Before coming to the Prep, Sister Margaret Mary was a school administrator and principal. She has extensive experience in middle and high school education and has been a member of the Prep family for 30 years, serving on the leadership team as the school’s building level coordinator for the SACS accreditation and as a teacher of Spanish and Latin.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame College in St. Louis and a master’s degree from the University of Houston.
“As Spiritual Leader of SKDP my primary role is to ensure that the school maintains the rich Catholic tradition that it has cherished for the past 102 years,” Sister Margaret Mary said. “During the 2017-2018 academic year the faculty, staff, parents, alumni and other stakeholders will undertake a very detailed self-study in preparation for the onsite visitation of the SACS re-accreditation committee that will take place in the fall of 2018. A crucial part of that self-study will be an analysis of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools. We cannot lose sight of the fact that we are first and foremost an academic institution that embraces a Catholic identity rooted in Gospel values whose total curriculum integrates faith, culture and life. My primary focus this year will be to lead the SKDP family on this journey to a deeper understanding of the school’s mission that aims to develop each student through a harmonious blending of her spiritual, moral, intellectual, emotional and physical strengths.”
Jesuit Father Christopher S. Fronk, who has served as a military chaplain in the United States Navy, will enter his first full year as president of Jesuit High School. He began his assignment as Jesuit’s 30th president during the 2016-17 school year.
Father Fronk served most recently as a command chaplain in the Navy with the rank of commander. He succeeded Jesuit Father Anthony McGinn as Jesuit president.
Among the many attributes that impressed Jesuit’s board of directors and the school’s search committee were Father Fronk’s leadership ability, his strong desire to develop men of faith and men for others, and his commitment to keeping the cost of a Jesuit education affordable.
“My early experience in different apostolates gave me a great appreciation for the variety of socio-economic situations that exist in our world as well as the absolute need for this diversity to be represented in our schools,” Father Fronk said.
Father Fronk is a native of Monaca, Pennsylvania, and is the second of seven children. He graduated from Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, Pennsylvania, in 1983.
He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1989 from Saint Louis University before earning his master’s degree in theology from Heythrop College of the University of London in 1996. In 2001, he secured a second master’s degree in religious education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Father Fronk earned a third master’s degree in military studies with an emphasis on leadership, planning and strategy from the Marine Corps University Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia.
Father Fronk entered the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus in 1985 and was ordained a priest in 1997. Before starting his military career, Father Fronk was a high school teacher and chaplain (Scranton Preparatory School); a university campus minister (John Carroll University in Cleveland; St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia; University of Scranton; and Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia); and a parochial vicar at St. Bernard Church in Pittsburgh. He also served as rector of the Jesuit community at Wheeling Jesuit University.
Father Fronk was assigned as command chaplain aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. George H.W. Bush. Prior to that, he served at the U.S. Coast Guard Basic Training Center at Cape May, New Jersey.
Before moving to Cape May, he was the second marine division forward command chaplain, a post that included a year-long deployment to the front lines in Afghanistan. From 2010-12, he was responsible for the coordination of religious support for more than 12,000 military and civilian personnel in multiple combat situations.
“What we want to do for each student is help him identify his God-given talents and discover how best to use them not just to serve himself but to build the kingdom of God and make the world a better place,” Father Fronk said. “A person only grows in that understanding by starting to ask the questions of who is God in my life and what is he calling me to do.”
Martin has more than 18 years of experience as a professional educator, previously serving as executive director of WorkReady U, a program of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS). His career includes working with Delgado Community College for 15 years, where he held various positions, including director of teacher education and adult literacy.
Martin holds a master of education in educational administration and supervision and a bachelor of arts in social science from the University of Holy Cross.
“As a proud alumnus of Holy Cross School, my life was deeply enhanced by becoming a Holy Cross Man,” Martin said. “Not only did Holy Cross School provide a solid foundation for me, but it also encouraged me to understand that education is much more than what I learned in the classroom. At Holy Cross School, we engage the whole man: mind and heart, body and soul. My hope is to deliver a superior educational experience for our students that is guided by faith in a welcoming family atmosphere. As the headmaster of Holy Cross School, I plan to continue honoring our rich history, while we strive to make learning both positive and rewarding, as we develop a new generation of Boys to Men.”
Dr. Kenneth St. Charles, will enter his first full year as the president and CEO of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, responsible for all aspects of the school, including student academic preparation, faculty and staff management, fiscal affairs, buildings and grounds, development and institutional advancement, marketing and public relations, board relations and alumni affairs.
