Friday, September 16, 2011


St. Angela School President Sister Maryellen Callahan confers with new Principal Geralyn Lawler at the outstanding Austin school. (Photo by Brad)
Veteran teacher and counselor Sister Maryellen Callahan, RSM, has been named President and Geralyn Lawler was appointed Principal of St. Angela Elementary School, 1332 North Massasoit Avenue. The moves were made necessary by the sudden death of Principal Mary Kay O’Rourke less than a week before the opening of the school’s fall term.
    Sister Maryellen is a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, the order that has operated the parish school since it was founded. She has taught at the school for many years and is currently a counselor.
    Geralyn Lawler taught 4th, 5th & 6th grades at St. Angela from 2001 through 2006. She left the school to raise her children and returned in 2009 as Director of Resource Development.
    Sister Maryellen and Ms Lawler say they foresee no disruption in continuity in the programming and growth launched by Principals Sister Mary Finnegan and Ms O’Rourke. Ms Lawler says, “There are projects being developed and they will move forward, but the vital objective is to maintain the high quality instruction for which St. Angela is known and to continue the school’s growth.”
    St. Angela was on the verge of closing after the sponsoring parish church closed its doors, but a dynamic campaign has stunned the Catholic school system by increasing enrollment this year to 465 students in grades Pre-K3 through 8th grade.
    For information on course offerings and tuition assistance, call 773/261-4400.

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