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Michael Riley
Principal
First Year at CCS: 2012
Degrees:
HOW DO YOU KEEP CURRENT WITH THE SUBJECT AREAS YOU COVER?

I am currently working on my doctorate (Ed.D) in Educational Planning, Policy, and Leadership at the College of William and Mary. My coursework allows me to learn about new research based strategies that I can then share with the faculty and staff. Together we continue to implement new approaches to help our students have an even better educational experience.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE MOMENTS WITH STUDENTS?

Since becoming the principal of Charlottesville Catholic, my favorite moment is morning car line. Each and every day I get to greet our students as they are coming to school for the day. It is a moment filled with promise and joy, and it reminds me of why I became a principal, to make a difference for the young people who are entrusted to our care.

WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR STUDENTS TO GAIN FROM HAVING KNOWN YOU?

Respect. The principal’s office is not a place most students hope to be sent but I strive to treat each student with dignity and respect. I expect in turn for each student to do the same with fellow classmates, teachers, and parents that they encounter during the day.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO BECOME A PRINCIPAL?

I started my career in a 3rd grade classroom. I quickly realized that the self-contained classroom was not for me, and moved to middle school. I loved my time teaching middle school students, but began to think about how I could effect change to the bigger school organization, and not just my classroom. I began to get involved with various aspects of the school, took some classes, and became an assistant principal. The next logical step was to become a principal, which would allow me to help bring positive changes that impact student learning and performance. Helping make the experience better for teachers, students, and parents is what keeps me focused and happy to come to work each day!

IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND WITH JUST ONE THING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

My iPod! I listen to music all the time and I do not think that I could live without it. I sure hope the deserted island has a way to charge it!

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Vada Fallica
Assistant Principal of Academics
First Year at CCS: 2013
Degrees: Undergraduate degree in Special Education; Master’s in Reading Education from UVA
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TEACH AT CHARLOTTESVILLE CATHOLIC SCHOOL?

I’d been in the public schools for just over twenty years. It was time for a change, and my calling to Charlottesville Catholic School came. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made!

HOW DO YOU INSPIRE STUDENTS TO LOVE LEARNING?

I inspire students to do well in the classroom by being personally inspired by learning. I’m always excited about teaching and learning, and my excitement and energy spills over into everything I do.

WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR STUDENTS TO GAIN FROM HAVING KNOWN YOU?

When my students leave me, I hope that they have two things: a stronger relationship with God, and a passion for learning.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR INTERESTS, HOBBIES, OR PASSIONS?

I enjoy staying active & being outdoors. I have been running for 12 years and playing tennis for six. My family lives for UVA sports–football, basketball, & baseball… Wahoowa!

Frank Murphy
Business Manager
First Year at CCS: 2016
Prior to joining Charlottesville Catholic School: 28 years of working in the Banking & Finance industry throughout the UK
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR INTERESTS, HOBBIES, OR PASSIONS?

Photography, soccer (spectator only now!), and sports in general. In addition to being our Business Manager, Frank is also our school photographer, and we are so glad to have such a talented individual to assist with capturing all of the school’s special moments!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE MOMENTS WITH STUDENTS?

Watching the students arrive in kindergarten and seeing them grow into wonderful, confident young people ready for high school.

WHAT EXPERIENCES OR PEOPLE HAD THE MOST INFLUENCE ON YOU?

Working and living in different countries and experiencing different cultures and views has had a profound impact on me and my family.

IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND WITH JUST ONE THING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A boat!

Mandy Kowalski
Front Office Assistant
First Year at CCS: 2009
Degrees: Associate of Science in Education
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR INTERESTS, HOBBIES, OR PASSIONS?

I love music! I have been singing and acting since I was eight years old, when I played Dorothy in our 2nd grade production of “The Wizard of Oz”. At 14, I started singing with the choir at my church. I was in multiple musical productions in high school and college, as well as working backstage as a stage manager, and assistant director. I’m also kind of a Broadway and music theater guru. I used to dream about performing on a Broadway stage! When I’m not working or singing, I love to read. Right now I’m on a historical fiction kick. I also love history and visiting historical sites, such as Monticello and Jamestown.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE MOMENTS WITH A STUDENT?

There was a group of 8th graders a few years ago that I bonded with like no others. They’re seniors in high school now, applying to college. I still keep in contact with many of them. They were the first students to really make an impact on my life, and make me feel as though I was making a difference in their lives.

WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS?

I’m lucky to have many mentors. First are my elementary and middle school music and band teachers, Bula and Gary Stein, because they taught me how to truly love and appreciate music. Next is Deacon Chris Morash, because he taught me everything I know about music and got me involved in the liturgical side of music. My director in the Virginia Consort, Judy Gary, because she has shown me what a life-long love of music can accomplish, and for allowing me to sing with such a wonderful group and on pieces I never would have had the chance to sing otherwise. Last, but definitely not least, my voice teacher, Amelia Camacho, because she helps me to hone my craft. Wow, this is starting to sound like a Tony Award acceptable speech!

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK AT CHARLOTTESVILLE CATHOLIC SCHOOL?

I knew so many members of faculty and staff from church that coming here felt natural, almost like an extension of my church family. I could not imagine working in another school. This place is like home!

Katrina Kuhn
Admissions Coordinator
First Year at CCS: 2013
Degrees: B.A. in Theatre and Marketing from Southern Arkansas University
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR INTERESTS, HOBBIES, OR PASSIONS?

As the sister to two younger brothers, the daughter and wife of coaches, and the mother of two young boys, I spend a lot of time at sporting events! I am a fan of all sports, but have always been most passionate about baseball. I root hardest for Virginia and have become a Nationals fan while living in Charlottesville, but am a life-long fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. While I love watching college and Major League baseball, I most enjoy watching my own little guys play! I also enjoy reading, cooking, traveling with my husband, and spending time with my family.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE MOMENTS WITH A STUDENT?

Being the Admissions Coordinator, I am often an inquiring family’s first point of contact at Charlottesville Catholic School. This affords me the opportunity to get to know students prior to starting school. It is wonderful to be able to be a familiar face when new students start school. It is so rewarding to watch children be welcomed into, and become a part of their new environment.

WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS?

While I have been blessed with a life full of incredible mentors, my parents are probably at the top of that list. I have learned so much by their example alone. Through them, I have learned the importance of compassion, generosity, commitment and leading by example. My husband, too, has taught me the value of being passionate in everything.

WHAT EXPERIENCES OR PEOPLE HAD THE MOST INFLUENCE ON YOU?

Although I did not have the opportunity to attend Catholic school as a child, my parents were teachers and active members of our parish. The majority of the people who had the most influence on me were members of my church and school community. It is because of the relationships that I developed within these communities that I was led to Charlottesville Catholic, where I know my own children will be influenced similarly.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK AT CHARLOTTESVILLE CATHOLIC SCHOOL?

Charlottesville Catholic School not only prepares students academically but also provides them with a unique opportunity to grow in their faith and character each and every day. I am passionate about our school and all that it has to offer so I feel very fortunate to have a job where I spend my days sharing with others about Charlottesville Catholic, welcoming new families to our school community, and getting to know our current students and their families even better.