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05, June, 2017Posted by :Lisa Wood

St. Francis of Assisi Announces Elizabeth (Beth) Bartolotta new Principal for 2017-2018 School Year

St. Louis, MO, April 26, 2017– St. Francis of Assisi announces Elizabeth (Beth) Bartolotta the new principal for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Beth brings with her 30 years of experience in the Archdiocese of St. Louis Catholic Education arena.

We (search committee) are overjoyed to have found such a wonderful principal. St. Francis of Assisi will grow stronger under the direction of Mrs. Bartolotta.  I look forward to working with her.    Rev. Anthony Yates, Pastor

Beth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood education from Maryville University, a Master’s degree in Special Education from Fontbonne University, and a Master’s degree in Administration from Saint Louis University.  She is a certified religion teacher and certified catechist for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  Beth spent the last 9 years as the principal of St. Justin Martyr.  Prior to that she was a learning consultant and a primary teacher at St. Justin Martyr and Our Lady of Sorrows.  She has served on accreditation teams with the St. Louis Archdiocese and with AdvancED.

Beth was the recipient of the Rose Philippine Duchesne Distinguished Principal Award in 2013.  She brings to St. Francis experience in standards-based grading, professional learning communities, curriculum mapping, integrated instruction, strategic planning, enrollment management, data teams, and more.   With these best practices in place, St. Justin experienced its highest level of enrollment in 40 years and wait lists at several grade levels.  Data from the Archdiocesan database indicated that during the final five years of Beth’s tenure as principal, St. Justin, which sits within the Lindbergh School District, had a higher percentage of growth in enrollment than the Lindbergh district did during that same period.

Along with St. Francis parishioner Dr. Mary O’Connell, Beth was a member of Archbishop Carlson’s Mission Advancement Initiative.  The two served on a committee led by Dr. Karen Tichy to develop rubrics to accompany the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools.

Cultivating opportunities for encountering Christ is a goal of hers.  Beth says that she is looking forward to creating a shared vision with the community of St. Francis of Assisi and to build a stronger, more viable ministry of Catholic education within the parish.

I want to commend the search committee for their diligence. I immediately started researching Mrs. Bartolotta and could not be more pleased. I have friends at SJM who cannot say enough good things about her. I also like her stances on innovation and curriculum. I hope she is exactly what we need for the future and will help us grow as a school and community…    Tom Burton, SFA School Parent