Rita Canton, New Principal and Head of School at Vincentian Academy

Mover & Shaker of the Month

On January 23, 2017, Mrs. Rita Canton was commissioned as Principal and Head of School by Western Province Provincial of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Sister Adeline Fehribach, SCN and Sister Michelle Grgurich, SCN, Director of the Office of Congregational Ministries.

Mrs. Canton, who became Principal at Vincentian Academy in May of 2016, previously served as the Principal at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy, a parochial school that she had been the head administrator since its inception in 2010. Mrs. Canton’s high standards enabled Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy to become a model school for the nation. 

Mrs. Canton is dedicated to maintaining the high academic standards at Vincentian Academy. Her academic excellence dates back to her high school days where she was Valedictorian of her class at
St. Mary’s Academy in New Orleans.

“I am blessed to serve as Principal and Head of School at Vincentian Academy,” expresses Rita Canton, “The mission of this fine institution closely parallels my personal mission. As an educator, I have always endeavored to inspire students to use their God-given gifts to be the best that they can be as students, citizens and faith-filled leaders.”

Mrs. Canton graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, earning 30 credits towards a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering while there.  She received her Secondary Mathematics Certification at Chatham College, and received her Educational Administrative Certification at the University of Scranton.  Mrs. Canton was a mathematics teacher at North Catholic High School for eight years and has 15 years of secondary and elementary teaching experience. 

Mrs. Canton also has a Master of Theology from Xavier University of Louisiana.  She is active in her Parish at St. Benedict the Moor and serves as a Eucharistic Minister there.  She has been a retreat director at five different institutions.  At North Catholic High School, Mrs. Canton was the Campus Minister from 1996-2004. She helped plan the liturgies and prayer services, the faculty and student retreats, and was the liaison between the Diocese Department of Religious Education and North Catholic High School.  She has lived her faith through community service such as Girls’ Hope retreats and serving as a Master Catechist for the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

To learn more about Vincentian Academy, visit http://www.vincentianacademy.org.