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Chicago, IL (August 10, 2009)—Sr. M. Paul McCaughey, O.P., Superintendent of Catholic Schools has named Dr. James J. Quaid Associate Superintendent and Matthew Henry Banach as an Assistant Superintendent for the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools.  Both have experience as teachers and principals in Catholic elementary and secondary schools.

Dr. Quaid comes to the position of Associate Superintendent following a 21-year career at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, 16 of them as principal.  He will oversee professional development, curriculum, and legislative advocacy on behalf of more than 93,000 students and 6,000 educators in the 258 Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

“Jim Quaid’s strong experience in curriculum, planning, Board and leadership development, are acknowledged by both private and public school educators across the state,” said Sr. M. Paul McCaughey, O.P.  “I look forward to partnering with him to forward the work of the Archdiocese of Chicago Board to strengthen our schools.  His transparency and energy will be immediately felt.”

Banach served as Principal, Assistant Principal and teacher at St. Agnes of Bohemia Catholic School in Chicago.  As Assistant Superintendent, Banach will provide essential services of the Office of Catholic Schools to 64 elementary schools located in Vicariates III and IV, on the West and Northwest Sides of the City of Chicago, as well as the Western Suburbs of Cook County.  This work includes offering direction and support to principals, pastors and other school community members; ensuring school viability and accountability to standards; and overseeing school operations in collaboration with the Vicars, Auxiliary Bishops John R. Manz and Thomas J. Paprocki, and Vicariate Administrative Consultants.

Of the new Assistant Superintendent Sr. Mary Paul notes, “Matt Banach brings a love for our schools, a data-driven sense to decision-making, and a solid work ethic to this challenging role.”

Under Dr. Quaid’s leadership as principal, Fenwick increased its number of national merit finalists and raised its average ACT score to position them in the top 100 high schools in the United States.  He played an essential role in three capital campaigns that raised $36 million for building, financial assistance, and an endowment.  In addition to his role as principal, he acted as chief operating officer and dean of students, taught U.S. History, and coached varsity track and varsity football at various times during his tenure at the school.

While Principal of St. Agnes of Bohemia School, Banach implemented research-based lesson planning, established teacher evaluation, created a development and admissions department, and helped launch a mentoring program for new teachers.  As a seventh and eighth grade teacher, Banach utilized the Archdiocese of Chicago’s latest lesson plan design program, expanding it to all grade levels as principal. 

Prior to that, Banach’s business group at the University of Notre Dame provided him the opportunity to teach English as a Second Language at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.  He also served at North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School in Chicago while living at Amate House, a volunteer program for young adults serving the poor of Chicago.

Dr. Quaid received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, Foundations and Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago.  He also holds a Master of Education Degree in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University Chicago, a Master of Arts Degree in History from Purdue University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Philosophy from Benedictine University.

Banach earned a master’s degree in Education Teaching and Learning (Elementary Education) from DePaul University and holds a B.A. in Government and B.B.A in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame. 

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