Meet our new principals
It is my privilege to introduce to you, via bulletin, our newly hired school administrators.via bulletin, our newly hired school administrators.
Our Principal, Mr. Michael Sweeney, is originally from the Boston area and moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend college at the University of Washington, where he earned both a BA and a MA in History. Mr. Sweeney began his career in education at Holy Name School in West Roxbury, MA in 1986 and completed teacher training at Northwestern University in Boston. He earned his Administrative Certificate from Lewis University in 2006. Since completing his tenure at Holy Name in 1989, Mr. Sweeney has been involved as an administrator and teacher at all levels in Catholic and international education in the Archdioceses of Chicago, Seattle and Portland, Oregon as well as in Monterrey, Mexico and Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Mr. Sweeney lives in Wilmette with his wife, Meaghan, and his daughters, Rosemary and Margaret. He is a member of St. Joseph Parish in Wilmette and has served as both a lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.
Our Vice-Principal, Mrs. Michelle Picchione, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Rhode Island College. Shortly thereafter she earned a Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Lewis University and a Masters of Education degree in Reading and Literacy from Benedictine University in Lisle. Most recently, Mrs. Picchione has served as a reading specialist and team leader for various professional learning communities at St. Petronille School in Glen Ellyn. In addition to her work on the school level, Mrs. Picchione serves on the Curriculum Council for the Diocese of Joliet.
In her spare time, Mrs. Picchione volunteers as an officer for the Catholic Daughters of the Americas at St. Petronille Church and is involved with various ministries. She spends much of her time with her family including her husband Jeff, daughters Sienna and Olivia, and son Christopher.
I can certainly verify that after numerous interviews, conversations and reference checks, both Mr. Sweeney and Mrs. Picchione are passionate about Catholic education and eager to begin work here at St. Joan of Arc School. I feel blessed to have them on our staff and anticipate a productive working relationship with them both.
I will always be indebted to Sr. Carolyn for her outstanding fifty years of service to our school that fashioned it as an exemplary place of Christian learning. I am grateful that she will continue to maintain a presence here at St. Joan of Arc and will assist with the Adopt A Student Program. As we soon begin a new academic year, may the Holy Spirit guide us as we continue the great legacy that we have inherited.
Fr. Gabriel, O.S.B.