Announcement – New Principal, Mr. Jonathan Pressimone

OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP CATHOLIC CHURCH

4795 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043
(410)747-4334 (office) | www.olphparish.org

24 May 2024

Dear Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Families,

As we come to the close of another academic year, we have many blessings to give thanks. From the opportunities to encounter the Lord to the growth and achievements of our terrific students, I thank our good God and the great community of our principal, staff, teachers, students, and you—our invested and engaged parents and families. Thank you.

When Mrs. Underwood announced her plans to step down as principal after the current academic year, we immediately began the search for our school’s next principal. Our objective was to identify a visionary leader who shares Our Lady of Perpetual Help School’s mission of developing confident, faith-filled, active learners who seek to transform their community and make the world a better, more loving place before the end of the academic year — no easy task!

After receiving numerous qualified applicants, we embarked on a meticulous process of assessing and evaluating each candidate. This rigorous undertaking has led us to the exciting announcement that Mr. Jonathan Pressimone has been appointed as the new principal, effective July 1, 2024.

Mr. Pressimone’s unwavering dedication to Catholic education is evident in his impressive educational journey, having attended Catholic schools from grade school through graduate school. Since 2008, he has demonstrated excellence as both an administrator and educator. Currently, he serves as the Assistant Principal of Student Life at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA, where he oversees the academic, spiritual, and personal development of students.

His extensive experience includes roles in the Archdiocese of Baltimore as a Theology teacher at Archbishop Curley High School, a youth ministry coordinator and teacher at Immaculate Conception Church and School, and a campus minister at Calvert Hall College High School. Mr. Pressimone’s diverse background and dedication to Catholic education make him the ideal leader for Our Lady of Perpetual Help School.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Mount St. Mary’s University and his Master of Arts degree in Catechesis and Evangelization from Franciscan University. Additionally, Mr. Pressimone graduated from the Principal Licensure Program at Notre Dame College in Ohio, passing the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Mr. Pressimone and keep him in your prayers as he assumes his new role as principal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School. Mr. Pressimone joined the parish this past year with his wife Lilly and their newborn Leo, eager to connect with our vibrant and dynamic parish community. With his commitment to discipleship, exceptional qualifications, and dedication to fostering student success, I am confident he will inspire students and staff while strengthening the bonds within the OLPH school community.

I appreciate your commitment to Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and Catholic education in Baltimore’s Archdiocese.

In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett, Pastor

Rev. Michael S. Triplett, Pastor
Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Dr. Donna Hargens, Superintendent

Dr. Donna Hargens, Superintendent
Archdiocese of Baltimore