By Corie Alimento, Principal
Whenever I am interviewing a candidate for an open teaching position, I always ask the question, “How do you stay on top of trends, events, or topics in education?”
The answer I am looking for is through attending professional development, professional memberships, reading journals/scholarly articles, blogs, and books written by known names in our field, etc. I get even more excited when candidates answer this question through the lens of Catholic education.
As an educational leader, it’s even more important for me to stay abreast of educational research. Not too long ago I read a book about Catholic education entitled Weathering the Storm: Moving Catholic Schools Forward. This book discusses critical elements that insure the successful future of a Catholic School. Obviously, Mission and Catholic Identity, Academic Excellence, Governance and Leadership, and Operational Vitality are the pillars that hold up a Catholic school, but the important components are the details within each pillar.
On October 20th, we had the remarkable opportunity to witness some of those details in action when we celebrated Grandparents’ Day. It is this extraordinary group of people who laid the foundation of faith for you and your family. As we celebrate one hundred years of stories and history of our school, their stories, their examples, their hard work, their moral values, and their beliefs have molded you and your children into who you are today. St. Isidore Parish and School is proud to partner with you and your families on this profound journey. Together, with parents and grandparents, we help our students find God’s truth, beauty, and goodness in all we are, all we see, and all we do. This is our mission. This is our legacy.
Another part of the “details” is taking an active role in parish life at St. Isidore. While we take our faith formation at school very seriously, it is important for our families to model their faith through attendance at Mass, participation in the sacraments, and being actively involved in the school and parish. While Covid has caused some families to step back from attending Mass in person, I encourage you to bring your family back. The connectedness you will feel to our parish and school will be beyond measure.
Corie Alimento, Principal – St. Isidore Catholic School
If you would like to discover the Academic, Social & Spiritual legacy St. Isidore Catholic School established over 100 years ago, please contact Gloria Lorusso, Director of Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s a place for your family here!