SOUTH PORTLAND – The Diocese of Portland is pleased to announce that Timothy Stebbins has been appointed Principal of Holy Cross School in South Portland (K-8), effective July 1. Stebbins succeeds Cindy Elwood, who will retire.
Stebbins has nearly 40 years of administrative and teaching experience at schools in Biddeford, Standish and Westbrook. He is currently assistant director at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology.
“What attracted me to this opportunity was the fact that it is a Catholic school,” Stebbins said. “My wife, Karen, and I are products of a Catholic school upbringing, along with our two sons. We value and appreciate so much the foundations he gave us. I want to give back to another generation of students.
“Tim has a strong background in school administration that focuses on student success, while supporting teachers and the wider community,” the father said. Jack Dickinson, pastor of St. John Paul II Parish, of which Holy Cross School is a part. “His leadership will help spread the light of Jesus Christ through Catholic education at Holy Cross School. I am happy to welcome him as the new director.
“Tim has the expertise, knowledge and passion to work with our families and teachers in promoting and enhancing the academic and spiritual benefits of Holy Cross,” said Marianne Pelletier, Superintendent of Catholic Schools in Maine. “He is inspired by how the school is centered in faith, community and service, and I know he will help lead the school to new heights of excellence inside and out. outside the classroom.
Prior to his tenure at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology, Stebbins served as Vice-Principal at Westbrook High School (2012-14), Vice-Principal at Bonny Eagle High School in Standish (2009-12), and Social Studies Teacher at Biddeford High School ( 1986 to 2009). In addition, he participated in the University of New England Internship Evaluation Committee, ensuring that student interns met the initial standards of a beginning teacher.
Outside of school, Stebbins is currently a member of the Biddeford Town Recreation Board. He has coaching experience at college level in football, basketball and tennis, was a board member of the Biddeford Youth Football Association and St. James’s School in Biddeford, and was YMCA Athletic Director for North York County. Additionally, he served as an usher for Good Shepherd Parish.
“I’m excited to get started and to meet the wonderful people that make up the Holy Cross community,” Stebbins said. “I look forward to meeting everyone this spring and working collaboratively to continue moving Holy Cross forward in a positive direction. I love the character and history of the school, and am humbled and honored to to be part of this community and to see what we can do for all of our students.”