The London District Catholic School Board (LDCSB) is pleased to announce the appointments of Stephanie Circelli, Dan Peters and Mark Santandrea as Superintendents of Education, effective August 1, 2021 and pending approval by the Ministry of Education.
The appointment of the new superintendents follows the appointment of current superintendent Vince Romeo as Director of Education and the retirement of superintendent Kathy Furlong. With the new appointments, the number of Superintendents of Education in the LDCSB increases to five. The LDCSB educates more than 22,000 students in 43 elementary and 9 secondary schools in Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin counties, including the cities of London, St. Thomas, Strathroy and Woodstock. Continuing Education for adult learners is also available.
Stephanie Circelli: Currently the principal at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School (London), Stephanie received her Ontario teaching certificate in 1999, following the completion of a Bachelor of Science degree from UWO in 1997 and a Bachelor of Education degree from Nipissing University in 1999. She also received a Master of Education degree from Charles Sturt University in 2016.
Stephanie started teaching with the LDCSB in 1999 at St. Thomas Aquinas, followed by Mother Teresa (London) and Holy Cross (Strathroy) Catholic Secondary Schools. In 2009 she was appointed as vice principal at St. Mary’s Catholic High School (Woodstock) and then served as vice principal at Catholic Central (London) and John Paul II (London) before being appointed acting principal at St. Mary’s (Woodstock) in 2016 and then then as principal a year later. She was appointed principal at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School in 2019.
Some of the initiatives and projects Stephanie has been involved with are the Secondary Principals Advisory Committee Chair, Catholic Principals Council of Ontario (CPCO) Executive Member and Committee Chair and Special Education Advisory Committee.
Daniel (Dan) Peters: Dan is currently the principal at St. Michael Catholic Secondary School (Stratford) as well as principal of a Section 23 Day Treatment program (an education and community partnership program).
He received his Ontario teaching certificate in 2004, following the completion of an Honours Bachelor of Physical Education degree in 1999, a Master of Education degree in 2001 and a Bachelor of Education degree in 2004, all from Brock University.
Dan was an elementary teacher with Ridley College (St. Catharines) in 1999 before he joined the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board in 2004 as a secondary teacher at St. Michael Catholic Secondary School (Stratford). In 2009 he was appointed as vice principal at St. Michael’s and then in 2012 was appointed as principal. In addition, since 2018 he has been the principal of the Section 23 Day Treatment program.
Some of the initiatives and projects Dan has been involved with are WOSSA Board of Directors, CPCO Executive Member and Board Leadership Development Team.
Mark Santandrea: Mark is currently the principal of the Education and Community Partnership Program at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School (in partnership with CPRI) as well as principal of St. Angela Merici Catholic Virtual Elementary School.
He received his Ontario teaching certificate in 1996, following the completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993 and a Bachelor of Education degree in 1996, both from UWO. He also received a Master of Education degree from UWO in 1998.
Mark started teaching with the LDCSB in 1996 at St. Paul and then at St. Marguerite Catholic Elementary Schools (London) before being appointed vice principal at St. Marguerite d’Youville.
From 2002-2016 he served as elementary school principal first at Our Lady Immaculate (Strathroy), then St. Francis (London) followed by St. Mark Catholic (London). From 2016-2018, he served as a Student Achievement Officer on secondment to the Ontario Ministry of Education. He was then appointed principal of the Education and Community Partnership Program at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School (in partnership with CPRI).
Some of the initiatives and projects Mark has been involved with are Principal Qualification Program Instructor, 21st Century Learning Committee Chair, and bargaining team member during contract negotiations.