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Dr. Marco Clark '85 proudly announces Mrs. Dian A. Carter as Principal of Bishop McNamara High School


Mrs. Dian A. Carter Principal of Bishop McNamara High School

Dr. Marco J. Clark '85 CEO/President has announced the selection of Mrs. Dian A. Carter as the Principal of Bishop McNamara High School. Mrs. Carter has been serving as the Interim Principal while the Principal Search Committee has participated in a series of interviews with candidates.

Here is Dr. Clark's announcement:

As we kickoff the start of our Homecoming/Spirit Week, I am writing to share some exciting news with you. As you know, this past Spring Mrs. Dian Carter graciously accepted the position of Interim Principal at Bishop McNamara High School following the departure of Dr. Nigel Traylor. Last week she interviewed for the position of Principal with our Search Committee. I am proud and honored to announce that Mrs. Carter is formally appointed as the Principal of Bishop McNamara High School. 

We are extremely blessed to have Mrs. Carter as our new leader. As the first female principal in our school's 56-year history, Mrs. Carter brings a wealth of experience to the position. She is a veteran educator of 27 years having spent 15-years as an English teacher, human resources specialist, curriculum development specialist, and assistant principal in the Prince George's County and Montgomery County public school systems. As a lifelong Catholic and parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Largo, MD and St. Ambrose Catholic School and Church in Cheverly, MD she was appointed in 2008 as the Principal at St. Ambrose where she served a highly successful nine-year tenure helping to transform the School into one of the largest and most successful Catholic schools in Prince George's County and the Archdiocese of Washington. In 2016 Mrs. Carter came to Bishop McNamara as our Assistant Principal and is now appointed as the School's 10th Principal in our 56-year history.

Mrs. Carter is a well-known and respected educator throughout the Washington Metropolitan area. In addition to her work in education, she is also an active member of her community. Prior to becoming the principal at St. Ambrose, she was an active parent volunteer and president of the Home and School Association. During her tenure at St. Ambrose she was invited on several occasions to serve as a mentor to new and aspiring principals, was a member of the Archdiocese of Washington Board of Education, was on the High School Admissions and Advisory Committee, and was an active leader with the Elementary Schools Principals' Association. She has also been an active member of the National Catholic Educational Association and two years ago was invited by the Holy Cross Institute to serve as a member of their Leadership Planning Advisory Board.

Mrs. Carter holds her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maryland, College Park and has a Master's degree in Education, Supervision and Curriculum, from Bowie State University. She is married to Mr. Kevin Carter and has two children--Bryanna, who graduated from Bishop McNamara in 2016 and Caleb who is a member of the class 2020 at Bishop McNamara.

As I prepare for my final nine months as the President/CEO at Bishop McNamara, I could not be more excited and optimistic about our School's future. Mrs. Carter's energy, zeal for mission, heart for service, commitment to excellence, high expectations, community building skills, and love for the students, faculty and staff at Bishop McNamara make her an ideal choice.

Also help me to thank the members of the Principal Search Committee who participated in a series of interviews with several candidates since initially posting the position last Spring. I am grateful for the time, prayer and careful discernment they provided over the past several months. Committee members include Mrs. MaryBeth Baumgartner, Mr. Reginald Brady, Mrs. Linda Corley, Mr. Craig Glover-Hines, Mrs. Shonda Harmon, Mrs. Laura Irwin, Mr. Paul Jackson, Mr. Marty Keithline, Mrs. Laura Keller, Mrs. Mary Mitchell-Donahue, Mr. Robert Nolte, Ms. April Smith, Dr. Robert Van der Waag and Ms. Katherine Wierenga.

Please help me to congratulate and welcome Mrs. Carter officially to this new appointment. Under her leadership I have full confidence that the best is truly yet to come for Bishop McNamara!

Thank you all for your support.

Dr. Clark in Moreau Chapel

Have a great Homecoming and Spirit Week…And Go Mustangs! 


With warm regards, in Holy Cross,

Dr. Marco J. Clark '85

President/CEO