Dr. Mary Beth was named Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Louisville on July 1, 2021 after serving as Assistant Superintendent for seven years. Dr. Bowling has served in the Archdiocese of Louisville her entire career, serving in the role of elementary principal for 25 years.
Amy Nall serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Louisville. She has been a Catholic school educator and administrator for 35 years. She began her career as a high school English teacher in 1987 and moved into administration in 2004 when she became an assistant principal at Sacred Heart Academy, an all-girls Catholic school in Louisville. She served in that role until 2020 when she transitioned to Interim Principal during the year of the pandemic. She moved into her current role in 2021.
In this episode, Mary Beth and Amy continue to share ways they have engaged their teachers and leaders with ongoing learning, including with Principal Matters and Will’s offerings.
Can you provide feedback from some of our training together (keynote presentations, Grow Academy, Executive Coaching) and why other Principal Matters listeners might benefit from participating?
Our training together has benefited teachers and leaders on all levels of the school system from elementary and secondary school principals to superintendents and assistant superintendents. In particular, we have used Will’s book Pause, Breathe, Flourish as a part of a book study for elementary assistant principals. Many of those who have participated in your training have stated that they feel empowered by the resources that Will provides. It was simple and easy to connect with Will and set up training with him.
What are your hopes and dreams for the rest of the school year and as you look toward 2023-2024?
We are just beginning to realize the potential for our students and our schools, so some of the excitement for us is the follow through. Seeing how our plans come to fruition is another thing that is very exciting for us. We try to always be in a state of continuous improvement to better our schools and our systems.
We also explore:
- The importance of empowering leaders
- The loneliness of leadership
- Why we must build relationships
- Innovative programs among the schools in the Archdiocese
- How Principal Matters has supported growth through Will’s keynote for opening events for Schools Teachers, End of Year teacher PD, Executive Coaching, Book studies for ongoing enrichment, and Elem/Sec Assistant Principal meetings
The Archdiocese of Louisville has also done superb work in facilitating community/board relations, promoting your schools through media, and supporting the professional growth of your educators. These are helpful ideas to keep in mind as Principal Matters leaders support their own educators and school communities.
Amy Nall: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Mary Beth Bowling: email@example.com
Archdiocese of Louisville website: https://louisvillecatholicschools.com/