St. Charles leads a 65-member faculty and staff and a student body of 600 students. Prior to joining St. Augustine, he served as vice president for institutional advancement at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he served as the chief fundraiser for the college, responsible for developing and managing relationships to ensure the college’s overall success.
Prior to joining Randolph College, he served as vice president for institutional advancement at Xavier University of Louisiana for 10 years. He previously served as area development director for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), where he was the senior executive in charge of fundraising and media relations for a three-state area.
St. Charles has more than 23 years of professional experience in the development and alumni relations arena and has been personally involved with raising more than $150 million.
He holds a B.B.A. degree in business management from Loyola University New Orleans, an M.B.A. in business from the University of New Orleans, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of New Orleans.
He has served as an adjunct professor in the division of business at Xavier University, teaching marketing and business courses. He also taught education courses at the University of New Orleans. He is a former board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Second Harvest Food Bank. He also retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve with 30 years of service, where his final assignment was as a faculty member in the Command and General Staff College. He has been married for 29 years to Lori Robinson St. Charles and has two adult daughters, Taylor and Kennedy St. Charles.
“I was very honored to be asked to return to my alma mater to serve as its president/CEO,” St. Charles said. “The realization that I will have a small role in ensuring that our young men are able to benefit from the outstanding education that continues to be offered by St. Augustine High School is a humbling feeling. Every day that I am on the job, I plan to focus on ensuring that we have the necessary resources, facilities, technology, equipment, direction, passion, and, most importantly, Catholic values that will ensure the success of current and prospective students. Our ultimate goal continues to focus on instilling in students an unwavering and solid sense of excellence, desire, discipline, pride and being totally prepared to compete in any situation that may be experienced in the future.”
Father Patrick Wattigny, pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Slidell, will take on additional responsibilities as the new president of Pope John Paul II High School, where he has served for the last four years as chaplain. Father Wattigny will remain as pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist, whose territorial boundaries include Pope John Paul II.
“My interest is to put the Lord Jesus first,” Father Wattigny said. “That is my motto, and it has been for the time I have been chaplain at Pope John Paul and from my days as chaplain at Archbishop Rummel (High School). When we put the Lord Jesus first, nothing else suffers, and that includes academics, athletics and spirituality. That’s my overarching theme. I also would like to reinvigorate the Slidell community. We don’t have as many Slidell students going to Catholic high school as we should.”
When he was ordained a priest in 1994, Father Wattigny was the youngest priest in the Archdiocese of New Orleans at the age of 26. He grew up in St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in New Orleans, and his vocation was spurred in part by a homily delivered by Msgr. Vernon Aleman, the St. Raphael pastor. He began thinking about what he could do with his life “that would be most beneficial to God, his people and to me.”
Father Wattigny graduated from Holy Cross High School, attended Loyola University New Orleans and earned a communications degree from the University of New Orleans.
He began his studies for the priesthood with a year of philosophy at Loyola and then entered Notre Dame Seminary for his theology studies.
From 2000-13, he served as chaplain at Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, with most of those years coinciding with his tenure as pastor of nearby St. Benilde Church.
Father Wattigny said the additional responsibilities will require him to “juggle” his schedule a bit, but he is excited by the opportunity.
“I’m used to doing that,” Father Wattigny said. “When I was at St. Benilde, I was pastor of a parish and a grade school and chaplain at Rummel. This is only juggling two things, although the parish is a lot bigger.”
He hopes to be able to greet the Pope John Paul students each morning and keep parish office hours in the afternoon.
“There will be a lot of back and forth, but the school and the church are only 1 ½ miles apart,” he said.
Father Wattigny also hopes to expand outreach to the school’s estimated 2,500 graduates, especially those in the East St. Tammany area.
Alvarez earned a bachelor of science in elementary education and a master of education in educational leadership from the University of Holy Cross. She has nearly completed studies for a doctorate in education in executive leadership from the University of Holy Cross. She is a certified trainer by Vanderbilt University for its Classroom Organization and Management Program (COMP).
Alvarez also served as principal (2012-14) and assistant principal (2011-12) at St. Andrew the Apostle School. Prior to that, she was a Title I program supervisor for Catapult Learning for non-public schools in Jefferson, St. John the Baptist, Tangipahoa and Plaquemines parishes. She was a Title II supervisor for professional development mentors and presenters in non-public schools and mentored new teachers. She also worked as a Title I teacher and a regular classroom teacher in both private and public schools.
“I am honored to join the PJP family and look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for education with the faculty and staff,” Alvarez said. “Pope John Paul II is a school where God is at the center of everything, and I want to continue their mission of academic excellence, faith development and leadership. Cultivating academically challenging programs as well as athletic and extracurriculars will enhance our students’ experience in high school and prepare them for their future. Setting high expectations for my students is paramount, but high school is a place where students can have fun, too. I’m excited to share the Jaguar Pride with the faculty, students and the community.”
