Welcome to the Preston High School Theology Department: the home for your mind and your spirit! The spiritual and academic goals of our department are complementary and mutually enriching. The underlying principle of all our courses is to give reasons for our faith and to give faith to our reason. While, in fact, each course is academic in focus, the reflective and spiritual integration in each student is strongly emphasized. Her religious heritage and practice, as well as the application of moral and religious principles in contemporary society are encouraged and nourished through course work and co-curricular requirements for retreats, service and liturgical celebrations. Particular emphasis is placed on ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue to promote peace and understanding and help the students to become active participants in building a more united world! In recognizing the uniqueness of each student and her responsibility to contribute to both the PHS and global community we encourage her active participation in developing her own faith, thus discovering or re-discovering her own religious tradition.
- BA Fordham University (2000)
- MA Fordham University (2002)
Mrs. Dekajlo became fascinated with the study of Theology when she was an undergrad student in Fordham University. At Fordham College at Lincoln Center, she earned a B.A. in Religious Studies. A Hebrew Scriptures professor inspired her to continue to do graduate work, and she got her M.A. in Old Testament Theology from the Fordham Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Till this day, she is happiest when the topic of her class includes the Bible!
Mrs. Dekajlo started teaching at Preston in 2002. Currently, she teaches courses in Salvation History, World Religions, Sacramental Prep, oversees the Christian Service Program, and is the moderator of the Compassion Connection community outreach club.
Mrs. Dekajlo loves the fact that Preston is constantly living out its mission of compassion. Compassion Matters... Pass It On!
- BA Daugavpild Pedagogical University, Latvia (1998)
- MA Fordham University (1999)
- PhD Fordham University (2010)
Dr. Ilze King earned her MA and PhD in Religion and Education at Fordham University.
She has taught at Preston for the last 18 years, grades 9 to 12. She has taught Foundations in Catholicism, New Testament, The World’s Religions, Becoming a Woman of Mature Faith, and Psychology and Faith. She presently teaches the junior theology Christian Morality and Catholic Social Teachings course, as well as senior theology, The World’s Religions, and Psych and Faith.
Dr. King has a long and abiding interest in Catholic social teachings and social justice, as well as women’s experience in the Catholic tradition. She strives to assist her students to become more aware of themselves connecting to their inner center and light. She encourages her students to explore and own the best that the Catholic tradition can offer and to expand in their perspective about ways they can share their inner light with their family, friends and wider community.
- B.A. St. Thomas Aquinas College (2019)
- MA Lehman College (2023)
Graduate of Preston High School 2015, Ms. Marrero went to St. Thomas Aquinas College because it reminded her of Preston. There, Ms. Marrero double-majored in Religious Studies with a focus in Abrahamic Religions/ Philosophy and History. She always wanted to come back home to Preston to share her love for learning with a new generation of Prestonites. Ms. Marrero received her Masters degree in History focusing on oral history and Hispanic studies from Lehman College. In her free time Ms. Marrero can be found researching her new interest, writing essays on the history of Puerto Rico, or learning a new language.
- BA or BS Degree Fairleigh Dickinson University (2022)
Kathleen is a proud graduate of Preston High School, Class of 2001. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and is currently pursuing her Graduate degree. She has held many jobs since leaving PHS, but always maintained a love of learning. She is so proud and happy to be back home at Preston as a part of the faculty. As the Librarian, she is able to share that love of learning and reading with the students. She also teaches our Health class, and hopes to empower our students to live healthy lives with the values of dignity, honor, respect and compassion always at the forefront of their minds.