Maria Carozza-McCaffrey has been appointed principal of Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale.
Mrs. Carozza-McCaffrey, a 1999 graduate of Maria Regina, had served as interim principal since July.
The Dec. 28 announcement was made by school president Anna E. Parra.
“Over the past five months as interim principal, Mrs. Carozza-McCaffrey has led our school with grace and strength through challenging times,” Ms. Parra said. “She is genuinely leading her alma mater with true tiger spirit. We look forward to a new year filled with hope, health and continued success. We wish Maria all the best as she continues in her role as principal empowering our students and guiding them as women of faith to be leaders in our society.”
Mrs. Carozza-McCaffrey, in coordination with assistant principal Silvia Santo and school social worker Josefa Santos, introduced the Counseling Resource Google Classroom that provides advice to parents and students on a range of essential learning issues in the Covid-19 climate. The new principal has supported and guided the faculty in helping them teach effectively in the challenging pandemic environment.
Mrs. Carozza-McCaffrey, who holds a master’s degree in human development from Teachers College at Columbia University in Manhattan, had served Maria Regina as a science teacher and administrator for more than 18 years. She taught scientific research, biology, anatomy and physiology, health, AP psychology and introduction to computers.
She was assistant principal of operations, 2015-2017, when her responsibilities included administration and educational oversight and strategic planning. As choral director, she guided the ensemble to 11 national titles since 2006.
“The board is grateful for all Maria has done, and we have every confidence in her ability to lead our school,” said Luanne Tantillo Diecchio, chairperson of the board of trustees. “She assumed the position of interim principal at a challenging time and, in a short period, demonstrated exemplary leadership, a positive spirit, and genuine dedication to the school.”