Dear Parents and Families,
I am pleased to introduce myself as the Principal at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School. Let me begin by saying how excited I am to have the opportunity to work with you and your children along with the dedicated faculty and staff of the school. Over the years, I have enjoyed growing as a community with you in the service of the educational and faith foundation of the children.
Please allow me to share a bit about myself. I grew up in New Jersey, the oldest of five boys, and I have been living here in Maryland for the past ten years. If you listen closely, the New Jersey accent still comes out every once in a while. I worked for six years as a Religion Teacher and Director of Campus Ministry at Archbishop Carroll High School in DC, while I completed a Master’s Degree in Theology at the Washington Theological Union. During that time, I learned about the importance of building communities of faith and, through my creation of the Senior Peer Ministry Leadership course, I helped young people take an active role as stewards in the Church.
As my educational and administrative experiences grew, I pursued a second graduate degree in Educational Leadership from George Washington University and obtained my licensure from the State of Maryland. I am currently completing coursework toward a doctorate in Educational Administration. Before coming to OLPH, I worked for three years as the Coordinator of Academic Affairs and Director of Admissions at St. Louis School in Clarksville. I believe that all of these various roles have helped me to cultivate the ability to address two fundamental areas of Catholic education- providing a challenging academic curriculum aimed at preparing students to conquer future endeavors and helping families to feel at home and welcomed in the school.
Please know that I take very seriously the sacred responsibility of educating the young boys and girls that you entrust to our care. This truly takes a village, and I welcome the collaboration of parents, grandparents, students, faculty, staff, board members, and parishioners to work toward the common goal of continuing the tradition of excellence and caring at OLPH. On behalf of my family, we cherish our home here at OLPH and I thank God for the blessing of being your principal.
Mr. Victor Pellechia