Administrative Staff

Administrative Staff

Melissa DiDonato, Principal

I am Melissa DiDonato, Principal of Padonia International School and excited to be a part of the Padonia Team.  Prior to coming to Padonia, I was the assistant to the assistant superintendent for zone 2 elementary schools and have served as an assistant principal in two Baltimore County elementary schools.  I began as an elementary classroom teacher in Baltimore County in 2000 and have worked as a resource teacher and in the Office of Special Education.


Daniel Pizzo, Assistant Principal
I am Daniel Pizzo, assistant principal here at Padonia International Elementary School.  Prior to transferring to Padonia, I was the assistant principal at Seventh District Elementary in northern Baltimore County.  My time within BCPS has also included several years as an elementary school teacher in Southeast Baltimore County where my primary focus included intermediate students.  I spent several years within the Department of Research, Accountability and Assessment.  I have presented at several county, state and national conferences on a variety of topics ranging from mathematics to creating assessments, and have also been fortunate enough to have taught at a local university.  I look forward to working with the Padonia school community!

Administrative Message

Welcome to Padonia International Elementary School!  At Padonia, students receive a rigorous education that fosters 21st Century Learning Skills and prepares them for middle school and beyond.  We emphasize the importance of students working collaboratively and putting forth their best effort at all times.  Our staff is world class with the majority of teachers holding Advanced Professional Certificates. Padonia is a wonderfully diverse, enthusiastic community of learners. We look forward to working collaboratively with parents, students, staff, and community members toward our common goal of improving student achievement.  Your continued support of our school contributes to the quality instructional program students receive. We appreciate your willingness to partner with us as we prepare our students to be lifelong learners in pursuit of higher education!