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Principal and Vice-Principals

Mrs. L. Gambale, Vice-Principal

Hons. B.Comm. (McMaster), B.Ed. (OISE)

Mrs. Gambale is a proud Catholic Hamiltonian and a graduate of the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board. Mrs. Gambale graduated from Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School and proceeded to McMaster University to pursue her passion and studied Commerce and Finance.

Upon graduating from McMaster, with a Bachelor of Commerce, Mrs. Gambale commenced working in the world of commerce and finance, and moved onto the healthcare industry while working in the area of finance. While working in the area of finance, Mrs. Gambale was happy, but always wondered what it would be like to teach students business. As such in 2002 Mrs. Gambale followed her heart and graduated from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at University of Toronto.
Mrs. Gambale commenced her full time teaching career in 2004 at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary school teaching Business and Math. Mrs. Gambale truly enjoyed many teaching years at St. Jean de Brebeuf as a brave soul and was later appointed Head of Business and Computers. During her years of teaching Mrs. Gambale had the opportunity to go back and teach at her alma mater, Bishop Ryan C.S.S for one teaching year. Mrs. Gambale proudly took on the role of Student Council Teacher Advisor, coached Junior Girls Volleyball and Junior Badminton, volunteered for the breakfast club, and was a member of the mental health team at St. Jean De Brebeuf and Bishop Ryan.

In 2009, she was recognized by teacher colleagues and was the proud recipient of the Dedication to teaching award. Faith and Living as a disciple of Jesus Christ is very important to Mrs. Gambale as she is an active member of Annunciation of our Lord Parish where she has volunteered on the baptismal committee with her husband for a number of years.

In 2019 Mrs. Gambale was appointed the position of secondary Vice Principal of St Thomas More and is enthusiastic and excited to begin her new career as a knight. Mrs. Gambale is proud and thankful for her role as a Catholic Educator. She is committed to ensuring that our Catholic Community at St. Thomas More is one that inspires hope and faith while instilling the roots of our gospel values.
Mr. K. Monaco, Vice-Principal

Mr. K. Monaco, Vice-Principal

Hons. B.Sc. (McMaster), B.Ed. (Brock), Ad.Ed. (Nipissing), M.Ed. (Brock)

Mr. Monaco is a proud graduate of the HWCDSB, graduating from St. Mary C.S.S. upon graduating he became the Head Coach of the school’s rowing program. He led St. Mary’s to 13 National Championship titles and three overall National Championship points trophies. He now serves as the President of the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association.

Mr. Monaco started his vocation as a teacher at St. Mary C.S.S. teaching science and math. In 2007, Mr. Monaco was awarded the Directors Award for Outstanding Dedication to students and staff. He was later appointed Head of Student Services and Cooperative Education at Cardinal Newman C.S.S. and then at St. Mary C.S.S. During his years as department head he piloted several timetabling initiatives for marginalized students. In 2010, his involvement at the Provincial level lead to his appointment as Director of the Ontario Schools Councilors Association. In 2012, Mr. Monaco was appointed the position of Secondary Vice-Principal at St. Jean De Brebeuf; and in 2017 he was appointed as Vice-Principal at St. Thomas More. C.S.S. He has always had a strong commitment towards Special Education, serving and protecting the needs of marginalized students and promoting a Safe and Inclusive school environment.

He is committed to ensuring that: our school’s culture is rooted in the centrality of Jesus Christ and in Gospel values; students experience a sense of belonging in their school community; our school be a formative community of Faith; and, as Catholic Educators we ensure our influence for the well-being, equity, engagement and achievement for every student entrusted to our care.

Mr. Monaco and his wife are proud parents of three children and are parishioners at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, where Mr. Monaco serves in his parish ministry as a Third Degree Knight and Financial Secretary of the Knights of Columbus Council.

Mr. Monaco thanks God for all his many blessings and considers it an honour to serve Catholic Education in the capacity of Vice-Principal within the St. Thomas More C.S.S. Community. His office is located within the Attendance Office on the main level of the building.

Mrs. C. Schillaci Marini, Vice-Principal

Mrs. C. Schillaci Marini, Vice-Principal

Hons. B. Arts (McMaster University), B. Ed. (University of Toronto, OISE)

Mrs. Schillaci Marini is proud to be a Catholic administrator who believes in the mission and vision of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. She is honoured to be joining the St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School community as Vice-Principal.

Mrs. Schillaci Marini is a graduate of the HWCDSB. She attended St. Ann Catholic Elementary School and graduated from St. Mary Catholic Secondary School. Upon graduation, she attended McMaster University and completed her teaching degree at the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Mrs. Schillaci Marini began her teaching vocation teaching English at Cathedral High School. She continued her teaching career at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary School where she taught English and History. Her passion for Special Education and supporting all students led her to become a Special Education Resource Teacher. She was a Special Education Resource Teacher at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School before becoming Department Head of Special Education at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary School. Following this headship, Mrs. Schillaci Marini was appointed Department Head of Special Education at Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School. She was then appointed Vice-Principal at Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School where she served as Vice-Principal for the past four years.

Mrs. Schillaci Marini has made numerous contributions to the HWCDSB system through her work with school and Board co-curricular activities and committees. She is past president of the Council for Exceptional Children, Chapter 289 Hamilton, and current co-chairperson for Catholic Education Week. Mrs. Schillaci Marini is also part of the Diocesan Mass Committee. She has been involved in the annual Pilgrimage Walk, the System Science Fair, and Literacy committees. She is committed to Christian meditation and Restorative Practice in the school. Mrs. Schillaci Marini is a facilitator leading workshops on effectively implementing Restorative Practice in the classroom and school environment.

Mrs. Schillaci Marini is a parishioner of St. Ann Parish where she is a Eucharistic Minister and parish volunteer. She believes in the “Each Belongs” philosophy and is guided daily by her strong faith in God and commitment to Catholic Education.

Mrs. Schillaci Marini is dedicated to helping all students achieve the Catholic Graduate Expectations. She is looking forward to working with all students and families of the St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School community. Her office is located within the Attendance Office.