Colleen Gribbin, Bay View Academy's first lay Principal, began her service as Middle and Upper School Principal on July 1, 1996. She was named Rhode Island's Principal of the Year for 2006-2007 by the Rhode Island Association of School Principals and was the first RI Catholic school principal to be given this honor. The RIASP considered Colleen to be "one of the very best in her profession."
Prior to coming to Bay View, she was the principal at St. Margaret's school in East Providence and associate principal at Mercymount Country Day in Cumberland. She has also taught at St. Thomas Regional School in Providence.
Colleen received her degree in elementary education from the University of Southern Maine and her Masters in Administration and Certificate in Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Curriculum from Rhode Island College.
Colleen, along with Lower School and Middle School Principal, Cynthia Lorincz, is responsible for moving the junior high into the current middle school concept, incorporating new, interdisciplinary curriculum and instituting grade level teams. Colleen has also enhanced the curriculum of the Upper School; doubling the number of Advanced Placement courses. She has also instituted courses that focus on problem-solving and hands-on techniques, such as Conceptual Physics and the Math Resources Lab. Her collaborative working style with teachers has encouraged them to be involved in developing new courses and upgrading existing curriculum; keeping Bay View on the cutting edge of curriculum and technology.
Colleen has been a board member at Sophia Academy, a private all girls middle school in Providence serving 57 students grades 5-8, and a member of the education committee of RISE. She is currently serving her second term on the Network Board for the Sisters of Mercy of Secondary education. She also currently serves on the board of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League.
She has been involved with the Sisters of Mercy Since 1986.
Cynthia Lorincz has been at Bay View Academy since 1993. Prior to becoming Principal, Cindy taught biology, chemistry and developmental psychology in the science department in the Upper School and served as chair of the science department. In 1999, she was named as the first associate principal of the Middle School and worked closely with Upper School Principal, Ms. Colleen Gribbin, to move the Academy from the junior high to Middle School model. She served as principal of the Middle School and acting principal of the Lower School during the 2008-2009 school year and was then named principal of both the Lower and Middle Schools in June of 2009.
Prior to coming to Bay View, Cindy taught at Mercymount Country Day School in Cumberland, RI and GED classes in mathematics for Bristol Community College. She began her career in education as a science teacher in the Boston Public Schools.
Cindy earned her bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College, did graduate work in guidance and counseling at Boston College and earned her master’s degree in administration at Providence College. She has presented at several conferences, including “Robotics in the Middle School” at the National Coalition of Girls Schools annual conference and “Low-Cost, One-to-One Computing” at the Christa McAuliffe Technology conference with two of her Bay View colleagues.
Cindy has focused on the enhancement and expansion of technology in the learning environment. The Middle School has adopted one-to-one computing for all students. In the Lower School, the early childhood program features an iPad learning center and the intermediate grades use a mobile netbook lab which enables each student to have her own in-school netbook. The intermediate grades in the Lower School have adopted a team teaching model which allows the teachers to specialize in curriculum areas.
Cindy served as president of the League of Women Voters of the Attleboros and served on the board of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. She has also served on the Planning Board of the City of Attleboro for ten years, the majority of those as the vice chair of the board.
Cindy lives with her husband Paul and has three children: Gregory, Ann, who is a 1999 Bay View graduate and Joseph.