By Liz Sullivan
The new school ushers not only new students, but also new administrators.
In the Diocese of San Jose, there are two new diocesan administrators and five new principals.
Kim Shields, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, arrived August 3, 2015. Ms. Shields brings with her 10 years of administration at two sites in our schools. She will be using the accreditation tool to support the rigorous academic program at all schools. Kim understands the use of data to drive instruction and the follow through on the results for students and teachers. Kim has been working in schools for over twenty years. In addition to the Asst. Superintendent role, she will also be the WCEA Accreditation Commissioner.
Dr. Tara Rolle, Asst. Superintendent for Drexel Schools, joined the Diocese August 3 and has met with all the principals and functional leaders in that system. Dr. Rolle is not stranger to Catholic education. She is a graduate of St. Francis High School, was an administrator at Moreau Catholic in the East Bay, and principal of St. Raymond in the Archdiocese of SF. Dr. Rolle brings with her many great skill sets, among which are strategic planning and marketing. Dr. Rolle is a gifted administrator who is committed to the work of the Drexel schools and the transformation of operations at each site.
At the school level, John McIntyre has accepted the position of principal for Most Holy Trinity School (MHT). Jamie, as he is called, comes to San Jose from Washington D.C., most recently an administrator with the Gonzaga High School. He has extensive teaching in elementary and middle schools. He is a match for MHT as he is schooled in Jesuit education and MHT is our only Jesuit parish.
Anne Nowell is the principal of St. Joseph elementary school in Mountain View. Anne has spent the last 21 years in our diocese in a variety of assignments. She taught at Queen of Apostles and Archbishop Mitty most recently as a Social Studies and math teacher. Anne has been principal of summer school at Archbishop Mitty and is excited to be part of the elementary leadership again. We are proud to have her back in our system.
Susan Morrissey, principal of Catholic Academy of Sunnyvale (CAS), comes to us via Boston, Mass. where she was working in small private schools. She developed a plan for those small schools and when deciding where to live in California was intrigued by the description of the school and thought it would be a great fit for her marketing and branding skills. We agreed and she got in her car and drove west knowing only that the Holy Spirit needed her at CAS!
Pam Greteman comes to St. Mary in Gilroy from the San Jose Unified public school district. She has wanted to be an administrator in a K- 8 school and was welcomed by the St. Mary Gilroy faculty and staff on July 16. Ms. Greteman was in a rising leader program in SJ Unified, which identifies candidates for leadership positions. Ms. Greteman is eager to meet her students and begin this phase of her career in Catholic schools.
James Johnston accepted the position of principal at St. Mary School in Los Gatos on July 31. He comes to us with a rich background in Catholic education. He was in administration at St. Mary’s High School in Stockton until the end of July. He taught AP classes and English to juniors at that school. He is an outstanding writer, faith-filled Catholic, and saw the posting for St. Mary and wanted to be the person to succeed Sr. Nicki Tomas. He has big shoes to fill and he is eager to step into them! Mr. Johnston is pleased to be able to work with the faculty and community of St. Mary.
Learn more about the Catholic schools in the Diocese of San Jose by visiting www.DSJ.org/schools.