We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Doreen Engel as Mercy's new principal.
Mrs. Engel has worked in Catholic schools for more than 30 years. During that time, she has held several positions, including that of Assistant Superintendent in the Diocese of Arlington, and Director of Special Education in the Archdiocese of Washington. She’s taught students in every grade from Pre-K to graduate school, as well as diverse courses ranging from AP Psychology to elementary school music. She has also served as principal for three different Catholic schools, most recently at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy in Rhode Island. There she and her team were awarded a grant from the Raskob foundation to implement distance learning for highly gifted students via the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented and Gifted Students. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at The Andrew M. Greeley Center at Loyola University Chicago, and has recently worked with The Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College, The PACT Program at Providence College, and the Education Department at the University of Notre Dame.
Mrs. Engel has experience speaking on a national level, having most recently offered a live webinar during the pandemic for the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) that had 3,000 enrolled participants. Mrs. Engel holds a bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Anna Maria College and a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Special Education from The Catholic University of America. Her book, Be Open! was published in spring 2019. Mrs. Engel was awarded the Catherine T. McNamee, CSJ by NCEA in April of 2020. In her precious spare time, she is a serious student of Spanish and enjoys playing the violin. She is an active participant at her parish, Holy Spirit in Central Falls, Rhode Island and she is an associate of the Sisters of Mercy. She will be relocating to Maryland shortly and plans to live in Silver Spring.