The Department of Catholic Schools (DCS) provides support to over 15,000 students and 1,300 teachers, principals and school staff who are on their faith and education journey. Our purpose is to promote and serve our Community of Catholic Schools and the Portland Archdiocese by communicating, assessing and reporting on matters of faith, Catholic Identity, policy and academic achievement between the Archdiocese, DCS and the schools. Catholic schools in Oregon, in collaboration with parents, parish leadership, and the faith community, teach and model Gospel values and the faith of the Catholic Church thereby forming witnesses of Jesus Christ though comprehensive religious, academic, co-curricular and service programs.
Brother William Dygert, C.S.C., Ph.D. is a Brother of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and comes to the Archdiocese of Portland with 23 years of experience as a Catholic school superintendent, serving most recently in the Diocese of Paterson, NJ. Prior to Paterson, Brother William served as superintendent in the dioceses of Peoria, Providence, Tyler, and Beaumont. He has also served as a high school assistant principal and principal as well as a middle school president. In addition to holding a Bachelor’s Degree and three Master Degrees, he received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton, Ohio in 1998. Besides his administrative experience, he taught English at both the high school and college level. For nine summers, Brother William has taught a graduate course in the Remick Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame. He has served on a number of boards and committees, in connection with both his religious congregation as well as with Catholic schools, including a consulting role with the USCCB Committee on Education, from 2005-2008. He has presented and published on a wide range of school-related topics, including governance, strategic planning and standards. Most recently, he was recognized by the University Council of Educational Administration for Excellence in Educational Leadership.
Dr. Jeannie Ray-Timoney brings eighteen years of experience in the Archdiocese of Portland as both a teacher and principal to the her new position, Associate Superintendent. Her field of study in Catholic Educational Leadership focused on Catholic identity and Catholic school program effectiveness. Jeannie is responsible for guiding schools through the accreditation process, advancing curriculum and assessment in our Catholic schools, and ensuring that our schools live the mission of Catholic education. Together, Jeannie and her colleague John Matcovich serve as liaisons to principals. teachers, and parents when day-to-day questions and issues arise.
John Matcovich, Associate Superintendent, brings 16 years experience as a principal and 7 years as a classroom teacher, all within the Archdiocese of Portland. John is responsible for faith formation and the Catechist Certification program for all archdiocesan teachers and administrators; for the development, hiring, and support of new principals coming into our Catholic schools; and serves as a resource to principals in the areas of finance, personnel, legal, and risk management. Together, John and his colleague Jeannie Ray-Timoney serve as liaisons to principals. teachers, and parents when day-to-day questions and issues arise
Our two outstanding office support staff are Jessica Kast and Dina Boyle. Jessica is the Assistant to the Superintendent. She is a a St. Paul Parish School and Marist Catholic High School alumna and a graduate of University of Portland. Dina has supported our schools for 21 years. Dina works with schools on annual statistical reports, attendance, teacher licensure, substitute teachers, and other related personnel issues. Both Dina and Jessica are initial contacts when school staff and parents are seeking information about school related matters.