Manhasset, NY: This spring, a Search Committee formed under the guidance of Father Robert A. Romeo, pastor of the Church and Schools of St. Mary, and the Very Rev. Dom Elias Carr, Can. Reg. president of the Schools of St. Mary, to fill the position of principal for Saint Mary’s Elementary School.
The committee embarked on its mission, which included a nationwide effort to gather applicants. After a thorough process and much prayerful discernment, the committee reached a unanimous decision this week. Therefore Fr. Romeo is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Kristen Schreiner as the new principal of Saint Mary’s Elementary School, joining the helm of one of the prestigious educational institutions that constitute the Schools of Saint Mary. Ms. Schreiner succeeds Mrs. Sarah Griffin, who served as principal since 2016. Mrs. Theresa Kemp, who joined the administration in 2017, will resume her role as assistant principal.
Father Bob noted, “When Mrs. Griffin announced her desire to step down from her role to care for her family, I was very happy for her, yet sad for us. Mrs. Griffin has been a wonderfully innovative and future-looking principal who has done much for our school. I told the search committee members that I would not be settling for the second-best in our search, and if we had to hire an interim principal until the perfect candidate surfaced, I was willing to wait. I am so happy that the principal we have chosen fulfills my desire for someone who can build on what our leadership created in our schools. I am so pleased that Ms. Kristen Schreiner has accepted the role of principal at Saint Mary’s Elementary School. I know she will not only build upon the present but also take a giant leap forward for the future and continue establishing our position as a premier Catholic elementary school.”
Ms. Schreiner comes to Saint Mary’s Elementary School with a wealth of experience as a Catholic educator. After completing her BA in History in 2008 and her MA in Secondary Education in 2009, both at Adelphi University, she began teaching social studies at Sacred Heart Academy. During her tenure, Ms. Schreiner taught AP US Government and Politics, Economics and Government, Global Studies I & II, Psychology, and Business Law. She also served four years as a class dean and assisted in establishing the Social Emotional Learning Committee. She helped to devise and administer remote learning during the pandemic serving as a Saturday School Coordinator in Copiague for elementary-aged students, where she created and oversaw more than four hundred students who were in need of catching up academically from the time they lost during the lockdown.
“We are excited that Ms. Schreiner will not only bring social and emotional learning to promote the students’ social intelligence but also that it will strengthen their spiritual development. We know that many obstacles to a proper relationship with God are emotional in nature,” said President Fr. Elias Carr.
Ms. Schreiner, with confidence, addressed Fr. Bob upon accepting the position, “As the new principal of St. Mary’s Elementary School, I look forward to strengthening Mrs. Griffin’s achievements with Mrs. Kemp’s help.” The latter, having served successfully as co-principal this year with Mrs. Griffin, who is expecting her second child soon, will be instrumental in the smooth transition. “I am grateful to the Search Committee for recognizing my talent, experience, and depth of my Catholic faith. I am thrilled to be joining the vibrant and welcoming community of the Schools of St. Mary. Catholic education is my passion, and I am eager to collaborate with students, parents, faculty, alumni, and our parish to help our students flourish academically, socially, and spiritually, all the while glorifying God along our journey. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you all.”
Mrs. Griffin proudly remarked, “I have been so blessed to lead the St. Mary’s Elementary School community over the past six years. And now, I could not feel more enthusiastic and confident about St. Mary’s bright future in the hands of this new administrative team – Ms. Schreiner, Mrs. Kemp, and Mrs. Tripi as I shift gears to focus on my growing family. I look forward to being a part of the transition and remaining a supporter of St. Mary’s, always.” Fr. Bob is in the process of forming another role to keep Mrs. Griffin connected to the school community that equally adores and appreciates her contribution as an educator and alumna.