Diocesan officials announced June 26 that Anne Willkens Leach, a longtime educator and administrator, has been named the new diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools. She will begin her position in mid-August.
Willkens Leach, a Penfield resident, has served this academic year as principal of Rochester’s Nazareth Hall Middle School and Nazareth Academy. Sister of St. Joseph Janice Morgan, who has served as interim superintendent of Catholic Schools since the January resignation of Sister of Holy Cross Elaine Poitras, will assist in the transition.
“I am delighted at the opportunity to serve as superintendent and to help our Catholic schools thrive,” Willkens Leach said in a statement. “I have a deep faith and a strong, strong feeling that Catholic schools must and will thrive and grow. They have so much to offer. Working together, we can accomplish this.”
Earlier in her career, she served as deputy superintendent of schools from 2001-2007 for the Genesee Valley BOCES in Le Roy; assistant superintendent for instruction from 1999-2001 for the Wayne County Central School District; and in a number of positions at Monroe BOCES #1, including director of curriculum and staff development from 1989-1999, training coordinator from 1983-1989 and district-based classroom teacher from 1979-1983. She also was director of physical education for School of the Holy Childhood and girls’ physical education instructor for Rochester School for the Deaf.
Willkens Leach holds a certificate of advanced study in education administration from SUNY Brockport, a master’s degree in education from Nazareth College, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Empire State and an associate’s degree from Monroe Community College.
Look for further information about Willkens Leach’s appointment in the Courier’s August issue, which will be devoted to the topic of education.