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Holy Child in Rye Names New Middle School Head

RYE, N.Y. -- Colleen Pettus, a Pleasantville resident and current principal of Saints John and Paul School in Larchmont, will become the new middle school head at  School of the Holy Child in Rye starting in July, the school announced Tuesday.

Pettus was described as having "deep roots" in education and has been an active educator since recieving a graduate degree from Columbia University in 1994. According to a news release by Holy Child, Pettus possessed the best combination of extensive experience and appreciation of school mission among the candidates vying for the position.

"We are extremely happy to welcome Mrs. Pettus to School of the Holy Child," Head of School Ann F. Sullivan said. "She brings with her a combination of knowledge, experience and a passionate commitment to students."

Pettus, whose husband is the dean of students at Fordham Prep, has previously taught at the New York City Lab School and at Columbia University's Teachers College.

"This is an exciting opportunity to work with a terrific group of students, faculty and parents, as well as a community that cares deeply about the school," Pettus said. "The ability to empathize and connect with all of the different members of a school community has been a very important part of my experience as an educational leader."

Pettus added that her experience at Saints John and Paul and her role as a mother of four is something that will help her assume the identity of "lead teacher" for Holy Child's middle school.

"My current position as principal, identity as a 'lead teacher' and role as a parent helps me identify with and meet the needs of all of the groups I will be responsible for caring for at Holy Child," Pettus said. "I greatly look forward to working closely with the students, administration and staff, and supporting them in their endeavors."

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