On Thursday, May 28, 2020, Fr. John Paladino, Pastor of St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church, announced that a new Principal would be appointed to lead St. Bartholomew Academy.
After serving as Principal for twelve years, Sister Elizabeth Calello, MPF, has decided to retire. Fr. Paladino said “Sister came to me earlier this year expressing that she was planning to retire. While I am sad to see Sister leave, I know the love and dedication that she has put into the school. And as they say, when you decide to leave something, you want to do it on a high note, and while you are on top. And for that, I am eternally grateful that Sister is leaving St. Bartholomew Academy as a strong and healthy school, with a very bright future.”
Mr. Joel Castillo, former Principal of the Academy of Our Lady of Peace in New Providence, will be joining the Academy effective July 1, 2020, as the new Principal. Mr. Castillo has served as Principal of the Academy of Our Lady of Peace for the past six years. Under his leadership, the school obtained National Blue Ribbon Status, implemented a STEAM program for all grade levels, and fostered a strong line of communication between himself, the faculty, and families. Prior to this role, he served as Vice-Principal of All Saints Academy in Parsippany where he updated the school’s curriculum and strengthened their technology programs. Mr. Castillo has been a teacher for over 15 years and holds his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester, Masters in Childhood Education and Instruction from Adelphi University, and ED.S in School Leadership from Seton Hall. “Mr. Castillo brings with him an energy and dedication to Catholic Education that I believe will enable St. Bartholomew Academy to flourish for another 70 years,” said Fr. Paladino.
Mr. Castillo will be meeting with faculty, staff, and parents over the coming months and the Academy will celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Sister Elizabeth when deemed appropriate due to the COVID-19 Crisis.
A letter was distributed to all parents of Saint Bartholomew Academy Thursday evening, which can be accessed on the Academy's website (www.stbacademy.org) and social media pages.
St. Bartholomew Academy (SBA) is a Catholic elementary school with grades pre-Kindergarten through eight. In 2000, SBA was accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools and is listed in their Directory of Accredited Schools (DOAS) Click here to access. In 2010, the Academy earned re-accreditation with the Middles States Commission on Elementary Schools. Today the school has approximately 220 students and is a thriving education institution dedicated to academic excellence in a value-forming environment.