July 13, 2016
Fr. Thomas Rekiel, Administrator of Holy Family Parish, Florham Park, has announced that Ms. Dawn Sacco Paskalides has been named the new principal of Holy Family School. It was a unanimous decision from the interview committee to choose Ms. Paskalides. She will begin her position effective immediately.
Formerly, Ms. Paskalides was an elementary school teacher for many years and then an administrator in Dumont, NJ. She is a graduate of a Catholic elementary and high school - the Academy of St. Joseph in Brentwood, NY.
Ms. Paskalides graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Education and Psychology. Her graduate degree came from the University of Richmond with an M.A. in Administration and Supervision. Her post-graduate work has been at Rutgers University with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction focusing on gender equity in the classroom.
Ms. Paskalides is actively involved in various charities in her home town of Chatham, NJ. She is a former grief counselor and a life coach to teens and adults. She is committed to helping families in need. Ms. Paskalides is a member of the educational honor society, Kappa Delta Pi and has earned teacher of the year twice in her teaching career. A firm believer in the value of Catholic Education, she and her family are members of Corpus Christi Church in Chatham.
Dawn Paskalides’ desire is to inspire and challenge students to be life-long learners. When asked about her philosophy of education, she stated, “It is critical to have integrity and trust to achieve excellence in education. It is vital for students to be empowered with the knowledge, skills and character to shape their future, realize their dreams and contribute positively to the world with a Catholic Education. I believe that all people have an intrinsic value and a strong community supports the well-being of each of its members. With faith in our lives each day, the human potential is unlimited.”
Paskalides also commented on her appointment as Principal by saying, “I am honored to be leading Holy Family School and excited to be working with the faculty and school families to challenge students academically and foster their Catholic faith.”