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Several Boston Catholic schools begin year with new leadership


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BRAINTREE -- As students begin classes in the new 2016-2017 academic year, a number of schools in the Archdiocese of Boston have new leadership. The following are among the top administrators who have recently begun their tenure, listed alphabetically by school.

Elizabeth O'Connell, Lower School Principal, Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro

Mrs. Elizabeth O'Connell, M.Ed., an alumna ('85) has served the Academy since 1989 with two years as Lower School Assistant Principal before accepting her current role as Lower School Principal. She began her career at the Academy teaching Grade 7-8 Language Arts while simultaneously working towards her Master's degree, eventually earning an M.Ed. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Administration from Boston College. In February of 2014, she officially became the Lower School's assistant principal.

Michael Brennan, President, Cristo Rey Boston

A native of South Weymouth, Brennan attended Boston College High and earned his B.A. at Holy Cross and an M.Ed at Boston College. He has taught at Fairfield Prep, Xaverian Brothers High School, Portsmouth Abbey, and BC High. Brennan also served as religious education teacher, campus minister, English teacher, assistant athletic director, director of admissions and financial aid and vice-principal for student affairs.

Dan Hodes, President, Cardinal Spellman High School, Brockton

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