Saints and Scholars On-the-Go
A monthly podcast discussing the intersection of faith, education & daily life
In this episode, Superintendent Kathy Mears meets with two parents to discuss why they chose a Catholic school in the Archdiocese for their child, and why they choose to stay. Both mothers have a child at St. John Paul II Catholic Academy, Dorchester.
In this episode of Saints and Scholars On-the-Go, Superintendent Kathy Mears explores art in Catholic schools with art teachers from three schools in the Archdiocese: Sacred Heart High School in Kingston, Mount Alvernia High School in Newton, and St. John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester. Topics covered include how the Catholic faith influences and inspires art, especially in the classroom; addressing a student’s perception that they’re “bad at art,” and each teacher’s favorite art lesson to teach.
Interested in seeing student art from these three schools?:
Mount Alvernia High School Art Instagram Page
St John Paul II Catholic Academy Facebook Page
Sacred Heart Kingston High School Instagram Page
In this episode, Superintendent Kathy Mears chats with athletic directors from three schools in the Archdiocese of Boston: Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, Ste. Jeanne d'Arc in Lowell, and St. John's Prep in Danvers. Listen in as Kathy and the athletic directors discuss how Catholic mission is infused in their sports, their thoughts on specialization, and more.
In this episode, Superintendent Kathy Mears spends time with Our Lady of the Assumption (Lynnfield) Librarian Mary Gaeta. In this wide-ranging conversation, Kathy and Mary discuss the many benefits of Twitter, how professional development helps the both of them in their careers, and how to bring a global perspective into the classroom.
Mary also mentioned books that are currently on the list of her favorites:
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
Piggy Bunny by Rachel Vail and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
In this episode, Superintendent Kathy Mears dives into STREAM education with the leaders of Blessed Sacrament School in Walpole, Sacred Heart School in Roslindale, and St. Joseph Prep in Boston. STREAM stands for "Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics" and these three schools excel at this programming!
From left to right: Superintendent Kathy Mears; Head of School Thomas Nunan, St. Joseph Prep, Boston; STEM Teacher Nia Gipson, St. Joseph Prep, Boston; Principal Jim Spillman, Blessed Sacrament School, Walpole; Principal Monica Haldiman, Sacred Heart School, Roslindale
In this episode, Superintendent Kathy Mears gets up close and personal with Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston! This extra-special episode was recorded in early January to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. In this episode, Cardinal Seán encourages all Catholics to be involved with and support Catholic education. In addition, he has a special message for the Spanish-speaking members of the Archdiocese.
The Boston Pilot covered this podcast in the February 2 issue. To read the article, click here.
"There is no other institution that has moved people out of poverty the way that the Catholic schools have done, All Catholics, whether they have children who are school age or not, need to identify with this very important mission." - Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley
In this episode, Superintendent Kathy Mears of the Archdiocese of Boston chats with top teachers from Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston! These experienced and engaged teachers have a demonstrated history of improving their students' scores on the NWEA Map Test.
We hear from Kim Palladino from St. Anthony School in Everett, Kasey Calabro from St. Augustine School in North Andover, Kathleen Cashman from St. Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton, and Judy Covino from Ste Jeanne d'Arc School in Lowell. In this episode, you'll hear tips from Kathy and the teachers, and learn more about the love these teachers have for their students and school communities!
In this episode, Superintendent Kathy Mears chats with Deacon Jim Greer, the Director of the Office of Chaplaincy Programs. Kathy and Deacon Jim discuss his ministry, and focus on suicide prevention and awareness. Learn how you can help your loved ones, and learn which signs to look for.
The Office of Chaplaincy Programs offers many resources in regard to suicide and
bereavement: In addition, AARPS (Archdiocesan Addiction Recovery Pastoral Support Services) offers resources in regard to opioid addiction:
In this episode, Superintendent Kathy Mears chats with Sr. Bárbara Gutiérrez, SNDdeN, the director of enrollment management at the Catholic Schools Office. Sr. Bárbara, who has been at the Catholic Schools Office since the beginning of May, works with schools to strengthen their ties with Hispanic families.
Learn more about reaching out to Hispanic families in your community by listening to this episode!
Click on the image below to watch a short video about Sr. Bárbara's background!
The NCEA offers some great resources for connecting with Hispanic and Latino families in your community, including:
Teachers Julie Scott and Kyle Ganley, both of St. Joseph School in Needham, joined Superintendent Kathy Mears during Teacher Appreciation Week to chat about the joys and challenges of being a Catholic school teacher. When listening to this episode, you'll hear heartwarming stories about their school community. We are blessed with many intelligent and caring educators across the Archdiocese who care about their students and are focused on developing saints and scholars!