MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va.—Sheila M. Blackmore has been named principal of All Saints Catholic School in Marshall County, according to Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. A long-time teacher and administrator in Catholic schools, Blackmore brings more than two decades of experience to All Saints.
Blackmore comes back to the Northern Panhandle from St. John Central High School in Bellaire, Ohio, where she served as principal since 2011. During her four years at St. John’s, Blackmore led efforts to expand dual credit course opportunities with Eastern Gateway Community College; created a comprehensive crisis management plan for the school; expanded marketing, communication and development efforts; and served in leadership roles for the Ohio Catholic Schools Accreditation Association.
“I am excited about the addition of Shelia Blackmore to the administrative team at All Saints Catholic School,” said Schmidt, “The school’s new location and expanded curriculum require a proven administrative leader who can build strong academic programs from the ground up.”
In addition to her experience, Schmidt also said that Blackmore’s strong Catholic identity and local connections in the Ohio Valley made her a perfect fit. “Coupled with the dedicated faculty who were well known to our SS. James & John School families, this leadership team at All Saints looks forward to many more years of fulfilling the mission of Catholic education in Marshall County,” Schmidt added.
Before taking the principal’s position at St. John’s in Bellaire, Blackmore spent 18 years in various roles at St. Vincent de Paul Parish School in Wheeling, including positions as assistant principal, mathematics department chair, and AdvancedEd accreditation chair, and she has K-8 teaching experience and specialized in math, reading and music instruction. Blackmore holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ohio University and a master’s degree from University of Dayton in educational leadership with a concentration in Catholic education. She is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
“I am so happy to be named principal at All Saints Catholic School, as this is such a wonderful opportunity to lead the school community and help fulfill its mission and set a vision for the future,” Blackmore said. “This is personally rewarding for me because I attended Catholic schools straight through high school, and I have dedicated my entire professional career to Catholic education. I look forward to continuing to nurture a Catholic culture and a positive learning environment for our students at All Saints so they may thrive both academically and spiritually.”
Blackmore replaces Marilyn McWhorter, who retired earlier this year from SS. James & John School in Benwood, which moved operations to the former St. Francis Xavier parish school after a major fire at the adjoining St. John Parish on March 30.