NORTH ATTLEBORO —  After an extensive search process, Father Rodney Thibault, pastor of Transfiguration of the Lord Parish and director of St. Mary-Sacred Heart School, is pleased to announce that Lisa Serak (in photo) has been appointed principal of St. Mary-Sacred Heart School.  Serak is a lifelong Catholic educator who has previously taught at Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro, and St. Mary Academy-Bay View, East Providence, R.I., and for the past 15 years has been the middle school English-Language Arts teacher at St. Mary Sacred-Heart School.

Her appointment is effective immediately.

In addition, Serak is a product of Catholic education from elementary school through her undergraduate program at Salve Regina University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education/History.  She holds two master’s degrees, in Secondary Education/History and Educational Leadership from Rhode Island College and Bridgewater State University, respectively.

Serak has been nominated for multiple national teacher awards, such as the Disney American Teacher Award and the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award.  In 1992, she received the Bishop Feehan Distinguished Alumni Award.

Fall River Diocesan Superintendent of Schools Daniel S. Roy noted, “The success of our Catholic schools depends on the commitment of our educators and leaders. Lisa’s story in Catholic education is compelling, and her vocation to leading St. Mary-Sacred Heart School positions the school very well for the future.”

Father Thibault said, “It is such a pleasure to announce Lisa’s appointment to this very important role as her extensive educational leadership and experience will guide St. Mary-Sacred Heart School well into the future.”

In response to her appointment, Serak shared, “It is an exciting time to be in Catholic education leadership as the landscape for schools has changed dramatically in the past two years. While there are many choices of schools, only Catholic schools educate the whole person – spiritually, academically, and socially – with Jesus as our model.  I am humbled to lead this gem of a school and look forward to my new role in this vibrant community of faith and learning.”

Serak is married and she and her husband, Ron, have three daughters, Livia, Emme and Brooke.  The Serak family are members of the Transfiguration of the Lord Parish.

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The Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
The Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.
The Bishop of Fall River