When schools opened for the new year on Monday, four Montgomery County elementary schools in the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington had new principals at the helm.
Brother Gerald S. Hopeck Jr. is the co-principal of St. Francis International School in Silver Spring. He was the school’s vice principal and tuition officer since May 2011. Hopeck is a native of Bridgeport, Conn., and graduated from Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., with a bachelor’s in theology and history. He earned a master’s in theology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He has more than 12 years of experience as an educator in several Catholic schools.
Stephen Lamont comes to St. Bartholomew School in Bethesda from Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., where he was assistant principal this past school year. Earlier, he taught math at Carroll for five years. He has nine years of experience as an educator and holds a bachelor’s in economics from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and a master’s in educational leadership and administration from George Washington University.
Christie Anne Short, new principal at St. Patrick School in Rockville, has spent her 14-year teaching career in the Archdiocese of Washington. After four years at St. Elizabeth School in Rockville, she joined the team of teachers and staff who opened St. Patrick School to its first students in 2004, and has taught there since. She has taught second, third and fourth grades and was named the school’s Teacher of the Year in 2007. She holds a bachelor’s in elementary education from Loyola University and a master’s in special education from John Hopkins University.
Andrew Piotrowski comes to St. Martin of Tours School in Gaithersburg from New Jersey, where he has spent his teaching career. He most recently was vice principal of Clifton (N.J.) High School for 12 years. He also was principal of Woodrow Wilson Middle School and Christopher Columbus Middle School, both in Clifton. He is currently studying for a doctorate in educational leadership and holds a master’s in urban educational leadership from New Jersey City University and a bachelor’s in special education from William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J.