The Catholic Commentator 

An opportunity to spend more time with his family as well as returning to his educational roots proved to be pivotal in Brian Moscona accepting the job as principal at St. Thomas More School in Baton Rouge.  

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Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School president Brian Moscona greets students as they return to modular buildings at the former site of Redemptorist High School earlier this year. Moscona has accepted the principal’s position at St. Thomas More School in Baton Rouge and will begin his new duties in June. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator 

 

Moscona, who has been president at Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School for the past 15 months after resigning from his job as principal at Our Lady of Mercy School in Baton Rouge, will move to St. Thomas More on June 1. He is replacing current principal Dr. Judy Armstrong, who is resigning.  

Moscona is the father of two children, and he and his wife, Kayla, are expecting their third child in September. All three of his children will be enrolled at St. Thomas, including the baby, who will be in a new nursery at STM that will open at the beginning of the school year.

“I am going to be able to have all three of my kids on campus at St. Thomas More,” Moscona said. “To have our lives integrated will be great.”  

He added that he also misses relationships he is able to form with students when serving as a principal instead of a school president. He said that his role as Cristo Rey president is more external, requiring him to spend much of his time away from school.  

“I personally missed working with the young students and to be more kind of hands on and involved with them,” Moscona said. “Building the culture of the school, being a part of (the students’) educational experience is something that I really miss. Now that is not a part of my life I have come to recognize how much I really enjoy that.”  

Moscona said he is looking forward to working with St. Thomas More pastor Father Michael Alello. The two attended Catholic High School in Baton Rouge together; Moscona graduating in 1999 and Father Alello one year earlier. 

“We share so much educational philosophy in terms of what a Catholic school is all about,” Moscona said. “That will be a great partnership.”  

The Catholic High connection is also being bolstered by the addition of Greg Brandao as Director of Mission Advancement. Brandao, who is returning home after serving this past year as interim principal at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey, was principal at Catholic when Moscona and Father Alello were in school.  

“(Brando) has been an educational hero and mentor of mine,” Moscona said “It’s kind of fun we are reuniting.”  

Moscona admitted he was torn because of his love for Cristo Rey. He is supportive of the school’s unique educational model, and believes the community needs Cristo Rey. 

Father Alello said he is thrilled to have his longtime friend lead the St. Thomas More leadership team.