Ms. Rita Swift
As Ms. Rita Anne Swift
arrives as the new principal of St. Patrick
brings with her
a wealth of experience and an unwavering commitment to Catholic education.
Ms. Swift has served as principal of three Catholic schools, has taught at every grade level, K through 8, and has worked as a parish Director of Religious Formation.
Ms. Swift served as principal of Our Lady of Lourdes in Massapequa Park; Ascension School in Baltimore, Md.; and Christ the King School in Commack.
As a teacher, Ms. Swift worked at Holy Name of Mary School in Valley Stream; St. Therese, Little Flower School in Montauk; St. Patrick School in Bay Shore; St. Kilian School in Farmingdale; and Our Lady of Lourdes School in Malverne.
For nine years, while teaching at St. Therese, Little Flower, she also served as the parish Director of Religious Formation.
takes on her
new job, Ms. Swift
is mindful of the sadness over the death of long-time principal, Eileen Sadicario, which will no doubt be present in the school as the year begins.
Ironically, Ms. Swift's
first impressions of the school came through attending Mrs. Sadicario's funeral where she
was instantly impressed with the children in attendance in uniforms, the honor guard of teachers with candles lining the center aisle, and the feeling of community.
One of Ms. Swift's
first goal's as principal is to learn the name of every student.
It gives a level of "comfort to know everyone by name," she
plans to "continue the tradition of excellence in education here and continue the Catholic identity of the school."
Parish highlights for August 22nd, 2010
Our parish will welcome Ms. Swift
with an informal reception following the 10:30 AM Mass on Sunday, August 29th.