New principals appointed in Augusta, Macon

Originally Appeared in : 9714-7/6/17



Laura Webster has been appointed principal at Saint Mary on the Hill Catholic School in Augusta. Having worked as a teacher in public education in South Carolina for 10 years. Webster began her Catholic education career at Saint Mary Help of Christians Catholic School in Aiken, SC in 2003. Since joining Catholic education, she has served as a teacher and assistant principal. 


Laura commented that “she will work with all stakeholders to make Saint Mary on the Hill a Catholic School where parents will step onto this campus and realize that this is where they want their children to be educated, and also want to become a part of the St. Mary’s family.” 


Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Education from the University of South Carolina. She has earned two Master’s degrees. Her first Master’s degree is in Special Education from the University of South Carolina and the second is in Educational Administration from Augusta State University. In addition to earning three degrees, she completed the Emmaus Series for Catholic School Leaders in Boston.


As Laura prepares to lead Saint Mary on the Hill Catholic School, she notes that “education is simply missing something if it doesn’t grow our young people spiritually and academically.” 
Saint Mary on the Hill Catholic School is a K – grade 8 elementary school in Augusta. It serves more than 440 children in the community.



Alex Porto has been named principal at Saint Joseph Catholic School in Macon. Porto has worked in Catholic schools for 25 years in the Archdioceses of Miami and Atlanta. His most recent leadership position was serving as principal of Saint John Neumann Regional Catholic School in Lilburn. 


Porto earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from the University of Miami and his Master of Science in Computer Education and certification in Educational Leadership from Barry University in Miami. 


Raised by Cuban immigrant parents, Alex is bilingual in English and Spanish.


In his spare time, Alex enjoys fishing, hunting and playing guitar. He currently plays solo/duo acoustic shows, and plays in a band based out of Lawrenceville.


Alex recently stated that he believes that “Catholic education is a vehicle through which a child can experience God at such a fundamental level that (s)he is truly formed to become God’s people. We are called to educate the whole child. Through Catholic education I can help children become the people God has called them to be.”


Saint Joseph Catholic School is a PreK – grade 6 elementary school in Macon. It serves more than 250 children in the community.

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