Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School has named Nancy Foley principal at the Holy Spirit Elementary Campus and Justin Castanza as principal for grades 7-12.
Foley has served as a fourth-grade teacher at the Holy Spirit campus since it opened in 2012, and has 33 years of teaching experience in Catholic, public and magnet schools. After being named, Foley said, “I am very honored to accept the position of Principal of the Montgomery Catholic Holy Spirit Campus. The word for this school is, ‘Dedicated’. The faculty and families are dedicated to helping our students grow academically and spiritually. In turn, I am dedicated to the teachers, students, and families.”
Foley received a degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Alabama and holds a masters degree in Elementary Education from Troy University – Montgomery.
In naming Foley, Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School president Anne Ceasar said, “I am thrilled that Nancy will take on this leadership position at our Holy Spirit campus. As one of the original faculty members that helped open the campus, she brings with her many years of experience and countless hours in the classroom that will serve our school well.”
Foley will lead the Holy Spirit campus following the four person interim leadership team of school president Anne Ceasar, St. Bede campus principal Laurie Gulley, Middle School campus assistant principal Julie Wood and Holy Spirit school counselor Mary Kelley.
Foley is married to Mark and they are members of Holy Spirit Parish. Foley will assume her new duties July 1, 2017.
Justin Castanza has been named principal at Montgomery Catholic’s Middle/High School campus, a position he is familiar with after serving as interim principal for the 2016-2017 school year. “I am pleased to announce that we are changing Mr. Castanza’s title from interim to Principal. He has done an amazing job this year with our students, faculty and parents, providing many novel and rich experiences for all.” said Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School president Anne Ceasar.
A 2001 graduate of Montgomery Catholic, he received his undergraduate degree in Secondary Education and his Counselor Education masters degree in Student Affairs from Mississippi State. Castanza acted as the Associate Executive Director of the YMCA’s Camp Chandler for five years, he was a teacher and Dean of Students at Montgomery Catholic’s High School campus before acting as interim principal this academic year.
On being named principal, Mr. Castanza said, “ I continue to be humbled by the support and confidence of our entire school community over the past year. I am excited to lead our school into the future, advance the mission, and help our students deepen their Faith and prepare for college. My family and I are blessed to be a part of this community.”
Ceasar said, ” I am certain that we will continue to see his enthusiasm and leadership grow in this position.”
Castanza is married to Meghan; they have two children, Vincent and Natalie. They are active members of St. Bede the Venerable Parish in Montgomery.