Bishop Kearney High School in Irondequoit and Corpus Christi School at Blessed Sacrament in Rochester have both named new principals.
Julie Locey, currently Bishop Kearney’s vice principal for student affairs, will be the new principal. She was slated to take over her new responsibilities this month, when Louis D’Angelo, principal for the last decade, officially retires.
Meanwhile, Corpus Christi has announced that Susan P. Sak, who served as assistant principal at Holy Cross School in Charlotte and Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Rochester, will serve as the new principal. She succeeds Sister of St. Joseph Eileen Daly, who retired July 14 after serving 29 years as principal of Corpus Christi.
Prior to joining Bishop Kearney in 2002 as a teacher and the leader of the school’s Peer Ministry Program, Locey served for five years as a junior-high-school teacher and vice principal at Holy Cross School. Her teaching credentials also include experience as a grade-school teacher at Rochester’s Charter School of Science and Technology and a year as a teacher of global studies and religion at Bishop Kearney.
Donna Dedee, Kearney’s president and chief executive officer, had praise for Locey’s previous work.
“Julie’s combined passion for Catholic education, her academic experience and her strong personal connection with each member of the Bishop Kearney family made her the best qualified candidate to bring us forward,” Dedee said. “With Julie as chief academic administrator, Bishop Kearney is in excellent hands as we look to a promising future.”
“I am truly honored and grateful to the search committee for entrusting me with this leadership position in our distinguished institution,” Locey said. “And I look forward most especially to interacting with our students and faculty — and to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that lie ahead, not just for me, but for all of us.”
Locey is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Geneseo, with a bachelor’s degree in history with elementary-education certification, and has earned a master’s degree in secondary education-social studies from the State University of New York College at Brockport. She also earned an administrative certification from the University of Rochester.
Sak was assistant principal at Holy Cross from 2002-05, and at Sacred Heart from 1999-2002. She has served in the Diocese of Rochester’s school system for 30 years and was director for Guardian Angels Early Childhood Center in Henrietta from 1998-99. She also has served as coordinator of the Early Childhood Program at Holy Family School in Rochester from 1993-98.
Sak earned graduate degrees from the University of Rochester and Nazareth College, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and elementary education from Nazareth.
Patricia Jones, assistant diocesan superintendent for the WIN schools, comprising Corpus Christi, Cathedral at Holy Rosary, St. Andrew, St. Boniface, Holy Family and St. Monica, all in Rochester, had high praise for Sak.
"I think she’s very skilled and certainly more than capable of a leadership role at Corpus Christi school and certainly committed to Catholic education," Jones said. "I have every confidence in her leadership abilities."