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Brandley named regional director of St. John Paul II Catholic Academy


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DORCHESTER -- The Board of Trustees of St. John Paul II Catholic Academy have announced the appointment of Catherine T. Brandley as regional director. Brandley currently serves as principal of the academy's Neponset campus and will succeed Sister Ellen Powers, who is retiring at the conclusion of the 2015/2016 school year.

A career Catholic educator, Brandley has been with the academy since 2010.

"Kate Brandley is an accomplished teacher, administrator and leader in Catholic education," said William P. McHale Jr., chair of the academy's board of trustees. "She has excelled as principal of the Neponset Campus and she brings great energy, experience and a strong faith filled commitment to our students, teachers, staff and the local community. The board is thrilled she has accepted the invitation to lead St. John Paul II Catholic Academy at this time."

McHale also thanked out-going director, Sister Ellen Powers.

"We owe Sister Ellen a great debt of gratitude," he said.

"Our students are excelling and well prepared for the future. She has led the school community through a series of challenging situations from a school renovation to frozen pipes closing down one of our campuses in 2015. She attacked each problem with the same tremendous attitude: 'we will fix this, because the kids deserve to be safe and learn in the best environment that we can pull together for them.'''

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