New to our Science Department, Amy Petelo adds a special joy and vibrancy to our STA faculty.
She and her husband, Paulino, live in Berwick, Maine with their two teenage daughters and their ten-year-old son. When not guiding St. Thomas Aquinas students through the study of Environmental Science, STEM and Biology, Mrs. Petelo enjoys time with her family. Her personal hobbies include hiking, reading, and canoeing. When faced with important choices such as her favorite coffee shop (Starbucks!), favorite sweet (ice cream!), or preferred time of day (sunset!), Amy is definitive in her answers.
While cats have a special place in many people’s hearts, Amy proclaims herself to be more of a dog person. She is not new to pet-loving, however, and is quite experienced in the care of many different animals. “I have had dogs and cats all of my life. I also have fish and chickens. We have had rabbits and guinea pigs in the past as well. I am a softie for rescued pit bulls. We adopted a momma pit bull after her pups were adopted. She was the sweetest, most gentle dog.”
We tapped Mrs. Petelo for a few deeper reflections about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. Her answers clearly reveal that she has stepped into the perfect place at the perfect time in a perfect way.
Name one personal accomplishment that brings you the most pride. Having three beautiful, kind, loving children. They are my legacy and I am so proud to claim them!
How did you arrive in your current role at St. Thomas Aquinas? From the inception of my teaching career (five years ago), my 5-year goal has been to be teaching in private education. God has been so good and provided this opportunity at the perfect time.
What comes to your mind when you think about God? LOVE! He loves us beyond measure and it is our greatest commandment as His children, to love others, as He does us.
If you had the power to change one problem in the world, what would it be? See the last answer. ;-) If I could change anything, I would put love in the hearts of all people towards each other. There is too little compassion and empathy towards each other.
Does your first or middle name have any significance? Do you know why your parents selected that name for you? My middle name is Lynn, which is my mother’s middle name as well.
Of all the places you have traveled, which one is your favorite? Africa. Africa was everything that I had dreamed it would be, I fell in love with the land and the people. I had a very hard time leaving.
Who has been your favorite television character of all time? Probably Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. I think he is funny, and… Handsome ;-).
What is the most memorable gift you have ever received? This is a hard question, mainly because I have an awful memory and am not the most sentimental person in terms of things, but what is coming to mind right now is my husband’s love and commitment. It is a special blessing to have a helpmate by your side who loves you at your best and your worst. I am so thankful and grateful for him.
What do YOU consider your greatest strength? What would your closest friend define as your greatest strength? Probably my drive and independence. My independence has evolved as a mother and wife, but I am generally still pretty independent. I am also fairly driven in terms of my hopes and dreams. If I truly want it, I work hard to have it (unfortunately, this can go hand in hand with stubbornness).
What is your fondest memory of your own high school experience? I had a wonderful friend group that pushed me to be better and do better. I was lucky to have such a good group of friends and I am still friends with many of them today.
Who was your favorite teacher in the high school that you attended and why? George Pouravelis, he was my Biology teacher. He had an awesome personality, fun and incredibly smart. I had the pleasure of working with him in the Science Department at Sanford High School before he retired.
If you could choose just one word to reflect that which you feel is most important in life, what word would you choose? Grace
Thanks to God’s Grace, St. Thomas Aquinas students have received the opportunity to be taught by Mrs. Petelo. We have no doubt that she will be not only an instrumental faculty member but an inspirational role model to our entire STA community.
Welcome Home, Mrs. Petelo!