ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, September 30, 2004 – The Diocese of Rockville Centre recently announced five new principals assumed leadership roles in its parish and regional schools. The new principals and their schools are:
- Joan Hanlon – St. Christopher School, Baldwin, N.Y.
- Leeann Graziose – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional School, Bellmore, N.Y.
- Carmela Lubrano – Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Lindenhurst, N.Y.
- Dorothy Onysko – Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School, Port Jefferson, N.Y.
- Jane Peters – Stella Maris Regional School, Sag Harbor, N.Y.
“We welcome these new principals into the Catholic administrative community,” said Sister Joanne Callahan, O.S.U., M.S., P.D., superintendent of schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre. “Our office will work closely and support them in their efforts to continue the tradition of excellence in Catholic education.”
Joan Hanlon, principal of St. Christopher School, Baldwin, N.Y. Hanlon has spent almost a third of her career at St. Christopher’s, starting in 1992 as a teacher at the seventh and eighth grade level and becoming assistant principal in 1997. Prior to that she taught at St. Joseph School, Hewlett, N.Y., Maria Regina High School, Uniondale, N.Y. and Long Beach Catholic School, Long Beach, N.Y.
As principal, Hanlon plans to “embrace character development through monthly themes. It’s a very important part of moral development, and the Catholic school is the perfect environment for those lessons.”
Hanlon, who earned a Master of Arts degree in education and social studies from Hofstra University and a Professional Diploma in administration and supervision from Fordham University, lives in Valley Stream.
Leeann Graziose, principal of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional School, Bellmore, N.Y. After four years as assistant principal at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Graziose will now lead the school as principal. Her teaching career includes work with All Saints Regional School in Glen Cove, N.Y. and St. Hyacinth School, Glen Head, N.Y.
“I want Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional School to be a school of excellence,” said Graziose. “This year I am implementing ‘theme teaching’ across the curriculum. Our word of the year is ‘believe,’ and I am proud to say, ‘I believe in Catholic education.’"
Graziose holds a Master of Science degree in special education from Long Island University at C.W. Post and a Professional Diploma in administration and supervision from Fordham University. She lives in Greenvale, and enjoys reading, the fine arts and traveling in her spare time.
Carmela Lubrano, principal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Lindenhurst, N.Y. Lubrano’s educational career has focused on early childhood education, including work with the Diocesan Early Childhood Education Committee and participation in writing the Diocesan Early Childhood Guide for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Prior to working as the assistant principal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst, she was the early childhood director for St. Catherine of Sienna School, Franklin Square, N.Y.
"Catholic education is and has always proven to be tied into the cultural fabric of America. Our Schools are building blocks creating a foundation of educational, moral and spiritual values,” said Lubrano.
A resident of Wantagh, Lubrano holds a Master of Science degree in reading from Hofstra University and a Professional Diploma in administration and supervision from Fordham University.
Dorothy Onysko, principal of Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School, Port Jefferson, N.Y. Onysko is a familiar face at Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School where she has been a teacher for over 15 years. She has also taught at Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead, N.Y. and several Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens.
“Catholic education offers not only the opportunity to encourage teachers and students to embrace learning but a way to welcome God into our daily community,” said Onysko.
A member of the National Catholic Educational Association, Onysko holds a Master of Science degree in liberal studies from Stony Brook University and is currently pursuing studies in administration at Fordham University. She lives in Holbrook, N.Y.
Jane Peters, principal of Stella Maris Regional School, Sag Harbor, N.Y. Peters has been affiliated with Stella Maris Regional School for over 15 years, first as a teacher, then as assistant principal since 2001. She also directed the summer camp program at the school for three years.
Peters is looking forward to her new role as principal. “With all the evidence that integrated curriculum is the best approach for teaching to all the talents of children, it is a wonderful thing to be able to integrate the spiritual into all that we learn and do enabling us to teach the ‘whole child.’"
A member of St. Andrew Church’s music ministry and a volunteer with the Nature Conservancy, Peters holds a Master of Arts degree in elementary education from Eastern Kentucky University and has done course work towards certification in special education.
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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3 million). There are 134 parishes in 119 towns. Last year over 21,000 Baptisms, 18,000 Confirmations, 21,000 First Communions and 5,000 Marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,622 students in kindergarten, 26,738 in primary or elementary school, 11,979 in secondary school and 9,310 in higher institutions. There are 77 Catholic elementary schools, high schools and colleges/universities in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. These facilities served over 743,000 people last year. For more information visit www.drvc.org.
Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
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