WOODLAWN, THE BRONX, NY — April 24, 2017 — It was last week when the Board of Trustees proudly announced that Theresa Napoli had accepted the position of Principal of Saint Barnabas High School with her tenure beginning on July 1, 2017.
The Board gratefully acknowledged Interim Principal Ms. Fran Dziuma with the help of Assistant Principal Ms. Julie Kaen for their professionalism and for stepping in during the current school year to continue to lead the Saint Barnabas in advancing Catholic education.
Board Co-Chairs Julietta Guarino and Marianne Reilly said, “After an extensive search, we welcome Theresa Napoli to the Saint Barnabas High School family as our new Principal. Ms. Napoli is an exemplary educator, administrator and a compassionate individual whose credentials speak to her many accomplishments. We are enthusiastic about moving forward under her guidance with vigor and a renewed vision for our school.”
Ms. Napoli is a life-long Catholic school educator. For the past 12 years she has been Assistant Principal for Academics and Student Life at Fordham Preparatory School. Her responsibilities include the daily functioning of the school’s population of over 1,000 boys in grades nine to twelve, as well as being the liaison with parents, students and the faculty. Ms. Napoli has been instrumental in strengthening curriculum programs and partnering with Fordham University through its senior internship program for college courses. She has served as Director and grown the Prep’s Higher Achievement Program (HAP) held each summer on their campus. Ms. Napoli also has the unique distinction of being the first woman to hold an academic administrative position in the 175-year history of Fordham Prep.
“I am delighted to be part of Saint Barnabas High School’s next chapter as its Principal. It is my plan to dedicate myself to ensuring that the academic standards and spirit of the school’s legacy continue to grow in the Catholic tradition. Together we are invested in providing the best opportunities for the young women of Saint Barnabas to graduate and to continue on to college with the skills, knowledge and confidence to be productive and responsible citizens. I look forward to this new chapter in my life and that of Saint Barnabas High School,” said Theresa Napoli.
Napoli has a strong background in the sciences with 37 years teaching experience in various grade levels from 6-12 holding positions at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in the Bronx; The Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT; Marymount School of New York in Manhattan; and The Ursuline School in New Rochelle where she also taught Science Research.
Ms. Napoli holds a B.S. from Fordham University in General Science and a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision from Fordham University. She is the devoted mother of three grown children and loving grandmother.
Saint Barnabas High School has been inspiring young women since 1929.
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Saint Barnabas High School, located at 425 East 240th Street, Bronx, NY 10470 is a Catholic college preparatory school for young women. Inspired by the Sisters of Charity and their foundress, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the school continues her legacy of providing a quality education in a caring environment. With a challenging curriculum, an array of extracurricular activities and an emphasis on service, the Saint Barnabas family works in the spirit of charity to develop the whole person through effective communication, mutual respect, and openness to new ideas. The school’s goal embraces global diversity and educates young women to develop confidence and recognizes their fullest potential to be Christian leaders who will change the world.