SOMERVILLE, NJ - Jeffrey Martinelli of Rockaway will be the new principal for Immaculate Conception School effective in July.

Martinelli will be the first lay principal of the parish elementary school, prompted by the reassignment of current principal, Sister Mary Chapman, IHM, by her community.  Earlier this year, Pastor Msgr. Seamus F. Brennan announced the decision by the IHM Community that the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), who supported both Immaculate Conception School and Immaculata High School for more than 60 years, would be leaving both schools.

Most recently, Martinelli served the Immaculate Conception Parish as Dean of Students at Immaculata High School for three years.

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In this role he was part of the school’s administrative team and was responsible for clubs, activities, and discipline. Martinelli earned his BA in History from Montclair State University and his MA in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University.

Prior to his association with the Immaculate Conception pre-K-12 school system, Martinelli taught English and Social Studies at St. Joseph of the Palisades High School in West New York, New Jersey. He also was a faculty member at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth for six years.

Committed to Catholic education, Martinelli looks forward to continuing the school’s mission to focus on both the spiritual and academic development of its students. “Immaculate Conception School has established and maintained a long tradition of success and excellence,” says Martinelli. “I look forward to working alongside their distinguished faculty and staff, as well as the parents, in building upon that tradition. Our goal is providing an excellent Catholic education that will prepare our students academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.”


Immaculate Conception Parish is the only one to sponsor a PreK-12 school system in the Diocese of Metuchen, and one of only 25 parishes in the nation to do so.

Immaculate Conception School offers a full-day curriculum for students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through Grade 8. Immaculata High School offers an education, grounded in its four pillars: faith, scholarship, service, and friendship, to students in grades 9-12.