Youthful influence to lead Marian Catholic
By Casey Toner email@example.com March 4, 2014 7:00PM
Steve Tortorello | Supplied photo
Updated: April 6, 2014 6:40AM
Steve Tortorello has been involved with Marian Catholic High School for more than half of his life.
Whether he was taking advanced math courses at Marian when he was in seventh-grade, participating in school plays as a Marian student, or teaching classrooms of Marian students in his present role, it is not a stretch to say Tortorello has a long-time connection to the Chicago Heights school.
And it’s only going to get bigger.
Starting in July, the Tinley Park-native is set to take over as the eighth principal in the school’s history. He will be the first layperson to take the job and will assume the duties of current principal Sister Kathleen Anne Tait
“We aren’t taking a sharp left,” Tortorello said. “We’re going to build on the great stuff we’re already doing and make us even stronger in the future.”
Tortorello, 28, graduated from Marian in 2004 and went on to earn the following degrees from the University of Notre Dame: a bachelor’s degree in English and American studies, and master’s degrees in education and educational administration.
After teaching for two years at Our Lady of Lourdes School in East Los Angeles, Calif., Tortorello accepted a teaching job at Marian in 2010. He now teaches AP US History, AP European History, and freshman English.
Acknowledging that he is “not too far removed from college,” Tortorello said he has an “intimate feel,” for what Marian needs to prepare its students for.
“Even though I may be young, the Marian brain-trust collectively has great wisdom and youth,” Tortorello said.
Tortorello said his goals include updating the curriculum and overseeing a new program that will put an iPad in the hands of every Marian student starting next year.
“The future is really bright at Marian and that makes me happy,” Tortorello said.