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St. Brigid Catholic School in Portland Names New Principal

PORTLAND---St. Brigid Catholic School (PK-8th) is pleased to announce the hiring of William Burke as its new principal. Burke, who is currently the assistant principal of academic affairs at Cheverus High School, will begin at St. Brigid on July 13.

“This is a remarkable opportunity that will permit me to become a complete K-12 Catholic educator,” said Burke. “It allows me to further the formation of students in becoming citizens with strong Catholic, moral, ethical, and leadership attributes that will serve them and their communities well throughout their lives.”

Burke, a 1982 graduate of Cheverus, has worked at the school since 1996 as a history instructor (1996-2004), director of college placement (2004-2006), interim principal (2007-2008), and in his current role as the assistant principal of academic affairs (2006-2007, 2008-2015). During his tenure, Burke assisted in the creation of the student academic support program and the enhancement of faculty professional development and mentoring programs. He is also credited with the establishment of a new relationship with the University of Southern Maine that will bring Mandarin Chinese classes to Cheverus starting this fall. 

“Mr. Burke was well respected for his work at Cheverus High School. We are happy to be working with him,” said Jim King, superintendent of Maine Catholic Schools. “He has a calm, collaborative nature and a true understanding of a Catholic school’s mission. Bill knows the St. Brigid family already; he has a history of volunteering his skills and services to benefit the school. The community is fortunate to have found someone with such exciting potential to lead them into the future.”

Burke earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Southern Maine in Portland. He was a history instructor at Lisbon High School (1987-1996) prior to his arrival at Cheverus.

St. Brigid Catholic School offers a holistic education that integrates the truths and traditions of the Catholic faith with life and learning. In partnership with families and grounded in the mission of the Catholic Church, the school is committed to academic excellence that will assist students to realize their unique intellectual, spiritual and physical potential while promoting the ideals of faith, family, social justice and civic responsibility.