Five new principals ready to lead at Arlington diocesan schools

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The Arlington Diocese welcome five new principals for the 2016-17 school year - three at elementary schools and two at secondary schools.

Daniel Cinalli, principal of St. Michael School in Annandale, was born in Fairfax. He earned a bachelor's degree in English in 2008 from George Mason University in Fairfax and a master's in education administration from Marymount University in Arlington in 2013. He is an alumnus and former assistant principal of St. Timothy School in Chantilly, and has taught in the diocese for three years. He and his wife, Arielle, live in Reston. He replaces Sister Therese Elizabeth Bauer, I.H.M., who served as principal for the past 10 years.

Dominican Sister Mary Veronica Keller, principal of Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries, was born in Framingham, Mass. A member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, Tenn., she earned a bachelor's in English with minors in secondary education and Spanish from James Madison University in Harrisonburg in 1985. In 2007, she earned a master's in educational leadership from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn., and in 2008 a master's in biblical studies from Providence College in Providence, R.I. Sister Mary Veronica has more than 15 years of teaching experience, and was the principal of St. Pius V School in Providence for five years. She replaces Dominican Sister Mary Jordan Hoover, who was founding principal of Saint John Paul the Great in 2007.

Temple Macdonald, principal of St. John the Evangelist School in Warrenton, was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He earned a bachelor's degree from Campbellsville University in Kentucky in 2008, and a master's degree from Marymount University in Arlington in 2016. Macdonald taught in diocesan schools for four years and was assistant principal at St. Leo School in Fairfax last year. He lives in Remington with his wife, Kelli, and their two young children. He replaces Arthur Fairweather who served as principal 2011-16.

Beth Monroe, principal of St. Bernadette School in Springfield, was born in Annapolis, Md. She earned a bachelor's in human services counseling from Old Dominion University in Norfolk in 1986 and a master's in education from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif., in 1996. She taught preschool for two years and was an assistant principal for three years. She lives in Springfield with her husband, Scott, and their two teenage children. She replaces Michael Kelleher who served as principal 2013-16.

Tom Opfer, principal of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, was born in Fairfax. He earned a bachelor's degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg in 2000. In 2004, he earned a master's in education from George Mason University in Fairfax and in 2006, he received a second master's degree in school leadership from Marymount University in Arlington. He expects to receive a doctorate degree from George Mason next May. He spent his 14-year career at Paul Vi, with 10 years as an administrator. He lives in Centreville. He replaces Virginia D. Colwell, who served as principal from 2007 and is currently Head of School.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016

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