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Tom Smith named Bishop McCort principal

May 4, 2019

Bishop McCort Catholic High School and Divine Mercy Catholic Academy have undergone a number of changes in the schools’ top administrative posts.

Tom Smith, current principal of Divine Mercy, will take over for Tom Fleming as the principal of Bishop McCort Catholic High School. Fleming announced in late 2018 that he will retire in June after nearly 35 years in education. The board for the high school announced the hire on Thursday.

“The Bishop McCort that I know and love is life-changing in a positive way,” Smith said. “We want everyone to have that experience here.”

Smith, a graduate of St. Benedict School and Bishop McCort, brings nearly 25 years of educational experience to the job, including leadership roles that enabled his former schools and school districts to earn the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Student Growth, NAACP Award for Promoting Tolerance and Relationship Building, two U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools bronze medal recognitions, and multiple Pennsylvania Department of Education Keystone Academic Achievement Awards.

At Divine Mercy, he launched the schools’ STREAM initiative, introduced new levels of professional development to faculty and endorsed an array of classroom and extracurricular activities that challenge students to think critically, creatively and collaboratively.

Matt Ribblett, a certified teacher at Divine Mercy, will also assume responsibilities as the school’s dean of students.

Kathleen Martella-Zucco, chairwoman of the Divine Mercy board of directors, praised Smith.

“Tom is a tremendous asset to Divine Mercy and Bishop McCort,” she said. “He understands the importance of supporting each other and creating synergies. Under his leadership, our teachers have had more opportunities for professional development and he has enhanced our curriculum across all subject areas.”