Christmas message

Dear Friends in the Bishop Eustace Preparatory School Community,
In these waning days of Advent and our preparations for the joy of Christmas, it is fitting to reflect on the example of Saint Vincent Pallotti. It burns intensely in a world searching for light and truth. His enduring legacy is one of faith and leadership through service to others.
Our students, school families, administrators, faculty, staff, alumni, and benefactors are part of that legacy. An education in the Pallottine tradition is a true gift. It provides not only the tools for young men and women to succeed in the broader world, but also forms them to succeed with grace and dignity.
At Eustace Prep, we are privileged each day to bear witness to every member of our community striving to grow within the Pallottine legacy in tangible ways. Our recent Thanksgiving Turkey Drive and Giving Tree initiatives are just a few examples of how everyone works to breathe life into the charism of our patron saint.
Advent is a time of service, of preparation, and of hope. It takes inner strength—Crusader strength—to live out the true meaning of that season and to find the light and hope of Christ at its end. Let us resolve to walk the remaining days of the Advent journey together. May we all find the light surrounding the newborn Savior. May it kindle the flames within our souls and may we be a beacon of inspiration to all those around us.
We thank you for your continued support and the trust placed in us to form the next generation of Crusaders in a long, unbroken line. We wish you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with peace and joy.    
Saint Vincent Pallotti, Pray for Us!
Mary, Queen of the Apostles, Pray for Us!
Very Reverend Peter T. Sticco, S.A.C., and the Board of Trustees
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Jacqueline P. Coccia, Ed. D.
Head of School
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    Dr. Jacqueline P. Coccia brings extensive experience in educational leadership to her role as Head of School at Eustace Prep.

    She arrived earlier this year as the next phase in an impressive career spanning 20 years in Catholic education as a classroom educator, principal, and senior administrator. Since 2014, Dr. Coccia had served as principal of the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, an independent Catholic college preparatory school for girls in grades 6-12 with over 500 students.

    She spent her early professional days as a teacher and then principal at Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In recognition of her leadership capabilities and vision she was later asked to serve in the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education—first as Director of Elementary Education and then as Superintendent of Elementary Schools. As Superintendent, she was responsible for overall leadership of 123 parish and regional elementary schools and four schools of special education serving approximately 65,000 students through 3,500 teachers and 127 principals.

    Dr. Coccia holds a B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Cabrini College, an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University, and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Management from Drexel University. As an area of specialty, she helped create and implement strategic plans to enact curriculum development and academic rigor.