On April 1st, a letter from Sr. JoAnne Goecke, D.C. went home in the Tuesday folders. Even though it was April Fools Day, this was not a joke! Sister JoAnne will be transitioning to a new mission next school year and we will be welcoming a new principal–Sister Brenda Monahan, D.C. Sr. Brenda comes to us from the Diocese of Birmingham, where she is the Director of Beacons of Hope, Inc., which serves four Catholic school communities in that area. She has extensive experience working within Catholic schools, both as a teacher and as an administrator. She will be here for a brief visit in mid-April, and we hope to be able to to schedule a meet-and-greet so that parents may stop by and say hello before the school year begins.
Sister JoAnne looks back fondly on her time here, as she expressed in her letter:
I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude for God’s loving Providence over Mother Seton School during my time here since 2006. During these 8 years, I have experienced a vibrancy of faith and a commitment to mission among all in the MSS family that is second to none. When any member of our school family experienced family, personal, or economic stress I have seen the impossible happen through persevering prayer, sincere compassion, and a can do spirit among our faculty, parents, Board, benefactors, and volunteers.
I have been blessed to work with a strong, well prepared faculty and staff who love their work, love the children they serve, and give generously of their time and many talents. Special projects and clubs abound, and students are enriched thanks to their creativity and planning. Their dedication is reflected in the way our students excel academically and mature spiritually, holding true to the spirit of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Thanks to everyone’s efforts, we have seen the Learning Center develop and grow to provide a wide variety of services previously not available to our children. Our Technology Committee has seen to it that we advance with the times, providing IT access to students in any location in the school, training in newer technologies, and opening doors to the vast teaching and learning resources available through the web and assistive technology for special needs.
Thanks to the skills and commitment of Advancement and Finance staff, these offices have come of age, utilizing the best means to support the mission of MSS and establishing highly professional offices to better serve the needs of our families and the community. Continued attention to the facility has been possible thanks to staff and the Facility Committee’s commitment to responsible stewardship of the beautiful school plan that we inherited from those who have gone before us, especially, Sr. Mary Catherine Conway and all responsible for constructing the new wing.
I could go on and on. In a word, God has been good to us and for this I am truly grateful.
As we prepare for this changing of the guard, let us keep Sr. JoAnne, Sr. Brenda, and the entire Mother Seton School community in our prayers.