Montgomery Catholic Announces Karen Lathram as Next Principal of Holy Spirit Campus

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School is pleased to announce that Karen Lathram will serve as the next Principal of our Holy Spirit Elementary Campus beginning with the 2024-2025 academic year. Karen is a familiar face to Montgomery Catholic. She has been a 2nd grade teacher at our Holy Spirit Campus for the last 7 years, where she has provided Faith Formation to her students each year as they prepare to receive the Sacraments of First Communion and Reconciliation. She is a loving wife to her husband Othni and together they have two children, Christopher and Anna, who are a Montgomery Catholic graduate and a current student, respectively. 

On Karen’s hiring, school President Justin Castanza shared, “Our community will be so blessed by Karen in the role of principal. I am so grateful to Nancy Foley for years of dedication and service to Montgomery Catholic and a beautiful career of more than four decades. As we say goodbye to Nancy at the end of the school year, I am pleased to know we will continue to be in capable hands and welcome Karen Lathram to the team. Faith is at the forefront of our mission, and Karen is ready to carry that standard.”  

Bringing 17 years of classroom experience to the role of Principal, Lathram had the following to say about her new position. “I am humbled and excited about moving forward as the next Principal of the Holy Spirit Elementary Campus. I have been a lifelong beneficiary and supporter of Catholic education as a student, a parent, and a teacher. I am a firm believer in the mission of educating our children’s souls, minds, and bodies. As Montgomery Catholic celebrates its first 150 years, I look forward to serving in this role and helping to build the foundation for the next 150 years.” 

Lathram will join the administrative staff with School President Justin Castanza, Middle and High School Principal, Eileen Aaron, and St. Bede Elementary Principal, Laurie Gulley.

Founded in 1873, Montgomery Catholic is the oldest continuously operating K-12 school in the state of Alabama. Montgomery Catholic serves students in K3 – 12th grade and consists of four campuses: Holy Spirit Elementary Campus (K3-6), St. Bede Elementary Campus (K3-6), Middle School Campus (7-8), and High School Campus (9-12).

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