OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
March 26, 2015
Dear Bishop O’Dowd Community,
I am writing to inform you that I have decided to accept the position of Principal at Carondelet High School. My twenty-seven years at Bishop O’Dowd, as a teacher, coach, and administrator, have been a gift. In being part of an environment where students experience success on so many levels, academically, athletically, and in their myriad activities, I have seen how transformative a Catholic education, one that focuses on the education of the whole person, can be. All those thousands of young people over all those years have been my inspiration, have filled me with hope, and have made me a better human being.
Over the years I have also seen some of the struggles that young women face in the world today, academically, socially, and athletically, along with the amazing strides that have been made in those areas. The opportunity to mentor, guide, and help the young women at Carondelet High School find a voice to speak for their equality and to demand that the concept of social justice be applied to their lives as well as to others in need is my primary reason for accepting that opportunity, that and the fact that it cuts my commute by over an hour per day!
In my letter expressing my interest in the position of Principal at Carondelet, I shared my educational philosophy. It is long, so I won’t include it here, but at its heart is the idea that all students can learn through hard work, concentrated study, self-analysis, and the building of confidence. In an atmosphere where they are allowed to explore their faith and their interests and to pursue what they are passionate about, young people learn not just specific skills and concepts, they gain a positive sense of identity and self-worth, they become more compassionate and empathetic, they become agents of change for the world around them.
This is exactly what happens at Bishop O’Dowd. I have experienced it so often, with so many young people. As the days pile up and the years move along, it is all too easy to forget that, to overlook the impact we all have on the young people we interact with everyday. As I ready myself to leave this community, I am reminded of how wonderful this place is and how dedicated and amazing the people here are. You all have your hearts in the right place, and you all create your own unique opus of giving. It has been an honor to be a part of this community!
Dragon for Life
Developing Leaders of Competence, Conscience and Compassion