Catherine Lambert Canter, who served from 2015-17 as the dean of lower school of St. Angela Merici School in Metairie, has been named principal of St. Margaret Mary School in Slidell. Canter had served from 2010-15 as a first-grade teacher at St. Margaret Mary.
Canter holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, and a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Holy Cross.
At St. Margaret Mary School, she served as grade-level chair, curriculum coordinator and member of the Discovery Walk team. She also established a nurturing classroom environment and developed strong relationships with students, parents and fellow teachers.
She was involved with curriculum development and implementation at St. Angela Merici School, coordinated allocation of Title I and II funds and coordinated textbooks and standardized tests. She also wrote a weekly schoolwide newsletter and mentored teachers.
“I feel called to be the administrator and spiritual leader of St. Margaret Mary Catholic School. God’s meticulous plan has allowed me the unique opportunity of being a student, parent, teacher and now, principal at St. Margaret Mary. I am extremely honored and privileged to serve this incredible faith community once again and look forward to a fantastic year!”
Caren M. Creppel has been named the new principal of St. Rosalie School in Harvey. She is also a parishioner of St. Rosalie Church, where she is an extraordinary minister of holy Communion for school Masses and weekend family Masses. Creppel also will serve as the director of Hawks’ Haven, St. Rosalie’s 6-week to 2-year-old program.
“I look forward to working with the school and parish community, teachers, students and families to live out our Dominican and Salesian beliefs, laying a foundation for our students to build their faith and embark on their educational journey,” Creppel said.
Creppel received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and two master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction, and in educational leadership. She also received a reading specialist certification from Our Lady of Holy Cross College.
Creppel has worked at St. Rosalie for 18 years. She began working as a second-grade teacher 18 years ago at the school. She became assistant principal in charge of curriculum nine years ago while completing her final semester of educational leadership.
“(Salesian) Father Larry Urban, pastor of St. Rosalie, has been my rock through this transition,” Creppel said. “I cannot thank him enough for his encouragement and support. The faculty and staff of the school have been exceptionally supportive; they are my home away from home, my family. My days begin and end with God’s strength and mercy. I pray to bring that strength and mercy, along with God’s love, to the students daily. The faculty and staff, students and parents are why I said yes to a job that brings fulfillment to my vocation as a servant to the Lord as an educator.”
Delaney’s professional experience includes 20 years of service as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps and eight years in the ministry of Catholic education as a teacher, athletic director, assistant principal and dean of students at both independent and diocesan Catholic schools in Virginia and Louisiana.
Delaney holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Holy Cross, a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor of science in criminal justice and law enforcement from Auburn University.
“I feel truly humbled and blessed to be given the opportunity to serve the Our Lady of Lourdes community as the school’s next principal,” Delaney said. “As both the educational and spiritual leader of the school, I will work tirelessly to ensure that students are given a Christ-centered education where faith and reason are learned together in a complementary fashion. I look forward to working closely with Our Lady of Lourdes’ pastor, Father Wayne Paysse, parish leaders, parents and a talented and dedicated staff to provide an outstanding educational experience for all students.”
Gosey has devoted herself to education for the last 11 years, serving as a director of studies, department chair and teacher.
Growing up as the daughter of two elementary school principals, Gosey took a circuitous path into the educational field. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in speech communications, she attended the South Texas College of Law and worked as a corporate defense litigator for four years in Houston. She volunteered for a program that placed lawyers in elementary schools to read to students, and she quickly realized that the only time during the week that her heart felt full was when she was in the classroom.
She made the decision to change careers and began to pursue her teacher’s certification. In 2006, she left her job as an attorney to become a teacher. Gosey has worked with students at all levels and, in addition to her teacher and principal’s certifications, she holds a certification in gifted and talented education.
In 2010, she graduated from the University of Houston with a master’s in educational management. She moved to New Orleans two years ago and worked for a year as a director of studies. In May 2016, Gosey graduated with a master’s of fine arts in creative writing from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
In addition to her four degrees, she also has more than 630 hours of professional development. After having a baby boy last July, Gosey filled in as a long-term substitute at Ursuline and immediately recognized the unique spirit of the Ursuline girl, which led to her desire to become a permanent member of the Ursuline family.
“I am humbled to accept the position as Head of Elementary at Ursuline Academy, the oldest continuously operating girls’ school in America and the oldest Catholic school in America,” she said. “I would like to thank the Ursuline Sisters and the Ursuline community for putting their trust in me to continue the mission of ‘Serviam’ that began 290 years ago.”
