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Conversations with SHA's New Principal

President Kristin Lynch Graham's Announcement to the Sacred Heart Community:
Click Here for a Video Message from President Kristin L. Graham


February 1, 2023


Dear Sacred Heart Students and Families:   


I am delighted to share that after a comprehensive search process Dr. Teresa Prendergast has been named the 11th Principal of Sacred Heart Academy. One of the country’s top school district leaders, Dr. Prendergast’s appointment reinforces SHA as an outstanding educational institution. I know you will be inspired by her next-level vision and her deep commitment to Sacred Heart’s mission. She is the proud mom of two SHA alumnae (Kaitlin ‘10, Megan‘12), so she is already a member of the SHA family.


Dr. Prendergast’s professional accomplishments are outstanding and are outlined in the press release distributed across news outlets this morning, (SHA Appoints 11th Principal, 2/1/23}. As SHA’s first lay principal, she is committed to advancing the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph. I know that the faculty and full community will join me in supporting this important aspect of her leadership. Our identity as an all-girls Catholic high school will continue to define who we are. Her passion for working with students will instantly connect her to the girls. She’s a role model who “leads with heart” and someone who will undoubtedly inspire the girls to take the lead. 


I want to thank Sister Jean Amore, CSJ for her leadership over the past five years. 

S. Jean has prepared SHA well for its next chapter, and we are so grateful for all she has done. Mark your calendars for the Leadership Awards Dinner on March 24th honoring her. I also want to thank Trustee Maryann Healy Fletcher ‘80, who served as chair of the search committee. The committee’s outstanding efforts served SHA so well. 


I look forward to introducing Dr. Prendergast to you, our valued students and families, in the coming months. She will officially begin her role this summer.


I am looking forward to great things for Sacred Heart with Dr. Prendergast’s leadership. Thank you for your continued support.



Kristin Lynch Graham