15 New Principals to Head Area Catholic Schools This Fall

August 09, 2004

Students at 15 Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Washington will be greeted by new principals when they arrive at school on August 31. The new principals are

District of Columbia

Blessed Sacrament School, NW (Chevy Chase Circle). Mrs. Eleanor Clark, the new principal of Blessed Sacrament, had been assistant principal for the past five years. She also taught first grade for 10 years at St. Hugh School in Greenbelt, MD. Blessed Sacrament has nearly 500 students in Grades K-8.

Holy Redeemer School, NW (New Jersey Avenue). The new principal at Holy Redeemer is Daniel Stabile, Ph.D. Nearly 180 students in Grades PreK-8 attend the school. For the past six years he served with the Department of Defense Education Activity as a program manager overseeing management for the overseas and domestic dependents schools. He was a teacher, school administrator and curriculum coordinator for DOD Overseas Schools in the Philippines and in Washington, DC. He also taught in Catholic schools in Ohio.

Our Lady of Victory School, NW (MacArthur Boulevard). Mrs. Sheila Martinez is the new principal at Our Lady of Victory, which includes almost 170 students in Grades PreK-8. For the past five years, she has been a religion teacher and vice principal at St. Andrew Apostle School in Silver Spring, MD. She has 15 years’ teaching experience at the elementary, high school and university levels.

St. Benedict the Moor School, NE (near RFK Stadium). Ms. Elizabeth Turner is the new principal at St. Benedict the Moor, where 120 students are enrolled in Grades PreK-8. Her 32-year career in the Baltimore City Public Schools included 18 years as a principal in the inner city and three years as an educational specialist, providing instructional supervision and staff development in all subject areas. Ms. Turner also has served as an educational consultant, training teachers to improve teaching skills.

St. Francis Xavier School, SE (Pennsylvania Avenue). David Stofa, Ph.D., is the new principal at St. Francis Xavier. More than 200 students attend the school in Grades PreK-8. For the past four years Dr. Stofa was principal of Bladensburg High School. He has 36 years of experience in Prince George’s County Public Schools, serving as a school-based administrator for 27 of those years. In addition, he was a regional director and chief educational administrator for PGCPS.

St. Gabriel School, NW (Grant Circle). St. Gabriel is starting its 80th year with a “new” principal, Sister Maria Faina, SNJM. An alumna of the school, she was principal there from 1977-1990 as well as a teacher for additional five years. The school now includes more than 160 students in Grades K-8. She is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, whose members have ministered at St. Gabriel since 1924. For the past 10 years, she has served as Associate Pastoral Administrator at St. Gabriel Parish and Project Director of St. Gabriel’s Petworth Youth Program.

Montgomery County

Holy Cross School, Garrett Park. The new principal of Holy Cross is Mr. David Lombardi. During his 32-year career in education, he worked as a Catholic high school teacher and admissions director at St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis, as well as an elementary school teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools. Nearly 270 students in Grades PreK-8 attend Holy Cross.

St. Andrew School, Silver Spring. Ms. Kathleen Kilty is the new principal of St. Andrew, where she was assistant principal for a year and a fifth grade teacher for five years. She also taught sixth grade for six years at St. Catherine Labouré School in Wheaton and fifth grade for one year at St. Jerome School in Hyattsville. St. Andrew has more than 500 students in Grades PreK-8.

St. Mary School, Rockville. Sister Carol Rigali, OSF, is the new principal of St. Mary, where more than 300 students are enrolled in Grades K-8. She was principal of St. Mary, Star of the Sea School in Indian Head for one year and principal of St. Bernadette School in Silver Spring for two years. In addition, she served as principal at a New York Catholic elementary school for 15 years and taught Grades 7-8 at Catholic schools in Illinois for six years.

St. Michael the Archangel School, Silver Spring. Ms. Kathleen McCann joins St. Michael’s following seven years experience teaching in Catholic schools, including at a Catholic high school and university in Tanzania, as well as at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago where she also was co-athletic director. St. Michael includes 240 students in Grades K-8.

Prince George’s County

Holy Redeemer School, College Park. Mrs. Michelle Jones is the new interim principal of Holy Redeemer, where she has been assistant principal for six years; she has taught all grades in her 10 years as a teacher there. She also taught at a private school in Baltimore for three years. At Holy Redeemer, more than 250 students attend Grades K-8.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux School, Riverdale Park. The new principal at St. Bernard is Mrs. Deborah McFarland. For the past nine years, she has been vice principal at Laurel High School. Her 34-year career in education also includes 25 years’ teaching experience in elementary and high schools. For 10 of those years she was a high school special education teacher. More than 200 students in Grades K-8 attend St. Bernard.

St. Joseph School, Beltsville. Edward Kelly, Ph.D. is the new principal of St. Joseph, which includes more than 200 students in Grades K-8. He served as assistant principal at St. John’s College High School in Washington, DC for two years, and as assistant principal at St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel for three years. Dr. Kelly has taught for nearly 15 years in Catholic high schools and is certified as a secondary school administrator in the State of Maryland.

Charles County

St. Mary, Star of the Sea School, Indian Head. Mr. Todd Higginbotham, the new principal of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, is new to the area. He was principal of a Catholic elementary school in Orange, TX for three years, dean of students at a Catholic high school in Houston for three years and a special education teacher in Port Arthur, TX. Nearly 190 students attend Grades K-8 at St. Mary, Star of the Sea.

St. Mary School, Bryantown. The new principal of St. Mary, Mrs. Sharon Caniglia, taught first grade at St. Peter School in Waldorf for the past six years. She has 18 years of teaching experience and served for 12 years as chairman, vice chairman and a member of the Charles County Board of Education. Mrs. Caniglia is an associate faculty member of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. St. Mary includes nearly 230 students in Grades K-8.

The Archdiocese of Washington includes 110 PreK, elementary and secondary schools, with nearly 34,000 students, in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland. Catholic school information is online at www.catholicschoolswork.org.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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