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Sister Marisa DeRose, FMA
Selected for the
NCEA
Distinguished Principal Award




  Sister Marisa DeRose, FMA, principal of St. Anthony School in Hawthorne, will be awarded the 2013 Distinguished Principal Award by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for the New Jersey/Pennsylvania region.  Sister Marisa, who was selected from among 6,000 of the area’s Catholic school principals, will receive her award during the NCEA’s Annual Conference in Pittsburgh in April, 2014.

Sister Marisa has been the administrator of St. Anthony School for six years.  Under her leadership, enrollment has increased by 34%.  Her commitment to educating the “whole child” and maintaining high standards for all learners, has resulted in seamless technology integration and increased inquiry-based learning opportunities.  According to Sister Marisa, “it is this holistic approach to education that develops the God-given gifts and of each person, making him or her ever-more the person he or she was created to be.” 

To ensure that students have the necessary tools to become a 21st century learners, she established a new media center and wireless network, instituted a one-to-one iPad program for grades 5 through 8, purchased e-books and a 3D printer and 3D scanner, and had laptops distributed in classrooms for students at all levels.  Sister Marisa has also been an integral part of developing a PreK3 through grade 8 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program, partnering with engineers from Stevens Institute of Technology and Northwestern University

During her tenure, Sister Marisa has also raised funds for the installation of a new playground for the school’s Early Education classes, expanded the music and performance arts program, and increased the involvement of the parent community.  Sister Marisa explains that “leadership is not about managing or maintaining, but it’s about being attentive to the people one serves.”

As a result of the NCEA Award, Sister Marisa’s name has been submitted for the U.S. Department of Education National Distinguished Principal Award for Elementary Schools. 



St. Anthony School is a Catholic school community whose purpose is to prepare students for life in the new millennium.

Our vision embraces the idea that each child has religious, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical potential that can be developed by a curriculum and environment that aids each child to become a well developed individual with competencies and skills that enable each one to reach her/his highest potential.

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