Press Release: St. Mary’s School Hires New Principal
UKIAH, CA – As it starts a new academic year, St. Mary of the Angels Catholic School is pleased to welcome Andrew Soria as its new principal. He comes to St. Mary’s after serving as the Associate Head of School for Academics at Pacifica Christian High School in Santa Monica, a top-ten ranked Christian school in the state. Prior to that, Soria held teaching positions at the elementary, high school, college, and adult levels.
“I am honored to join the St. Mary’s community,” says Soria. “I hope to honor the long-standing traditions of the school while also implementing some strategic initiatives to develop teachers and capitalize on the unique liberal arts angle of a St. Mary’s education to prepare students for the academic challenges of high school, college, and beyond. I’m especially thankful for the dedicated and missional faculty here who worked so hard over the last few years to keep our students engaged and learning. I really look forward to working together with them.”
Some of Soria’s goals include increasing enrollment through securing funding for a transitional kindergarten class and establishing a scholarship fund to expand access to financial aid. He is also committed to cultivating a school environment that both nurtures and challenges students to excel in academic excellence, critical thinking, and humble service.
Originally a native of rural Northern California, Soria is excited to settle into Ukiah with his young family. Soria holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in English and Spanish from Azusa Pacific University, with additional credits from the University of Virginia and Christ Church, University of Oxford.
If you are interested in learning more about Soria or St. Mary of the Angels Catholic School, please call 707-462-3888 or visit www.stmarysukiah.org.
About St. Mary of Angels Catholic School
St. Mary of the Angels Catholic School has been the sole center of Catholic education in Mendocino County since 1953. We are committed to creating a school environment that both nurtures and challenges our students to become the purpose-driven servant leaders they are meant to be. Serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade, St. Mary of the Angels Catholic School is accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. For more information, please visit www.stmarysukiah.org.