St. Laurence Catholic School Welcomes Suzanne Barto as Principal

School Mascot Leo the Lion, Father Drew Wood, Suzanne Barto, James Thompson and Germaine Guedry.

School Mascot Leo the Lion, Father Drew Wood, Suzanne Barto, James Thompson and Germaine Guedry.

Students at St. Laurence Catholic School (SLCS) were greeted by a new principal this fall as they arrived for school. Suzanne Barto, former SLCS assistant principal, is stepping into the role of principal. Barto has been in Catholic education for 20 years and is passionate about educating young people in a nurturing environment that teaches them the importance of serving others. She is excited and humbled to take on this leadership role with such an amazing school community.

“Mrs. Barto is a smart, talented, and strong person whose faith and commitment are unwavering. She is a believer in SLCS and its mission to educate all of God’s children, and I know that the SLCS community will embrace her with open arms as the new principal,” said previous SLCS Principal Debra Haney.

As a longtime parishioner and staff member of the school, Barto realizes the importance of fully educating the youth in body, mind and spirit. She plans to continue the mission of ensuring that the students receive a formation in their faith, along with strong academics and opportunities to expand and express their creativity and talents.

According to Germaine Guedry, SLCS Middle School assistant principal, “I trust in Mrs. Barto’s sound judgement coupled with her knowledge, experience and commitment to Catholic education. She has all of the tools needed to lead the SLCS community as we continuously strive to provide spiritual growth and academic excellence for our students.”

“To have a person of such a high quality and considerable gifts is a great blessing. Suzanne has served in our school for nearly 15 years as a teacher and assistant principal. She is entirely capable, knowledgeable, devoted to our school and highly respected. Having her as principal will ensure continuity and quality leadership for a long time to come,” said Father Drew Wood, St. Laurence Pastor.