The Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office, with support from the Catholic Schools Foundation, is excited to announce the recipients for the prestigious Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award. Five elementary school teachers and five secondary school teachers were selected as the recipients of the award. The recipients will receive $1,500 and be honored at a luncheon in May with Cardinal Seán O’Malley and Superintendents of the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Kathy Mears and Thomas Carroll.
2019 Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award Recipients:
Eric Bernazzani, Cardinal Spellman High School, Brockton
Julie Billingsley, Saint John the Evangelist School, Canton
Vincent Bradley, Catholic Memorial School, West Roxbury
Kathleen Carabine, East Boston Central Catholic School, East Boston
Melissa Ewing, Boston College High School, Dorchester
Rachel Ferullo, Blessed Sacrament School, Walpole
Christopher Lynch, St. John’s Prep, Danvers
Michael Murphy, Nativity Preparatory, Boston
James O’Neill, Central Catholic High School, Lawrence
Mary Powers, South Boston Catholic Academy, South Boston
Thank you to all those who took the time to nominate a teacher! The committee received more than 120 nominations for excellent educators in the Archdiocese of Boston and had a difficult time narrowing to just 10. We hope everyone will participate next year!
Please check back here throughout the week to learn more about the recipients.
BRAINTREE, MA (April 2019): The Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office (CSO), in partnership with the Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF), is focused on building a pool of qualified, committed, and trained individuals to actively serve as board members at Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. The CSO placed 10 people with schools last spring and it hopes to place 12 people on boards this year.
Catholic Schools Office Director of Data & Research Annie Smith organized the board member recruitment efforts. She said, “This program helps schools that might not have the time or the network to find new board members. We connect the schools with people who are passionate and want to give back and help the future of Catholic education.”
Smith continued, “The partnership with the CSF is part of our shared leadership initiative. The CSF has a robust young professionals’ group, full of Catholics who are committed to helping others. We’ve found that it’s crucial to introduce young professionals to Catholic education and show them that they can make a difference in a school community.”
Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P., the coordinator of the Catholic Educational Leadership Program and graduate instructor in the College of Education at DePaul University, leads the trainings. During the trainings, Sister Mary Paul covers the roles on the various types of boards, the attributes of a strong board member, and how to be effective lay leaders.
When asked about what constitutes a “perfect” board, Sister Mary Paul said, “A perfect board member brings talent, grace, and creative strategies to help make Catholic schools strong. A great board member comes in every flavor, but each is motivated by mission to forward what is best for kids in the context of our Catholic community and has the energy to engage in planning. A perfect board brings these disparate people together as a blend in a community of listening, ideas, and action designed to create a vibrant future for a school.”
Megan McKeon, 30, is director of development & communications at a local non-profit and was matched with East Boston Central Catholic School’s board last spring. She said, “It's been a pleasure to join a school board that is so passionate about the success of its students and their families. Every meeting, discussion, and activity is focused on what can be done to serve the school's families.”
Bobby Casaletto is the principal of East Boston Central Catholic School. He said, “Both Megan and the other new board member have been valuable additions to our school board thus far and we highly recommend participation in the board training.”
If you are interested in learning more about joining a Catholic school board, contact Director of Data & Research Annie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARDINAL O’MALLEY APPOINTS THOMAS W. CARROLL SUPERINTENDENT OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON
Braintree, MA (April 3, 2019) – Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley has appointed Thomas W. Carroll as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston. Mr. Carroll comes to the position with decades of experience in education, nonprofit management, fundraising, and Catholic advocacy. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Carroll served as the president of the Invest in Education Foundation, based in New York. His first day with the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) will be Monday, April 8, 2019.
“We are pleased to welcome Tom Carroll to the Archdiocese of Boston as our next Superintendent of Catholic Schools,” said Cardinal Seán. “Tom brings a wide range of experience to this important role, including founding and running successful urban schools, and we look forward to supporting his efforts to strengthen Catholic education. For more than one hundred years, Catholic schools have been centers of academic excellence and faith formation for generations of students. We are blessed to be able to support this ministry which continues to give back so much to our Church and the wider society.”
In accepting the position, Mr. Carroll said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to share in the wonderful tradition that is Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Boston. I want to thank Cardinal Seán for providing the vision for our Catholic schools and for entrusting me the leadership of the Catholic Schools Office. I will continue the focus on helping the children in our Catholic schools become strong scholars as well as good and virtuous people. We have a wealth of riches in the talents of our faculties and staffs across the Archdiocese, and at the same time a great need to continue to find the resources so critical to maintaining our long-standing record of accomplishment. With great pride, we will continue to reach out to families from all communities we serve about the unique opportunities a Catholic education provides."
Carroll also has been steeped in educational policy, founding and leading the Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability and the Invest in Education Foundation, both in New York.
He brings a mix of academic, public policy and development experience to the position having led a network of high-quality urban schools, renovating and constructing school facilities, advocating on behalf of Catholic schools, and raising millions in private donations for Catholic scholarships.
Most recently Mr. Carroll has been leading a national coalition he founded, working closely with the Catholic Church, focused on the adoption of a federal tax credit to encourage donations to Catholic and other K-12 scholarship funds. If adopted, this plan could generate $5 billion in donations for Catholic and other schools, scholarship organizations and nonprofits focused on tutoring and career and technical education. The coalition includes all major faiths, independent schools, black and Hispanic community groups, business organizations and several dozen labor unions.
He earned a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Albany. A Catholic convert, he and his wife, Claudia (a pre-school teacher), have two children both of whom attended an all-boys Catholic school. They currently reside in Clifton Park, NY.
Mr. Carroll succeeds Kathleen Power Mears who announced her decision to return home to Indianapolis at the conclusion of the current academic year following five years leading the Catholics School Office. Carroll added, “Kathy Mears has done a great job strengthening the academic rigor and Catholic identity of our schools.”
Cardinal Seán thanked the search committee led by John J. Regan, Esq. for their commitment to bringing forth a high degree of accomplished professionals.
He also extended his gratitude to Superintendent Mears. “Kathy Mears has served with distinction and dedication over the past five years. We are grateful for her leadership and many contributions actively partnering with priests, school leaders, teachers, and community stakeholders to enhance Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Boston” stated the Cardinal.
Strength of Catholic Education
"No other institution in the U.S. has been as successful at moving people from poverty into the middle class." - Cardinal Seán