New Principal Appointed at Christ the Teacher Catholic School
Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, D.D., Bishop of Wilmington, has appointed Stephen W. Adams as the next principal of Christ the Teacher Catholic School, effective July 1, 2020. Mr. Adams was selected from among a pool of 10 applicants for the position and the search committee expressed great confidence in his leadership skills in recommending him to the pastors and Bishop Malooly.
Mr. Adams has both the education and the experience necessary to lead Christ the Teacher Catholic School into a successful future built upon the strong leadership of Sr. LaVerne King, RSM, founding principal who served the school for 19 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware and a Master of Education degree from Wilmington University. In addition, Mr. Adams completed a Graduate Extension Program for New and Aspiring Principals at Harvard University and the Emmaus Program, a 20-month program for Catholic school leaders, at Boston College. Currently, he is enrolled in a doctoral program in Educational Leadership at the American College of Education. Mr. Adams holds a Continuing License with the State of Delaware and is certified as a Principal/Assistant Principal, School Leader 1, and Teacher of Middle Level Mathematics Grades 6-8.
In his professional career, Mr. Adams has served the Diocese of Wilmington in a variety of roles. He began his career as a Math and Technology teacher in Grades 3-8 at St. Helena School and moved to a Middle School Religion, Science, and Math teacher for six years at Holy Angels School. He was named Assistant Principal at All Saints Catholic School where he served for two years before becoming the Assistant Principal at Christ the Teacher Catholic School in 2015. In addition to his school-related responsibilities, Mr. Adams has been the Director of Liturgy and Music at St. John the Baptist-Holy Angels Parish since 2009. Mr. Adams is an active member with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools having served as a visiting team member and chairperson and currently as a member of the Domestic Schools Advisory Committee. He has been a participant in the Honeywell International Space Academy for Educators where he spent one-week in professional development related to STEM education at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, and he was selected as one of 18 educators from across the United States to participate in an 11-day program in Israel for Jewish-Christian relations and Holocaust education sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League.
Christ the Teacher Catholic School, located in Newark, DE, currently educates 619 students in Pre-K3 through Grade 8. Mr. Adams looks forward in his new role to serving Christ the Teacher Catholic School “with its strong Catholic/Mercy identity, excellent academics, faculty/parental support, and opportunities for service to teach as Christ did.”