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Catholic grade schools welcome new principals

August 31, 2017

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Daly City
05 Franco THUMBKatie Franco

Franco is a graduate of All Souls School in South San Francisco where she has taught. Her first teaching position was at Our Lady of the Visitacion School, San Francisco. Most recently, she has been part of the administration team at OLPH. Franco said she is “excited to be part of so many changes in the archdiocese and is looking forward to immersing herself in the community at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.”


St. Peter School, San Francisco
05 Jimenez THUMBSandra Jimenez

Jimenez has worked in elementary education for 17 years, and has served as a teacher at the school she now leads for the past 15 years. She has served in various roles at St. Peter’s including student council moderator, mentor teacher, and parent group liaison. A recent graduate of the Catholic Educational Leadership program at USF, she believes “Catholic schools must continue to help students live their faith, serve others, and gain knowledge to help children grow to become critically thinking and caring contributors to society.”


Nativity School, Menlo Park
05 Huntington THUMBMaureen Huntington

Huntington served for 13 years as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and for 12 years in the same role for the Diocese of Orlando, Florida.

She has also taught and served as principal at the elementary and high school levels. “A Catholic school serves as a partner with parents and the Catholic Church, preparing children for a life of faith, the love of Jesus, and compassion for one another,” Huntington said.


St. Paul School, San Francisco
05 Kiss THUMBKatie Kiss

Kiss has taught fifth grade and kindergarten at St. Paul’s for 15 years. She is a graduate of Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory and the University of San Francisco. She looks “forward to enhancing the relationship between the parish and the school, and values that Catholic school offers a unique opportunity to continually grow in faith while achieving the highest quality academic education” and “working with the wonderful families that are a part of the rich community of St. Paul’s in this new school year.”


St. Brendan School, San Francisco
05 Lakatta THUMBDianne Lakatta

Lakatta, who calls herself “the proud principal at St. Brendan,” grew up in Los Angeles and has been an educator for 18 years, 13 as a principal, most recently in the public school system in Daly City. She holds two graduate degrees. She said she looks “forward to speaking God’s blessings!”


Principals have also been named at the following schools:

Chellsea Rivera, DeMarillac Academy, San Francisco

Megan Armando, St. Charles, San Carlos

James Spray, St. Dunstan, Millbrae

Mary Boland, St. Veronica, South San Francisco

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