Spadoni take helm at Saint Peter
By Erin Pant, Our Parish Times, August 2021 Edition
Mr. Vincent Spadoni, a familiar face in the Archdiocese of Washington, has been appointed principal of Saint Peter School in Olney.
“It’s one of the greatest honors of my career to be called to lead this community,” said Spadoni. “As long as I’ve been in the Archdiocese, Saint Peter School has had such an outstanding reputation for its community, its connection to the parish, and its strong academic program. I look forward to building on the legacy that was here, while bringing some of my own energy and excitement to the school.”
Spadoni has served in administrative roles in the Archdiocese of Washington for more than 20 years. Most recently, he served as the President of the Consortium of Catholic Academies in Washington, D.C. where he was responsible for the oversight of all operations, from finance and facilities to academics and development for four urban Catholic schools. Prior to that, Spadoni served as principal of Saint Ambrose School in Cheverly and Saint Elizabeth School in Rockville. In 2012, he was named the Distinguished Principal of the Year for the Archdiocese of Washington.
Mr. Spadoni describes his transition to Saint Peter as incredibly warm and one of the smoothest of his career. “I’ve had all of these connections to Saint Peter over the years, so I didn’t feel like a stranger coming in,” said Spadoni. “I’m coming into a very strong, solid school in every way, and I credit my predecessors, Mrs. Liz Whelan and Mrs. Kristen Cocozzella for that. Mrs. Cocozzella made this transition incredibly positive and helpful.”
Saint Peter is experiencing a period of growth, with enrollment up 11% and several grades expanding into two classes for the 2021-2022 school year.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know our students, our teachers, and our families, and seeing how best I can serve our community,” said Spadoni. “My hope for the coming school year is that our community will experience a new sense of normalcy, and a renewed excitement and enthusiasm for Saint Peter.”