Catholic school administrator Theresa Garvin has been named the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s associate superintendent for secondary schools, the archdiocese announced Tuesday, Oct. 14. The appointment is effective Nov. 3.

She currently serves in the Office of Catholic Education’s elementary school division as director of assessment and special programs.

Garvin brings a background of 13 years in secondary education as a teacher of mathematics in both Catholic and public education and 11 years of leadership in public and Catholic education at the school level.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and education from La Salle University, a master’s in education from Arcadia University and a certificate of advanced graduate studies from Widener University. She also holds a Pennsylvania Principal Certification and Superintendent Letter of Eligibility.

A graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote, Garvin is a witness to Catholic values and mission. Her educational philosophy is rooted in the continuous improvement model where she seeks “to promote an environment where students thrive and potential is transformed into self-actualization,” she said. She believes quality instruction and authentic learning are at the heart of effective schools.

Garvin fills a role in the Catholic education office formerly held by Pete Balzano, who vacated the position when he became principal of Cardinal O’Hara High School. In her role Garvin will serve the city schools of the archdiocesan secondary school system. Her focus will include curriculum, instruction and assessment.