St. Dom's Appoints Lewiston Campus Principal

New Grade School Leadership

Saint Dominic Academy Names New Principal of Lewiston Campus

 

LEWISTON---Donald Fournier, president of Saint Dominic Academy, is pleased to announce that Marianne Pelletier (pictured below), currently the director of enrollment at the academy, has been named the new principal of the Lewiston campus (Pre-K through Grade 6), effective July 1. Pelletier replaces Donald Bilodeau, who announced his retirement as a full-time administrator in February.
 
“Marianne has served as an educator and school administrator in locations throughout the country,” said Fournier. “In her short time here, she has clearly shown that she has the expertise, knowledge, and passion to work with our families and teachers and bring our strategic plan to fruition as the leader of the Lewiston campus.”
 
A native of Boise, Idaho, Pelletier attended Catholic grammar and middle schools before graduating from Bishop Kelly High School. She went on to earn two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Idaho and two master’s degrees (special education, school administration) from West Virginia University. In addition, she received a fellowship to complete graduate work at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, resulting in an educational specialist degree.
 
Pelletier learned the importance of faith and respecting diversity at a young age. Both of her parents were blind. Helping those most in need inspired her to pursue a career in education. She served as a special education teacher and a teacher for the blind in rural West Virginia before moving to Connecticut to become the director of a residential treatment center for emotionally-disturbed children. She later served as a public school principal in both Connecticut and Idaho.
 
Upon her husband’s passing, Pelletier and her son moved back to Boise where she was named principal of St. Mary’s School (K-Grade 8), the school she had attended as a child. While at St. Mary’s, she established a collaborative that included two initiatives: one with the University of Notre Dame that aimed to increase cultural diversity within Catholic schools and another with Boston College that created two-way language immersion programs.
 
In 2014, Pelletier received the Innovation in Catholic Schools Award, presented by Today’s Catholic Teacher. She has also served on the executive board of the National Catholic Schools Association (NCEA). Last year, she moved to Maine and was named the director of enrollment at the academy prior to the 2015-16 academic year. She is a member of Prince of Peace Parish and attends Holy Family Church in Lewiston.
 

Marianne recently moved to Maine. She is married to Bruce Pelletier, owner and manager of Thrifty Car Mart in Lewiston, ME. For the past year, Marianne Pelletier has served as Director of Enrollment at St. Dominic Academy.  In addition, she continues her work with the University of Notre Dame serving as a mentor to Catholic schools throughout the United States.

In addition to the appointment of Pelletier, Saint Dominic Academy also named Shelly Wheeler as the new principal of the school’s Auburn Campus (Grades 7-12) on May 20.
 
Saint Dominic Academy will open for its 75th year on August 23.
 
 
 
 
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Post Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:03 PM