Braintree, MA (May 2018) – New Leaders and Apprentice Principals from schools throughout the Archdiocese of Boston gathered at a luncheon hosted by Superintendent Kathy Mears, Associate Superintendent of Mission Effectiveness and Leadership Dan Roy, and Senior Leadership Consultant Martha McCook on May 17, 2018. For the past year, the members of this group have received professional development and opportunities to practice their leadership skills. The group has benefited from the Leadership Initiative created by the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office and the Catholic Schools Foundation. The collaborative program aims to develop the capacities of the talented individuals working in our schools and to support new principals. Mears commented, “It was a joy to witness the passion and commitment these individuals brought to this program. Their work is ensuring the growth and development of our Catholic Schools.”
The group gathered at the luncheon to compare notes, reflect on the past year, and discuss future plans. Many of the aspiring leaders are looking for positions within the Archdiocese. Donna Henderson, a seasoned Catholic educator, has already been appointed principal at Saint Monica School in Methuen. Julia Fielder-Ross, who has worked alongside principal Mark Bedrosian at Saint Raphael Parish School in Medford, described the experience as eye opening. “I always knew that principals had a lot of responsibility, but I could not appreciate the extent of their role until I was able to get a behind the scenes view of what Mark does on a day to day basis,” Fielder-Ross said.
For new principals who are trying to navigate the complexities of being a first-time leader, this program created a professional network where they could connect with others and seek out additional support. Tiffany Sawyer, principal at Saint Patrick School in Roxbury, found that the most valuable part of the program was building a network with a rich group of diverse individuals. The members of the Leadership Initiative come from different backgrounds, have various levels of experience, and vary in ages. It truly is a cross-section of dedicated educators from the Catholics schools in the Archdiocese of Boston.
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