SOUTH PORTLAND — The Diocese of Portland is pleased to announce that Timothy Stebbins has been appointed principal of Holy Cross School in South Portland (Pre-K through grade 8), effective July 1. Stebbins succeeds Cindy Elwood, who will be retiring.

Stebbins has nearly 40 years of administrative and teaching experience in schools in Biddeford, Standish, and Westbrook. He is currently the assistant director at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology.

“What attracted me to this opportunity was the fact that it is a Catholic school,” said Stebbins. “Both my wife, Karen, and I are products of a Catholic school education, as well as our two sons. We so value and appreciate the foundations it has given to us. I want to give back to another generation of students.”

“Tim has a strong background in school administration that focuses on the success of the students, while supporting teachers and the whole community,” said Fr. Jack Dickinson, pastor of St. John Paul II Parish, of which Holy Cross School is a part. “His leadership will assist in spreading the light of Jesus Christ through Catholic education at Holy Cross School. I am happy to welcome him as our new principal.”

“Tim has the expertise, knowledge, and passion to work with our families and teachers in promoting and enhancing the academic and spiritual benefits of Holy Cross,” said Marianne Pelletier, superintendent of Maine Catholic Schools. “He is inspired by how the school is centered in faith, community, and service, and I know he’ll help lead the school to new heights of excellence inside and outside the classroom.”

Prior to his tenure at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology, Stebbins served as an assistant principal at Westbrook High School (2012-14), an assistant principal at Bonny Eagle High School in Standish (2009-12), and a social studies teacher at Biddeford High School (1986 to 2009). In addition, he was a participant on the University of New England’s intern assessment board, ensuring that student interns meet the initial standards for a beginning teacher.

Outside of school, Stebbins is currently a member of the Recreation Commission for the City of Biddeford. He has coaching experience at the varsity level in football, basketball, and tennis, was a board member for the Biddeford Youth Football Association and St. James School in Biddeford, and was the YMCA Sports Director for Northern York County. In addition, he has served as an usher for Good Shepherd Parish.

“I am excited to start and meet the wonderful people who make up the Holy Cross community,” said Stebbins. “I am looking forward to meeting everyone this spring and working collaboratively to continue to move Holy Cross in a positive direction. I love the school’s character and history, and I am humbled and honored to become a part of this community and see what we can do for all of our students.”