Christ the King Parish/Cardinal Pacelli School is proud to announce that Mrs. Terri Cento has accepted the position of Principal. Terri has been in education for over 25 years as a teacher and faculty leader, and most recently as an assistant principal. She is a product of Catholic Education, having attended St. James the Greater in White Oak and McAuley High School in Cincinnati. Terri completed undergraduate work at NKU while raising four children. She attended Xavier University receiving a Masters in Education as a Reading Specialist and Northern Kentucky University for a Masters in Arts in Instructional Leadership, graduating with honors. Terri is currently Rank 1, with a dual Masters Degree +30 hours, according to the Kentucky Department of Education. Her resume includes teaching experience in a variety of classrooms, which range from grade 1 through grade 8.
Mrs. Cento accepted the position of Principal June 5th. She explains “there were so many signs pointing me in the direction of Cardinal Pacelli and when I met with the search committee and had such a lovely conversation it felt like “home” to me. Many of the programs and ideas that I have recently implemented as an assistant principal in my former job are what seems to be needed at Cardinal Pacelli. Throughout the process, I realized God was directing me to Cardinal Pacelli for the students, teachers and families. It was obvious to me that He wanted me to share the gifts He had given me, and the joy of leading a Catholic school, to new heights.”
Mrs. Cento expressed that her goals for Cardinal Pacelli include getting to know all of her new faculty and staff and know every student by name to create a personal relationship with them. “I want to create an environment of trust, honesty and joy among all stakeholders. I want Cardinal Pacelli to be a JOYFUL world in which we work everyday for the students surrounded by the grace of God as an inspiration to be the best that we can all be.” (Cento) Other goals would include updating and using all forms of technology in the classroom. “I would love to have teacher lead instruction on the newest and best websites and apps available to us and to the students to enhance their education.” (Cento)
Mrs. Cento is excited to be involved in a school committed to PLC’s (Professional Learning Communities). She appreciates the power of collaboration and the implementation of best practices. She hopes to implement ‘Response to Intervention,’ RTI. This is a multi-tiered approach to determine the needs of students through whole class instruction, data collection, and then specific instruction to their needs. Using this approach helps to determine if (and how) certain content is taught, and it also meets the needs of the students at various levels.
For more information about Cardinal Pacelli School go to: www.cardinalpacelli.org