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Meet Our Principal

MRS. HEATHER CUCUZZELLA, PRINCIPAL OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL

WHAT ORIGINALLY DREW HER TO ICS

I have to say, my cup runneth over. I first came to ICS as a mom. I loved volunteering here, being a room parent and joining in activities within the school community. Since then, I’ve been a teacher, developed curriculum, worked in tandem on the administrative team, and am an involved member of the parish – I’ve been a part of all the aspects of this school, and have loved every minute of it.

I’ve been here for almost 10 years. My two daughters attended ICS and are now in high school and raising my family in this community has been a blessing.

VIEWS ON THE GREATEST CHALLENGES FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR AND WHAT IS MOST EXCITING

Though I’ve been here a number of years and have worn many hats, I know that being the principal of the school will be an entirely new experience for me. I am looking forward to the opportunity and don’t take it lightly. Mrs. Meaney, OUR former principal, was an institution unto herself and brought to fruition many improvements and updates during her time at ICS. My biggest challenge will be to maintain and improve on the great work that has already begun.

Now, what excites me the most? The idea of a fresh, new school year. Being able to start with a clean canvas, reflect on what works, and to bolster what we’re offering.

I look forward to the change in the weather from August to September, the beginning of a new school year and seeing the smiling faces of our families as they walk through the door. To be the one who steers this ship is SO exciting to me! It’s been a dream come true in many ways!

ABOUT HER LEADERSHIP STYLE AND HOW IT CONNECTS WITH EDUCATORS, STUDENTS, PARENTS AND THE OUTSIDE COMMUNITY

One’s initial thought of leadership is often directive, as if you need to have all of the answers and be the go-to for everything.

The humbling reality is the exact opposite. Effective leadership is collaborative. Conversation is extremely valuable as are relationships and feedback. Listening to the insight of everyone, from parents, teachers, staff members to students, allows us to make informed, open minded decisions for our students and our school community.

ICS IS REFERRED TO AS “NOT JUST A SCHOOL, BUT A FAMILY IN THE HEART OF TOWSON" AND MRS. CUCUZZELLA SHARES THAT FEELING

ICS is literally located in the heart of Towson and this has created so many opportunities for our students within the Towson community. We feel like the great things that are happening on our campus – academically, artistically, socially and spiritually- have truly been embraced beyond our campus. Our doors are open for all to enter and at the same time, we are uniquely situated whereas our students enjoy walking field trips to the Post Office, the Court House, the Fire Station, the Bykota Senior Center and the ACTC. We are not only in the heart of Towson, we are part of it, too.

We have smaller class sizes, 18 to 22 students on average, and from 4th grade to 8th, we have even smaller classes when we break into groups for Math and Reading. Every faculty member knows each student by name and embraces each family in our close-knit community. The involvement of our parents every step of this journey is Inspiring, Committed and Spirited. (Coincidentally ICS)

We’ve infused STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) into our curriculum which culminates toward the end of the year with our STREAM Fair. It’s an opportunity for our students to share interdisciplinary learning projects with families and friends within and beyond the school community. We also have a Fine Arts Night, showcasing the artistic skills of each child in all different mediums and disciplines. From academics to the arts and sports, we love to share what we’re doing with the community!