St. Edmund Prep Receives $100,000 gift to fund the Creation of the Marilyn DeRosa Mauriello ’70 Sequential STEAM Program

The combined investment of over $1,000,000 in the creation of the Marilyn DeRosa Mauriello ’70 Sequential STEAM Program and the Michael and Lois Koplin Innovation Center represents St. Edmund Prep’s deep commitment to STEAM education.
Sequential STEAM Program
The Marilyn DeRosa Mauriello '70 STEAM program will provide hands-on learning with real-world applications in science, technology, engineering, art, and math courses. Students will develop a variety of 21st century skills including media and technology literacy, productivity, social skills, communication, flexibility and initiative thinking. This options-based sequential program will provide students with the opportunity to take courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math disciplines and develop the skills necessary to problem solve, think critically, develop their creativity and curiosity, and make decisions. These qualities will foster leadership, entrepreneurship, and perseverance in spite of failure in our students, preparing them to become the innovators and inventors of tomorrow. 
“We are delighted with Marilyn’s leadership in advancing the academic programs offered to our students. Her commitment to STEAM education is an investment in future generations of St. Edmund students who will become agents of change in our world through creative and innovative approaches to the challenges of life which lie ahead.” said Joanne Blum, Director of Development.
About Marilyn DeRosa Mauriello ‘70
Marilyn DeRosa Mauriello graduated from St. Edmund High School in 1970. She went on to a professional career in Corporate Banking, working in the field 15 years, retiring as a Vice President for Midlantic National. In 2003 she became the Principal/Owner of Marilyn Mauriello Interior Design Ltd. She retired in 2012 and relocated to South Carolina. She currently teaches a Men in Transition Program at a Level 2 state prison as well as providing Spiritual Direction to individuals as well as directing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Marilyn and her husband Joseph have been married for 47 years. Together they have two sons, both married, and a grandson and granddaughter, all who live on the West Coast.
Throughout their lives Marilyn and Joseph have been committed to working in their community using their time, talents and treasure to reach out to those on the margins, standing in solidarity with the poor, the powerless and the voiceless. This drive was instilled in them as products of Catholic education. Marilyn is an extraordinary example of our motto “Caritas” - Christ-like love and compassion for all.
The Michael and Lois Koplin Innovation Center
The Michael and Lois Koplin Innovation Center represents St. Edmund Prep’s commitment to incorporating STEAM subjects and principles across all aspects of our academic curriculum. The Innovation Center will house two classrooms, space for student collaboration, a robotics plane, and a makerspace complete with 3D printers, laser engraver and other technologies to encourage students to create. On a very practical level, the makerspace will be a headquarters for our burgeoning robotics program and team. It will create a place where our Engineering I and II classes can develop and test theories; provide room for math classes to work collaboratively; and art and design classes to create. Above all, it will give all students the opportunity to observe other students in the act of making. The drive to build an Innovation Center comes out of St. Edmund Prep’s Strategic Plan, Transforming Through Tradition 2019-2023.
“The Michael and Lois Koplin Innovation Center will engage our students and help them develop the innovative mindset and entrepreneurial skills that they will use in the real world. I believe this space will serve as a catalyst for our students to be inspired through collaboration and to explore the possibilities of STEAM careers.” said Allison McGinnis, Principal.
Michael and Lois Koplin
The Innovation Center is named after Michael and Lois Koplin, the lead benefactors of the Innovation Campaign for St. Edmund Prep. After retiring from successful careers - Michael in publishing and Lois in patient financial services at Methodist Hospital - Lois joined the St. Edmund Prep staff in 2015 as tuition secretary, and Michael followed shortly thereafter in 2016 as coach of the track team. Michael had taken up running later in life and he found a new love in coaching young men and women about the nuances of competitive running. Coach Mike was a beloved fixture of everyday life at the Prep and, as a U.S.A. certified track coach, grew the track program with his knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication. Following Michael’s passing in 2020, Lois gave her generous support to this project in honor of her husband, their marriage, and their life together at St. Edmund Prep.
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