Large crop of new administrators this fall

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Ten new principals and two new heads of school will join the ranks of Arlington diocesan schools this year.

Mary Baldwin, principal of St. Andrew the Apostle School, was born in Duluth, Minn. She earned a bachelor's from George Mason University in Fairfax in 1998 and a master's in education from Marymount University in Arlington in 2007. She holds a Virginia Catholic Education Association license.

Baldwin has 13 years of teaching and seven years of administrative experience in the diocese. She taught at St. Andrew the Apostle from 2000 to 2006 and at St. Veronica School from 2006 to 2007, when she was named principal. She served as principal until this year.

Baldwin is a parishioner of St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Clifton, and she and her husband, Timothy, have three children. She replaces Glenda Sigg, principal of St. Andrew the Apostle for the past five years.

Ruth Barwick is the new head of school at Siena Academy, a Catholic Montessori school in Great Falls. Born in Scotland, she earned a bachelor's in 2008 from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., and is certified in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

She has taught at Siena Academy since 2011 and served as assistant head of school last year. Barwick is a parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Great Falls.

Barwick replaces Father Alexander R. Drummond, who served as interim head of school last year. Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist Janet Siepker served as head of school from 2010 to 2012.

Michael A. Busekrus, principal of St. John Academy in McLean, was born in Honolulu. He earned a bachelor's in education and a master's in education from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu in 1989 and 1996, respectively.

He has 20 years of teaching experience and four years of administrative experience. Busekrus taught at Le Jardin Academy in Kailua, Hawaii, from 1989 to 2009 and was principal of St. John Vianney School in Kailua from 2009 to 2013. While at Le Jardin, he served on the Character Education Committee.

Busekrus is a parishioner of St. John the Beloved Church in McLean. He and his wife, Malia, have six children. Busekrus replaces Michael J. Bussman, principal of St. John since 2012.

Sister Mary Sue Carwile, principal of St. James School, was born in Washington. A member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg before earning a bachelor's in history and theology from Immaculata University in Immaculata, Pa., in 1981. She earned a master's in counseling and human relations from Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., in 1992, and a principal certificate from Immaculata University in 2013. She holds a Pennsylvania principal certificate for kindergarten-12th grade.

Sister Mary Sue has 11 years of teaching and 17 years of administrative experience. She taught at St. Laurence School in Upper Darby, Pa., 1977-20; at Sts. Irenaeus-Raphael School in Philadelphia, 1981-86; and at Sts. Clement-Irenaeus School in Philadelphia, 1986-89. She was principal of Holy Family School in Harrisburg, Pa., 1989-96; Assumption of the Blessed Virginian Mary School in West Grove, Pa., 1996-97; St. Andrew School in Newtown, Pa., 1998-2002; Sts. Simon and Jude School in Bethlehem, Pa., 2002-06; and McAdoo Catholic School in McAdoo, Pa., 2012-13.

Sister Mary Sue replaces Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Margaret McCullough, principal since 2012.

Thomas Curry, head of school at Bishop Ireton High School, was born in Pittsburgh. He graduated from Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax and earned a bachelor's in religion and philosophy from La Salle University in Philadelphia. He went on to earn a master's in theology and a doctorate in systematic theology from Boston College in Boston, Mass.

He has certificates in Japanese culture from Urasenke College in Kyoto, Japan, and in nonprofit management from Marymount. He is on the executive board of the Catholic Communications Forum and the LaSallian Leadership Committee.

He has 12 years of teaching experience and three years administrative experience. For the past 12 years Curry taught at St. John's College High School in Washington.

Curry is a parishioner of St. Joseph Church in Herndon. He is married to Sungmin they have three children.

Curry and Stephen Crooker, the new director of instruction at Ireton who will report to Curry, replace Timothy Hamer, principal for the past five years.

Michael Kelleher, principal of St. Bernadette School, was born in Richmond. He earned a bachelor's in business and economics from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington in 1998; a master's in education from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in 2007; and a master's in education administration from the University of Notre Dame in 2011. He holds a Virginia certificate in administration/supervision and history.

Kelleher comes to St. Bernadette with 11 years of teaching experience and six years of administrative experience. He taught at Stake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, 2002-05; Our Lady of Lourdes School in Los Angeles, 2005-07; and at St. Benedict School in Richmond, 2007-13. From 2008 to 2013 he served as assistant principal of St. Benedict. He was a school board member at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot School in Powhatan, Va., from 2012 to 2013.

Kelleher is a parishioner of St. Bernadette Church in Springfield. He is married to Danielle and has one child. Kelleher replaces Trish Beeks, principal of St. Bernadette for the past seven years.

Kathryn A. Littlefield, principal of Queen of Apostles School, was born in Waltham, Mass. She earned a bachelor's from the University of Massachusetts in Boston in 1992 and a master's in education with a focus in reading from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 2008. Littlefield is on track to earn a master's in education supervision from Marymount in 2015. She holds a Virginia reading specialist certificate for prekindergarten-eighth grade.

Littlefield has 17 years of teaching experience in the diocese. She has taught at Queen of Apostles since 2000 and served as a Title I reading teacher at Queen of Apostles and St. Francis of Assisi School in Triangle from 2005 to 2013. Littlefield previously taught at St. Leo the Great School in Fairfax, 1993-97, and at St. Rita School in Alexandria in 1993.

