Vincent Spadoni Awarded Distinguished Principal of the Year

Principal of St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Rockville

May 04, 2012

Vincent Spadoni, principal of St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Rockville, has been named the Archdiocese of Washington’s Distinguished Principal of the Year for his superior spiritual leadership and strong commitment to academic excellence.

The annual award is presented to a principal who demonstrates accomplishment in six categories: balancing management and leadership roles, setting high expectations and standards, stressing content and instruction that ensures student achievement, creating a culture of professional development for teachers, using multiple tools to apply and assess instructional improvements and actively engaging the school community.

Mr. Spadoni was surprised with the announcement of this award by his students, staff and members of the Archdiocese of Washington’s Catholic Schools office at the school on Wednesday, May 2.

Deacon Bert L’Homme, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington, said “This is a great opportunity to recognize the significance of the principal’s role in a school’s success. In this case, Mr. Spadoni’s dedication is evident in the students’ academic achievements. He sets high expectations and provides the support for those expectations to be met – one of the hallmarks of an exceptional leader.”

Mr. Spadoni has been the principal of St. Elizabeth Catholic School since 2004. He was the school’s assistant principal from 1998-2000, and then went on to be principal of St. Ambrose School in Cheverly. He earned his master’s degree from The Washington Theological Union.

“It is apparent when visiting Mr. Spadoni’s school that he is well loved by parents, students and faculty. His infectious smile and cheerful welcome greets everyone who enters the school,” said Wendy Anderson, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development in the Archdiocese of Washington.

St. Elizabeth School is well known for its Catholic identity and strong teaching of the Catholic faith as a result of Mr. Spadoni’s leadership. Mr. Spadoni serves as a role model for all in the community as he lives his faith everyday. Mr. Spadoni has not only dedicated himself to the St. Elizabeth School community but spends countless hours serving on Archdiocese of Washington Catholic School committees. He also serves as the Montgomery County representative to the Elementary School Principal’s Association.

St. Elizabeth Catholic School was established in 1966. The school is sponsored by St. Elizabeth Parish, and affiliated with St. Francis of Assisi Parish. St. Elizabeth School is a Catholic elementary school for boys and girls in preschool through eighth grade. Fifty certified lay professionals, many with advanced degrees, staff the school, which has a total enrollment of 520 students. St. Elizabeth Catholic School has been a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Award in recognition of the schools’ academic achievement as one of America’s most successful schools.

The Archdiocese of Washington has 98 early childhood, elementary, middle and high schools; more than 3,000 teachers; and a total student enrollment of nearly 28,000. Schools in the archdiocese have been awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon of Excellence 28 times.

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