She is in charge of providing SHA students with the academic vision and mission of the school in this capacity.
(February 1, 2023, Hampstead, New York) The all-Catholic high school for girls’ college preparation, Sacred Heart Academy (SHA), is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Teresa Prendergast as its eleventh principal. Beginning in August 2023, Prendergast will be a seasoned administrator and instructor.
Currently serving as the principal of Great Neck Public Schools is Dr. Prendergast. She is in charge of 6,800 pupils enrolled in 10 schools, ranging in age from K to 12. She is in charge of curriculum and instruction, professional development, hiring and firing, and recruitment and retention. She also leads a comprehensive social-emotional curriculum program and enhanced mental health services, including a mental health partnership with Northwell Health, to improve student welfare.
“In a field where talent is in short supply and the selection process is demanding, Dr. She was a great choice because of her fierce commitment. She had firsthand knowledge of SHA’s worth as the mother of two of its students, Kaitlin (class of 2010) and Megan (class of 2012). In actuality, she was persuaded to apply for the position by her daughters. I’m excited to collaborate with Dr. Prendergast.
Prendergast has been a teacher since 1987, serving in the capacities of Dean, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Class Teacher. She had previously worked for Garden City Public Schools as the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction. She received a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from St. John’s University, as well as a Professional Diploma in Educational Supervision and Supervision. She also holds a Master of Science in Mathematics Education, Grades 7–12, and Mathematics Educational Science, Grades 7–12, from CUNY Lehman College, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Kindergarten–6th grade, and Mathematics, 7th–9th grade, from St. John’s University. Prendergast remarked, “Supporting young women to become capable leaders and engaged members of their communities and faith resonated with my professional and personal values.” After putting my two daughters through Sacred Heart Academy, I became personally acquainted with the organization. The worth of a degree and the extent to which SHA has influenced their future. It is a privilege to join the school at this critical juncture of development and advancement, and I anticipate spending many fruitful years at SHA.