Molly Carlin begins her service as principal of in Roswell having just recently received the Michael Pressley Awards for Excellence in Catholic Education during a commencement ceremony at the University of Notre Dame.
Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) and its ACE Advocates for Catholic Schools presented their annual awards for “significant contributions to the ministry of Catholic education.” Every year, the awards go to two graduates of the ACE teacher formation program - the nation’s largest program forming the next generation of educators for Catholic elementary and secondary schools.
Carlin taught in a Pensacola, Fla., Catholic school while she was in ACE’s “Service through Teaching” program, from which she received a Master of Education degree in 2002. She later received a master’s degree in educational administration from ACE’s formation program for principals, the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program. More recently, she was assistant principal at Queen of Angels before her promotion to principal.
“I can confidently say that my Catholic education - from pre-school to high school - has made me the person I am today. It is an honor to be able to pass the gift of Catholic education on to so many students as I believe they are the future of our Church,” said Carlin.
The Pressley Awards are named after the inaugural director of ACE’s Master of Education degree program. A total of 81 “Service through Teaching” graduates and 23 graduates from the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program received their degrees at the ACE Commencement ceremonies held Saturday, July 14 at Notre Dame. ACE holds its classes during the summer on the campus in South Bend, IN, and combines online coursework with classroom teaching—at assigned Catholic schools around the country—during the regular school year.
Carlin was hailed by ACE as especially enthusiastic educators whose passion for serving children in Catholic schools inspires her colleagues as well as students.
Kyle Pietrantonio, who is beginning his service as associate head of school at Holy Spirit Preparatory School in Atlanta, was also honored during the ceremony.