney received her Bachelor of Science in elementary education, master’s degree in education administration and K-12 Principal and Curriculum and Instruction certificates from Temple University. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
DR. KATY GIOVANISCI
Dr. Giovanisci joined the Colonial School District administration team in 2008 as assistant principal at Colonial Middle School, later became associate principal at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and then moved to the Curriculum Supervisor position starting with the 2013-2104 school year. She was awarded the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit/Freedom Credit Union “Voices of Inspiration” Award for Teaching Excellence in May 2008.
As Curriculum Supervisor, Dr. Giovanisci oversees:
- Language Arts
- Elementary Library
- Art K-5
- Music K-12
- Professional Development Coordination
- District Comprehensive Plan
A graduate of Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Dr. Giovanisci holds a bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and master’s and doctorate degrees from St. Joseph’s University.
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 for the past 3 years. Four years 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:
- 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 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:
- 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.