Ten New Principals to Head Area Catholic Schools This Fall

August 18, 2005

Students at ten of the 75 parish elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Washington will be greeted by new principals when they arrive at school on August 30. The new principals are

District of Columbia
Nativity Catholic Academy, NW. Nicole Peltier comes to Nativity after serving as an administrator and teacher at the SEED Public Charter School for three years. She also taught in District of Columbia Public Schools for five years. Peltier earned a master’s degree from The George Washington University. Nativity includes over 200 students in Grades K-8.

St. Augustine School, NW. Jo Ann Franklin, a former professional recruiter who began a second career as a teacher three years ago, is the interim principal for St. Augustine. The school has nearly 200 students in Grades PreK-8. Named Center City Consortium’s New Teacher of the Year in 2003, Mrs. Franklin taught Grades 4 and 5 at St. Francis Xavier School in Southeast, Washington, DC for three years, and directed the school’s extended care program last year. Previously, she was a law firm recruiter and a human resources manager. Mrs. Franklin is an adjunct professor at Columbia Union College. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and educational leadership certificate through The Catholic University of America, and currently is completing her doctoral studies.

Montgomery County
Our Lady of Lourdes School, Bethesda. The new principal is Patricia McGann. She served as the assistant head of school for The Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington for the past two years, and from 2000-2003 was the school’s Director of Recruitment/Admissions. She earned a master’s degree from Trinity University. Over 200 students attend Grades PreK-8 at Our Lady of Lourdes.

St. Elizabeth School, Rockville. This is a homecoming for Mr. Vincent Spadoni, St. Elizabeth’s new principal. Mr. Spadoni was the school’s assistant principal from 1998-2000, then went on to be principal of St. Ambrose School in Cheverly. He earned a master’s degree from The Washington Theological Union. St. Elizabeth includes nearly 500 students in Grades K-8.

St. Martin of Tours School, Gaithersburg. Sister Sharon Mihm, CSC, a long-time educator and school leader, is the new principal of St. Martin. She previously served as principal of Holy Cross School in Garrett Park (2000-2004), Mother of God School in Gaithersburg (1998-2000) and St. William of York School in Baltimore. She earned a master’s degree from Emmanuel College in Boston. Over 260 students attend Grades K-8 at St. Martin.

Prince George’s County
Holy Redeemer School, College Park. Mrs. Michelle Jones, the new principal of Holy Redeemer, has been part of the school staff for over 10 years. She has taught all grades there as a teacher. She was interim principal last year and assistant principal for six years. Over 250 students attend Grades K-8 at Holy Redeemer. She is completing her master’s degree at Loyola College in Maryland.

St. Ambrose School, Cheverly. Mr. Carl Berger comes to St. Ambrose from St. Rose School, an elementary school in Toledo, Ohio, where he was principal for two years. He has also served as admissions director and taught at Lima Central Catholic High School in Lima, Ohio, his alma mater. Mr. Berger completed his graduate work in educational leadership at the University of Dayton. St. Ambrose includes over 360 students in Grades PreK-8.

St. Mark the Evangelist School, Hyattsville. Arlana Lucas, Ed.D., the new principal of St. Mark, has over 15 years experience as a high and middle school educator, including serving as an assistant principal, guidance counselor and social studies teacher at public and private schools in Northern Virginia. She earned a Ed.D. in Education Policy and Leadership at The George Washington University and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. Over 500 students attend Grades PreK-8 at St. Mark.

St. Ignatius of Loyola School, Fort Washington. Mr. Richard Gatto has 30 years of experience in teaching and administration in Catholic schools, including 21 years as a principal in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. For the past eight years, he was principal of Shrine of the Little Flower School in Baltimore. He earned a master’s degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University. Over 160 students attend Grades K-8 at St. Ignatius.

Charles County
St. Mary, Star of the Sea School, Indian Head. Ms. Joan McCabe is the new interim principal at St. Mary, Star of the Sea. She was assistant principal at St. Elizabeth School, Rockville, last year, and was the fourth grade teacher at Blessed Sacrament School in northwest Washington, DC from 2000-2004. She is completing a master’s degree from New York University. St. Mary, Star of the Sea includes nearly 200 students in Grades K-8.

The Archdiocese of Washington includes 112 elementary and secondary schools, and early learning centers educating nearly 33,500 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
Assistant Director of Communications for Schools
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