Michael J. Deegan, superintendent of schools in the archdiocese, has announced the appointments of three associate and regional superintendents.
Sister Patricia A. Anastasio, P.B.V.M., will become associate superintendent of teacher personnel Nov. 1, and will oversee the process of contract implementation for elementary and secondary schools of the Association of Catholic Schools and their union leadership. She was associate superintendent of teacher personnel, 1999-2009, and previously served as Bronx district superintendent of schools and she most recently served as president of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, based at their motherhouse in New Windsor. She also was a teacher and principal in Catholic schools.
Sister Patricia earned a bachelor’s degree in English and education from Mount St. Mary College, Newburgh; a master’s in administration and supervision from Xavier University, New Orleans; and a doctorate of education in administration and supervision from Fordham University, the Bronx. She holds multiple certifications, including labor relations, professional development in civil and canon law as related to religious institutes from Cornell University, Ithaca, and Misericordia University, Dallas, Pa., respectively, and permanent New York state certification in school district administration and school administration and supervision.
Sister Anne Massell, P.B.V.M., will continue to serve as interim associate superintendent of teacher personnel until Sister Patricia begins her service.
Anthony Biscione was named regional superintendent of Manhattan schools, effective July 1, after serving as interim regional superintendent of Manhattan schools since June 2020, leading the schools through a successful reopening and safe in-person instruction during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Biscione joined the archdiocese in 2019 as a concentrated coaching specialist with Catapult Learning in the Northeast Bronx. He also served the Diocese of Rockville Centre as assistant superintendent for curriculum instruction and assessment, and the Diocese of Brooklyn as associate superintendent of schools for curriculum, deputy superintendent and senior deputy superintendent. He was a teacher at St. Mary School and principal of Most Precious Blood School, both in Long Island City, Queens.
Biscione received a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s in education, administration and supervision, both from Fordham University, the Bronx. He also did doctoral study in Church leadership at Fordham.
Ray Vitiello has been appointed archdiocesan regional superintendent of Northeast/East Bronx Catholic Schools, effective Aug. 9. He will assume a range of responsibilities, primarily the strengthening of solid Catholic faith communities, the monitoring and assessment of the academic achievements of every school, the oversight of the regional office staff, and the promotion of student recruitment and marketing strategies to all schools in the region.
Vitiello formerly served as a teacher and principal in Catholic elementary and high schools in the archdiocese and previously served as regional superintendent for the Northwest/South Bronx Catholic schools. Vitello stepped down as principal of St. Benedict School in the Bronx to assume his new role.
Vitiello earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in urban and multicultural education from the College of Mount St. Vincent, the Bronx. He also received his professional diploma in administration and supervision from the College of New Rochelle and holds permanent New York state certification in business and distributive education, school district administration, and school administration and supervision.
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