Nashua Catholic principal takes time for students

Friday, November 16, 2012

NASHUA – Nashua Catholic’s new principal, Glenda McFadden OFS, finds time to talk with students on a regular basis to learn what’s on their minds as she did recently with seventh-graders Lauren Cavignano, of Amherst; and Nicole Petry, of Hollis.     

McFadden was named principal over the summer following an extensive search to fill the position left vacant by Thomas Kelleher’s retirement.

McFadden is not new to Nashua Catholic as she has taught mathematics and theology there for the past 14 years. Spending time and talking with students keeps her connected to find out what’s on their mind and how the students are doing on a daily basis.

“Nashua Catholic is a great place where students learn how to develop and apply themselves in order to make an impact on the world around them,” McFadden said. “I personally love to see students begin the process of becoming the unique person they want to be.”

McFadden, a secular Franciscan, has been very active in the diocese as well as her home parish at St. Raphael n Manchester.

She brings a philosophy of servant leadership to her new role, something she has taught during lay ministry formation programs in the diocese. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Ladycliff College, in New York, and two master’s degrees: one in theology from Notre Dame College in Manchester, and another in school administration from Marymount University, in Arlington, Va.

On Thursday, Nov. 1, Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School will host an open house for prospective parents and students, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.

The program begins with a presentation by McFadden, followed by in-depth tours led by students providing families a chance to explore the facilities, learn more about the programs, and chat with faculty and staff.

For more information, contact the admission office at 882-7011, or visit

Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Nashua Catholic offers seventh- and eighth-
graders from southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts a faith-based curriculum.

Three full seasons of Tri-County League athletic participation combined with a commitment to student service activity and extracurricular activities round out each day for boys and girls of all faiths.

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