Catholic schools are a family affair

Anna and Beau Quattrone

Beau Quattrone’s love for learning began in a Catholic school, where he later taught his three children. Today he shares that passion with his daughter Anna, who is following in his footsteps as she helps to promote Catholic education.

“I always tell students that no matter what, Jesus loves you and God will show you the way,” he said. “He has a path for each and every one of us.”

The elder Quattrone, principal of the new Holy Family Catholic School in Plum, grew up in Monongahela. He attended Transfiguration School, Ringgold High School, and then received a football scholarship to Virginia Military Institute. Later he earned a master’s in elementary education from California University of Pennsylvania, but went into the insurance business.

Years later, Quattrone was asked to apply for a position to teach science at his old grade school, now known as Madonna Catholic Regional School. Anna, in the seventh grade, was one of his first students.

“He was a great teacher,” she said. “We were challenged academically but set up for success.”

“Madonna Catholic also inspired me to grow in my faith. I had a good relationship with Jesus and I look back now and see how it developed.”

After graduating from Serra Catholic High School in 2014, Anna earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and Hispanic studies from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Today she is the marketing coordinator in the Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Washington. Beau Quattrone became principal of St. John the Baptist School, which recently merged with St. Joseph in Verona to form Holy Family Catholic School.

Dad and daughter “talk shop”—discussing preparations for the upcoming school year, seeking to increase enrollment and finding new ways tell the story of Catholic education.

“My wife Jennifer and I couldn’t be any prouder of what Anna is doing,” Beau Quattrone said. “With her education, we knew she would make a good decision.”

“My parents sacrificed a lot to give me the gift of a Catholic education,” Anna said. “I’m happy that they are proud of my career choice.”