Who are the people in the Chancery?
A typical day in the office looks like….
Most days you will find me meeting with school leaders, special educators and classroom teachers to support their work with students with exceptionalities. I also provide support, education and advocacy for our schools as they access federal programs like Title I for reading and math remediation and Covid relief funds. When I’m not in our schools, I am working closely with our amazing Catholic Schools Office team – Dr. Karen Kroh, Pat Burbach, LeAnn Lakin and Kerry Eckert to support school leaders with the resources they need. In my downtime, I research best practices, funding opportunities and legislation that would benefit our school communities.
Over the last year, I am most proud of the work that our educators have done in our learning communities as they support the mental and physical health of their students while continuing spiritual and academic growth and creating some sense of normalcy. Teachers and school leaders have been tireless in their work, stepping up and stepping in as they take on more and more tasks and responsibilities, all the while keeping students at the center of all they do. Their work inspires me, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to support them in their mission as Catholic school leaders.
This year, with Dr. Kroh as our new Superintendent, our Schools Office team has focused our energy on supporting our school leaders and educators with the tools they need to keep their doors open while understanding the tremendous toll Covid is taking on their mental and physical health. One of my focuses has been on federal relief assistance. Schools have utilized Covid relief funds to update their technology, curriculum materials and professional development. These investments will have long lasting impacts in our schools and I am so proud of our joint efforts to access and utilize these programs.
We might cross paths at my home parish – St. Therese. My daughters have attended St. Therese school and our family has been involved in church ministries there for over a decade. You’ll also find me on the soccer field or volleyball court! I have three wonderful daughters who love playing soccer and volleyball. My husband and I spend lots of nights and weekend cheering them on. We also love supporting our local NWSL team – the Kansas City Currents!