July 27, 2017

Diocese of Albany Catholic Schools Welcomes 4 New Principals

It is with great excitement that the Catholic School Office, in concert with each school’s respective pastor, announces the appointment of four principals, all of whom have established roots in the Diocese of Albany Catholic Schools.

For the 2017-18 school year, new leaders will be in place at Sacred Heart School in Troy, St. Ambrose School in Latham, St. Mary’s Academy in Hoosick Falls, and St. Mary’s / St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School in Glens Falls.

Devon Camenga, former teacher and assistant principal, succeeds Susan Merrill as the principal of Sacred Heart School. Last year, Mr. Camenga worked alongside the administration to facilitate the transition before fully assuming the duties as principal.

Ernest Casile follows Terri McGraw as the principal of St. Ambrose School. Mr. Casile most recently served as an interim principal and the diocesan assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction following a successful tenure both in public and Catholic education. 

Amanda Goyer, former teacher and assistant principal, succeeds Michael Piatek as the principal of St. Mary’s Academy. In her journey to building leadership, Mrs. Goyer carried dual responsibilities as classroom teacher and administrator during this past school year in preparation for the anticipated vacancy. 

Patricia Balmer replaces Timothy Forti as the principal of St. Mary’s / St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School. Prior to this role, Mrs. Balmer lent support as an interim principal, diocesan mentor to new teachers, and principal of St. Augustine’s School.

Each appointment takes effect August 1, 2017. 

Please join me in thanking the outgoing administrators for their many years of motivating service. Our teachers, students, and their families have been deeply enriched by their leadership and commitment to Catholic education. We wish them God’s blessings in their next ventures.

Let us extend our heartiest congratulations to the new appointees and keep them in our prayers as they take on their new roles in servant leadership.