Principal’s Message


Dear Friends, Prospective Students and Parents, 

Welcome to St. Philip Roman Catholic Elementary School!

Our mission calls us to Respect others, Educate ourselves, Give of our talents, Inspire all who enter and Support the Catholic church and community, and build disciples of Christ. It is our responsibility to provide students opportunities for spiritual growth and enhancement of Christian values so that each may pursue a life centered in Jesus Christ.

Our teachers are committed to offering each student the opportunity to grow to his or her highest potential, and our curriculum offers students ample opportunities for heightened success and self- esteem.

We teach children the necessary skills to succeed in high school and beyond, and how to become loving members of the Catholic Church.

It is our joy to teach our students. We teach in a Catholic school because we love the children and God. Our mission to educate and serve is always for the greater glory of God. 

What parents value defines what is important to their children. When you value faith and education, so will your children.


Welcome to the St. Philip Community

Dr. Brian M. Dougherty

Dr. Dougherty's Bio

Dr. Dougherty has an extensive background in Catholic Education as a past teacher, Principal and most recently as Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Detroit. During his tenure as Superintendent, Dr. Dougherty was responsible for 72 grade schools, 24 high schools, 3,000 educators and 90,000 students. His expertise in collaborative leadership, administrative directives, educational budgets and finances, his ability to build strong working relationships with faculty, staff and parents, and his very strong Catholic faith has enabled him to achieve amazing success in Catholic Education. Dr. Dougherty believes “Catholic schools that foster open discussions of the teachings of Jesus through the Gospels help students grow not only in their faith but as life long practicing Catholics. 

The school is called to engage students and guide their Faith journey through discussion, in every classroom, on the playground and in the halls.” A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Dr. Dougherty earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a BA in History from Mercyhurst University. Dr. Dougherty is very excited to begin his tenure as Principal at Saint Philip School. Welcome, Dr. Dougherty!

School Secretary

Welcome to our new School Secretary - Michelle O'Toole

“I am very excited to be a part of the staff here at St. Philipschool.Everyone has been very welcoming, and I can’t wait to meet all the students and their families!”

I have been involved with Catholic Schools in many ways for a very long time. I graduated from Seton LaSalle High School. As a parent, my two sons attended Brookline Regional Catholic/St. John Bosco Academy and Seton LaSalle High School. I have volunteered in many capacities and worked part time at Brookline Regional Catholic/St. John Bosco Academy for the past nineteen years. Our family has been involved in the Boy Scout program with our sons for over 20 years. I enjoy baking and biking with my husband.