||Dr. Mary Cirillo joined Science Department faculty of Benedictine College Preparatory in the fall of 2008 to teach Advanced Placement (AP) Biology. Over the past 5 years, she has added Honors Biology, Biology, Honors Chemistry, Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology to her repertoire of courses, and has introduced an Advanced Placement Chemistry class to the curriculum for the first time during the 2012/13 school year. She continues to teach Honors Chemistry, AP Biology and Anatomy & Physiology, and serves as Science Department Chair in addition to her duties as Academic Dean.
Before her tenure at Benedictine, Dr. Cirillo taught at Mills E. Godwin High School for 10 years and led the Science Department as chairman for 5 of those years. Before moving to Richmond with her family in 1996, she taught all levels of Biology and Environmental Science at Stamford High School in Stamford, CT. Prior to her career in teaching, Dr. Cirillo spent 3 years in research, and 10 years in the Analytical Instrument industry.
While teaching at Benedictine, she also served as a University Supervisor for Virginia Commonwealth University where she oversaw the development of science student teachers, and serves as a consultant for the National Math Science Initiative. Additionally, she works for the Educational Testing Service each summer scoring AP Biology tests from across the nation. She holds a B.S. in Biology, and a M.S. in Biochemistry from St. John’s University in New York, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from VCU. Dr. Cirillo and her husband Ken have raised two sons, now grown, which she considers to be some of the most valuable experience she brings to her role at Benedictine.