MSJ Announces Appointment of Sandra Wilkes As New Principal

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Sandra Wilkes

National Search Results in Appointment of Principal from the Cleveland Area


RUTLAND, VT – Mount Saint Joseph Academy of Rutland, Vermont is proud to name Sandra Wilkes as its new Principal.  Mrs. Wilkes’ brings a wealth of experience to the position, including having served as the Assistant Principal of a large suburban Catholic elementary school and as Service Coordinator for 850 students at Lake Catholic High School in Mentor, Ohio. 

“Mrs. Wilkes is an accomplished administrator and teacher who understands MSJ’s commitment to excellence in academics, extra-curriculars, and service to the community.  We are thrilled that she is making the move from Ohio to lead MSJ,” said Andrew Costello, who serves as Secretary of the Rutland Catholic Schools Board and was a member of the committee that conducted a nationwide search for MSJ’s principal.  Ms. Mona E. Faulkner, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Burlington, said "I am eager to welcome Mrs. Wilkes to the Diocese of Burlington as one of our gifted principals. I am confident that she is the right person to lead and strengthen MSJ's Catholic identity and academic excellence.”

As a Theology teacher at Lake Catholic, Mrs. Wilkes taught freshman and sophomore religion courses. Her teaching background also includes teaching middle school Language Arts and Reading in suburban and inner-city Cleveland Catholic Schools.  Her educational credentials include two Master’s Degrees from Ursuline College, Cleveland, Ohio: one in Educational Administration and Leadership and another in Elementary Education. Her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature is from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  Her resume also includes post-graduate work in Theology, Educational Technology and Ophthalmic Technology at Georgetown University, University of Dayton, and Lake Erie College.  Her educational specialties include best practices in curriculum and instruction, research-based practices in teacher quality and training. She also serves as an officer of the Ursuline College Alumnae Board as well as Lake Catholic High School’s Strategic Planning Committee.

Mrs. Wilkes and her husband of 25 years, Jim, are the proud parents of a daughter, Caroline, an oncology nurse. Mr. and Mrs. Wilkes enjoy family and friends, theater, gourmet cooking, orchestra concerts, and Ohio State Football.  They have family members located in New York state within driving distance from Rutland.  Members of the community will have the opportunity to meet Mrs. Wilkes at an MSJ Summer Open House/Cookout that will take place at Saint Peter's Field on Tuesday, August 14th, beginning at 6 p.m.

Mount Saint Joseph Academy is a college preparatory Catholic high school located at 127 Convent Ave., Rutland, Vermont, specializing in educating the mind and spirit for more than a century. MSJ's tradition of academic excellence in the Rutland region dates back to its founding by the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1882. For more information, visit or call (802) 775-0151.