Rev. Robert J. Mitchell, Pastor of Saint Patrick Church, Chatham, has announced that Dr. Christine Ross has been named as the principal of Saint Patrick School after serving as interim principal since January.
Formerly, Dr. Ross was an undergraduate instructor in the Felician University School of Education. A graduate of parochial elementary and high school, Dr. Ross began her career in Catholic education as a middle school teacher in the Diocese of Paterson and then advanced to the role of principal at Saint Paul School, Clifton. While principal, her school was awarded the diocesan Best Practices Award for the fine arts program.
Dr. Ross holds six New Jersey State educational certificates, including Teacher of Student with Disabilities and Chief School Administrator. She has been a presenter at local, state and national conferences. She co-authored “Compare, Support and Inform: One Approach to the Common Core Standards in the Social Studies Classroom,” published in a national educational journal and is currently an editorial reviewer for New Teacher Advocate, a Kappa Delta Pi national publication. She earned her doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership from Saint Peter’s University in 2016.
For the past twenty years, Dr. Ross has volunteered as a Cub Scout leader and a religious awards counselor for the Catholic Committee on Scouting in the Diocese of Paterson. She is the 2001 recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Catholic Committee Bronze Pelican Award, as was her father and grandfather previously. A firm believer in the value of catholic education, she and her husband have two sons who also attend parochial school. She is honored to be leading Saint Patrick School and excited to be working with the faculty and school families to challenge students academically foster their Catholic faith.
Saint Patrick School is a parochial Pre-K 3 to Grade 8 school that was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.