DiMarco is a product of Catholic education from elementary through high school. She holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education and a master’s of education in educational leadership from the University of New Orleans.
She has served in Catholic education for 25 years, initially as a middle school teacher/middle school administrator at Visitation of Our Lady School from 1991-2002. She was elementary school principal of Ursuline Academy from 2002-17.
“I am very excited about joining the ICS community and working with Father (Jimmy) Jeanfreau, faculty, parents, students and the church parish on our new vision and priority plan, which focuses on the unifying vision of ‘One Church, One School, One Family,’” DiMarco said. “As a product of a Salesian high school, St. Don Bosco’s teachings are forever embedded in my formation and in my heart – as he said, ‘It’s not enough that you love the young, they must know that they are loved.’”
Ryan Gallagher, a 2000 graduate of Brother Martin High School, has been named principal beginning with the 2017-18 school year. Gallagher most recently served as the assistant principal for discipline and attendance and head cross country coach.
Greg Rando ’77, who has served for 11 years as principal, will assume significant additional responsibilities as executive vice president. Rando will continue to bring his knowledge and expertise in carrying out the mission of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.
“Ryan has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and the kind of passion for our mission that will be vital in his role as principal,” Rando said. “He also has both the vision and the service-oriented approach to leadership we value so much.”
Gallagher has spent 12 years as teacher and administrator at Brother Martin. As a student, he received the Golden Crusader award, the highest award given to seniors. Gallagher continued his education at Tulane University, earning bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees. In 2005, he returned to Brother Martin in the English department before taking on vital roles including director of student formation, co-director of staff development and assistant coach in basketball and track and field.
“Brother Martin High School has been and continues to be an integral part of my life and that of my family,” Gallagher said. “I am honored and humbled that the board of directors and the leadership of Brother Martin High School has the confidence in me to serve our school community as principal. I look forward to continue working in partnership with the school community in the charism and tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.”
John Devlin will continue in his role as president of Brother Martin, overseeing the institution and continuing his service to the Brothers of the Sacred Heart United States Province.
Hafford most recently served as a third-grade teacher at St. Charles Borromeo. She attended Visitation of Our Lady School in Marrero and graduated from Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans in 2004.
Hafford earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction (mathematics) from Louisiana State University. She is highly qualified to teach grades 1-5, middle school mathematics, middle school language arts and secondary math. She has taught middle school mathematics in the St. Charles Parish public school system and served since 2013 at St. Charles Borromeo as a third-grade teacher.
“I am humbled at the opportunity to serve as St. Charles Borromeo’s principal,” Hafford said. “I am looking forward to guiding our school’s students in their faith formation while inspiring academic excellence.”
Macnamara earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in science teaching from the University of New Orleans. She is certified to teach in both Louisiana and Texas.
Macnamara began teaching math in 1991 for the Dallas Independent School District and then taught math from 1993-2000 in the New Orleans Parish public school system. She joined the faculty of Ursuline Academy as standards-based education coordinator from 2000-05, specializing in geometry and college prep math.
From 2005-07 she was academic assistant principal in Ursuline Academy’s high school division, where she was responsible for reviewing and ensuring compliance with archdiocesan and state academic standards and assisting with the supervision of the faculty.
As assistant principal at St. Pius X, she has overseen the ordering of curriculum materials and supervised the generation of the master schedule for the school year.
“I believe the goal of Catholic education is to enrich the lives of students while producing articulate, expressive thinkers and lifelong learners, who have the values of the Catholic faith, and are socially responsible, resilient, and active citizens of the world. Catholic education is about teaching students, not subjects. It is about engaging students in their learning, and maximizing the potential of each and every child. It is about fostering the development of the spiritual, intellectual, physical, cultural, and social behavior of each child. Catholic education is about looking beyond the child’s intellect and seeing the whole child. It is about providing students with opportunities to be challenged and still succeed. As principal of St. Pius X Catholic School, it is my goal to work “in partnership with parents,” as stated in our mission statement, to strengthen the relationships between the school, families and the parish community to ensure the success of all our students.”
The St. Anthony Campus is coed for students in grades pre-K4 through 4 and all-girls for students in grades 5-7.
Neider began his teaching career in 1992. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Holy Cross and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans. He also is a certified mathematics teacher and graduated from the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies.
Neider began teaching at Christian Brothers in 2012. He has taught math, history and study skills and has coached basketball. Neider also has served on the school leadership team and has been an assistant principal.
