Name: Theresa Scarlatella (maiden: DeLaurentis)
Class Year: 2007
Major/Program: Major in Secondary education – Biology, minor in Chemistry, Honors Program
Where did life take you after graduation and how did you end up where you are now?
I taught high school science at Upper Dublin High School from 2007-2008. Then I went to physician assistant school for a master’s in medical science at Arcadia from 2009-2011. I have been working as a physician assistant since 2011 – currently, I am a hospital medicine physician assistant at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa. Also, I am currently married and have two daughters, Arya who will be three years old soon & Melody who is seven months old.
Tell me about your time at La Salle—what kind of activities were you involved in?
I played piano for the jazz band and the La Salle Singers. I also sang with the La Salle Singers & the gospel choir, was in the Honors program & was a writing fellow.
What is your favorite La Salle memory?
So many great memories to choose from.
I loved being a part of the Honors program & all the good friends I met through that. Dr. Grady was very kind & inspirational, & I enjoyed our field trips freshman year & being part of the triple. There also was always so many interesting & unique honors classes to choose from.
I loved singing and playing piano with the jazz band, singers, & gospel choir because music has always been important to me.
I also loved the time I spent with professors outside of class & appreciated how much they were always willing to help you.
What was your favorite class?
I loved Dr. Feden’s Honors education class about how people learn. It allowed me to view things from new perspectives that I had never thought of before. Also changed how I went about learning & teaching.
I also loved Dr. Price’s organic chemistry class. He made a difficult subject so understandable. He was also always available in his office for extra help when needed or just a social chat.
Who was your favorite professor?
I don’t think I could pick just one as there so many great ones. I liked Dr. Price (chem), Dr. Prushan (chem), Dr. Ballough (bio), Dr. Samulewicz (bio) & Dr. Feden (edu). I also loved Brother Tom as he taught me biology, was my mentor for student teaching, & played trombone with me in the jazz band.
Do you keep in contact with anyone from your time here? If yes, who?
I kept in contact with some professors for a few years after I graduated. I went back for visits and recommendation letters. I haven’t been in contact as much but friends with Dr. Price, Dr. Prushan, & Dr. Feden on Facebook. Also I still hang out with my friend and freshman year roommate, Kiera. Most of my other friends moved pretty far away so we haven’t been in contact much.
What is the best lesson you learned at La Salle that you’ve taken with you?
That you can do anything you set your mind to and that their goal at La Salle was to teach you to think & prepare you with the skills needed for not only your career but your life.
Has anyone from the La Salle community left a lasting impression on you? If yes, how so?
So many of the professors have – Brother Tom showed me how you can be an amazing teacher and musician; Dr. Feden also taught me how to be a great teacher & had mentioned to me before about considering the medical field before I decided to choose that pathway. I use what I learned from them when I teach physician assistant students that rotate with me.
How did La Salle prepare you for life after graduation?
La Salle taught me the critical thinking skills and life skills that I needed to be successful not only in my career but as a person. It showed me how to develop close, treasured relationships with people I meet and how to be a great friend & teacher to others. It also allowed me to grow as a musician with participating in the jazz band, Singers, & choir. I continue to play today with the Quakertown Band, Allentown Band, & Allentown Symphony.
Did you have the opportunity to travel as a La Salle student either through service, study abroad, or travel study?
I traveled to Ireland through an honors class about the conflict in Ireland. It was an amazing trip that I will never forget – I was able to see so many awesome parts of Ireland and to learn a lot more about the history of it.