April 29, 2016
Weekly letter to the Bishop Chatard HS parent community
If you have read anything I have written over the past three years, you know that I am a big fan of our faculty. I have pointed out on many occasions the dedication, commitment and passion of these outstanding educators.
I am preparing to conduct end-of-year reviews of those Administrators for whom I have supervisory responsibility. You should have no doubt that the essential areas of the school are in good hands. My review examines ten areas of administration, including skills like planning, organizing, managing, supervising, and dealing with unexpected challenges. Also included in the review are some of the intangibles of leadership – things like faith, collegiality and initiative. These are the areas that may well have the greatest impact on our students, and having a positive impact on students is why we are here. Our administrators excel in these areas.
Faith: Acts as a witness of and has a willingness to share his or her faith with others
Our goal is to bring young people closer to God. The men and women who direct our programs need to be out front, leading this charge. They are. They incorporate prayer in their daily lives and throughout their department. You will find them at weekly Mass, on retreats, and serving as Eucharistic ministers. They wear their faith on their sleeves by modeling Christ-like behavior. And our students are watching; they are always watching.
Collegiality: Works with other departments, supports the decisions of the school
I believe a successful school is built on a foundation of supportive relationships. No department is on an island. It is essential that all areas of the school work together toward the same goals. Our administrators share ideas and support one another’s projects and events.
We do not always agree on everything. However, once the discussions and debates are over and a decision is made, we leave the room on the same page and will support that decision.
Initiative: Always looking for ways to improve his or her area of responsibility
One of Bishop Chatard’s greatest attributes is that we are constantly looking for ways to improve. We are very proud of who we are and what we have accomplished as a school, but we are not content. Successful people, such as those who direct our programs, begin this process with self-reflection – How can I be better? From there they challenge the people in their departments – How effective are we? Is there a better way to do this? Our administrators show pride in what they do by continually looking for ways to improve.
I am proud to be counted among this group of outstanding administrators and thank them for their dedication to the students of Bishop Chatard.