Amy Gelinas named St. Joseph Central High School principal
SPRINGFIELD – Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell has appointed Dalton resident Amy R. Gelinas as the new principal of St. Joseph Central High School in Pittsfield. She will begin her duties with the start of the new academic year.
Gelinas earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees at North Adams State College, since renamed Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She went on to earn a doctorate in the field of secondary education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She obtained further training in academic administration from the Hampshire Educational Collaborative in Northampton. Since 1998 she has been a science teacher at Nessacus Regional Middle School in Dalton. Previously, she taught at Searles Middle School in Great Barrington.
Gelinas and her husband, Al, are the parents of five children, and they have utilized Catholic education as parents and grandparents. They are parishioners of St. Agnes Parish in Dalton.
In accepting this appointment, Gelinas stated that she is “passionate about educating our students with the skills and attributes necessary to prepare them for the 21st century.”
Gelinas said she was attracted to the position at St. Joseph’s by “the opportunity to make a difference” and to be able to promote the spiritual and moral development of students. “That’s something that’s often overlooked,” she told iobserve.
Asked what her major goals will be as she starts her new position next month, Gelinas said she wants to focus on increasing enrollment and facilitating the development of St. Joseph High School as “more of a presence in the Berkshires, more a part of the community.”
Gelinas was appointed after an extensive summer-long review of candidates conducted by members of the St. Joseph Central High Board of Directors with assistance from the Diocesan Schools Office.
In announcing the appointment of Gelinas to the Pittsfield Catholic Community, Franciscan Sister of St. Joseph M. Andrea Ciszewski, diocesan superintendent of schools, also took time to thank interim principal Lillian Quinn for managing and preparing the school for the start of the new academic year. “We are thankful for her constant devotion, unwavering dedication and outstanding commitment in attending to the responsibilities of interim principal,” said Sister Ciszewski. Quinn will continue to serve as academic dean of St. Joseph Central High School.
St. Joseph Central High School will begin the 2013/2014 academic year when classes resume on Wednesday, Sept. 4.