Pastoral Letter

Dear Parishioners,

I know that, since January when our principal Mr. Mokriski announced his upcoming retirement effective at the end of the current school year, you have been patiently waiting for the results of our Principal Search Committee.  So, it is with great joy and gratitude to God that I am able to inform you that, after conducting interviews with multiple candidates, and with the help and recommendation of the Search Committee, I have hired Barbara A. Zanaras to be the new principal for Our Lady of Good Counsel School effective July 1, 2017.

Barbara has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education.  She has twenty years teaching experience across various grade levels in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and is currently the 8th grade teacher at St. Katherine Drexel Regional Catholic School in Holland, PA.  This past August she was hired to serve as Interim Principal for St. Katherine Drexel where she worked collaboratively with pastors, faculty, staff, and a board of directors to continue to promote a school culture conducive to student learning.  In addition to her daily teaching duties, she leads groups of faculty members in writing the Blue Ribbon Application so that St. Katherine School can become a National School of Excellence.  She chaired the Steering Committee which gained her school Middle States Accreditation, and currently serves as the English Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator helping to implement a new Reading Literacy Program.

I want to thank all the members of the Search Committee for their diligent and professional work over the last three months.  They dedicated themselves to this task and have been an invaluable help to me in this very important process.  Please be assured that all the members of the Search Committee unanimously agree with me that Barbara possesses the qualifications, the attitude, and the personal integrity necessary to lead our school and promote its mission and goals.

Last, but not least, I want to thank all of you for your continued support of our school.  Please spread the word far and wide that Our Lady of Good Counsel School is alive, well, and moving confidently into the future to do everything possible to help our children come to know, love, and serve Christ Jesus Our Lord and to become responsible citizens and active members of the Church.

 Yours in Christ,

Rev. Robert G. Suskey