Paolo Zancanaro To Step Down From Principal’s Position This Summer

posted May 10, 2012, 11:39 AM by Mount St. Joseph   [ updated Sep 11, 2012, 11:30 AM by ]
After Six Years at the Helm of MSJ, Paolo Zancanaro To Step Down From Principal’s Position This Summer
Zancanaro credited with many achievements during his tenure
RUTLAND-- Paolo Zancanaro has announced his intention to step down from the position of principal at Rutland’s Mount Saint Joseph Academy at the end of June. Zancanaro was appointed as principal of MSJ in July 2006. Prior to that time, he had taught at MSJ for seven years, and also served as the chair of the MSJ religion department.
"Mount Saint Joseph Academy is a vibrant community of caring and committed people.  I am extremely thankful to have had the opportunity to have served as principal for six years," said Zancanaro.  He explained, "[a]fter six years as principal it's time for me to return to teaching. It was my first love, and as each year has gone by I have missed being in the classroom more and more. I have accomplished many of the things that I set out to do, and now is the time to turn the reins over to a new principal who can bring new energy to MSJ."
“Principal Zancanaro has demonstrated unwavering dedication to MSJ,” said Rutland Catholic Schools Board Vice Chair Mary Lou Tedesco Harvey.   “He has brought us a renewed sense of faith and community, improved and expanded our academic program, and has put into place initiatives that will allow MSJ to thrive well into the future.”
During Zancanaro’s tenure, the calling card of MSJ has been personalized attention for students and an expectation that every MSJ graduate will go on to college.  In fact, 100 percent of MSJ seniors for three consecutive years have been college-bound and the MSJ class of 2011 received over $548,000 in college scholarships and awards.  Principal Zancanaro has also overseen hundreds of thousands of dollars of science, technology, and music upgrades, as well as the initiation of a corporate internship program that allows students to gain invaluable experience interning for local businesses.
Zancanaro’s many contributions to the MSJ community will be recognized at the annual Honor the Past Dinner for Scholarships that will be held on July 31, 2012.  In the meantime, MSJ will start the process of finding its next principal who will continue the school's 130 year tradition of excellence in the Rutland community, Mrs. Harvey said.
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.