Catholic Schools Welcome Five New School Administrators – Arkansas Catholic


MSM, four elementary schools under new management for the start of the 2022-2023 school year

Posted: August 17, 2022

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Five new leaders took the helm of Catholic schools in Arkansas this school year, including (left to right) Nancy Handleloser at Our Lady of Fatima in Benton, Zach Edwards at Trinity Catholic in Fort Smith, Susana Anderson at St. John in Hot Springs, Sara Jones at Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock and Jennifer Roscoe at Sacred Heart in Morrilton.


Our Lady of Fatima

Nancy Handler

Hometown: small stone

Education: University of Arkansas at Little Rock, BA in Elementary Education, 1989; University of Arkansas at Little Rock, MA in Educational Administration and Supervision, 2003

Teaching experience: Our Lady of the Holy Souls, Little Rock, kindergarten and grade one teacher, age four; The Cathedral School, Little Rock, assistant to the headmaster of the new middle school and tutor for the primary school and primary school teacher, four years; Our Lady of the Holy Souls School, vice principal, 15, and principal, three; Barton Reading and Spelling Tutor for Dyslexic Children, Little Rock, 1 Year

What is your teaching philosophy? I believe that all students come to us in different “places”, regardless of their grade level. As teachers, we need to meet them where they are and take them from there. It is never “one size fits all”. We must first know our students, then we facilitate their learning in the best possible way for each student.

In your opinion, what are the advantages of Catholic education? The advantage of Catholic education is that God is at the center of everything we do. God gives us these children, as our own or as our students. We must nurture and love them, all of them. It is our faith. This is what sets us apart.

What is your favorite scripture? For this child I prayed, and the Lord granted me my request that I made to him. (1 Samuel 1:27-28)

What are your hobbies? Reading and going to the lake as a family


Trinity Catholic School

Zach Edwards

Hometown: Fort Smith

Education: University of Arkansas, BS in Instrumental Music Education, 2007; Capella University, MA in Educational Administration and Leadership, 2014

Teaching experience: Fort Smith Public School, elementary music, two years; Trinity Junior High School, group director, six, and dean, seven

What is your teaching philosophy? Put your students and teachers in a position to succeed. Build a relationship, boost their confidence and watch them grow!

In your opinion, what are the advantages of Catholic education? Catholic schools value each student and are able to provide them with more individualized educational and leadership opportunities. School and family can work more closely with each other to help their student get the most out of school.

What is your favorite saint? Saint Gregory the Great, patron saint of musicians, students and teachers

What are your hobbies? I love spending time with my family, my wife (Sarah) and my children (Ava, 13, Reed, 10, Grant, 7, and Anabelle, 2). When I have free time, I like to go fishing, golf and play games with my family.



Susana Anderson

Hometown: Hot Springs

Education: University of Arkansas Little Rock, Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice; Henderson State University, Bachelor of Education and Master of Education; Henderson State University, beginning an education specialist degree (expected graduation 2024)

Teaching experience: St. John School, pre-K3 program, five years; Lakeside High School, grades seven-12, five years; St. John’s School, Grade Three, One Year

What is your teaching philosophy? “If you have the knowledge, let others light their candles there.” (Margaret Fuller)

In your opinion, what are the advantages of Catholic education? The benefits of a Catholic education are the fundamental human kindnesses that enable civil society, “temperance, justice, prudence and courage” but for me the virtue of mutual respect for all people, religions, races, ages …we can go on and on. Teaching our children to respect and value every human life and every person is the key that unlocks the doors of understanding.

What is your favorite saint? Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, for making people more important than things. Mother Teresa, for doing what was the right thing to do, caring for those socially excluded and thus providing human dignity and equity for all.

What are your hobbies? Teach and attend mass in as many Catholic churches as possible.


Mount St. Mary Academy

Sarah Jones

Hometown: Texas, Texas

Education: ASU, Beebe, Associate Degree with Business Core; John Brown University, Bachelor of Organizational Management; University of Central Arkansa, Master of Education; UCA, education specialist

Teaching experience: St. Theresa’s School, Little Rock, fifth grade, four years; Mount St. Mary Academy, Little Rock, assistant principal, four years, principal, three years

What is your teaching philosophy? To meet the student where they are in their academic journey and progress from there. No two students are alike or have the same experiences.

In your opinion, what are the advantages of Catholic education? Catholic education is such a blessing because many of the topics covered in class lend themselves well to opportunities to discuss our faith and how we should respond as Christians. It is important that our students see our faith in action

What is your favorite saint? Saint Francis of Assisi

What are your hobbies? I like to take care of my flowers and make plans at home.


Sacred Heart

Jennifer Roscoe

Hometown: Morrilton

Education: Arkansas Tech University, BA in Elementary Education, 1995; University of Central Arkansas, MA in Educational Guidance, 2020; Arkansas State University, Education Specialist Degree, scheduled for 2023

Teaching experience: Morrilton Middle School, fifth-grade teacher, five; Sacred Heart School, sixth grade teacher, three, and school counselor, five

What is your teaching philosophy? To create an educational environment, rooted in fundamental Catholic beliefs, where all students can grow physically, mentally, socially and emotionally.

In your opinion, what are the advantages of Catholic education? For my own children, I wanted to surround them with a Christ-centered community, dedicated to service and instilled in core Catholic beliefs.

What is your favorite scripture? For where your treasure is, there your heart is also. (Matthew 6:21)

What are your hobbies? Spending time with my family, travelling, shopping, reading, gardening, doing DIY projects

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