NEW BEDFORD – Father Sudhir Nayak, co-pastor and moderator of Saint Gabriel the Archangel Parish, is pleased to announce the appointment of Carolyn Lavalley, Ed.D., as the new principal of All Saints Catholic School. Lavalley’s passion for education has spanned over 29 years and touched thousands of students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade, as well as graduate level students.
Most recently, Lavalley was a middle school reading specialist for Westerly Public Schools where she provided intervention and monitored students in grades five through eight. Previously, she was a reading specialist and the SES Coordinator for Title 1 for Westport Public Schools and before that worked in the Wareham Public Schools, conducting student assessments and as a participant on the Title 1 committee for the International Reading Program. Lavalley also has visiting lecturer experience with post graduate students at American International College in Springfield, Mass., and Bridgewater State College.
She began her teaching career at St. Joseph School in New Bedford, teaching multiple subjects at many grade levels from preschool to grade 8, as well as assisting with marketing activities such as website development and parent workshops.
“Education can become the catalyst to help students discover their innate abilities, and I am deeply humbled that I have been able to make a difference in the lives of so many students,” Lavalley said. “Christ is an integral part of my life because of the faithful example of so many wonderful individuals. As a member of the All Saints Catholic School community, I am excited to use the talents and experiences God has so graciously shared with me to build up His body and influence the future of ASCS students.”
Father Nayak said that the search committee “was extremely impressed with Dr. Lavalley’s dedication to the education of young people as well as her extensive academic credentials. Moreover, she is committed to the goal of bringing Christocentric values to the ASCS community in addition to supporting the faculty and staff with their dedication to God and academic excellence.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Lavalley back to Catholic education in the Diocese of Fall River,” added Daniel S. Roy, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Fall River. “Our school leaders also believe in providing necessary programs to ensure each student will thrive academically despite learning differences. Dr. Lavalley’s extensive experience as a reading specialist and adjunct lecturer fully prepares her to lead All Saints Catholic School in this area as well as bring it to the next level.”
Lavalley earned her doctoral degree in education from Northeastern University. She also holds two certificates of advanced graduate studies from Bridgewater State University and the American International College. She and her husband, Paul Lavalley, have six children and are active members of the St. Francis Xavier Parish in Acushnet. They reside in New Bedford.
About All Saints Catholic School
All Saints Catholic School provides quality Catholic education in a safe environment where Jesus Christ is the model for the spiritual, academic, and personal growth of each unique student. We are one – we are all saints called to be the voice, the hands and the feet of Christ.
In partnership with parents, our goal is to guide the children in the development of sound moral and spiritual values. We encourage social and civic responsibility, mutual respect, and self-esteem as we emphasize faith-based learning and prepare our students to meet the challenges of today’s ever-changing world.
The staff at All Saints Catholic School is dedicated to spreading the Good News of Christ. The school is operated according to the philosophy of Catholic Education including all doctrine, laws, and norms of the Catholic Church. The students live and grow in the knowledge of God and his love for them. Visit www.ascsnb.org to learn more.