New assistant principal at O’Connell

Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Catherine Hill has been appointed the next assistant principal for academic affairs at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington. Sister Catherine will replace Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Regina Joseph Ryan who has served in the position for the past nine years. Sister Catherine's appointment will take effect in August.

Sister Catherine has spent most of her professional career in teaching and school administration at the secondary level. She currently chairs O'Connell's science department, teaching both advanced placement and first-year chemistry classes.

Sister Catherine began her study of chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University, earned a bachelor's degree at Immaculata University and a master's in chemistry from Villanova University. In addition, Sister Catherine holds a master's degree in educational leadership from Immaculata University.

Before coming to O'Connell in 2005, she served as vice principal and director of studies at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pa. Sister Catherine's ties to O'Connell are long-standing. The daughter of Thomas and Olga Hill, she is a native of Arlington. She attended elementary school at St. Agnes School in Arlington and graduated from O'Connell as valedictorian of the Class of l966.

Sister Catherine sees this congregational appointment as an opportunity to continue to build on the legacy nurtured by so many IHM sisters over O'Connell's 50-year history. She looks forward to joining in a new way with all the members of Bishop O'Connell's dedicated administration, faculty and staff in God's work of assisting families in providing quality education and solid faith formation to the students of O'Connell.

The school community will be sad to say goodbye to Sister Regina after nine years. Her commitment to excellence in education is widely acknowledged and appreciated. Sister Regina, who earned a doctorate in education from the University of Virginia during her tenure at O'Connell, will join the faculty at Immaculata University this summer

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2009