Ten New Principals to Lead Area Catholic Schools this Fall

August 14, 2009

When the doors open this fall for the new school year, 10 of the 65 archdiocesan elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Washington will be led by newly-hired principals. Schools in Southern Maryland open August 25. Schools in Washington, DC, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties open Sept. 1. The new principals are:

SOUTHERN MARYLAND

Archbishop Neale School, La Plata – An educator with 15 years experience, Anne Hedian joins Archbishop Neale School as principal. She was the computer information technology department chair and teacher at Elizabeth Seton High School from 1998 to 2008. She served on numerous committees at Seton and designed a mentoring program for new teachers. Hedian holds a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education from the University of Maryland and has a master of education degree in Catholic school leadership from Marymount University in Virginia. Archbishop Neale School serves more than 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Solomons – Sister Carolyn Marie Betsch, CDP, has been a teacher and assistant principal at Our Lady Star of the Sea School since 2002 and has worked in Catholic schools since 1970. She has extensive teaching and school leadership experience in Georgia, Kentucky and Maryland. A member of Sisters of Divine Providence, Sr. Betsch has taught middle school students and has 11 years prior experience as a principal. She received her master of education degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our Lady Star of the Sea School has about 160 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

St. Peter School, Waldorf – John “J.R.” West joins St. Peter School from Virginia, where he taught fifth grade and health and physical education. For over 20 years, West served as a Marine Corps Officer, starting out as a squadron pilot at various locations throughout the world. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Missouri Western State College and a master of education degree from Mary Washington College in Virginia. Last year, St. Peter School served over 260 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

St. Jerome School, Hyattsville – Mary Pat Donoghue steps into the role of principal at St. Jerome School after serving as its vice principal since 2001. She has spent her educational career at St. Jerome, where she taught grades 5 and 6 from 1993 to 2003. Donoghue holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from the University of Maryland and she has a master of science degree in administration from Trinity University in Washington, DC. Last year, St. Jerome School served over 350 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Holy Cross School, Garrett Park – Lisa Maio Kane has been with Holy Cross School since 2004 and this year becomes its principal. At Holy Cross, she worked as the resource teacher and testing coordinator for five years and became assistant principal last year. Kane holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Loyola College, Baltimore, and a master of education degree in professional studies from Marymount University in Virginia. Holy Cross served about 225 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade last year.

Holy Redeemer School, Kensington – David Lombardi joins Holy Redeemer School that has over 375 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. He returns to the Archdiocese of Washington after a brief stint in North Carolina. He was principal at Holy Cross School in Garrett Park from 2004 to 2007. Lombardi also has taught at St. Mary High School in Annapolis and coached high school football, baseball and basketball. He holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary and special education from University of Maryland and has a master of education in administration and supervision from Bowie State University.

St. Michael the Archangel School, Silver Spring – Charles Eames joins St. Michael the Archangel School, having worked in education since 1974. Eames taught high school religion in the Diocese of Brooklyn and at DeMatha Catholic High School, where he served from 1998 to 2004. He also worked in alumni relations and development at the college level. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies from St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, New York, and a master of arts degree in patristic theology from Fordham University in New York. St. Michael enrolled more than 200 students last year in kindergarten through eighth grade.

St. Peter School, Olney – After three years as director of professional development for the Archdiocese of Washington’s Catholic Schools Office, Mary Elizabeth Whelan returns to the schoolhouse as principal of St. Peter School. With the exception of a few years, Whelan has worked in the Archdiocese of Washington since 1979. She was principal at St. Hugh School in Greenbelt from 1999 to 2006. She also served as primary school teacher, science teacher and librarian at St. Ambrose School in Cheverly and St. Hugh School, where she received the City of Greenbelt ACE Teacher Award in 1999. She holds a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education from Towson State University and a master of education degree in elementary education from Bowie State University. St. Peter had nearly 450 students in kindergarten through eighth grade last year.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Sacred Heart School, NW – Stephanie Margetts brings international experience to her new position as principal at Sacred Heart School, the archdiocese’s dual-language school. For the last four years, Margetts worked at international schools in Doha, Qatar, as a teacher trainer and a middle school and high school teacher. She was principal at the American School in Durango, Mexico, and has extensive experience teaching middle and high school Spanish at schools in the United States. She holds a bachelor of liberal arts degree in Spanish and education from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts and a master of science degree in educational leadership from National University in San Diego, California. Sacred Heart has 235 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

St. Ann’s Academy, NW – Thomas Wharton joins St. Ann’s Academy as principal, where he has taught since 2008 and from 2000 to 2005. In between those years, he spent four years of teaching in the Archdiocese of Seattle. He also taught at St. Francis Xavier School in Washington, DC. Wharton has a bachelor degree in organizational development and psychology from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and holds a master of arts degree in community leadership with an emphasis on education and non-profits from Regis University. St. Ann’s served 220 students last year from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

The Archdiocese of Washington serves approximately 29,000 students in 96 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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