From the Principal

Dr. Becca Torregrossa

My journey at McHugh began as a parent looking for full day kindergarten for my son Nicholas and a preschool for my daughter Madison. My husband and I were not familiar with Catholic schools; therefore, we had no idea what to expect. But what I can tell you is, I was completely taken by surprise at how well spoken and well-mannered the middle school student tour guides were. I walked out into the parking lot knowing that there was no other school I wanted my children to attend. What parent doesn’t dream of a well-rounded teenager?!

A year later, my journey took a new turn as I became a 6th grade teacher at McHugh. I was now a part of the lives of the middle schoolers who had so impressed me just a year earlier. Over the next 12 years, I experienced a level of academics that I had not previously seen. But just as important, if not more so, was the formation of family I encountered. My students became my children and they became each other’s siblings.

Then came yet another twist in my McHugh story. On a random Wednesday in March of 2018, I was invited to the Superintendent’s office. With the local changes that were occurring, I knew there was a high likelihood I would be asked to step into the role of principal. As it turns out, I was correct. I called my husband to discuss the conflicted feelings I was having about leaving “my children” (the 8th graders). His response was, “What about ALL the children? What about the benefits from being a part of ALL of their lives?” And so here I am, the principal of the best educational home ever!

Do McHugh students have a solid foundation both socially and academically to succeed once they leave for high school? Yes! But more importantly, they have a foundation of compassion that is needed to be an active member of society! I have learned so much from my children over the past 14 years. It is truly a blessing to be a part of the McHugh family.



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