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Principal's Message

It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I introduce myself as the third Principal of St. Theresa School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a strong Catholic tradition, devoted Pastor and priests, great students and parents, and a rich faculty and staff. As I begin my first year at St. Theresa School, I also begin my twenty-third year in education. I have worked in a variety of schools as a teacher, counselor, and administrator. My most recent administrative experience was at Bishop O’Connell High School for the last seven years.

 

I grew up in Scranton, PA and went to Catholic schools most of my life--St. Pauls' School for middle school; Scranton Preparatory for high school, and the University of Scranton for my bachelor's degree in Education and English and my master's degree in school counseling.  I went to the George Washington University for my post-master's program in School Supervision and Administration.  I am also a proud alumna of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps where I served as lead teacher to students with cognitive and intellectual disabilities in San Antonio, Texas.

 

I have spent the last several years speaking at national conferences on topics including the importance of building healthy relationships, as well as the focus on mental health for students and athletes.  I serve on different educational boards and am an active member of several professional education associations.

 

I’m eager to bring my skills as an educational leader, as well as rely on the expertise of our faculty and the leadership of our Pastor, as we partner with our parents to ensure the success of every child.

 

It is our 25th Anniversary here at St Theresa School, and I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established in 1994 by building strong relationships with our school, alumni and church community, as well as working to advance our school in excellent education programs and social and developmentally appropriate programming for students.  As the Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors is happy to be here.  We welcome you to come and visit us!

 

Please join our social media community.  To enhance our weekly emailed Thursday Thunder newsletter--our primary source of information from the school--we will continue to grow our social media presence.  We have a group of individuals in the school who maintain our Facebook and Instagram accounts, and I will personally tweet from our school's Twitter account.  This is a fun way to see more of the life of the school. Please note that our entire school community will follow the Website and Social Media Policy for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.  According to the Policy, readers and patrons are welcome to comment.  Discussion is always encouraged, but proper etiquette must be followed.

 

Twitter: @STSAshburnVA

Facebook: St. Theresa School in Ashburn, VA

Instagram: St. Theresa School/Ashburn

 

Communication is key to a successful school!  I welcome conversations and input from our school community, and I want to know how we can better enhance our parents' and students' experiences at STS.  I welcome any opportunity I have to meet with parents and families.

 

Lastly, I appreciate your prayers and continued support!  I keep the St. Theresa School community in my prayers, always.

 

Many blessings,

Erin O’Malley

Principal