St. Mary's School Swormville Names New Principalby Karen L. Karaszewski, APR, St. Mary's Swormville
Rev. Robert M. Yetter, pastor, St. Mary Swormville, has appointed Mary Jo Aiken principal of St. Mary School (www.stmaryschoolswormville.org). She replaces Sr. Sheila Anne Burke OSF, longtime principal who passed away in June.
Aiken has extensive experience as a principal and educator and has a proven commitment to Catholic education. For the past four years, she served as principal of Fourteen Holy Helpers School in West Seneca. Prior to that, she was principal at Saint Mark Elementary School in Venice, California for four years before relocating to Buffalo.
She holds master's degrees in educational administration, secondary sciences, epidemiology and preventive medicine, and school administration certification as a school building leader and school district leader from University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Aiken earned a bachelor's degree in life sciences from the University of Toronto and is a certified 7-12 biology/general science teacher.
"We are so pleased that someone with Mrs. Aiken's credentials and experience will be leading our school," Fr. Yetter said. "Her enthusiasm for Catholic education will build upon the great legacy of Sr. Sheila. This is an exciting time for St. Mary's School, as we are a pilot school for the STREAM initiative." he said.
"I was truly blessed to serve my cherished community at Fourteen Holy Helpers School, and am now doubly blessed to have the opportunity to serve my parish community and the children of St. Mary's School," Aiken said. "I look forward to supporting and promoting St. Mary's values of faith, family, knowledge, tradition and service, and to working with all the wonderful families of my parish and new school."
Aiken is a resident of East Amherst and begins her new role on August 4.