Mary Catherine Christopher to become Director of Academic Support and Assistant AD for Women’s Sports

The JPII community will welcome Mary Catherine Christopher to campus on July 1, 2021 to serve in two new positions at the school: director of academic support and assistant athletic director for women’s sports. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience with 15 of those in Catholic education. Christopher is currently the middle school division director at Saint Peter Catholic School and teaches English. At JPII, she looks forward to new challenges and, as director of academic support, employing a philosophy her first principal taught her: “I don’t care how you get from Point A to Point B, let’s just end up there together.”
Christopher loves working with students, seeing them succeed and grow, and helping them reach that “ah ha!” moment. “I knew when I was in 1st grade that I wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “I never thought about anything else. The teachers I had growing up made such an impact on me that I wanted to be that same force in other students’ lives.” Christopher has done just that while teaching middle school math, science, and social studies as well as Pre-K, 3rd, and 4th grades. Her greatest reward has been forming relationships with her students that have lasted beyond the classroom.
Christopher holds a bachelor of science in elementary education from East Carolina University. In her free time she enjoys time with her husband Chris and their family at the beach and river, shopping with her daughter Caroline who attends ECU, and watching her son Hunter play baseball for Winthrop University.