Maria Catherine Vita

Masters Equivalency Certification, Pennsylvania, 2004
  • University of Wyoming in Laramie (over 30 graduate credits in history, ethnohistory)
    • Honors/Awards:
        • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1998-2000
        • Recipient of Larson/McGee Graduate Student Fellowship, 1999
        • E.C. Barksdale Essays in History winner, 2000
        • Panel Participant, Speaker @ Annual Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in NM, Feb. 2000
        • Graduate Teaching Assistantship, 1998-2000
Bachelor of Arts in History with Social Studies Certification
  • Messiah College, Grantham, PA, May 1996

Teacher of Social Studies
  • Penn Manor High School, Millersville PA; August 2003 - present
    • Initiated, launched, and taught new course – Advanced Placement Psychology; curriculum audited and approved by the AP College Board
    • Continually maintain in-house laboratory with live rats for ethical research in learning
    • Nominated and honored with 2009-2010 Penn Manor School District “Outstanding Secondary Teacher” Award
    • 2012 APA/TOPSS "Excellence in Teaching Award" recipient (American Psychological Association) and (Teachers of Psychology Secondary Schools) - a national recognition featured in Monitor on Psychology

  • Zuni High School, Zuni, NM; August 2000 - May 2003
    • Increased student performance on the state standardized test by 14% in Social Studies; School was removed from “In Need of Improvement” list
    • Aligned curriculum with state, national standards as Interim Dept. Chair
    • Recognized for “Achievement Award” in 2003 by colleagues, school district
    • Sponsored student-activist group through Project 540; generated outstanding participation in the fight to protect the sacred Zuni Salt Lake

  • Townsend Harris High School, Flushing, NY; Feb. 1997 - June 1998
    • Designed inquiry based, cooperative units in Economics, Participatory Democracy and Global History, including a student simulation of mayoral campaign

  • APA Annual Conference, Washington D.C., August 2011
  • Participated as reader for ETS/AP College Board in AP Psychology, June 2011-present
  • APA/Clark University Workshop for High School Teachers, Massachusetts, July 2010
  • AP Annual Conference, Washington D.C., July 2010
  • APA, TOPSS member, 2009-present
  • TOPSS (Teachers of Psychology Secondary Schools) Member at Large, 2013-2014



"...quite clearly, an excellent teacher. I...rarely, if ever, heard my so much interest and excitement over a class as she had when taking your AP Psychology course."
John Carle, parent of Penn Manor High School student in an unsolicited email, 2013

“I have not heard of anyone seeing through to accomplish…such a creative idea for high school psychology. Everybody …was so impressed!”

[On the rat lab] Dr. Lee Gurel, PhD, Psychology, 2010

“…a bright and enthusiastic teacher!”

Pat Hershey, parent of Penn Manor High School student in an unsolicited recommendation to principals, 2007

“She…demonstrates the ability to motivate students at all levels of the ability spectrum… [a] major catalyst in raising scores…at…the state and national level…”

Wayne Krinke, Guidance Counselor, Zuni H.S. 2003

“Miss Vita has become known for her ability to produce student participation and interaction… Students not only have the opportunity to be involved, they must be!”
Dr. Dave Fontaine, former Zuni High School Principal, 2003

“Her fine attributes…determination, creativity, intelligence…presage a wonderful career ahead…”
Dr. Malcolm G. Largmann, Retired Principal, NYC schools, 1998