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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. M. Marrazzo, Vice-Principal

Bachelor of Social Sciences (McMaster University), B. Ed. (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Scotland)

Mr. Marrazzo proud to be a Catholic administrator and educator for the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board for over 25 years. It is with great anticipation that he joins St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School community as Vice-Principal.

Being a student of the of the H.W.C.D.S.B. has made a significant impact in Mr. Marrazzo’s life as an educator. His Catholic education began at Our Lady of the Assumption in Elfrida. He is a graduate of St Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary School. Mr. Marrazzo completed his undergraduate degree at McMaster University and completed his teaching degree at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow Scotland U.K. for Studies in Education.

Mr. Marrazzo began his teaching career teaching English, Geography and History and was in Student Services as a guidance counselor at Cathedral High School. In 2007 he implemented the Program to assist Student Success (P.A.S.S.) and Student Opportunity to Achieve Reintegration (S.O.A.R). His career continued at Bishop Tonnos C.S.S. where he assumed the role of Head of Student Services and Co-operative Education from 2014-2020. Mr. Marrazzo has also had 16 years of Summer School experience as classroom teacher, Vice Principal and Principal and then Program Co-Ordinator. In September of 2020 he was appointed as acting Vice Principal at St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School.

Mr. Marrazzo has made numerous contributions to the HWCDSB system through his work with school and Board co-curricular activities and committees. He is a founding member of the Knights of Columbus Council 14421 where he held an executive position in the Knights of Columbus and is a parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Winona. He has been involved in the annual Pilgrimage Walk, and various athletic co-curriculars including coaching both junior and senior football, wrestling, soccer, volleyball, and Prefect Teacher advisor. The dictum of his alma mater St. Jean De Brebeuf of Anima, Mens, Corpus, body mind and soul are the cornerstones of what Mr. Marrazzo believes to be tools to develop the whole student. He is an advocate of Christian meditation and Restorative Practice in the school.

Mr. Marrazzo’s approach to education is rooted in the belief that all students can learn. His commitment to the concept that “Each Belongs” has been a constant in his pedagogy and his practice towards the students in his care. His philosophy of an open-door approach to supporting students has created a welcoming and inclusive tone he uses with all students.

Mr. Marrazzo recognizes that students need a context that is meaningful and relevant in today’s ever-changing world. He is witness to Catholic social teaching by promoting equality, democracy, and solidarity for the St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School community. He welcomes his new role as Vice Principal and looks forward to working in this vibrant community. His office is located within the Attendance Office on the main level of the building.

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.