Eight New Principals to Head Area Catholic Schools This Fall

August 17, 2007

Students at eight of the 87 parish elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Washington will be greeted by new principals when they arrive at school this fall. Schools in Southern Maryland open August 28, while schools in Washington, DC, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties open September 4. The new principals are:

District of Columbia

Holy Redeemer, NW. Ben Ketchum joins Holy Redeemer after serving as a teacher, assistant principal and director of the extended care program at St. Ann’s since 1999. He also taught in Jacksonville, Florida for two years. Ketchum earned his master’s degree from the University of Portland and completed the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education Leadership Certification Program in 2005. That experience will be useful as Holy Redeemer begins its partnership this fall with the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education, a nationally recognized program that prepares teachers and principals to be effective instructors and leaders in Catholic schools, especially those with limited resources. Holy Redeemer includes more than 200 students in Grades PreK-8.

St. Augustine, NW. Sr. Emmanuela Ladipo, HHCJ, is the new principal at St. Augustine, where nearly 200 students are enrolled in Grades Prek-8. Originally from Nigeria, she has more than 20 years of experience in teaching and administration, as well as serving as provincial superior for her religious order. She is completing her master’s degree from Xavier University in New Orleans through its summer program.

St. Francis de Sales, NE. Charlene Howard, the new principal at St. Francis de Sales, has been part of the school staff for over 11 years. She has over 30 years of experience in elementary level teaching. She is completing her master’s degree at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Over 150 students attend Grades PreK-8 at St. Francis de Sales.

Montgomery County

Holy Cross, Garrett Park. Elizabeth Turner is the new principal at Holy Cross, where over 200 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 and most recently was principal of St. Benedict the Moor School in Washington, DC.

St. Bernadette, Silver Spring. Cheri Wood comes to St. Bernadette from St. Edward the Confessor school, an elementary school in Dana Point, California, where she served as principal for four years. She has more than 20 years of experience as a high school and elementary school educator, including serving as an assistant principal, dean of students and science teacher. She earned a master’s degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles. Almost 500 students attend Grades K-8 at St. Bernadette.

Prince George’s County

St. Mark, Hyattsville. This is a homecoming for Carl Patton, St. Mark’s new principal. He was the vice principal at St. Mark’s from 2000-2001 after having taught there the previous six years. He went on to become the dean of students at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth in Baltimore. He earned a master’s degree from Trinity University. St. Mark’s includes almost 400 students in Grades PreK-8.

Charles County

Archbishop Neale, La Plata. Margaret Howard has spent 37 years in teaching and administration and is entering her 29th year at Archbishop Neale. She earned a master’s degree from the College of Notre Dame. More than 500 students attend Grades PreK-8 at Archbishop Neale.

St. Mary’s County

Holy Angels-Sacred Heart, Avenue. William Lawyer has more than 40 years of experience in teaching and administration in St. Mary’s County public schools. He has served as a teacher, then assistant principal of Holy Angels school since 2002. He earned a master’s degree from West Virginia University. Holy Angels-Sacred Heart includes more than 100 students in Grades PreK-8.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 105 archdiocesan and independent Catholic schools, educating nearly 32,000 students in Washington, DC and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland. Catholic school information is online at www.catholicschoolswork.org.

Kathy Dempsey
Office of Communications
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