By Jim Lambert
There was lots of excitement and several congratulatory hugs throughout the morning at Union Catholic on Friday when the school community celebrated a very special achievement.
On Thursday at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, Union Catholic Associate Principal, Ms. Karen Piasecki, successfully defended her Doctoral Dissertation: “A Study of the One-to-One Laptop Learning Initiative at Union Catholic Regional High School.’’
“On behalf of the entire Union Catholic Community, I congratulate Dr. Karen Piasecki,’’ said Union Catholic Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM. “We share your joy of this awesome achievement of a Doctoral Degree. May God's abundant blessings be upon you as you continue sharing your gifts and talents with the Union Catholic Community and in the ministry of Catholic education.’’
It was a very special moment for Dr. Piasecki, who earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.
She deeply appreciated the outpouring of warm sentiments from the Union Catholic Community.
“It’s definitely a proud moment for me personally,’’ said Dr. Piasecki, who has dedicated her entire 25-year career to Union Catholic. “And it’s a proud moment for my family and a proud moment for Sister Percylee and the whole school.’’
Dr. Piasecki, a lifelong resident of Scotch Plains, graduated from Union Catholic in 1988 and Caldwell College (now University) in 1992. She went on to earn her Masters from Seton Hall University.
Dr. Piasecki began her career at Union Catholic in the Fall of 1992. She taught physical eduction, social studies, criminology and law, and English at UC before becoming the Director of Technology. She then served as the Assistant Principal before becoming the Associate Principal.
Dr. Piasecki said her family and friends inspired her to pursue her doctorate?
“My parents were the driving force,’’ said Dr. Piasecki. “And I had some other key people who are close to me that said to me that this was something that’s been missing. It took a lot of hard work and a lot of late nights, but it was a great outcome and a proud moment for me.’’