Having spent over 10 years in catholic education, Mrs. D’Amato has come to see that there is no place like Notre Dame Academy and the warm and welcoming feeling one gets when walking on this campus is in large part due to the young women who make up our student body. “I feel so blessed to be able to come to work every day and be a part of their journey to becoming leaders in our society. “
As the assistant principal of Notre Dame Academy, it is her goal to help carry out the tradition of the Congregation’s founder, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, to educate young women in a deeply rooted faith-based learning environment and to help empower each young woman to be an agent of her own transformation and the transformation of society.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University, Mrs. D’Amato earned both a Masters of Art and a Masters of Science in Education degree in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University-Teachers College. She currently holds a NYS Permanent Certification in School Counseling. She is no stranger to catholic education: Mrs. D’Amato began her career teaching psychology at the college level at St. Francis College where she worked as both an academic adviser and an adjunct psychology professor for four years.
While her path first brought her to higher education, she knew her passion lay in working with high school students and Mrs. D’Amato has spent the last 9 years as a guidance counselor, college adviser, and teacher at the high school level within the archdiocese. Having spent the majority of her career in a single-sex school, she has come to see first hand the benefits of an all-girls learning environment.
“I am so thankful that my path has brought me here, to Notre Dame Academy. Although only at the beginning of my journey at NDA it already feels like home and I am looking forward to the years to come and to see all of the wonderful things that our students will accomplish.”