Sixteen new principals to lead area Catholic schools this fall

August 04, 2008

When the doors open this fall for the new school year, 16 of the 63 archdiocesan elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Washington will be led by new principals. Schools in Southern Maryland open August 26. Schools in Washington, DC, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties open Sept. 2. The new principals are:

SOUTHERN MARYLAND

Cardinal Hickey Academy, Owings – Dominican Sister Mary Juliana Cox, O.P., joins Cardinal Hickey Academy, which serves more than 300 students, from Overbrook School in Nashville, Tennessee. She has served in various leadership roles in her congregation’s schools for the past 10 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Aquinas College in Nashville and is working towards a Master’s degree in educational leadership from Christian Brothers University in Memphis.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

St. Camillus School, Silver Spring – Tobias Harkleroad has taught in Catholic schools in the archdiocese since 2003. He joins the 280-student St. Camillus School from DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, where he taught 9th and 10th grade theology for the past two years. He has a Master of Education degree with a concentration in Catholic school leadership from Marymount University in Arlington, VA.

St. Michael the Archangel School, Silver Spring – Dawn Clemens has worked in education since 1984 as a high school teacher, vice principal and principal of high schools and international schools. She holds a Master’s degree in educational administration from California State University and a Master’s degree in education from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. St. Michael enrolled more than 200 students last year in kindergarten through eighth grade.

PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY

Holy Redeemer, College Park – Maria Bovich joins Holy Redeemer School from St. Pius X School in Bowie, where she has served as vice principal since 2002. She holds a Master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Maryland and has more than 30 years experience in education, including eight years as a teacher and administrator at Greenbelt Middle School. Holy Redeemer serves 250 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Mount Calvary, Forestville – Darcy Tomko has worked as a teacher and administrator in archdiocesan Catholic schools for 20 years, including nine years as principal of St. Mary’s School of Piscataway in Clinton and St. Mary of the Mills School in Laurel. She holds a Master’s degree in educational administration from Trinity College in Washington, DC. Last year, Mount Calvary served about 250 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

St. Ambrose, Cheverly – Dian Carter joins St. Ambrose School from Wheaton High School, where she was assistant principal. She has worked in education for 15 years and holds a Master’s degree in supervision and administration from Bowie State University. St. Ambrose served more than 250 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade last year.

St. Columba, Oxon Hill – Maria Cristina Magnaye has worked as a first grade teacher at St. Columba School for the past 10 years. She taught in the Philippines and Japan for seven years before moving to the United States and attended graduate school at the University of the Philippines and Trinity University in Washington, DC. She is fluent in Filipino and Japanese. St. Columba has 280 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

St. Hugh, Greenbelt – Tiffani James joins St Hugh School from St. Mary of the Mills School in Laurel, where she had taught elementary and middle school students since 2001. Most recently she taught middle school language arts. She has 11 years of teaching experience and holds a Master’s degree in education from Bowie State University. St. Hugh has more than 150 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

St. Joseph, Beltsville – Andrew Currier comes to the 200-student St Joseph School from Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Virginia, where he taught 11th grade American literature. He holds a Master’s degree in education from the University of Notre Dame and has been a teacher for the past five years. He is fluent in Spanish and French.

St. Mark the Evangelist, Hyattsville – Charles Russell comes to St. Mark School from St. Jane de Chantal School in Bethesda, where he has worked since 2001 teaching eighth grade and served as vice-principal last year. He holds a Master’s degree in educational administration from St. John’s University in New York. Last year, St Mark School educated more than 300 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

St. Mary School of Piscataway, Clinton – Kathleen Pfaff has worked at St. Mary School of Piscataway since 1991, teaching music and reading and most recently serving as the school’s vice principal. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from The Catholic University of America. Last year the school served more than 150 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Blessed Sacrament, NW – Christopher Kelly has 21 years of experience in archdiocesan schools including 12 years as principal of Assumption School in Southeast Washington. He also oversaw the Center City Consortium, which brought shared administration and new resources to eight struggling Catholic schools in the city. He holds a Master’s degree in education administration from The Catholic University of America. Blessed Sacrament School is the largest Catholic school in the District, with almost 500 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Holy Trinity, NW – Mary Shannon has worked at the 300-student Holy Trinity School for the past nine years as a teacher, upper school coordinator and most recently as assistant principal. She has 24 years of experience in education and holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and speech from South Dakota State University and attended graduate school at American University.

St. Augustine, NW – Sister Gloria Agumagu, HHCJ, a member of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus, comes to St. Augustine from St. Fortunata School in Brooklyn, New York, where she has been principal since 2006. She has worked in Catholic schools as a teacher and administrator since 1996 and holds a Master’s degree in school building leadership from St. John’s University, New York. Last school year, St. Augustine School served more than 170 students in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, 75 percent of whom received a D.C. Opportunity Scholarship.

St. Peter Interparish, SE – Jennifer Ketchum joins the 200-student St. Peter School from St. Ann’s Academy in Washington, DC, where she worked since 1999 as a teacher and most recently as assistant principal. She has worked in education since 1992 and holds a Master’s degree in teaching from the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore and is working towards a Master’s in educational administration from the University of Notre Dame. Her husband, Ben Ketchum, is principal of Holy Redeemer School in Northwest Washington, DC.

St. Thomas More, SE – This is a homecoming for Bridget Coates. She worked at St. Thomas More as a teacher and assistant principal from 2001-2007 before becoming an education specialist for the Center City Consortium. She is working towards a Master’s degree in educational leadership from the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore. St. Thomas More has more than 150 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

The Archdiocese of Washington serves about 30,000 students in 98 elementary, secondary, special schools, and early learning centers in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

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