It is with great excitement that we announce the following news for the 2022-2023 school year.
Since opening our doors in 2008, Our Lady of Port Richmond has invested and continues to invest in the future of our school, bringing our school families the highest-quality Catholic education for their tuition investment. In order that we may continue to meet the goals of our strategic plan, focus on the various growth and enhancement initiatives we built into our Middle States self-study, and sustain our commitment to our future, we identified the opportunity to create a new position within our leadership team and are making the following strategic changes this upcoming school year:
After 35 years of service as a principal in the Port Richmond community and 52 years in Catholic education, Sister Mary Ripp has excitedly decided to embrace the opportunity to move into and design what she has called “her dream position” at Our Lady of Port Richmond next year and will serve as our Director of Mission and Ministry where she can utilize her wealth of experience to focus specifically on growing our Catholic identity and other key areas of our strategic plan. This position is designed to give specific focus to a leadership position dedicated to ensuring the continued growth of OLPR, adding more high-quality programs and activities for 21st Century learners and expanding the ministry within the school which is the cornerstone of our ongoing success. With Sister’s decades of experience and success in building programs, developing partnerships and being an ever-present source of Catholic identity within the school, there is no one more qualified and deserving of sitting in this position.
In order that Sister Mary can assume her new responsibilities, Ms. Auburee King will be elevated to the role of Principal of Our Lady of Port Richmond next school year. Ms. King has served as our Assistant Principal for two years, led the school’s COVID-19 task force for two years, successfully completed the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Elementary Administrators Development Program (EADP) and is the director of our state-certified After School CARES Program and our After School Dance Program. Prior to her leadership roles which have prepared her well to guide our day-to-day operations, Ms. King was a classroom teacher for five years. All these combined experiences have equipped her to bring a knowledgeable and unique perspective into leadership management, curriculum, teaching methods, student achievement, parent involvement, policies and procedures, and so much more, making her the best candidate to continue moving our school into the future. We cannot wait to see all the things that she brings to the future of our school, administrative team, faculty, staff, students, school families and the community.
OLPR’s team approach to management ensures a seamless transition as both Sister Mary and Ms. King will continue to collaborate with the existing administrative team, our highly-qualified faculty and our Board of Specified Jurisdiction. While their titles will change and the focus of their daily efforts will be different, the school’s commitment to providing the highest-quality Catholic education does not, and we could not be more grateful for their excitement for embracing these new positions and their endless commitment to making OLPR the leading standard of Catholic education in Port Richmond and beyond.
We hope that you are as excited as we are about all of the great things to come 2022-2023. We wish them God’s blessings as they embark on this new journey!
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