Letter from School Leadership
My Dear St. John family,
As we find ourselves in the middle of our summer break, I can only imagine that some are getting a little anxious about who will be our next principal. Your prayers have helped the search committee choose a candidate. First and foremost our new principal will be the faith formation leader of our school. Secondly, our principal will make sure that our faith informs our educational efforts and the excellence of Catholic education you have come to expect as our students are called to be faithful disciples and citizens in the 21st century.
To this end, I am happy to announce that I have appointed Mr. Jesse Read as the next principal of our school effective, Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
Mr. Jesse Read is coming to St. John from St. Teresa of Calcutta School in Hanover, PA. Born in the Philadelphia area, he grew up in Mechanicsburg, PA (near Harrisburg). He graduated from Cumberland Valley High School in 2006. In 2011, he graduated from Shippensburg University with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in English. Having spent a teaching career in secondary English education at various schools, he was moved into administration for the Diocese of Harrisburg as the associate principal for the newly consolidated St. Teresa of Calcutta School in 2018. In 2013, he became Catholic, when God led him from the Harrisburg area to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This move introduced him for the first time to Catholic education. Since then, he has worked in Catholic schools, believing their mission to be an essential service that continues to bless our society.
Jesse is married to his wife Maria. This past February, they were blessed with a daughter named Viviana who was born just a day shy of their anniversary. In his spare time, Jesse enjoys spending time with family, good books, movies, hiking, sports, art and going to Adoration. He is excited to be joining the team at St. John! Over the next few weeks, he will be attending the new principal orientation for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, finishing his time at St. Teresa and getting to know our St. John family.
Please help me welcome Mr. Jesse Read, Maria and little Viviana to our parish family as we embark on our new 21-22 school year.
Fr. Mark Bialek