Office of Catholic Education Announces Administrative Assignments at Three Archdiocesan High Schools

Thursday, July 14th

The Office of Catholic Education (OCE) and the Faith in the Future Foundation (FIF) are pleased to announce the appointment of principals at Archbishop John Carroll High School High School (Delaware County), Conwell-Egan Catholic High School (Bucks County), and Roman Catholic High School for Boys.

Sister Maureen McDermott, I.H.M., Ph.D., Superintendent for Secondary Schools said, “We are thrilled to announce the appointments of these three seasoned educators as principals to lead at Archbishop Carroll, Conwell-Egan Catholic, and Roman Catholic High Schools.  Each brings a strong background in Catholic secondary education to their respective schools. We anticipate they will strengthen existing programs and lead these schools on paths of continued growth and innovation. On behalf of the Office of Catholic Education I extend prayerful best wishes to these principals as they prepare for the 2016-2017 academic year.”

Dr. Anchen Schulz Named Principal of Archbishop John Carroll High School

Dr. Anchen Schulz has been named principal of Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor (Delaware County), effective August 3, 2016.  She succeeds Mr. Andrew Bradley who resigned to pursue opportunities outside of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at the close of the 2015-2016 academic year.  Dr. Schulz joins Archbishop Carroll after most recently serving as Vice-Principal of Seton Catholic Central High School, a private Catholic secondary school in Binghamton, New York.

She has been an administrator and teacher for the last 12 years at Seton Catholic Central.  In her role as Vice-Principal her leadership and mentoring of faculty at the school helped to yield a two-fold increase in Advanced Placement (AP) course offerings, the success of the school’s “Project Lead the Way” pre-engineering program, the creation of new elective courses, and the resurgence of its Computer Science program.  In addition to her work at Seton Catholic she served for nearly a decade as the Assistant Director of the New Jersey Department of Higher Education.

Dr. Schulz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Area Studies and a Master’s Degree in Spanish Literature, both from Texas Tech University, as well as a Doctorate in Linguistics from Cornell University.  Additionally, she is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York.

In reaction to her appointment, Dr. Schulz said, “Being named the new principal of Archbishop John Carroll High School at this auspicious time in the school’s history is such an honor.  And, for me, it represents a type of homecoming, to an area that was the place I first called home after leaving my birthplace, Texas.  The Archbishop Carroll community, guided by the Carroll 50 Strategic Plan, is setting out on a bold path toward excellence that will provide our students the highest caliber Catholic education available anywhere.  I look forward to working collaboratively with the team of dedicated and enthusiastic teachers and administrators to achieve our vision.  Together we can – and will – prepare our students for the fast-paced, ever-changing unknowns of the world that they are entering as young adults.  Go Patriots!”

Mr. Michael Culnan Named Principal of Conwell-Egan Catholic High School

Conwell-Egan Catholic High School in Fairless Hills (Bucks County) has named Mr. Michael Culnan as its new principal.  This appointment was effective on July 5, 2016.   He succeeds Ms. Marion Mann, who resigned to move away from administrative duties and focus on classroom based educational endeavors at the close of the 2015-2016 academic year.  Mr. Culnan joins the Conwell-Egan Family after most recently serving as Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs at Lansdale Catholic High School.  There he was responsible for creating student rosters, and faculty teaching assignments, implementing new academic programs, and integrating new classroom technologies for a student body of over 700.

Prior to his time at Lansdale Catholic, Mr. Culnan taught English at Holy Ghost Preparatory High School where he also served as an Assistant Librarian, Drama Director, and Assistant Forensics Coach.  Mr. Culnan spent the first eight years of his teaching career as an English teacher at Conwell-Egan where he taught courses including AP Language & Composition and also served as the Director of Summer School.

Outside of the classroom, since 2009, he has served as a Marathon Coach for the organization “Team In Training,” where he has developed a training program and conducts weekly runs for first-time marathon runners who, in turn, raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Mr. Culnan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Fordham University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Holy Family University.  He also holds certifications for grades 7-12 English and the Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program.

Mr. Culnan said, “Conwell-Egan Catholic is a school full of promise and purpose.  I am humbled and excited to rejoin the community as we move forward in the charismatic spirit of our patron, Saint Francis of Assisi, to serve God simply and with hearts full of fraternity, sorority, and joy.”

 Mrs. Patricia Caraccio-Sticco Named Principal of Roman Catholic High School for Boys

In addition to the appointments of new principals at Archbishop Carroll and Conwell-Egan, in early July Roman Catholic High School for Boys’ President, Father Joseph Bongard, announced to the school community that in conjunction with OCE and FIF, school administrators and Roman’s Board of Trustees selected Mrs. Patricia Caraccio-Sticco to remain as Principal of the school, after having served as principal on an interim basis during the 2015-2016 academic year.  Mrs. Sticco has an extensive background in Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Over the past 39 years she held positions as Acting President, Principal, Assistant Principal, and teacher.  Prior to joining Roman Catholic High School Mrs. Sticco had taught at Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School in South Philadelphia.  Mrs. Sticco holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from West Chester University and a Certification in Theology from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

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Editor’s Note:  For more information on Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia please visit http://www.catholicschools-phl.org/.  For more information on Faith in the Future please visit http://www.faithinthefuture.com/.