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New faculty and staff at St. Mary’s Academy.
St. Mary’s Academy photo
New faculty and staff at St. Mary’s Academy.
St. Mary’s Academy has begun the year with one of its largest enrollments in recent history. To support the increase, 15 people have joined the faculty and staff.

The school for girls has expanded its arts, athletics and technology programs to support co-curricular activities as well as its ministry staff to ensure the continued success of the school’s retreat and service programs.

Technology remains a priority. The school has entered the second year of its iPad and robotics programs and has expanded information science curriculum. The robotics program is being funded, in part, by the winnings from the Portland State University CyberDiscovery Camp where a team of St. Mary’s students placed first this summer. The team was one of two all-female teams to compete.

Deepening the capacity for student involvement, choir, theater and visual arts have increased programming. Athletics continues to be a large part of the St. Mary’s Academy community. Soccer, volleyball and cross country teams will have new players, demanding coaches and high-level competitors. The cross country team is more than 70 students strong.

As St. Mary’s Academy grows, officials see the need to expand the campus. Preparations are continuing to double the footprint in downtown Portland by exploring possible uses for the city block purchased a year ago. Faculty and staff have been working with GBD Architects to assess what students will need to be successful in the future and visualize how the property will provide the necessary space.

New faculty and staff include Hilary Baker, director of special events; Ashley McCullar, choir teacher; Shannon Sonn, Spanish teacher; Molly Marra, biology teacher; Brian Kelley, math teacher; Kristen Durbin, campus ministry; Michele Taylor, student activities director; Alexis Howell-Kubler, science teacher; Holy Names Sister Carol Higgins, theology teacher; Amy Romm, personal counselor; Sarah Fridovich, director of communications; Kendall Murphy, assistant director of development; Michael Scott, development database associate; Amandine Brauer-Marzio, communications associate and Ben Peterson, Latin teacher.