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What does a retired school Principal do next? Well, just take another job as a Principal!

DAVID F. ASHTON - Here, in the opening moments of the first day of the new year at Holy Family Catholic School, was the parishs Fr. Rodel Demesa, left, meeting the Musey family - with new Principal Joe Galati at right. It doesn't seem as if anyone has ever seen former Llewellyn Elementary School Principal Joe Galati when he was not brimming with enthusiasm.

After retiring from Llewellyn Elementary and Portland Public Schools, Galati took only a couple of weeks off before heading over to his new assignment as Principal at Eastmoreland's Holy Family Catholic School.

On the first day of the school year, September 3, Galati took a moment to talk with THE BEE about his transition to Holy Family Catholic School.

"I am so excited today!" beamed Galati. "I always anticipate this day [each fall], when I get to see our kids coming in; this is when I am the happiest.

"We've spent a lot of time over the summer preparing for this first day of school – making sure our campus is prepared, and our teachers are ready. The sense of community that exists within this building is unbelievably good!"

While he greatly enjoyed his time in public education – this, he said, where he feels as if he has found his "home" as an educator. "I'm getting to do something I've always wanted to do, and that is being the Principal in a great Catholic school like Holy Family, where I don't have to 'hide' my faith."

But, the school isn't for Catholics only, Galati remarked. "We have many families who have chosen to have their children educated here, and be part of our school. Our school helps children maintain a sense of individuality, faith, and values; parents have chosen to send their children to Holy Family because it is so unique, and so special."

As the first class bell of the school year rang, Galati added, "Here, we're a community of learners, providing opportunities for our kids to excel, starting this very minute!"


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