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Margaret Taranto Named New Principal at Academy of the Holy Names

Taranto Joined Holy Names in 2013 as Math Teacher

(Albany) – March 20, 2023. Dr. Martin Kilbridge, President of Academy of the Holy Names, announced today after a national search, Margaret Taranto has been selected as the next Principal of Academy of the Holy Names. Taranto succeeds Michele Musto, who earlier announced her retirement after 32 years of service to the school. Taranto is currently the Middle School Coordinator and a Math teacher at the school.

“We had many qualified candidates apply,” Kilbridge said. “Margaret stood out as someone who understands the value of a faith-based, college preparatory education for nurturing young women and who appreciates the need to foster connections in our tight-knit community.”

“Educating our young women is not simply about teaching reading, writing and arithmetic,” Taranto said. “Rather, any effective educational institute seeks to develop the whole person. I’m thrilled to take on this new challenge at a place I’ve called home for the past ten years and look forward to furthering this academic environment where each member of the community feels welcomed and accepted for who they are.”

Mrs. Taranto came to Holy Names in 2013 as a Math teacher. In recent years she took on further responsibilities as Middle School Coordinator overseeing a substantial growth in enrollment and engaging middle school faculty in a comprehensive curriculum review.

Mrs. Taranto has degrees from Hamilton College and Harvard Graduate School of Education and will complete her Certificate of Instructional Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education in May.

Taranto begins her tenure July 1.

About Academy of the Holy Names

Academy of the Holy Names in Albany offers a student-centered education for girls in grades 6-12 delivered with expertise and a passion for inspiring girls to become active leaders in service to others. The school is one of a distinguished international network of schools sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Learn more at


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