ESCA Principal Cheryl Panzo Named Distinguished Catholic School Trustee 2021-22

By press release, Archdioes of Hartford • 06/08/2022 3:55 PM EST

The Archdiocese of Hartford proudly announced the selection of Cheryl Panzo, Principal of East Shoreline Catholic Academy (ESCA) in Branford, as the Administrator of the Archdiocese’s Distinguished Catholic School for the 2021 school year- 22.

“We are very pleased to present this well-deserved honor to Principal Cheryl Panzo,” said Valerie Mara, Superintendent of Catholic Schools. “Principal Panzo’s demonstrated care for her students and staff, as well as her commitment to our mission to inspire educational excellence and lifelong faith formation make her an exemplary choice for this year’s award. We appreciate and thank her for all that she gives of herself to Catholic Education – she is a shining example of leadership in the ESCA community and in our archdiocese.”

Each year, the Center for Catholic Education and Training honors an archdiocesan administrator with the Distinguished Catholic School Administrator Award, which is given to an outstanding administrator who has demonstrated a strong commitment to Catholic education and raised respect among members of his school, his community and the archdiocese.

A distinguished Catholic school administrator with decades of educational experience, Cheryl Panzo served as Principal of East Shoreline Catholic Academy (ESCA) for nearly four years. She previously served as principal of Our Lady of Mercy School in Madison for two years, which then merged with St. Mary’s in Branford to form ESCA.

Prior to becoming principal, she was an instructional media and technology specialist, teacher, and ICT coordinator at St. Vincent de Paul for over eight years. In 2016, Panzo was named Educator of the Year by the East Haven Chamber of Commerce and she was the head of ESCA when the school was named the best private school on the shore by Shore Publishing in 2021.

She holds a Master of Arts from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Albertus Magnus College. Principal Panzo will be honored at the Archdiocese of Hartford’s HOPES Dinner on September 19, 2022.

About the Center for Catholic Education and Training:
The Center works with and for all Catholic schools and parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford, supporting and uniting the schools, parishes and communities around them. We work collaboratively to fulfill our mission to inspire educational excellence and transformative lifelong faith formation to ignite hearts, enlighten minds and transform lives by developing vibrant Christ-centered communities.

The Archdiocese of Hartford is part of a nationwide network of Catholic schools with locations in communities throughout Connecticut. We welcome all people of various races, ethnicities and religions. All elementary, middle and high schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Martha K. Merrill