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New leadership at two SND Sponsored Schools

We are pleased to congratulate Lilliam Paetzold on her selection as the new President of Notre Dame Academy Schools in Los Angeles and welcome Sarah Cullum as the new Principal of Notre Dame Academy in Toledo, OH. Please read on for the official news from the schools …..

Lilliam PaetzoldAfter a year-long, national search, the Board of Directors and succession committee are pleased to name a current member of our Notre Dame family as the new President of Notre Dame Academy Schools of Los Angeles. The succession committee unanimously recommended and both the Board and the Sisters of Notre Dame approved the appointment of Lilliam Paetzold as President effective July 1, 2017.

As the principal of Notre Dame Academy Elementary since 2010 and of both the elementary and high schools since 2013, Ms. Paetzold is uniquely able to take the helm as President of NDAS. She will draw on her considerable experience as principal of St. Lawrence of Brindisi Elementary School, curriculum specialist in the Lenox school district, and many years of teaching. While at St. Lawrence, Ms. Paetzold also worked with foundations and private donors to execute a multi-million dollar campus renovation.

With her promotion to President, the Board is working closely with Ms. Paetzold to implement a reorganization of key leaders and direct reports responsible for ensuring the high quality of academic and co-curricular programs at NDAS. Ms. Paetzold will provide updates on these efforts as this reorganization is finalized.

Lee Cotugno, Chair

NDAS LA Board of Directors

Divider LineSarah CullumI am pleased to announce that Sarah Cullum has joined Notre Dame Academy as its new Principal, effective July 1.

Sarah Cullum brings to Notre Dame fifteen years of experience with Toledo Area Catholic Schools, most recently, serving the last six years as Principal of Rosary Cathedral Catholic School.  Under her leadership, Rosary Cathedral Catholic School improved its infrastructure, integrated technology into every classroom and built strong community connections.  She is a mission-driven leader with a focus on instilling the values of faith and service in her school community.

Sarah feels called to lead students forward with Gospel values. She has a proven record of innovation and commitment to Catholic education that will ensure NDA continues to carry out the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame and provide the highest level of academics.

NDA’s strong sense of community has led to its successes, so Sarah has said that building meaningful and positive connections with NDA students, families, faculty, staff and alumnae will be a top priority for her.

Sarah has principal and teaching licenses. She holds a Masters of Educational Leadership and Supervision from the University of Notre Dame as well as a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toledo.  She, her husband and son are members of Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral parish.

Please join me in welcoming Sarah to the Notre Dame community.

Mrs. Kim Grilliot, President/Principal

Notre Dame Academy

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