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Wayne County Educator Named New Diocesan Schools Superintendent

BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL, STAFF WRITERMay 15, 2019

A Wayne County administrator will serve as the next superintendent of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Scranton. Kristen Donohue, who spent the last eight years as principal of Western Wayne Middle School, will be tasked with ensuring the academic excellence of the more than 4,500 students in the diocesan school system. Since 2017, she also has served as curriculum director at Western Wayne. For the diocese, she plans to enhance current curriculum, implement innovative technology programs and foster professional development within a faith-based model. “As superintendent, I am committed to ensuring that the rigorous education we provide is aligned to the Catholic mission of our schools, while also preparing our students with the 21st century skills needed to be successful in college and beyond,” Donohue said in a news release. “Our Catholic identity is what sets us apart from other educational institutions, and it is important that our students have a genuine understanding and appreciation for the application of their Catholic education in their daily lives now and ultimately as productive members of society.” Donohue, selected after a nationwide search, will be part of a new model for administration in the diocese. She will report to Jason Morrison, secretary of Catholic education/chief operating officer, who is responsible for administrative aspects including enrollment, development, academic success and financial stability. Donohue will begin her position July 1. “Her passion and commitment for our mission and her desire to ensure excellence for our students both academically and spiritually is exactly what is needed to move our schools forward,” Morrison said in a news release. “Mrs. Donohue’s breadth of experience will allow her to bring new, innovative curriculum enhancements that will ensure our students experience the best educational opportunities available within all of Northeastern and North Central Pennsylvania.” The Diocese of Scranton operates 20 Catholic schools across the 11-county diocese. The diocese plans to invest in curricular enhancements, including moving towards the STREAM model (science, technology, religion, engineering, art and math). Programs to build critical thinking and writing skills are also planned. A product of Catholic schools, Donohue is a graduate of the University of Scranton, receiving a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and Spanish and a master’s degree in educational administration. She is on track to receive her superintendent certification from Wilkes University this summer. Donohue, her husband Patrick, and their three children reside in Clarks Summit. Her children attend Our Lady of Peace School, and the Donohues are parishioners of Saint Gregory’s Parish in Clarks Green. “My Catholic grade school, high school and college experience provided me a phenomenal, faith-based education that prepared me to be thoughtful and reflective in my personal and professional life,” she said. “I am excited to contribute to the great work happening in our Diocesan schools and will continue to promote a truly excellent Catholic school experience for our students.” Contact the writer: shofius@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9133; @hofiushallTT on Twitter

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