Holy Cross School principal Lisa Kane surprised with Principal of the Year honor

On Oct. 14, Holy Cross School students eagerly held metallic green pom-poms and signs that spelled out “congratulations,” and as best they could, sat quietly in the school’s gymnasium in Garrett Park, Maryland, for the grand entrance of their unsuspecting principal, Lisa Maio Kane.

The announcement, which was shrouded in secrecy, was scheduled for just after 8 a.m., while Kane was attending a resource meeting. Kane was the last to find out that she won The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington’s Distinguished Principal of the Year Award for the 2022-2023 academic year.

As students from pre-K3 to eighth grade cheered Kane on, she could be seen asking, “What is it?”

Kelly Branaman, the archdiocese’s Secretary for Catholic Schools and Superintendent of Schools, broke the news to Kane while speaking in front of the study body. Kane was presented with a bouquet of pink roses. As she wiped tears from her own face, Branaman spoke about the vital role of principals and how Kane’s faith and dedication to education made her such a notable principal.

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