GREENSBURG — Theresa Szmed, a Delmont resident who has been a Catholic school teacher and administrator for nearly 30 years, has been appointed the new principal of Mother of Sorrows School, Murrysville.
Dr. Maureen Marsteller, superintendent of Catholic schools, introduced Szmed to the faculty and staff of Mother of Sorrows School July 21.
Her appointment at MOSS is effective Aug. 1.
Szmed is a strong advocate of the STREAM school model (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics). One of her first goals at MOSS will be to continue to work toward the implementation of Project Lead the Way, a problem-based approach to instruction, while ensuring the academic excellence of all curricular areas, Dr. Marsteller said in her letter to the MOSS community.
Szmed has served as principal of St. John the Baptist School in Plum for the past three years and was a middle school science teacher and program director at the school for 16 years prior to being named principal. She also taught middle school science at St. Raphael School, Pittsburgh, and middle school English at St. Joseph School, Verona.
She has a master's degree in education and K-12 education administration certification from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. She earned her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh after graduating from the former Divine Providence Academy in Pittsburgh.
Szmed and her husband of 31 years, John, are parishioners of St. John Baptist de La Salle Parish, Delmont. They have two adult children: Elizabeth Schmidt and John II.
Szmed succeeds Joseph Rice, who was recently named principal of Aquinas Academy, Greensburg. (Jerry Zufelt - The Catholic Accent)