New and Familiar Faces Take Reins in Catholic Education

With the start of the 2012-2013 school year, newly appointed principals are preparing to meet their school communities and to assume the diverse and challenging role of leadership within the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Principals of recently formed academies are:

Maria Cuomo

Victor Lana and Maureen Rogone at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Academy/St. Michael Campus, Flushing;

Maria Cuomo at Notre Dame Catholic Academy, Ridgewood;

Kevin Coyne

Frances DeLuca at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy, S. Ozone Park;

Sheila Smith-Gonzalez at John Paul II Catholic Family Academy, Bushwick;

Maureen Rooney at Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy, Williamsburg;

Przemyslaw Murczkiewicz at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Academy, Bushwick;

Sister Theresa Scanlon, C.S.J., with Assistant Principal Sister Barbara Yander,

C.S.J., at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy, Crown Heights/Prospect Gardens;

Rudolph Cyrus Charles

Rudolph Cyrus Charles at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy, Crown Heights;

Luke Nawrocki at St. Joseph Catholic Academy, Long Island City;

Robert DiNardo at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy, Park Slope; and

Robert DiNardo

Maura Lorenzen at St. Saviour Catholic Academy, Park Slope.


Raffaele Corso will serve as principal at St. Mary Gate of Heaven School, Ozone Park.


New principals, or those who are new to the Diocese of Brooklyn, are required to participate in the St. Frances Cabrini Institute: a three-year program that culminates with a professional development certificate granted by Fordham University.

The purpose of the Cabrini Institute is to provide training, mentoring and professional services on a regular basis for new principals. This mandated program anticipates the needs of the novice administrator: to implement the requirements of the Leadership Standards, to encourage student achievement and to improve and advance the educational program within the school/academy while strengthening its Catholic identity.

The Cabrini Institute strives to enable principals to strongly exercise spiritual and academic leadership in the Catholic elementary school/academy reflecting the skills necessary for success in promoting the mission and vision of Catholic education within the diocese.

The newly appointed principals participating in the program are:

Anthony Russo at Ave Maria Catholic Academy, Howard Beach;

Giuseppe Campailla at Our Lady of the Angelus School, Rego Park;

Steven Casquarelli at St. Brigid Catholic Academy, Bushwick;

Christine Zerillo at St. Helen School, Howard Beach;

Sister Kieran Nduagbo, D.D.L., at SS. Joseph and Dominic Catholic Academy, Williamsburg; and

Dr. Thomas Piro at St. Kevin School, Flushing.

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