BARNSTABLE – The St. John Paul II School community in Hyannis is pleased to welcome Paula J. Mannering Daly (in photo) as the new principal of the Preparatory grades 5-8.  Daly joins the JPII community from Saint Joseph Preparatory High School in Boston where she was the Mathematics Department chair.  An educator with more than 20 years of experience, she holds Massachusetts certifications to teach math in grades 5-9 as well as grades 9-12.

Prior to Saint Joseph Preparatory School, she taught middle school math at Monsignor Haddad Middle School in Needham, Mass.  In addition to teaching five sections of pre-algebra and algebra, she created a math lab curriculum for seventh grade enrichment, incorporated writing skills across the math curriculum, and was the lead teacher and mentor for new teachers.  Previously, she spent two years teaching all fifth- grade subjects at the Jackson School in Newton, Mass.

Daly began her teaching career at the Mount Alvernia High School in Newton, where she taught all levels of math from algebra to pre-calculus.  In addition, she served as the assistant coach for softball, basketball, and soccer, as well as assisting with key senior events such as graduation and senior night as part of her responsibilities as a senior class homeroom teacher.  She was awarded the Tandy Technology Scholar Award in 1999 for Outstanding Teacher in Mathematics.

“I am so thrilled to be leading the middle school grades as these are such formative years for students as they enter as young kids and are prepared for the responsibilities of our high school,” said Daly.  “Students can learn and achieve given the right support and environment.  Families are the primary educators of their children, and valuable partners in the learning process.  It has always been my goal to keep my students engaged, help them find their own gifts, and to use these gifts to become good and global citizens.  Classrooms should be an environment where every student is known, feels accepted and can succeed.”

Phil VandenBrink, president of St. John Paul II School, shared that it had been “a pleasure to get to know Ms. Daly during the interview process and I am confident she will bring the Prep grades to the next level.  Middle school is a very unique time for students as each grade has very different needs.  Thus, Ms. Daly’s middle school experience will definitely benefit the JPII middle school students as she continues to build the faith and academic bridge from middle school to our high school.  This is a very exciting time for the St. John Paul II School community!”

“The Diocese of Fall River is so blessed to have school leaders with the caliber of experience as Paula Daly,” said Fall River Diocesan Superintendent of Schools Daniel S. Roy. “Our Catholic schools are known for their great academics as well as the formation of students’ faith.  Ms. Daly will ensure these high standards continue at the JPII Prep grades.  Moreover, her extensive high school experience opens the doors to many families who seek a solid education for their children at St. John Paul II School.”

Daly earned her master’s degree in education from Emmanuel College.  She is currently working on a second master’s in Educational Leadership from Boston College, with an expected completion in 2024.  Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  Paula and her family live in Hyannis.  Since moving here full-time, she is actively seeking a parish to call home.

About St. John Paul II School

St. John Paul II School is a Cape Cod Catholic school that welcomes students and families from diverse faiths and backgrounds who desire a college preparatory, Catholic education.  The school’s academic, artistic, athletic, and co-curricular programs cultivate strong relationships and empower students to recognize their gifts, develop their potential, and communicate Christ in word and deed.  Emulating their patron St. John Paul II, students pursue truth through faith and reason, preparing them to lead lives of continuous learning, respect, and community leadership.  For more information, please go to

The Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
The Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
The Bishop of Fall River