Meet Our Administration
Mrs. Jeane McNamara, President
Jeane McNamara is the third President of Little Flower Catholic High School, appointed in April 2018.
Mrs. McNamara comes to Little Flower after a varied 27-year long career in education (both in teaching and administration), with stops at Benchmark School in Media, Pennsylvania, Sun Valley High School in Aston, Pennsylvania, Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania and most recently was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Villa Maria Academy High School in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Her 10 years of work with and dedication to the mission of the IHM Sisters at Villa Maria in Malvern positions Mrs. McNamara to set a course for Little Flower Catholic High School to be the premier all-female Catholic high school in the Philadelphia area. Through prayerful discernment to our patroness, St. Thérèse, Mrs. McNamara envisions limitless opportunities for the students of Little Flower to flourish as faith-filled, college and career-ready and independent women. Mrs. McNamara looks to build upon the already legendary dedication of the Little Flower Alumnae network and especially is eager to energize
younger alumnae to become more actively connected to their current ‘sisters’. Mrs. McNamara holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Widener University and has done post graduate work in Leadership Studies through Arcadia University and Social and Emotional Learning Theory through Neumann University. Her Pennsylvania educational certifications include Secondary Social Studies and English, K-12 Reading Specialist, K-12 Curriculum Supervision, Elementary and Secondary Principalship. She was named the 1999 National Economics Teacher of the Year by the Foundation for Teaching Economics and was inducted to the Sun Valley High School Hall of Fame in 2015. Jeane McNamara has been married to her husband and fellow educator Bill, for 26 years and they have 3 children, Colin, Maggie Rose and Sean.
Sister Kathleen Klarich, RSM, Principal
Sister Kathleen Klarich, RSM, has served as Principal at Little Flower Catholic High School since September, 1995. Sister Kathleen, a graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia, holds a BS in Education with certification in Business Education and a MS in Education from Temple University. Sister completed course work for the Principal Certification at St. Joseph University.
Prior to being appointed Principal of Little Flower, Sr. Kathleen served as an administrator at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School, a member of the Guidance Staff at Merion Mercy Academy, and a Business teacher at John W. Hallahan and Little Flower.
Sister Kathleen is dedicated to fostering the vision, mission, and traditions of Little Flower. She is committed to working with all members of the community to provide a rigorous academic program designed to prepare all students for success in college, career, and life in the 21st Century. With this vision in the forefront, we focus our efforts on ensuring our students are developing their potential each day in a school environment which promotes Catholic Christian values and academic excellence for all students. Members of the LF community live our mission intentionally every day as we “empower young women to recognize and develop their God-given potential, deepen their faith, and grow in awareness of their moral responsibilities…”
Sr. Kathleen knows there is a special spirit within the Little Flower community. She first experienced this spirit as a beginning teacher in 1972, when she began her ten-year term as a Business teacher and CSC moderator. She recognizes this spirit is a gift of our patroness, St. Therese, a gift which has blessed Little Flower since 1939. Following the “Little Way” of St. Therese, our patroness, we do all that we can to nourish this spirit of love and care for one another. All members of our community make every effort to respect, encourage and support one another as we continually grow to become our best selves each day.
Mrs. Maryanne Rayer, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs
Mrs. Maryanne Rayer is the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls. Prior to this position, Mrs. Rayer was the World Language Department Chairperson and a Spanish teacher at Little Flower for 25 years. Her educational career before Little Flower included teaching Spanish at West Philadelphia Catholic Girls’ High School and Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown.
As Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Mrs. Rayer, along with the administration, faculty and staff, strives to offer a comprehensive extracurricular activities program that includes academic, artistic, athletic, cultural, health-related and service clubs. In addition, Little Flower is fortunate to have a wonderful Home and School Association, whose parents are dedicated to supporting and volunteering at all events. Providing opportunities for all of our students to become involved, and to feel that they are a part of the Little Flower community, is of the utmost importance.
The objective of Little Flower’s activities program is directly in line with part of our mission statement – “empowering young women to recognize and develop their God given talents”. Clubs, activities and sports also offer students the means to form friendships, attain leadership positions and to learn to work collaboratively as a team. Moreover, joining extracurricular activities makes the high school experience more memorable and fun for our students!
Mrs. Rayer holds a BS in Secondary Education with a concentration in Spanish as well as an MA in Education from Villanova University. She attended Cardinal O’Hara High School. The LF community is like family to Mrs. Rayer. The administration, faculty, and staff genuinely care about the students and each other. She feels blessed to be able to come to work here every day!
Mr. Larry A. Rosbach, Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs
Although he spent most of his life living in Philadelphia, Mr. Rosbach found his beginnings and formation in the rural part of the Northeast Pennsylvania.
