Virtus et Sapientia

Virtue & Wisdom

An Ambassador Christian Academy publication - Celebrating 40 years 
Volume 6—July 2019 
Greetings from Head of School, 
God’s puzzle mastery continues to intrigue me. From 2300 BC, Ancient Egypt and Greece was a culture encompassing the labyrinth depictions, the original puzzle-like invention. Although the labyrinth then had a spiritual tie, currently it is still used. Today many enjoy the common Jigsaw Puzzle. Its origin stems back to 1760, when map makers in Europe disassembled their artwork into small pieces, which could then be put back together. Modern schools use puzzles for teaching purposes.  
Noble adult members of European society were the target of the early puzzle market. Now, puzzle lovers range from pre-school children to the aged. Sometimes the exact piece needed to complete a puzzle appears in an apparent obvious manner, after hunting for a period of time. God did that for Ambassador Christian Academy recently. The Lord sent new talent to us as well as repositioning some staff members. While we saw assigning staff as a labyrinth, God recognized it as an opportunity to create the perfect puzzle piece(s) needed to make ACA a success.  

God continues to fill in the ACA puzzle with delightful students. We are blessed to apply the adage: “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, and the other gold.” Returning and newly entering classmates are excited as many visit the Grace campus. “Loculus of Archimedes,” the Latin-coined reference for the 395 AD Stomachion dissection on puzzle, exemplifies the diverse, yet perfectly situated puzzle members of our Ambassador family. I thank our Savior for rightly fitting us together for His glory and purpose. 

Serving Him,
Nancy Mercadante


Mrs. Michelle Delorey, graduate of Northeastern University and ACSI certified, joins ACA as a third grade teacher. Prior to coming to ACA, Mrs. Delorey taught at Evans International Elementary School for three years before moving to New Jersey. As a military wife, Michelle served at Ambassador last year as a substitute teacher. The Deloreys have embraced the classical Christian education that their three boys received here at ACA. Specializing in reading and math, Mrs. Delorey is the perfect match for third grade. A former member and organizer of the Land Sharks running club, a figure skater and ice skating teacher for ten years, and a board member of Protestant Women of the Chapel,
(PWOC) she has a healthy background to meet the challenge of her new role. Currently active duty ARMY soldier, Michele’s husband Sgt. 1st Class Adam Delorey, supports Michelle’s new position at ACA as he prepares for his next assignment, trusting us with his family.
Mrs. Nicole Marsango earned her B.S. in Biology from The College of New Jersey in Ewing. Nicole and her husband Anthony have four children whom Nicole homeschooled for nine years. Mrs. Marsango has taught professionally for five years teaching science subjects such as Biology, Physics, Chemistry and elementary sciences. During free time, Mrs. Marsango enjoys hiking, walking, jogging, camping, gardening, reading, DIY, and cooking, qualifying her as the perfect recipe for our science department. Two of her daughters will attend Ambassador in the 6th and 9th grades.
Veteran teacher, Mrs. Debbie Yagid, joins ACA preschool faculty with 23 years of teaching experience in Christian schools and three years of teaching preschool at Goddard. For three years, Mrs. Yagid studied Elementary Education and Art at Brookdale and then transferred to Georgian Court. Her only child has been at ACA since preschool and will continue at Ambassador as a seventh-grader. Debbie loves spending time with family, watching her daughter's equestrian activities, and making reading and learning fun in the classroom with her students.

Why Choose a Classical Christian School: Part 6

“Classical education is the inculcation of wisdom and virtue through a facility with the liberal arts and a familiarity with the Great Books." -- Martin Cothran, Classical Education is More Than a Method

When considering a school, one question predominantly asked by parents is, “What curriculum do you use?” Curriculum is most effective when it is designed by professional educators using published text sources, experience, and teacher expertise. Classical school curriculum is teacher-directed, and should always be created with teacher input. Classical schools are not constrained to certain textbooks. Their programs are unique in utilizing resources from a number of excellent sources which are consistently updated to meet objectives, as well as constantly motivating students to meet their academic potential. Since classical schools tailor their programs to the students’ appropriate developmental stages (the grammar, logic, and rhetoric stages), students flourish in an environment that is interactive, challenging, and fun.

As students are immersed into a historical time period, they learn by reading, singing, chanting, drawing, reciting, and dramatizing key people, places, and events from that time period, as teachers implement materials from a number of various resources, primary and secondary. “Classical education carries a distinct language imperative,” says Christine Miller in The Core of Classical Education. From the earliest years, ACA is dedicated to implementing a strong language curriculum which is the foundational key for future educational success.

Stay tuned for Why Choose a Classical School? in the next edition of Virtus et Sapientia.  

A Sneak Peak at the New Classrooms

Second Grade
ACA Science Lab
Mrs. Huber is preparing for Middle and High School students.
First Grade
Preschool Classrooms
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