New principal named at St. Sebastian School in Ross

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Patricia A. Thomas should know a lot about parochial schools.

She attended elementary and high school in Catholic schools, received her master’s degree from one and started her teaching career in one.

She now returns to Catholic schools as principal of St. Sebastian School in Ross.

“I pray that I may serve St. Sebastian parish with humility and knowledge,” she said. “I want to build on the reputation of St. Sebastian and the strong foundation they have always created.”

Mrs. Thomas replaces Kathleen Roppa, who retired July 31 after serving as principal for two years.

Mrs. Thomas said St. Sebastian School has a good enrollment, drawing from several surrounding school districts, including the City of Pittsburgh, and “excellent faculty and staff.”

She said she wants to lead the school “to the next level of excellence” with a “safe environment, relevant curriculum and a solid base in Catholicism.”

“I look forward to giving the students the confidence and strength to go out in the world and serve others, given their God-given talents and the knowledge they gain at St. Sebastian.”

Mrs. Thomas attended St. Cyril Elementary School and St. Domenec High School, both on the North Side. She received a bachelor’s degree from Chatham University, a master’s degree in education from Duquesne University and her doctorate of education from Temple University.

She began her teaching career in a parochial school, then started teaching in public schools when the family moved to York County. Locally, she has been a teacher and high school principal in the West Greene School District and principal of Saint John the Baptist School in Monaca.

Mrs. Thomas and her husband, David, live in Ross.

Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer,

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