He grew up in Sullivan County, a scenic county of forests and farms with far more cattle and deer then people. Mass was a 10 mile trip over mountainous country roads to St. Francis Xavier church in Overton, Pennsylvania. He attended a one-room schoolhouse for first, second, and third grade and another one-room schoolhouse for grades four, five and six. After that he attended Loyalsock High School that had a total of about 70 students in grades 7 through 12. Mr. Rosbach played basketball and baseball, was class president, and played baritone horn. Three high schools merged into Sullivan County High School. Mr. Rosbach attended SCHS in grade 12 where he was a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and was a member of the first graduating class.
Mr. Rosbach attended LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree. At LaSalle he made lifelong friends. He also met Theresa Coyle who would become his wife. After graduation he began teaching math at Bishop Neumann High School (later it became St. John Neumann High School). In the years at Neumann he taught algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, AP calculus, AP computer science, practical math, probability and statistics, and pre-calculus. He also served as Math Department Chair, and later as Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs. While at Neumann Mr. Rosbach took classes at Temple University and earned a Master of Education degree in Education. When St. John Neumann High School closed in 2004 and merged with St. Maria Goretti High School, Mr. Rosbach became Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs at Cardinal O'Hara high school in Springfield, Delaware County where he remained for eight years.
Hoping to return to teaching, Mr Rosbach opted for a Geometry and Algebra 1 roster at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls 1n 2012. After one academic quarter, Mr. Rosbach moved into the Academic Office where he remains today.
Mr. Rosbach lives in Lawncrest with his wife, Theresa, and is a member of St. William Parish. He has two adult daughters, Michelle and Laura. They each have two children.
Mr. Rosbach loves his family, his church, and God. He enjoys baseball and all the other TV sports. He also enjoys running, reading, fantasy sports, and music. He has completed 22 marathons and runs the 10-mile Broad Street race every May.
When he retires Mr. Rosbach hopes to complete at least one more marathon. He enjoys helping students with math difficulties, and hopes to contribute in that role as a volunteer when he retires.
Mr. Rosbach has nothing but good memories of his times at Neumann and Cardinal O'Hara, but he feels blessed and fulfilled by the culture and people at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls.
Mrs. Mary McDonald, Assistant Principal for Student Services
Mrs. Mary McDonald is currently the Assistant Principal for Student Services at Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls. Mrs. McDonald came to Little Flower Catholic High School after serving as the Assistant Principal at Archbishop Wood High School and Cardinal Dougherty High School. Before working in high school Mrs. McDonald taught at St. Cecilia's grade school, totaling 27 years in education. Mrs. McDonald holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Neumann University and a B.S. in Marketing from St. Joseph's University. She attended Bishop Shanahan High School. In addition to her teaching and administrative experiences, Mrs. McDonald has coached girls’ basketball for over 35 years and is in the Hall of Fame at both St. Joseph's University and Bishop Shanahan High School. She has been married 40 years and has four children, three boys and a girl and has been blessed with four wonderful granddaughters. She is a volunteer for the Fox Chase Champions, a soccer league for special needs students, a cause near and dear to her heart. Mrs. McDonald appreciates that Little Flower is a welcoming community that is called to the “little way” of St. Thérèse and celebrates this calling. The parents, students, faculty and staff are supportive, compassionate and friendly and propels each member to strive to be better.
Rev. Joseph C. McCaffrey, School Minister
Father Joseph McCaffrey, ordained for priestly service for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in May, 1999, has assisted the Little Flower Community as its School Minister since September, 2002. In his seventeen years of service to our community Father McCaffrey has taught all grade levels of Theology, reorganized the Latin coursework with an Ecclesial dimension, and initiated a supplementary Theology course (dubbed ‘Catholic Lab’) serving as an introduction for students with limited Catholic backgrounds or as a bridge for students fully initiated into the Catholic Faith. Father’s achievements with the Catholic Lab was recognized in the Winter, 2018 issue of Ignite Magazine.
Father oversees the retreat programs at Little Flower with the goals of substance, comprehension, dedication and contribution. Father, at the request of students from the Class of 2018, initiated a leadership overnight retreat where the retreatants focus on these four goals and leave stamped with the resolve to be a disciple of the LORD.
Father enjoys correspondence with the Little Flower Alumnae and is privileged to celebrate daily Mass for the many special needs and intentions of our alumnae. Father maintains a sacred alumnae space in Chapel, near the tabernacle, so the desires of our hearts are never far from grace. Special monthly remembrances are also included for the alumni of North Catholic and Cardinal Dougherty in recognition of our close relationships with both communities.
Father encourages all to be aware of the continual Incarnational presence of God and to celebrate his presence by using the talents he has endowed. The student group ‘Liturgical Friends’ derives its name from the Gospel According to St. John: “I have called you friends” and encourages the students to embrace their friendship with God and St. Thérèse through their unique, simple, and loving service.
Father strives to radiate the Holy Spirit’s Fruit of joyfulness. With a license plate that begins with the letters ‘JSR’ it comes naturally for Father to Joyfully Seek Roses.