The School Advisory Board is holding their annual election for three new board members. Parishioners are asked to electronically affirm the candidates who will serve three year terms.
Catholic values, and the need to serve others, were values instilled in me from a very young age. Growing up I was fortunate to attend Marian Catholic High School and, subsequently, John Carroll University in Ohio. My positive experiences at both schools were foundational in shaping me into the person that I am today. My wife Brigid and I live in La Grange with our children Norah, Patrick, and Colleen. We have been parishioners of SJC for ten years, and all of our children have attended SJC since preschool. SJC Parish School provides an exceptional education, individualized attention, and the support for each student to achieve their full potential. I am interested in participating in the School Advisory Board to help in shaping a successful future for our school, and to share these benefits with other families.
As a product of Catholic schools through grade school and high school, I am dedicated to the role of Catholic education in educating the whole child. Steve and I were active in our Catholic school in Chicago, Alphonsus Academy. When we moved to Western Springs, we elected to send our kids to SJC for the Catholic education and strong sense of community and parental involvement. We have been more than pleased with this decision and the daily reminders our kids have received about the role of faith and serving others. We know this foundation will carry them toward success in their academic, professional and personal lives. I believe my past volunteer, fundraising and development and professional experience will be a benefit to the school.
In 2017, our family moved from Scottsdale, AZ to Western Springs where we became parishioners and enrolled our children at SJC Parish School. We currently have children in 6th, 5th and 2nd grade and will enroll our youngest in kindergarten this fall. Prior to our move, I worked as a teacher in grades K-8 teaching everything from full day kindergarten to middle school algebra, as well as serving as a district wide instructional coach to new and tenured teachers. Additionally, I hold both a gifted and reading endorsement. I believe in establishing policies and making decisions based on what is best for kids, bridging a home and/to school connection whenever possible, and working
together to help SJC Parish School reach its full potential academically, spiritually and financially.