Sanguinetti appointed as incoming principal at St. Thomas
HAMMOND---The Diocese of Baton Rouge has appointed Charles “Pat” Sanguinetti as the incoming principal at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School in Hammond.
Sanguinetti will begin his tenure as principal starting July 1. He replaces longtime principal Jose Becerra who resigned from the post last summer.
According to a statement from the Baton Rouge Catholic Schools Office, the incoming principal is a 15-year veteran at Cathedral School in Natchez, Mississippi, where he currently serves as their chief administrator. He received his undergraduate degree in secondary math education from the University of Mississippi and his Masters of Education in Administration from William Carey College. He has 31 years of experience in public and parochial education, where he has served in a variety of roles from classroom teacher to assistant principal, principal, and chief administrator.
“Mr. Sanguinetti is well-credentialed to serve as principal at STA,” writes Dr. Melanie Verges, Superintendent of the local Catholic school system. “We are very happy to welcome Mr. Pat Sanguinetti to the STA Family!”
Verges said plans are being made to introduce the new principal to the community. She also offered thanks to interim principal Ashley Chitwood for her service during this transition year.
“Mrs. Chitwood graciously stepped up to serve as principal at the beginning of the school year when the portion was left vacant unexpectedly. Her flexibility and calm demeanor has helped the school year be a successful one,” Verges wrote, offering praise to the STA faculty, staff, and students, as well as to the STA Advisory Board, for their assistance during this year.