Immaculate High School names new principal

June 20, 2017 GMT

Patrick D. Higgins, a Bethel resident, will become the principal of Immaculate High School on July 1.

Higgins replaces Joe Carmen, who resigned from the position last summer to become the Director of Leadership Development at Quinnipiac University. School President Mary R. Maloney had served as interim principal this past year.

“I am excited and honored to have been selected as the new Principal of Immaculate High School, and look forward to getting to know the students, parents, faculty and staff that comprise the wonderful IHS family,” Higgins said in a press release.

Higgins is a professionally certified Connecticut public educator with endorsements in social studies and school administration for pre-K through 12th grade. He taught social studies at Ridgefield High School from 1991 to 2011. He then served as the dean of students and director of student activities at Joel Barlow High School until 2013. His most recent position was principal of Saint Jude School in Monroe.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in justice and law administration, a master’s degree in history and international relations, as well as a doctorate in instructional leadership and education psychology from Western Connecticut State University. He also has a professional teacher certification from Sacred Heart University, according to a news release.

One of Dr. Higgins’ academic goals is to continue building stronger partnerships with area Catholic elementary schools - especially in relation to the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, according to an Immaculate release.

“Immaculate High School has a proud legacy of academic excellence, spiritual and moral development and recognition of the necessity of service to others in our communities,” Higgins said in the release. “These strong tenets have served Immaculate High School students and their families well for the past 55 years, and will continue to do so now and in the future.”

Higgins and his wife Tammy, a cardiac nurse practitioner at Danbury Hospital, have resided in Bethel for 26 years and are parishioners of St. Mary Church. They have two grown children, Patrick and Katlyn.