Katherine Spillman

Principal, Mount St. Mary Academy
Katherine Spillman

Katie Spillman recently moved back to Western NY with her young family after spending the last eighteen years in Boston, MA.

She was named principal of Mount St. Mary Academy in June, 2018. Prior to that, she served for ten years as director of staff formation at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA.

At Xaverian, an all-boys 7-12 school, Spillman planned experiences for the faculty and staff that fueled the school’s mission and fostered a greater sense of spiritual kinship. She served as a resource for faculty and staff members who sought support, counseling, and mentorship.

Before her position at Xaverian, Spillman worked in college campus ministry, serving as the Campus Minister for Ignatian Formation at Boston College, and prior to that, as a Campus Minister at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell. Her role as Director of Campus Ministry at Trinity Catholic High School in Newton, MA provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with students.

Spillman earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theology and History in 1998 and a Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame in 2001. She also holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College.

Spillman’s volunteer work includes serving as a member of the Executive Board of Directors of Sacred Threads Center, Newton MA, a non-profit centered on women's spirituality; co-chair of the Green Initiative at Blessed Sacrament School, Walpole, MA, and a contextual education supervisor at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Chestnut Hill, MA, 2007-present.

Spillman and her husband, Jim, are natives of Western New York, having grown up in Rochester and Tonawanda, respectively. They have three children. Jim was named principal of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Tonawanda.

Mount St. Mary Academy, with 335 students in grades nine-12, has a 10:1 student to teacher ratio, a robust and award-winning Fine Arts program and 22 different athletic teams. The school, which consistently ranks among the very top of the 135 public and private high schools in Western New York, recently announced it would be initiating a new academic vision, which will phase out New York State Regents exams as final assessment tools, introduce academic and programmatic changes aimed at focusing on rigorous, real-world assessments, and offer students more opportunities for collaborative learning.

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