Mission Driven, Student Centered, Faith Based, Globally Focused

Leading with Grace
Since its founding in 1873, Notre Dame Preparatory School has offered a solid liberal arts-based curriculum while responding to the educational needs of the modern times. Today, NDP draws on the diverse leadership talents of Head of School Sister Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D., academic leaders, department directors, Board of Trustees, and the congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame as the school educates young women to transform the world.

A Message from the Head of School

Hope and Promise

The Month of January not only marks the start of a new calendar year, but also the beginning of a year full of hope and promise. The 365-page chapter of our lives has yet to be written, and it is up to each of us to determine what it will say as we read it back a year from now. That gift of self-determination is just one example of God’s many gifts to us. At Notre Dame Prep we seek to nurture that gift in each of our students so that she can use it to the fullest as she explores, understands, and envisions how it might best serve the common good.

Here at NDP, in this special 150th anniversary year, January also marks the beginning of preparations for our most beloved tradition, Gym Meet. It is a time when students learn the value of teamwork, time management, and creativity, all culminating just a few months from now in the most anticipated and exciting weekend of the school year. Middle Level students will be working equally hard as they prepare for their own traditions, including the Eighth-Grade Synchronized Swim Show. As the holiday season comes to a close, we give thanks for the many blessings to look forward to, including the blessing of the NDP community!

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  • Read Sister Patricia's Bio

    Sister Patricia McCarron’s appointment as Notre Dame Preparatory School’s ninth headmistress, which began July 1, 2005, completes a remarkable circle: she started her professional career there as a faculty member in the mid-1980s and returned to lead the school 30 years later. Sister Patricia guides the NDP faculty and staff in its mission of educating young women to transform the world.

    In the years that she has been headmistress, Sister Patricia has overseen remarkable growth at Notre Dame Preparatory School, including expanding academic and extra-curricular programs; implementing two strategic plans for the school; renovating the Middle Level and other campus spaces; steadily increasing the school’s annual fund and endowment; and continuing to raise the community's awareness of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and their commitment to service and justice in the world.  Under her leadership, NDP has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2012 and again in 2020; a Top Workplace by The Baltimore Sun; A Baltimore Style and Daily Record Reader’s Top Choice School; and a Top Engineering Source School by University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering.
    As a School Sister of Notre Dame, Sister Patricia is committed to empowering others through education.  Before her appointment at NDP, Sister Patricia served as Associate Academic Dean at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  Prior to that, she held administrative positions at both Bishop Walsh Middle/High School in Cumberland and at The Seton Keough High School in Baltimore.
    Sister Patricia holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from the Catholic University of America and an M.Ed. in Education Management and Supervision from Loyola College.  She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  Sister Patricia is a recognized speaker on the topics of Catholic identity and Catholic school leadership.  She is in The Daily Record’s “Circle of Excellence” for being named among the Top 100 Women in Maryland in 2008, 2010, and 2013. In 2014, she received the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)’s Educational Excellence Award.  She previously served on the Board of the Notre Dame of Maryland University (2014-2020) and currently serves on the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Child Abuse Review Board.

Board of Trustees

The Notre Dame Preparatory School Board of Trustees is comprised of dedicated professionals including alumnae, parents of alumnae, School Sisters of Notre Dame, and community leaders. Their commitment to the school is unparalleled, and we are grateful for their service.

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  • Notre Dame Preparatory School Board of Trustees


    S. Jane Forni, SSND, Ed.D., Chairperson
    Patrick Antkowiak
    Karyn Danielczyk Bauer, CPA '93
    April Bell
    William Benassi
    James Brennan
    Margo Bryant
    Mark Buedel
    Sister Jane Cayer, SSND
    Victoria B. Chou, M.S., Ph.D. '92
    Michael Constantine
    Matthew C. Franke
    Mary Glagola
    Allison Nicolaidis
    Lisa Petit, M.D.
    Jennifer Poitras
    John Schiech
    Jennifer Brune Speargas '92
    Richard Stromberg
    J. Scott Wilfong
    Kathleen Willis
    Kathy Stanley Wilmot '77
    S. Mary Fitzgerald, SSND – SSND Liaison
    S. Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D. – Ex Officio
    Jennifer Poitras – Faculty Representative

Leadership Team

List of 6 members.

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    Sister Patricia McCarron SSND, Ph.D.  

    Head of School
    (410) 825-6202 x1001
  • Photo of Jennifer Casey

    Ms. Jennifer Casey 

    Academic Dean
    (410) 825-6202 x1502
  • Photo of James  Lancaster

    Mr.  James  "Jim" Lancaster 

    Upper Level Assistant Principal
    410-825-6202, Ext. 1619
  • Photo of Jessica  Morrison

    Mrs.  Jessica  "Jess" Morrison 

    Upper Level Dean of Students
    (410) 825-6202 ext. 1003
  • Photo of Victor  Pellechia

    Dr. Victor  "Vic" Pellechia 

    Upper Level Principal
    (410) 825-6202 ext. 1026
  • Photo of Jo Marie Tolj

    Mrs.  Jo Marie Tolj 

    Middle Level Principal
    (410) 825-6202 ext. 1412

Head of School Council

List of 6 members.

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    Mrs. Jennifer Caine '86 

    Director of Upper Level Admissions & Enrollment Management
    (410) 825-6202 x1622
  • Photo of Cami Colarossi

    Ms. Cami Colarossi 

    Director of Communications
    (443) 921-2785
  • Photo of Lindsay Dorrance

    Ms. Lindsay Dorrance 

    Director of Advancement
    410-825-6202 ext. 1106
  • Photo of Tracey Kuhn

    Mrs. Tracey Kuhn 

    Assistant Head of School for Finance and Administration
    (410) 825-6202 ext. 1025
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    Sister  Sharon Slear SSND 

    Executive Director of Academics
    (410) 825-6202 ext. 1015
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    Mrs. Kerry White '84 

    Director of Middle Level Admissions & Enrollment Management
    (410) 825-6202 x1012

Notre Dame Preparatory School

An Independent, Catholic Girls School, Grades 6-12, Sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame