Dr. Kathleen Walsh has been named the Superintendent of Schools of the Department of Education, Diocese of Rockville Centre (the “Education Corporation”). She will assume responsibility for day-to-day operations of the schools and future planning of the Catholic education ministry in the diocese beginning September 17, 2015.
Dr. Walsh has been serving the Department of Education as assistant superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and previously as assistant superintendent for Elementary Education. Sister Joanne Callahan, who has served in the role of Superintendent of Schools since 1993, will assume the new role of Diocesan Secretary of Education, serving as an ex-officio member of the Education Corporation and continuing to provide her invaluable advice and expertise. D
“I am confident that with her commitment to Catholic education, her love for teaching and her experience as an administrator, that the precious gift that is our Catholic elementary schools will be in good hands,” said Bishop William Murphy.
A parishioner of Saint Raphael, East Meadow, Dr. Walsh has over 30 years of diverse experience in all levels of education. In addition to her work as assistant superintendent of elementary schools for the diocese, she has served as teacher, principal and assistant superintendent for a variety of public, private and Catholic schools.
“I am thrilled and honored to be given the opportunity to contribute my talents and skills to the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Rockville Centre and continuing the legacy of Catholic education on Long Island,” said Dr. Walsh.
“My gratitude and appreciation go to Sister Joanne for continuing to do all that was asked of her during what had become an extended period of administrative transition,” said Bishop Murphy. The Board of the Education Corporation will continue to evaluate an operating structure that includes the position of Chief Executive Officer.
Dr. Walsh is a highly experienced educator with teaching and leadership roles in the education systems of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre, the New York City Department of Education and various private and public schools in Brooklyn and Long Island. She earned her doctorate in school administration and instructional leadership from St. John’s University in 2001 and is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Fellowship. She also possesses a master’s degree in Library Science from St. John’s and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Training from Fordham University. She earned her BA in Child Study and Speech from St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn and earned additional credits in special education from Brooklyn College.
In addition to serving as assistant superintendent for curriculum and assistant superintendent for elementary schools for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Dr. Walsh has extensive experience as teacher and administrator including recent service as assistant superintendent for K-12 curriculum and instruction for the Wappingers Central School District. Previously, she served as principal of the Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School, Valley Stream.
The Superintendent of Schools has direct oversight of the 43 parish and regional schools and three diocesan high schools. In addition, the superintendent interacts with the four independent elementary schools, 2 parish high schools and five independent high schools. Overall there are approximately 16,600 elementary school students and 11,700 high school students in the diocese.