Catholic School Principal in Southeast DC Named Principal of the Year

November 16, 2004

The Archdiocese of Washington has named Mr. Chris Kelly, principal of Assumption School in the Southeast area of Washington, DC, Principal of the Year in celebration of the Nov. 18 National Appreciation Day for Catholic School Principals.

Kelly has served at Assumption for 16 years, six years as a teacher and ten years as principal, and is deeply committed to serving students in the inner city. In summer 2004, he coordinated the testing and screening of hundreds of District students who were awarded DC Opportunity Scholarships and wanted to attend a Catholic school. Kelly’s efforts were key in helping to ensure that nearly 600 elementary students were successfully placed in Catholic schools.

“The commitment and leadership Chris has shown throughout his years in Catholic education has been tremendous. This year, especially, he modeled servant leadership in an exemplary way by spearheading the management of testing of DC Opportunity Scholarship students in Center City Consortium and other Archdiocesan schools. He was an invaluable support for his colleagues as they worked to help families seeking a Catholic education for their children,” Superintendent Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, Ph.D. said. “His enduring commitment to serve the children inspired others to keep that focus in the midst of many pressures and uncertainties,” she added.

Kelly will receive his award at a January conference of Archdiocesan Catholic elementary school principals. In addition, Kelly has been nominated for the National Catholic Educational Association’s Dr. Robert J. Kealey Distinguished Principal Award.

Assumption serves nearly 180 students in grades PreK-8 and is one of 13 schools in the Archdiocese’s Center City Consortium. Working in partnership with the business community, the Consortium brings new resources, services, tuition aid and capital improvements to Catholic schools in financially challenged neighborhoods of our nation’s capital. At least 50 percent of Consortium families are at or below poverty level and 70 percent are single-parent households.

The Archdiocese of Washington includes 110 Catholic schools — early childhood programs, elementary and secondary — serving nearly 34,000 students, in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Jennifer Reed
Asst. Director of Communications, Schools
[email protected]