New leaders at 4 schools

Catholic Courier    |    07.27.2012
Category: Back to School


New principals have been named at four Catholic schools in the Diocese of Rochester.

* Theresa Hanna began serving as the principal at St. Joseph School in Penfield on July 1. Hanna has been a teacher at St. Joseph since 2008. Before coming to St. Joseph, she spent more than 20 years in teaching roles at the now-closed St. Boniface School in Rochester and in the Rochester City School District. She received her bachelor of arts in history/elementary education and a master of science in reading from Nazareth College in Pittsford. She also received an advanced certificate in Catholic school leadership from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.

* Stephen Tartaglia began serving as principal St. Francis DeSales/St. Stephen School in Geneva on July 1. Tartaglia came to Geneva from Sacred Heart Middle School in Glyndon, Md., where he served as assistant principal. His experience also includes serving as the director of pupil personnel services and director of marketing and development for Siena Catholic Central high School in Plattsburgh from 2008-11. During his career, he also served as vice principal at All Saints Catholic Academy in Rochester from 2006-08 and taught at Siena Catholic Academy in Brighton from 2002-06. Tartaglia received his bachelor of science in secondary education/English from SUNY Oswego and a master of science in school administration from the University of Rochester. He also attended St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Md.

* Joseph Tobia began serving as principal at All Saints Academy in Corning on July 1. Tobia, a former student at All Saints Academy, has held various teaching and administrative roles for the past 32 years, including 26 years in the Corning-Painted Post school district. For the past eight years, he has served as the principal at Corning-Painted Post East High School. Tobia received his bachelor of science in special education/elementary education from Slippery Rock State College and a master of science in special education from Mansfield University. He also received certification as a school-district administrator from SUNY Cortland.

* James Toner began his role as principal at St. Michael School in Penn Yan on Aug. 1. Toner came to the Diocese of Rochester from Catholic Charities of Broome County, where he served as the CYO athletics and activities program coordinator for the last two years. His experience also includes a variety of teaching and administrative roles in the Southern Tier and the Catholic school system in the Diocese of Arlington, Va. Toner received his bachelor of science in business and athletic administration from St. John’s University and a master of arts in business administration from SUNY Binghamton. He also received a professional license in secondary education from Marymount University.

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