WESTFIELD, NJ -- Holy Trinity School, which recently celebrated 100 years of Catholic education, is opening the door to its next chapter with the announcement of new principal Dr. Adele Ellis.
Sr. Patricia Butler, the associate superintendent of elementary schools for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, announced the appointment of Ellis.
Ellis will replace Sr. Maureen Fichner, who retired this June after 52 years of service to Catholic Education. Sr. Maureen, a Roselle native, had been principal of Holy Trinity School since 2007. She was a science teacher at the school for five years before becoming principal.
Ellis has been an elementary school principal before: at St. Michael's, Union. After St. Michael's she became the assistant superintendent of technology for the Metuchen Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, where she was tasked with inputting the PowerSchool Management System for all diocesan schools. She did similar work for Colts Neck public schools. She has also has been teaching as an adjunct professor at St. Peter’s University for several years.
"I am excited to be working with the Holy Trinity School community," she said. "I have taken part in various community activities in Westfield for several years and look forward to getting to know the families of both campuses."
Ellis has spent a great deal of time in her career on integrating STEM subjects -- science, technology, engineering and math -- into the learning experience.
Many Catholic schools have embraced STEM and are expanding it to STREAM with religion and art also integrated.
"In this fast-paced, changing world, it is well known that various jobs of the future for our young students are not in existence yet. Data analysis and critical thinking skills are necessary to provide solutions to community and world issues,” she said. “Integrating the components of religion and the arts within a curriculum strong in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, provides our students the added and critical values of faith, empathy, and creativity."
Most recently she was chair of computer science at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, where she provided professional development to faculty in technology and oversaw the school's information system. She was also involved directly with the students with technology, as well as moderator of the robotics team, Hack Club and digital media club.
She earned postgraduate degrees at Seton Hall University: a doctorate in educational leadership, management and policy; and a masters degree in leadership; policy, management; administration and supervision from Seton Hall University. She also earlier earned a masters in educational instruction from Marygrove College.
Holy Trinity School was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2011 and is a Middle States Accredited pre-school and elementary school. It operates two campuses: at Our Lady of Lourdes in Mountainside, educating children from 2 years old to kindergarten, and in Westfield from kindergarten to eighth grade.