Oakland Catholic High School

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Leadership

Administration

Mrs. Mary Claire Kasunic, President

As President of Oakland Catholic High School, Mary Claire Kasunic brings an impressive array of credentials and a long history with our school.  Born and raised in Philadelphia, she graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy in 1980.  From there, she pursued higher education at the University of Pittsburgh where she received her Bachelor of Arts in French with a concentration in translation and Spanish, and then, her Master degree in Education.  Active in Sacred Heart parish in Shadyside, Mary Claire has also served as a volunteer, working for numerous activities and organizations over the years.

In 1992, Mary Claire joined the staff at Oakland Catholic High School as a French teacher.  Since then, she has dedicated herself to advancing Catholic education in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, with special regard for the particular ministry of Catholic education for young women.  Over the years, Mary Claire has provided insight and innovation from her various perspectives as a member of the faculty, a parent, a graduate of all female Catholic education, and a visionary for the mission of Oakland Catholic High School.  She has served the school as the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages, the Director of the Joan of Arc Society of Scholars, the Director of Admissions, Interim Principal, and moderator of many extracurricular activities.  Instrumental in developing Mission Forward, a 1:1 laptop initiative that will enhance the curriculum and transform education at Oakland Catholic High School, she is energized by the strength of the school's academic program, engaged with the school community, and excited to collaborate with all constituents in establishing a vision for the next twenty-five years.

Mary Claire and her husband, Jon Kasunic, currently reside in the city.  They have raised four children and are proud grandparents of four, with a fifth on the way.  Mary Claire looks forward to continuing her efforts to promote Catholic education for young women via her work at Oakland Catholic High School.


Principal

Oakland Catholic High School is seeking a dynamic, energetic Catholic leader as its Principal who will facilitate learning, growth, and collaboration inside and outside the classroom, beginning immediately. The candidate should hold administrative certification, a minimum of a Master's degree in an education-related discipline, and demonstrate a successful background in teaching and/or leadership experience in a school setting. Experience as a principal is preferred. The candidate must understand, embrace, and be able to articulate the Catholic mission and vision of college preparatory education in an all female setting. The possession of technological competence is essential given the school's 1:1 laptop initiative. A full description of the position can be found here. Please send all materials as noted in the job description to: principalsearch@oaklandcatholic.org by August 1, 2014.



Mrs. Sharyn Zalno, Assistant Principal

Sharyn Zalno has been the Assistant Principal of Oakland Catholic School in August 2004.

Mrs. Zalno is a high school graduate of St. Xavier Academy, Latrobe and earned a Bachelor's
Degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Mercyhurst College. She attended Penn
State University and earned a Master's Degree in Educational Administration and Principal's
certification from Duquesne University.

Mrs. Zalno and her husband reside in Harrison City, where they are members of St. Barbara's
Parish. They are the parents of two children, Michael (Heather) and Michele.

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  • Oakland Catholic High School is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school for young women of diverse backgrounds.
  • Oakland Catholic High School is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school for young women of diverse backgrounds.
  • Oakland Catholic High School is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school for young women of diverse backgrounds.
  • Oakland Catholic High School is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school for young women of diverse backgrounds.
  • Oakland Catholic High School is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school for young women of diverse backgrounds.
  • Oakland Catholic High School is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school for young women of diverse backgrounds.
  • Oakland Catholic High School is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school for young women of diverse backgrounds.
  • Oakland Catholic High School is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school for young women of diverse backgrounds.
  • Oakland Catholic High School is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school for young women of diverse backgrounds.
  • Oakland Catholic High School is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school for young women of diverse backgrounds.