Lisa Fasano was ecstatic from the moment Archbishop Williams High School announced it was opening a 7th and 8th grade program. A career Catholic educator and middle school specialist, Fasano recognized the school’s latest venture as a wonderful opportunity for both students and educators.
After its search committee considered dozens of applicants and interviewed several qualified candidates, AWHS tabbed Fasano as Director of its new 7th and 8th Grade Program.
“The excitement came before I even applied for the position,” said Fasano, who is currently the Principal at St. Mary of the Hills School in Milton. “The new program is something that intrigued me. It’s a new challenge.”
Fasano attended Colby- Sawyer College and earned her B.S. in Child Study and a teaching certificate in early childhood education. Upon graduation she started at St. Mary’s as a sixth and seventh grade English, Social Studies and Literature teacher. After two years of teaching, Fasano earned her M.Ed. from Bridgewater State and moved into administration, initially serving as an academic advisor. She later received the CAGS in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College.
She credits former St. Mary’s principal Sharon Sinnot for influencing her shift into administration.
“She saw in me leadership qualities and skills in curriculum and guided me to pursue it,” said Fasano.
After years of demonstrating vision, leadership and initiative, Fasano was appointed principal. Her accomplishments as principal include developing school-wide curricula to meet NEASC requirements, managing individual student support systems and implementing and securing funding for technology advances within her school.
“We are thrilled to have Lisa Fasano join our school’s leadership team,” said AWHS President Dennis M. Duggan, Jr., Esq. “When we received the go-ahead to open this exciting new program we realized that finding the right person to lead the effort would be critical to our success. In Lisa we have a career catholic educator and administrator with specific expertise in this important age group.”
Duggan, who is a St. Mary’s parishioner and father of four St. Mary’s graduates, has seen the tremendous job Fasano has done as a faculty member and principal.
“I have observed first-hand the respect other area middle and grammar school principals have for Lisa and her accomplishments,” commented Duggan. “She has expertise in curriculum, scheduling, and incorporating technology in support of education.”
Fasano is a member of the National Middle School Association, New England League of Middle Schools, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and National Catholic Educational Association.
She is thrilled to put her middle school knowledge and expertise to use at AWHS.
“Seventh and 8th grade students are unique. They’re different from other grade levels,” Fasano said. “They’re going through the difficult and challenging transition from pre-teen to teenagers. There’s so much more to guiding them. There’s a lot more than academics involved; a social component also draws me to them.”
Within her first weeks, Fasano plans to propose a strategic plan that focuses on the academic, social and spiritual aspects of the Program, as well as fitting curriculum, technology, communications and faculty development into a Grade 7 through 12 vision.
“I’m going to set a strategic plan and ask, ‘What do we want this program to look like and how do we get there,’” said Fasano. “This new program is Archbishop Williams moving forward.”
Duggan added, “Lisa has the respect and admiration of her faculty, students and their parents. The entire AWHS family, and our new 7th and 8th Grade students will benefit greatly from Lisa’s leadership and vision.”