New principals of schools in the Diocese of Trenton come to their positions with a wealth of knowledge, education and experience, ready to assume the awesome responsibility of guiding students through many formative years of Catholic education.
Sacred Heart School, Mount Holly
PARISH: Mary Mother of the Church Bordentown
FAMILY: husband Eric Barlow – married 26 years; two children: Claire, 23, and Owen, 19
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in literature and language, Stockton University, Galloway; Master’s in Educational Leadership, Seton Hall University, South Orange
ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATION: New Jersey Secondary Education Teacher of English, New Jersey Elementary Education Certificate, both Georgian Court University, Lakewood; New Jersey Supervisor Certificate, New Jersey Principal Certificate, both Seton Hall University
PREVIOUS TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Howell High School – English, eight years; Georgian Court University – supervisor for student teachers, two years; Piscataway High School – English department chairperson, English teacher, two years; Notre Dame High School – assistant principal for curriculum, seven years, and principal, five years
WHY SERVING IN THE MINISTRY OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: The ministry of Catholic education is important to me because it affords me the opportunity to share my personal faith journey. As the principal of Sacred Heart School, I am called to lead by example teaching our young people the importance of our faith. What sets Catholic schools apart is the spiritual experience and the development of a faith-based community.
I am beyond excited to work alongside the talented teachers and staff at Sacred Heart School to share my love of God and my Catholic faith with our amazing students and extraordinary community.
St. Benedict School, Holmdel
PARISH: St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel
FAMILY: wife Piedad; two children: Nicholas, 20, and Sofia, 17
EDUCATION: Post-graduate studies in educational leadership, Monmouth University, West Long Branch
ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATION: Principal and supervisor; history and education, Monmouth University
PREVIOUS TEACHING EXPERIENCE: 20 years teaching grades 4-6 in Frank Antonides School, West Long Branch; Teacher of the Year, 2008
WHY SERVING IN THE MINISTRY OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: Returning to St. Benedict School, where I first began my teaching career in 1997, has been a dream come true! As a Catholic school leader, it is imperative that the entire school community is “faith filled and committed” to provide our students with a Catholic education that will serve as a “Foundation of Life.” Children acquiring the Catholic values and knowledge through this foundation will be prepared and ready for future success when they leave St. Benedict School. I am so fortunate to serve the St. Benedict School community!
St. Ann School, Lawrenceville
PARISH: St. John the Baptist, Allentown
FAMILY: Married for 31 years to Mark Laccetti; three children: Isabella, 25, AnaMaria, 23, and Victoria, 20
EDUCATION: bachelor’s degree in business administration, master’s degree in business administration (MBA), both Rider University, Lawrenceville; pending certificate in Catholic school management from Villanova School of Business, Villanova, Pa.
PREVIOUS TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Spanish teacher and world language curriculum coordinator for St. Mary School, Bordentown, 2001-2013; Spanish teacher and world language curriculum coordinator for St. Ann School, 2013-present
WHY SERVING IN THE MINISTRY OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: All Christians are called to serve their brothers and sisters. It is my mission to live in the manner that most follows this calling to serve. I believe that educating our youth, academically and spiritually, is a means of service. I believe that by spreading and living the Gospel we help guide our students and families to put their Faith into action every day. This is why this calling is important to me.
Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville
PARISH: St. Claire of Assisi, Gibbstown
FAMILY: four daughters, three granddaughters
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology, minor in Spanish; master’s degree in education/School Leadership, Wilmington University, Del.
PREVIOUS TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Educator 30+ years; vice principal of academic affairs in Camden Catholic High School; additional positions include high school vice principal of student activities and discipline, high school principal of alternative education; elementary school principal, district director of special education, adjunct professor for graduate studies in instruction, diagnostics/assessment, education and special education law, and mentor for new NJ administrators; member of NJ Advisory Committee for Special Education