NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH — After an extensive search process, Father Rodney Thibault, pastor of Transfiguration of the Lord parish and Director of St. Mary-Sacred Heart School, has announced that Lisa Serak has been appointed the next principal of St. Mary-Sacred Heart School. Serak is a lifelong Catholic educator who has previously taught at Bishop Feehan High School, St. Mary Academy-Bay View, and most recently, has been the middle school ELA teacher at St. Mary Sacred-Heart School for the past 15 years. This appointment is effective immediately.

In addition, Mrs. Serak has been a product of Catholic education from elementary school through her undergraduate program at Salve Regina University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and History. Serak has two master’s degrees in Secondary Education and History and in Educational Leadership from Rhode Island College and Bridgewater State University respectively.

Serak has been nominated for multiple national teacher awards, such as the Disney American Teacher Award, as well as the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award. In 1992, she received the Bishop Feehan Distinguished Alumni Award.

Diocesan Superintendent of Schools,  Daniel S. Roy, said, “The success of our Catholic schools depends on the commitment of our educators and leaders. Lisa’s story in Catholic education is compelling, and her vocation to leading St. Mary-Sacred Heart School positions the school very well for the future.”

According to Father Thibault, “It is such a pleasure to announce Lisa’s appointment to this very important role as her extensive educational leadership and experience will guide St. Mary-Sacred Heart School well into the future.”

“It is an exciting time to be in Catholic education leadership as the landscape for schools has changed dramatically in the past two years,” said Serak. “While there are many choices of schools, only Catholic schools educate the whole person — spiritually, academically, and socially — with Jesus as our model. I am humbled to lead this gem of a school and look forward to my new role in this vibrant community of faith and learning.”

Serak and her husband, Ron, have three daughters, Livia, Emme and Brooke. They are members of the Transfiguration of the Lord Parish in North Attleborough.