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Marian Catholic Welcomes New Head of School


Marian Catholic High School is excited to announce the appointment of Mr. Michael Brennan, M. Ed. as the

New Marian Catholic High School Head of School


Michael Brennan, M. Ed. will be coming to Marian Catholic from Palmerton Area High School where he served as a Special Education Teacher since 2013 and as the Principal Intern/Practicum during the 2019-2020 school year. Prior to PAHS, Brennan was a Learning Support Teacher at Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning.

Brennan’s experience includes teaching elementary math, English, and history; as well as instructing and modifying regular education math classes for special education students in grades 9-12. He created behavior and educational plans for over 30 students per year to comply with PA state requirements, school code, and parent expectations. Brennan established a classroom model for hybrid instruction to meet the needs of the COVID-19 Pandemic and was an integral part of the PAHS Health and Safety plan. Brennan mentored novice teachers on a weekly basis through the CLIU mentoring program and served as a Technology Coach to work with staff to smooth the transition to virtual instruction.


Brennan received his Principal Certificate from Point Park University in Pittsburgh in 2020; earned his M.Ed., Educational Administration/Special Education at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014; and graduated with a B.S.Ed., Elementary Education/Special Education from Wilkes University.


In addition to his degrees, Brennan holds a certification in PA Professional Instructional II; PA Professional Administrative 1, and PA Special Education Supervisory. His endorsements include: Principal (PK-12), Supervisor of Special Education (PK-12), Elementary Education (K-6), Special Education (PK-12), and Mid-Level Mathematics (6-9). Brennan also brings with him technology proficiency in Schoology, SWIS (Behavior Management System), PowerSchool Information System, Microsoft Office, and Google Application.


Brennan is already a familiar face and entity at Marian Catholic High School. He has worked with the current Blue and Gold Club at Marian Catholic to institute the summer games and the major fundraising of the Men of Marian Picnic. He has also served as the Marian Catholic Assistant Boys’ Basketball Coach since 2010 — his coaching career highlighted with the 2010-2011 District 11 Class A Championship and the 2016-2017 District 11 Class AA Championship.


Brennan is a dynamic and inspiring school leader with a passion for academic and student development. His success in developing effective strategies to overreach student goals will be an added asset to MCHS. Accomplished in aligning academic and instructional visions, Brennan collaborated with colleagues and paraprofessionals on developing student goals and expectations. He has demonstrated leadership skills through integration of new technology programs into curriculum. In his position at PAHS, he created policies through a high school health and safety plan due to COVID-19 Pandemic.


Marian Catholic High School is blessed to welcome Mr. Michael Brennan, M. Ed. to serve as the new Head of School!

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