Archdiocese of Baltimore welcomes new principals, presidents

By Erik Zygmont

ezygmont@CatholicReview.org

 
Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic schools welcomed 10 new presidents and principals for the 2016-17 academic year. Several responded to a request by the Catholic Review for biographical information.
 
Lawrence Callahan, President
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Essex
 
As a former superintendent of Catholic schools in the archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington, for 13 years and 10 years, respectively, Callahan brings unparalleled experience to Mount Carmel.

“My major objective is to provide the necessary support to an excellent group of administrators and teachers,” said Callahan, who is also a founding partner of Education Strategies Inc., a Catholic consulting firm.

“I also wish to provide a cooperative working relationship with the outstanding board of Our Lady of Mount Carmel,” he added.

Callahan, a corporator at St. William of York Parish in Ten Hills who served on the Mount Carmel school board prior to his appointment as president, has enjoyed many books on leadership.

“I believe leaders should focus on a caring attitude and a personal relationship with those entrusted to them,” he said. “I make a sincere effort to put this into practice on an everyday basis.”

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School provides education for students from pre-Kindergarten through high school.
 
Thomas Malone, Principal
Mother Seton Academy, Baltimore
 
“My main objective,” Malone said, “is to challenge the students of Mother Seton Academy to realize their God-given talents and become leaders who serve their families, communities and society.”

As former founding principal of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Fells Point, which also served students from families with low incomes, he should be well positioned to meet that objective.

Malone holds bachelor’s degrees from Harvard University and New Brunswick University, as well as master’s degrees from the University of Tornoto. He worships at St. Francis of Assisi and St. Ann parishes, both in Baltimore.

As a student, he enjoyed math, “because it is precise, closed-ended and fun,” and history “because it helps us understand who we all are.”

An avid reader, Malone doesn’t have one favorite book but many. Among them are Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Yann Martel’s “The Life of Pi” and Lynn Joseph’s “The Color of my Words.”  

“I like books that are beautifully written, that tell and interesting human story, and that inform the reader about the history and geography of the world,” he said.

Mother Seton Academy is a tuition-free middle school in Baltimore serving children from low-income families.
 
Ken Pipkin, Principal
St. Joseph School, Fullerton
 
An alumnus of Loyola Blakefield in Towson who completed middle school at St. Ursula School in Baltimore, Pipkin said that he wants to create “a warm and welcoming, Christ-centered environment that students, families and

arishioners feel when they walk through the front door” at St. Joseph School.

He added that he wants to foster a manner of living “in such a way that those who know you but don’t know God will come to know God because they know you.”

“It is  an educational experience we will provide through the daily actions and lessons found in our entire school community,” Pipkin added.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington College in Chestertown and a teaching certification and master’s degree from Towson University. Before St. Joseph, Pipkin served as assistant principal at Woodlawn High School and Milford Mill Academy, both in Baltimore.

An active parishioner of St. Isaac Jogues in Carney, he has always enjoyed history.

“My teachers instilled in me a desire to find heroes in the past like George Washington, Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln, who had the will and the personal strength to do what is right,” he said.

Pipkin’s favorite book is “The Lorax,” by Dr. Seuss.

“This book truly embodies the idea that we should always speak up when we see a wrong being done and that we should never give up on people, no matter what,” he said.

St. Joseph serves students from pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade.

 
Walter Reap Sr., Principal
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Fells Point
 
With 14 years of administrative experience in urban schools, including Germantown Elementary School in Annapolis and Edward M. Felegy Elementary School in Hyatsville, Reap intends to establish a culture at Cristo Rey wherein “the practitioners are vested in learning innovative skills to facilitate the teaching and learning process for atypical learners.”

He worships at the Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, and his favorite book is “Good to Great,” by Jim Collins, which describes how organizations can become great with the “20-mile march” approach – incremental progress through relentless discipline.

As a youth, Reap enjoyed biology “because it was viewed as the most challenging class.”

“I was most interested in learning how the body systems worked together,” he said, “and what I might be able to do later in life, once I mastered Mr. Gray’s biology class.”

Reap holds a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from Bowie State University.

Cristo Rey, which includes a business internship program, is a high school that serves students from low-income families.
 
Other new leaders include:
 
JoAnn Callahan, Acting principal
John Paul Regional Catholic School, Woodlawn
 
Mary Cutter, Acting principal
St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School, Baltimore
 
Raymond Kiddy, Interim principal
Bishop Walsh School, Cumberland
 
Nancy Malloy, Acting principal
St. Augustine School, Elkridge
 
Richard O’Hara, Interim principal
The John Carroll School, Bel Air
 
Eric Watts, Interim principal
St. Agnes School, Baltimore

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