At Queen of Apostles, Littlefield was principal designate from 2008 to 2011 and served on various Queen of Apostles committees from 2002 to 2013. She was a member of the school's enrollment committee; worked as a professional development facilitator, curriculum mapping team leader, teacher mentor and middle school coordinator. She was part of the Queen of Apostles Design for Excellence Steering Committee and a PTO teacher representative.

Littlefield is a parishioner of Queen of Apostles Church in Alexandria. She and her husband, Scott, have two children. Littlefield replaces Amy T. McNeill, principal of Queen of Apostles since 2012.

Peter B. Mannix, principal of St. Veronica School, was born in New York City. He earned a bachelor's in history and English from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md., in 2001 and a master's in education from Loyola University in Baltimore in 2011.

He has five years of teaching experience and four years of administrative experience. He taught at St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, Md., 2005-07; The Banner School in Frederick, Md., 2007-09; St. Thomas More School in Frederick, 2009-11; and at St. Mary School in Annapolis, Md., 2011-13. He served as development director of St. Maria Goretti from 2005 to 2007 and as assistant principal of St. Mary from 2011 to 2013. He also served on committees at St. Maria Goretti, St. Thomas More and St. Mary.

Mannix is a parishioner of St. Veronica Church in Chantilly. He and his wife, Marleen, have three children and are expecting their fourth in November. Mannix replaces Mary Baldwin, principal of St. Veronica since 2007.

James F. Oliver, principal of Epiphany School, was born in Washington. He earned a master's in education administration in 1995 from George Mason University in Fairfax and a bachelor's in Spanish education from Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pa. He holds a Virginia postgraduate middle and secondary school principal certificate for Spanish, prekindergarten-12th grade.

Oliver has 19 years of teaching experience and 18 years of administrative experience, including 10 years as principal. He taught at Herndon High School in Herndon, 1978-88; Centreville High School in Centreville, 1988-96; and Wakefield School in The Planes, 2010-11.

He was principal of Mountain View High School in Centreville, 2004-10, and principal of Glasgow Middle School in Alexandria, 2012-13.

Oliver has been a presenter for new principal training and has worked on behalf of students with disabilities. He has focused on closing the achievement gap in Fairfax County schools and earned the Outstanding Leadership award from the Fairfax Board of Supervisors.

He also has served on the Cable in the Classroom committee in Herndon, 1991-93; with the Hispanic Leadership Alliance in Fairfax, 1993-2010; and with Academic Excellence program through Fairfax County Public Schools.

Oliver is a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church in Warrenton. He and his wife, Cheryl, have two children. He replaces Wendy Murphy, principal of Epiphany since 2011.

Angela Rowley, principal of St. Charles School, was born in Newry, Northern Ireland. She earned a bachelor's from the New University of Ulster in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, in 1984; a diploma in library studies from Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1986; and a master's of science in library science from Catholic University in Washington in 1988. Rowley is in the process of earning her master's in education at Marymount. She holds a Virginia Catholic Education Association license.

She has been a teacher at St. Charles since 2000 and worked at Catholic U. as a librarian from 1986 to 1994.

Rowley is a parishioner of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington. She is married to Allan and has three children. Rowley replaces Linda Lacot, principal of St. Charles since 2008.

Sister Martha Ann Titus, principal of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School, was born in Lebanon, Ind. A member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, she earned a bachelor's in elementary education from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., in 1982; a master's in education from Indiana University in Kokomo, Ind., in 1987; and a master's in education leadership from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn., in 2008. She is expected to earn a master's in theology from St. Charles Borromeo in Wynnewood, Pa., in 2014. She holds a professional teaching certificate for Indiana and Tennessee.

She taught at Culver Elementary School in Culver, Ind., 1983-85; Southside Elementary in Frankfort, Ind., 1985-93; Overbrook School in Nashville, Tenn., 1995-96; St. Henry School in Nashville, 1996-98; St. Paul School in Memphis, 1998-99; and at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Newport News, Va., 1999-2001. She was an administrator and instructor at Aquinas College in Nashville from 2001 to 2006. She served as an administrator in Madison and Gallatin, Tenn., as well as in Nashville.

Sister Martha Ann also served on committees at Overbrook, West End Middle School in Nashville and St. Paul in Memphis.

Sister Martha Ann replaces Dominican Sister Maria Goretti Baker, principal of St. Thomas for the past six years.

Karen A. Toohey, principal of St. Mark School, was born in New Brunswick, N.J. She earned a bachelor's from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., in 1982; a master's in business administration from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, in 1989; and a master's in education from Marymount in 2007. She holds a Virginia Catholic Education Association license.

Toohey has five years of teaching experience and seven years of administrative experience. She taught at St. Timothy School in Chantilly from 2001 to 2006 and served as assistant principal there from 2006 to 2013. She served on the St. Timothy Landscape Committee from 1998 to 2010 and was a National Junior Honor Society Adviser at the school, 2002-11.

Toohey is a parishioner of St. Timothy Church in Chantilly and has one daughter. She replaces Roberta Etzel, principal of St. Mark for the past four years.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013