BUZZARDS BAY – Ms. Beth Mahoney (in photo) has been named as the new principal for St. Margaret Regional School, Buzzards Bay, effective July 1. Mahoney is the current vice principal of Holy Family-Holy Name School in New Bedford. The appointment of Mahoney was announced by Mr. Chris Keavy, Head of School for St. John Paul II High School, St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School, both in Hyannis, and as of July 1, 2018, St. Margaret Regional School. The appointment was approved by Diocesan Superintendent of Schools Steve Perla and Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V. Mahoney will replace current Interim Principal Dr. George Milot.
Mahoney is an experienced administrator who has worked in key roles for Catholic schools and Catholic ministries. Prior to her role at Holy Family – Holy Name, she held the position of assistant head of school at Colegio Nuestra Señora de Andacollo in Santiago, Chile. In these positions, Mahoney supervised and evaluated teachers, developed curriculum, and worked closely with students and families. Additionally, she has extensive pastoral experience in ministries from previous positions at Holy Cross Family ministries in North Easton and St. Joseph Parish in Taunton.
Mahoney earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Notre Dame College and a Master of Arts in Theology from Boston College. She was named “Woman of the Year” in 2011 and 2012 by the National Association of Professional Women and the International Women’s Leadership Association, respectively.
“It is a joy for me to see the smiles on students’ faces when they achieve their goals, enjoy their lessons, participate in the life of the school, gather in prayer, and experience the love of God revealed to them through their teachers. I look forward to meeting the St. Margaret Regional School Community, to engaging in the activities of the school, and most importantly, to share in the faith life of the students and their families,” she said.
In the new governance structure, Mahoney will be responsible for day-to-day school operations at St. Margaret Regional School. Chris Keavy, as head of school of the PreK-12 Catholic school, will focus on mission and values, strategic planning and positioning, community relationships, institutional advancement, and institutional vitality.
Keavy expressed his welcome to Mahoney saying, “I am delighted that such a capable, sought-after administrator is coming to St. Margaret Regional School. We have big plans and I an eager to work with Ms. Mahoney for the benefit of our students and families.”
Upon the announcement of Mahoney’s new position Superintendent Perla commented, “I look forward to working Ms. Mahoney in her new role and I am confident that she has the gifts to build a strong Catholic elementary school and will work closely with Mr. Keavy to create a vibrant PreK – 12 Catholic School.” He added, “I am deeply grateful to Dr. Milot for providing extraordinary leadership during the past several months and really helping the school community during this very challenging transition period.”