Dara Northcroft began her career in education as a teacher and vice principal at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic School in Oakland, CA. She then became principal at St. Paul of the Shipwreck, a Catholic School in the Bay View -Hunters Point district of San Francisco. Her work there resulted in higher academic expectations, clearer communication between the school and the parents, and an improved sense of pride and collaboration in the school community.
Prior becoming the principal at St. Martin de Porres, she was the Director of Instruction at Oakland Military Institute College Preparatory Academy. While at OMI, she helped the school grow to include a full complement of grades, 6-12. As the direct supervisor to the teaching staff, she evaluated curriculum and curriculum development, supported faculty professional growth, and communicated with students and parents regarding student progress.
Ms. Northcroft earned her B.A. from University of California, Berkeley in Psychology and her M.S. in Educational Leadership from California State University, East Bay. She also holds a teaching and an administrative credential.
Ms. Northcroft has enjoyed a 20 year career in education and attributes her work in Catholic schools to igniting her love of being an educator. She loves working with the St. Martin de Porres School community.