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Karen M. Swoboda. Credit: Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence
Karen M. Swoboda. Credit: Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has appointed Karen M. Swoboda, an educator with nearly 40 years of classroom and administrative experience, as principal of Monsignor Matthew F. Clark School, a co-educational Catholic school in Wakefield that serves 310 pre-kindergarten through 8th grade students.

“I am thrilled and honored to be the incoming principal at Msgr. Clarke and look forward to meeting the entire community in the coming days and weeks,” said Swoboda. “My focus will be to support the learning and teaching of our students and staff as we move forward together to build upon past academic and personal success for the students of Msgr. Clark.”

Swoboda holds a B. A. in History, Secondary Education and Journalism, and a M.A. in Reading Education from the University of Rhode Island. She is pursuing a Doctorate in Education at Johnson & Wales University.

Since 2010, Swoboda has served as the director of teacher education at Johnston & Wales University where she supervised all aspects of the Master of Arts Teaching program as well as the Master of Education in Teaching & Learning program. While there, she supervised staff and faculty ensuring program effectiveness and compliance with all policies and procedures.

In 2008, she was appointed assistant principal of Chariho Middle School and prior to that position, Swoboda served as assistant principal at Barrington High School. Swoboda began her teaching career in the Narragansett Public School system as a reading specialist and secondary history and social studies teacher.

Swoboda and her husband, Jay, have three adult children, Jack, 29; Kate, 27; and Patrick, 24, and are active members of Christ the King parish in Kingston where she is a Eucharistic Minister, and serves on the Liturgy Committee. She and her husband are also team members of the Rite of Christian Initiation Adult program.   


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