Kolbe Academy appoints Andrew D’Angelo as director | Lehigh Valley Regional News

BATH, Pa. — Kolbe Academy, the first Catholic recovery high school in America, has named Andrew D’Angelo as principal.

D’Angelo is a former principal of Notre Dame High School in Bethlehem Township.

Michael J. Metzer, chairman of Kolbe’s board of directors, said in a statement earlier this month that the new director “brings a wealth of experience with him.”

Kolbe’s new principal has worked in Catholic education in New York and Philadelphia, and served as principal of Notre Dame and Our Lady of the Angels Regional School. D’Angelo graduated from two New York schools. He holds an undergraduate degree from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and a master’s degree from Saint John’s University.

Kolbe was founded at St. Francis Center in Bethlehem to help college students recover from drug and alcohol problems. The school is moving to the former Sacred Heart School in Bath for the next school year.

John Petruzzelli was Kolbe’s first principal and was appointed to the position when, as he said, there was no building, no money and no students. By the time Kolbe opened in 2019, Petruzzelli said it had the support of parishes in the Diocese of Allentown, the Knights of Columbus and generous donors.

Petruzzelli left his post at Kolbe earlier this year with plans to take time off. This didn’t last long, as the former employer of St. Elizabeth High School in Delaware asked her to take over for a year. He has held many positions in Catholic education and was headmaster of Bethlehem Catholic Secondary School for seven years.

Metzger’s letter welcoming D’Angelo to Kolbe also thanked Petruzzelli for his services.

“As first Principal, Mr. Petruzzelli was instrumental in the organization and founding of Kolbe from the early stages of the school. We are grateful for his leadership as Principal and wish him every success. in his future endeavors,” Metzger wrote.

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