CALDWELL, NJ — When Caldwell-based Catholic school Trinity Academy opens its doors for the new academic year on Sept. 6, it will welcome Linda Payonzeck, an enthusiastic, passionate, and energetic educator with more than 20 years of teaching experience in Catholic Education, as its new principal.

Payonzeck, who began her tenure this month, comes to Trinity Academy from the Academy of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Franklin Lakes. According to the school, she holds a masters degree in Catholic School Educational Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University and BS in Education.

“I am very pleased and excited to join the Trinity Academy community,” Payonzeck said upon acceptance of this position. “I look forward to working with our terrific faculty to inspire and motivate Trinity Academy students to reach beyond what is, set realistic goals, and work together reach to great heights.”

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According to Trinity Academy, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark formulated a search committee in early June following the retirement announcement of Trinity Academy’s principal, Mary Cassels.

“We were very sad to see Principal Cassels retire,” the Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Newark said. “She has worked with Archdiocese as an educator, administrator, and trusted advisor for decades. We thank her for her many years of service and wish her God’s Blessings as she embarks on new adventures with her loving family.”

The Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Newark also stated that Payonzeck will find a welcoming new home at Trinity Academy and that it is pleased that she has accepted the position.

“We anticipate great things and continued success for Trinity Academy under her leadership,” the office said.

Trinity Academy, a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence located in Caldwell, offers small class sizes, a progressive and flexible Pre-K curriculum, full-day Kindergarten program, before and after care and more. Students achieve honors, scholarships and acceptances to prestigious high schools and consistently score above the national average on the annual standardized Terra Nova tests.

Trinity Academy’s Class of 2017 received a total of $227,000 in academic scholarships and the students were accepted to top Catholic private high schools including: Academy of St. Elizabeth, Delbarton, DePaul Catholic, Don Bosco, Lacordaire Academy, Morris Catholic, Mount Saint Dominic Academy, Oratory Prep, Paramus Catholic, Saint Peter’s Prep, and Seton Hall Prep. (See story HERE.)

Graduates were also invited to participate in honors classes in English, math, biology, history, world language and theology.

This year, Trinity students also participated in the Drama Club’s 24th annual production, planted butterfly-friendly flowers, contributed to the local student art exhibit in Newark, and displayed projects at the its first-annual STEM competition.       

The 2017-2018 school year will commence Sept. 6. For more information about Trinity Academy, to schedule a private tour or register for our Fall Open House, Sunday, Nov. 12 from 12:00-2:30 p.m., visit www.trinityk8.com, or call 973-226-3386, ext. 10.