Elmira, Pittsford schools get new principals
Two Catholic schools in the diocese have named new principals for the 2010-11 school year.
- John Bellini of Rochester was named principal of St. Louis School in Pittsford. He replaces Kathleen Carroll, who is retiring.
Bellini has served as the principal for Churchville-Chili Middle School since 1998, and prior to that served in a variety of administrative and teaching roles in the Spencerport, Rush-Henrietta, Brighton and Webster school districts.
"After an extensive career in public school education, I am excited about the opportunity to become an active participant in Catholic education," Bellini said in a press release. "This position will enable me to more fully address the development of the whole child. The members of the school community that I have already met have been very welcoming and eager to share their pride and dedication to St. Louis School. I look forward to becoming a member of this caring community."
Bellini received his bachelor of science degree from SUNY Geneseo and a master of science degree in science education from SUNY Brockport.
- Francis Devine of Elmira was named principal of Elmira's Holy Family Middle School. Devine, who retired from public education last year, was working as a substitute teacher in several Southern Tier school districts before accepting the position. He has previously worked as an administrator and teacher in Plainview, Monticello and Middleburgh, N.Y.
"I am very much looking forward to having the opportunity to serve at Holy Family Middle School," Devine said in a statement. "In many ways it is both a homecoming and will serve as a capstone to what is already a more than 35-year career in service to children and communities."
Devine received his bachelor of arts and master of science degrees in education from Elmira College. He also attended Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts for advanced graduate study in educational administration.