St. Mary Catholic School, Richmond, has hired Jenni Ellis as its principal, effective Nov. 1.

Since 2015, Ellis served as head of school at Sophia Academy in Atlanta.

She spent 11 years at Marist School, Atlanta. During 2004-2007, she was director of student activities, where, among other duties, she oversaw 56 non-athletic extracurricular and co-curricular activities.

In 2007, Ellis became assistant principal, where her duties included supervising the director of diversity, clubs’ coordinator, education technology specialist, and the debate and fine arts program.

From 2000-2004, she was assistant principal at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, Roswell, GA. Prior to that she was the school’s media specialist.

Before becoming an administrator, Ellis taught sixth and eighth grade math, reading, language arts, and social studies for four years at Westside Middle School in Rocky Face, GA.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education from the University of Georgia, a certificate in gifted education from North Georgia RESA, and a master’s degree in library media technology from Georgia State University.

In addition, Ellis has completed educational leadership coursework at Georgia State University and has been a presenter at the National Catholic Educational Association’s annual conventions and other conferences.

She has been an active member of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Atlanta, as a catechist and as women’s faith group co-founder and facilitator. Professional memberships include the National Catholic Educational Association, Association for Middle Level Education, Georgia Independent School Association and Southern Association of Independent Schools.