Walter Reap Sr. will become the second principal of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, an independent Catholic middle school dedicated to the education of boys and girls from low-income families in Baltimore. (Courtesy photo)

Walter D. Reap Sr., an award-winning and experienced leader in education, was appointed the new principal of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, a college preparatory school that aims to empower students in Baltimore City to succeed in college, work and life. Reap will replace Tom Malone, who will become the new principal at Mother Seton Academy, also located in Baltimore.

“Walter Reap is an outstanding educator and teacher and an award-winning and experienced principal,” the school’s president, William Heiser said in a statement. “His student-centered leadership and innovative approach of infusing technology and cross-curricular connections will serve the students well at Cristo Rey. We are very fortunate to have him as our next principal.”

In a follow-up interview with the AFRO, Heiser reiterated his praise for the noted educator: “He really does put his students first.”

Cristo Rey Jesuit opened in 2007 and serves 350 college-bound students in grades nine through 12. The school is sponsored by the Maryland Province Jesuits, which also founded what have become Loyola University Maryland and Loyola Blakefield, a college preparatory school for boys in Towson, Md.

Reap comes to Cristo Rey Jesuit from Edward M. Felegy Elementary in Hyattsville, Md., where, under his leadership, the school underwent the construction of a multi-million dollar campus. Prior to that, Reap was principal at Germantown Elementary School in Annapolis, where he facilitated the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and the Kid’s at Hope Training for School Community; and construction of a new school building.

Reap, who lives with his family in Southwest Baltimore, has been honored with numerous awards, including the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award and the Nancy Grasmick Excellence for Minority Achievement Award.

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