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most important decisions that you will need to make for your child.
Since 1959, St. Dominic School has been committed to an environment of
academic excellence in which each child's God-given talents are fully
developed within our faith-filled curriculum. Choosing a St. Dominic
Catholic School education for your child is an investment in their
At St. Dominic School, we recognize each child as a unique individual who will grow
spiritually, academically, physically, creatively, psychologically and
socially. We integrate academics with religious truth and values and
provide an academic environment that challenge each individual and
motivates lifelong learning. We teach social justice, multi-cultural
diversity, gender equity and social responsibility in the tradition of
Catholic social teaching.
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Degrees and Advanced Training:
Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and a Master
of Education from Marquette University
Background and Educational Philosophy:
In 1980 I was hired as a junior high social studies teacher and assistant
athletic director at St. Frances Cabrini School in West Bend. When I took
the job I felt that it would be a brief stop before landing a job at a
public high school. Twenty years later I left St. Frances Cabrini to become
the principal at St. Hubert School in Hubertus, Wisconsin. Now I enjoy being
the principal as St. Dominic School. Catholic education has become more than
just my life's work; it has become my vocation.
Twenty plus years as an educator and my Master's
degree course work at Marquette University, have led me to develop a vision
for myself as an educational leader. I strive to live this vision every day
in my role as principal. In my vision as an educational leader, I work to
develop a school in which faculty, parents and parish community all work
together in an environment that nurtures spiritual and academic growth. In
my vision, all in the school community treat each other with great respect
and a sense of "family" is developed. I work to insure that high academic
growth is achieved by students at all grade levels and is modeled by the
adult members of the community as life-long learners. Self-esteem,
self-confidence, and an ethical value system based on Gospel teachings is
evident throughout the school community that I lead. Instilled with these
qualities, I work to provide an atmosphere where all in our school emulate
the Christian way of life by service to the global community.
From this vision of myself as an educational leader, I have developed ten
core beliefs that I feel are essential for a school community to have
educational success. The genesis of this list came from the Leadership
Foundations of Private Education class that I took as I began my course work
at Marquette University. Further educational experiences that I have had as
a teacher and as a principal have led to refinement of the list. The
following are my core beliefs:
- True quality education must address the moral,
spiritual and academic needs of the students.
- Parents are the primary teachers of their
children. Parental support is important in the development of any
educational environment. A "family atmosphere" provides the parents with
a vested interest in the school.
- Education is a life-long process and Catholic
schools should be involved in the process for all members of the
- Students should have an opportunity to become
involved in co-curricular activities. These activities provide important
life lessons and the ability to put into practice Christian ideals.
- Students are the central focus of all education.
Educational methodologies must meet each individual student's needs.
- All students have the right to access current
technologies. Catholic school students must be prepared for the future.
- Service is a key component of a Catholic school.
Service opportunities must be provided to teach children to become
adults who model Christ's love in service to others.
- All students have the right to a quality
education regardless of economic status.
- The Catholic school is not just an instrument of
the Church, but also an evangelistic force to education all people about
- Quality teaching is essential to the learning
process. A fair pay scale, benefits package and agreeable working
conditions help to make for an atmosphere in which greater learning can
These ten core beliefs have guided me in my formation
of the St. Gabriel School educational environment and community and continue
to influence me in my role of principal at St. Dominic School. I believe
that teaching is truly the greatest profession. Teachers really can change
the world one student at a time. What a tremendous opportunity it is for a
principal to provide the support, encouragement and motivation for each
teacher to do their best. If teachers can change the world one student at a
time, principals have the power to change the world one school at a time.
What a powerful tool this can be to make the world a better place. I am
excited to have this opportunity to meet this challenge at St. Dominic