Dale R. Hoyt, Sister Kathleen Kelly
BLOOMFIELD – Sister of Mercy Kathleen Kelly, principal of Holy Trinity School in Wallingford, has been named the 2012-13 archdiocesan Distinguished Catholic School Administrator.
The announcement was made Aug. 22 by Dale R. Hoyt, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Hartford.
A veteran Catholic school educator, Sister Katie has served as principal of Holy Trinity School for 26 years.
Sister Katie’s commitment to Catholic education began with her own elementary and secondary experience at St. Teresa School and St. Joseph High School in Trumbull. It continued as she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and elementary education from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, followed by her Master of Arts degree in special education from Fairfield University.
Her career has been spent predominantly at Catholic schools, first as a teacher and primary coordinator at Holy Rosary School in Bridgeport, then as a teacher at the Children’s Community School in Waterbury and St. Brigid School in West Hartford.
Sister Katie was appointed principal of Holy Trinity School in 1986. Throughout her administrative tenure, she has served the archdiocese as a member of the Principals Advisory Council Elementary (PACE), has assisted at teacher employment fairs and interviewed many prospective teacher candidates.
"Sister Katie has consistently fostered a school atmosphere permeated with Catholic identity and values. She models the highest quality of professional standards for her faculty, assisting and motivating them to provide students with an academic experience second to none," said Mr. Hoyt.
"Sister Katie’s love for the Church and her dedication to the school, its students and their families is undeniable and beautifully demonstrated on a daily basis. She faithfully and effectively fosters the mission of Holy Trinity School and is truly a perfect example of the Catholic school educator," he added.
Mr. Hoyt said that Sister Katie’s influence can be seen in the cheerful family spirit that infuses the school; the caring, concerned support for students that the faculty and staff demonstrate; the collaborative volunteer school board members; and the Christ-centered setting and strong Catholic identity.
Mr. Hoyt will present Sister Katie with the archdiocesan Distinguished Catholic School Administrator Award at a Mass at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 18 in celebration of Holy Trinity School's centennial. Archbishop Henry J. Mansell will be the principal celebrant.