November 18, 2019
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Former U.S. Navy commander named principal of St. John Catholic School

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Courtesy of Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
Courtesy of Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland

WINSLOW, Maine — St. John Regional Catholic School has announced the hiring of Bonnie McGann as principal, effective Aug. 20.

Since 1999, McGann has performed various roles at schools in Virginia, serving as an elementary school teacher at three schools and as a principal at Sacred Heart Academy, a Catholic school in Winchester, Va.

Prior to her experience as an educator, McGann had a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps commander. She held Top Secret SCI Clearance and investigated national security issues as a member of a presidential-level task force during the Clinton Administration.

McGann holds a Master of Laws degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., a Juris Doctor degree from the California Western School of Law in San Diego, and is an active member of the California State Bar. She earned a Masters of Education degree from Marymount University in Arlington, Va., and graduated magna cum laude from Glassboro State College in Glassboro, N.J.

Since 2010, she has volunteered for Women Giving Back, a clothing program that assists displaced women and children, and served as a religion teacher for the St. Theresa Church religious education program in Ashburn, Va. She also has been a member of Our Lady’s Missionaries of the Eucharist, a public lay association of Christ’s Faithful, since 1997.

For more information, contact Dave Guthro, communications director for the Diocese of Portland, at 321-7810 or