Catholic school board appoints interim director

An educator with more than 30 years of experience with the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) will take over the helm as the board continues its search for a permanent director.

Mary Battista has been appointed Interim Director of Education and Secretary of the Board and will pick up the reins from Director Ab Falconi, who retires on August 31.

“She has done an excellent job in her role as Superintendent of Curriculum and Assessment in leading the YCDSB’s distance learning plans,” says Maria Marchese, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “As we welcome families back to school this fall during this challenging and unprecedented time, Ms. Battista will continue to provide exceptional leadership and continuity.”

Battista launched her career at the YCDSB in 1982 as a French as a second language teacher and subsequently assumed roles of junior, intermediate teacher, special education teacher and teacher librarian before becoming a vice principal and principal. She has held several superintendent positions at the YCDSB over the past decade, responsible for Curriculum and Assessment, Safe Schools, and School Leadership.

Battista is committed to change management, organizational relationships and strong leadership, the Board reports. She has a dedicated commitment to raising awareness of and eliminating all forms of racism and discrimination, and in so doing, will create a supportive welcoming learning and teaching environment for all stakeholders, it adds.

“Over the course of my career with the YCDSB, I have embraced opportunities to work collaboratively with all our partners, and I remain committed to ensuring that all members of our school system are empowered to work together to achieve excellence and equity in the education of our students,” she says.

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