By GEORGIA BULLETIN STAFF | Published February 3, 2022
ATLANTA—Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Atlanta celebrated Catholic Schools Week Jan. 30-Feb. 5, as part of a national observance highlighting their academic and community contributions.
Schools celebrated with special Masses, spelling and religion bees, as well as family events.
As part of the annual celebration, one staff member from each Catholic school is recognized as an outstanding employee of the year, as well as a principal of the year and parish preschool director of the year. The honorees are selected by their peers.
Archbishop Gregory J.Hartmayer, OFM Conv., Bishop Joel M. Konzen, SM, and Bishop Bernard E. Shlesinger III celebrated a Mass in honor of the recognized employees Jan. 29 at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Kennesaw.
On the first day of Catholic Schools Week, Superintendent of Schools Hal Plummer commended the honorees for their “outstanding work in the educational apostolate” of the archdiocese.
“The witness of your life and work is placing an indelible impression on the Catholic schools in which you serve. In an extraordinary way, your example is assisting your school in preparing students for success in life, not just on final exams, and–more importantly–how to bring into the world a living and active faith,” said Plummer.
The 2021-2022 honorees from the 18 archdiocesan and six independent Catholic schools are:
Archdiocesan Catholic Schools
Maureen Fujihira, Blessed Trinity High School, Roswell
Melanie Anderson, Christ the King School, Atlanta
Michele Baumgarth, Holy Redeemer School, Johns Creek
Brandy Graham, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Atlanta
Kiesha Porter, Our Lady of Mercy High School, Fayetteville
Mary Wynn, Our Lady of the Assumption School, Atlanta
Kathy Schenck, Our Lady of Victory School, Tyrone
Erin Molter, Queen of Angels School, Roswell
Lindsay Andreozzi, St. Catherine of Siena School, Kennesaw
Angelle Buckley, St. John Neumann Regional School, Lilburn
Ashley Lois Broadwater, St. John the Evangelist School, Hapeville
Alexandria Candelario, St. Joseph Parish School, Athens
Roseanne Cornejo, St. Joseph School, Marietta
Lisa Wenke, St. Jude the Apostle School, Atlanta
Towers Maddox, St. Mary’s School, Rome
Thinh Dinh, St. Peter Claver Regional School, Decatur
Karen Travers, St. Pius X High School, Atlanta
Yemane Y. Ghidey, St. Thomas More School, Decatur
The Preschool Director of the Year is Debbie Kehoe of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Preschool.
The Principal of the Year is Cathy Lancaster of Blessed Trinity High School.
Independent Catholic Schools
Jonathan Pennacchia, SJ, Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School
Theresa Sequeira, Holy Spirit Preparatory School, Atlanta
Elizabeth M. Edwards, Marist School, Atlanta
Bonnie Best, Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School, Athens
Erin Finneran, Notre Dame Academy, Duluth.
Emily Roman, Pinecrest Academy, Cumming