Marmion Academy appoints new headmaster

By on April 18, 2013

AURORA—Abbot John Brahill OSB, president of Marmion Academy in Aurora, recently announced that Anthony Tinerella, a 1984 Marmion graduate, will take over as the next Headmaster at the Catholic and Benedictine high school effective July 1.

Tinerella will fill the position currently held by Dr. James Quaid, who has accepted the position of principal at Gordon Tech College Prep on Chicago’s north side.

Tinerella holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Illinois State University, and a master’s degree in education and administration from North Central College.

“I am confident that Mr. Tinerella will continue and build upon the work that Dr. Quaid has done during these past two years in order to strengthen the educational mission of Marmion Academy in the coming years,” Brahill said.

Tinerella said he’s both honored and humbled by Brahill’s decision to name him headmaster of the academy.

“This institution holds a very special place in my heart, and I look forward to this incredible opportunity,” Tinerella said.

Tinerella’s returned to his alma mater in 1990 as a teacher and athletic coach. Some of his duties included teaching Physics (1990-1992) and Biology (1992 – 2009), and serving as Science Department chairperson (1999- 2001), varsity head football coach (2001- 2004), assistant dean of students (1994-2000) and dean of students (2001-2009).

Tinerella in 2009 was hired as principal of Guerin College Preparatory High School. In this position, he had the responsibility for all aspects of the administration of the school, including designing and implementing curriculum, nurturing a positive faith-based school culture, planning and managing the budget, overseeing human resources management, developing and facilitating a faculty professional development program, and being an integral part of capital campaign initiatives.

Tinerella returned to Marmion Academy in July 2012 as an assistant headmaster, working in close collaboration with Dr. Quaid on the curriculum, technology integration, teacher assessment, community building, student discipline, and the overall safety and well-being of the students. In January 2013, Tinerella was promoted to associate headmaster by Quaid and began assisting with the work of the Long Range Planning Committee.

This past year Tinerella implemented Marmion’s PRIDE Program, which supports the core values of the academy and nurtures a sense of community. He has also provided technology professional development and support to the faculty. Finally, he has collaborated with Quaid and Dr. Vic Pinks, chairperson of the Science Department, to establish a plan for a long-range technology implementation program.

“Mr. Tinerella is a practicing Catholic with a long history of commitment to Catholic education and especially to Marmion Academy. As both a Marmion graduate and member of the faculty over many years, he understands and appreciates first-hand the traditions and Catholic/Benedictine values of Marmion,” Brahill said.