Holy Cross School in South Portland names new principal

Community Author: Dave Guthro, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
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Dave Guthro | Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
Dave Guthro | Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland

SOUTH PORTLAND—Holy Cross School (Pre-K through Grade 8) is pleased to announce the hiring of Cynthia Elwood as its new principal, effective immediately. Elwood succeeds Christine L’Abbé who left her position as principal in July.

Elwood, who served as a middle school math teacher at Holy Cross during the 2018-19 academic year, has extensive experience as a principal and teacher. Prior to her arrival at Holy Cross, she served as principal of St. Pius X Catholic School in Dallas, Texas, for five years.

“I am humbled to be offered this opportunity to work with the wonderful staff and young people that comprise the Holy Cross community,” said Elwood. “The school, already such an important part of South Portland, has the potential to grow even further. I look forward to joining with our parents, students, and faculty in helping the school to new heights of success.”

“Principal leadership is critically important at any school. Cindy is well respected in the education field and has brought energy and a collaborative nature to Holy Cross,” said Marianne Pelletier, superintendent of Maine Catholic Schools. “She understands and fully supports Holy Cross’ commitment to forming students with strong Catholic, moral, and leadership attributes. I know her background and experience will only help the school in carrying out that mission.”

In addition to her time at Holy Cross and St. Pius X Catholic School, Elwood has served as a principal and assistant principal in the school district of Arlington, Texas; as a math adjunct instructor at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas; and as a math teacher at schools in Texas and Alabama.

Elwood earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Dallas and a master’s degree in mathematics curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

For over 80 years, Holy Cross School has brought young people closer to Christ, encouraging children to strive to reach their academic potential while developing an understanding of the importance of faith and service. For more information about the school or to schedule a tour, visit holycrossmaine.org.


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