BRUNSWICK — Andree Tostevin, principal of St. John’s Catholic School in Brunswick, will receive a 2011 Distinguished Principal Award at the National Catholic Educational Association’s annual convention April 26-28 in New Orleans.

Tostevin is one of 12 principals nationwide who will receive the association’s top award for principals this year, the organization announced today.

When Tostevin joined St. John’s, she initiated changes that unified the teaching staff, revived morale and renewed commitment to the school’s Catholic identity, said Brother Robert Bimonte, an NCEA staff member.

“She has kept enrollment steady despite the closing of a nearby naval base,” Bimonte said. “She is developing a template for a cost-of-programming tuition schedule that will be used by every Catholic school in the state.”

Tostevin said Catholic schools are successful when they promote demanding academics, provide a strong community of faith and give each student personal, positive attention.

“Everything we do is evaluated against our Catholic teachings,” Tostevin said. “I am blessed to have people around me who show me every day what it means to be Catholic.”