Dear St. Mary’s Catholic School Community,
My name is Mrs. Theresa Wyles; and I am honored to have been selected to become the Principal of St. Mary’s Catholic School.
I was born and grew up in Wyoming, earning my Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Wyoming. I moved to California in 1983 and earned my California Teaching Credential, a Master of Science in Education and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration. I worked in the Diocese of Orange for 30 years, teaching all grade levels from first through eighth, was a Vice Principal for four years and have just completed my seventh year as the Principal of St. Polycarp Catholic School.
As an educator, it is my belief that I must continue to learn and grow in my chosen vocation. I knew it was time to move on. To this end, my husband, Paul, and I chose to look to the great state of Texas for an opportunity. We are blessed to have been welcomed to the wonderful community of Temple, Texas and St. Mary’s Catholic School.
My priorities as Principal of St. Mary’s Catholic School are clear:
To Be Faith-Filled:
As Principal, I will bring my faith into the lives of the school community through my daily interactions, talking, knowing and living my faith and inspiring others to do the same.
To Be Present:
As Principal, it is essential not only to be visible to the school and parish community, but also to be actively involved with the stakeholders in all aspects of school life.
To Love the Children:
A successful Principal must love children. My position as Principal is a vocation, specifically because of my love for children and my dedication to their spiritual and academic growth.
My mother used to tell me that teaching in a Catholic school wasn't a job; it was a vocation. I know this to be true. I thank God for the opportunity to be a part of such an important mission, to educate our children. I am truly fortunate.
Sincerely in Christ,
Mrs. Theresa Wyles
The primary role of St. Mary’s Catholic School is the continuous formation of our students through a Catholic program of education committed to a standard of excellence.
We help students to develop their spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical abilities within a community dedicated to living the gospel.
In cooperation with the family, we help students to form character, so they will accept responsibility to fulfill their personal potential and learn to share their gifts through love for all.
Rooted in Tradition: Educating for the Future
St Mary’s Catholic School is to prepare students to excel in High School, as well as to shine as a light for Christ in the world by using their unique God given potential, doing all in the spirit of our Blessed Mother.
Philosophy of Education of St. Mary’s Catholic School:
We believe that each child is loved by God and uniquely created for a sublime purpose. Therefore, we must help our students to love God and neighbor with a whole heart; to think, judge, and act with right reason; and to use their education to better embrace Catholic teachings and the example of Christ.
To accomplish this aim, the school strives to create a Christian atmosphere of care and concern in which all children may grow toward their full potential spiritually, morally, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. The very nature of the child requires a coordinated education, which is the product of a cooperative effort by home, church, and school. It is through this harmonious partnership that the aim of Catholic education is achieved.
We believe that the “effective Catholic School must call its pupils to the conviction that people are more important than material gain, that justice is more important than success, that love is more important than esteem, and that collaboration unites while competition divides. The truly successful Catholic School student is not necessarily one who is successful in every endeavor, but one who accepts Christian responsibility for fulfillment of personal potential and shares these gifts with others.” (Texas Catholic Conference Education Department)
Goals of Catholic Education:
· The school promotes a community of believers and active learners in the spirit of Jesus Christ to become responsible citizens in today’s society.
· The school provides instructional leadership and maintains an effective and efficient program of studies.
· The purpose, design, and implementation of the curriculum represent the school mission that is shared by teachers, parents, and students.
Why choose Catholic schools?
· The Catholic school climate, mission, and purpose positively impact student achievement and attendance (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
· A faith-based orientation builds coherence and integration of schools and school community (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
· Students demonstrate higher academic achievement in Catholic schools (Coleman, Hoffer, & Kilgore, 1982; Sander, 1996).
· Graduates of Catholic high schools are more likely to vote and earn higher wages (Dee, 2005; Neal, 1997).
· Catholic schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell, 2001; Wolf, Greene, Kleitz, & Thalhammer, 2001).
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