From 2006-12, Neider taught math at De La Salle High School and was promoted to dean of students and head basketball coach. He taught math and coached basketball at Crescent City Baptist School from 2003-06 and was a full-time math teacher at Holy Cross School from 1992-2003.
He was a staff accountant at ODECO from 1989-91. Neider is a 1985 graduate of Holy Cross School.
“I am truly honored to be the principal of Christian Brothers School,” Neider said. “I am also thankful to be called to the ministry of Catholic education. Christian Brothers is run in the Dominican and Lasallian traditions. I am looking forward to building upon those values to ensure that every student has the opportunity to grow academically, spiritually, emotionally and socially.”
Owens has dedicated his entire educational career to Catholic high school education. Though he is not a Prep graduate, Owens has been associated with the school for three decades. He began his career at the Prep as a teacher, moving on to departmental chairperson, academic council member, assistant band director and dean of students. Owens most recently served as the assistant principal in charge of operations and discipline.
Owens holds a bachelor’s degree from Delaware State University and a master’s degree from Xavier University.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Owens was instrumental in the initial planning and opening of the Historic MAX School (which combined students from St. Augustine, St. Mary’s Academy and Xavier University Preparatory) along with the presidents and principals of the respective schools. Owens served as the assistant principal of the MAX school, where he was recognized for his outstanding service in collaboration with the school’s administrators, faculty, staff, students and parents.
Owens has held memberships in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Catholic Educational Association and the National Conference of Staff Developers for Educators.
Owens believes students learn best when they are supported, nurtured and encouraged consistently by a great faculty and staff.
Owens succeeds Anatalie Bachemin, Xavier Prep Class of 1966, who served as interim principal on a volunteer basis during the 2016-17 academic year. She was thanked by the school’s board of directors “for all the long hours and sacrifice that she invested in keeping the Drexel Dream alive.”
Seatter was born in Louisiana and reared in Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts. Her studies include educational administration and leadership, curriculum and instruction, and business. She is a nationally board-certified teacher and an AdvancED SACS accreditation evaluator. Seatter is a member and presenter of the National Association of Elementary Principals, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Louisiana Association of Principals.
After a brief stint in the business world, Seatter began teaching at St. Peter School in Reserve and then was a special education teacher in St. Tammany Parish. She was a scholar support coordinator for KIPP New Orleans. She believes strongly in the importance of academically excellent programs that build well-rounded, faith-formed children.
“St. Dominic School has been educating the children of Lakeview since 1924,” Seatter said. “It’s a rich history that I am honored to be a part of. I look forward to keeping our deep-rooted traditions and legacies as we embark into the future.”
St. Dominic School will expand its campus this year to welcome pre-K3 students as well as add a STEM lab, STEM director, dean of students and dean of academics.
“Lakeview is a growing community, and we want to continue to meet the needs of our parishioners,” she said. “We are honored and look forward to continuing to provide academic excellence to our community.”
Theriot attended Corpus Christi School in New Orleans from prekindergarten to eighth grade and graduated from Xavier University Preparatory High School. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern University in Baton Rouge, teaching certification from Southern University in New Orleans and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.
Theriot has successfully completed “New Leaders Emerging Leaders” and “Aspiring Principals” Programs. She possesses 13 years of teaching experience and has spent the last four years supporting teachers and students as an instructional coach and assistant principal in New Orleans charter schools. She is dedicated to ensuring that teachers are provided the support and tools needed to be successful. In her spare time, she enjoys taking guitar lessons, spending quality time with her husband and attending her son’s baseball games.
“As principal of this wonderful institution, I take great pride in fulfilling my duties and responsibilities as the chosen leader to have an impact on children,” Theriot said. “First, I want to build trusting relationships with the St. Rita community, which includes students and parents, faculty and staff, and members of the parish. Second, I want to continue to build on the existing foundation and rich history created by those before me for the benefit of every student who walks the halls of our beautiful school. Third, I want to shape each student’s faith and confidence so that they can go out into the world and share their incredible knowledge and play a critical role in serving the community in which they believe.”
“Since July 2015, I have had the privilege of serving in both roles of director and principal,” Father Molinelli said. “In our Salesian tradition, the director’s role is one of animation of the Salesian charism and spiritual father to the community, especially the young. The principal’s role is to guide and animate the day-to-day administration of the school. Both of these roles require a full-time person dedicated to the task.
Father Molinelli said Williams brings to the principal’s job “a sense of total dedication to the Salesian mission” at Archbishop Shaw. Williams has served as a coach, teacher, department chair and assistant principal over the last 26 years. Williams is pursuing a doctorate at the University of Holy Cross.