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First Excellence in Education AwardKathy Mears

Dedication. Passion. Intelligent. Caring. These are some of the words that were used in over 160 nominations for the first annual Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award. The new award, created ...

Catholic schools build both skills and character Kathy Mears

I am very blessed in my role as Superintendent to meet many wonderful students. I meet students who are learning what it means to be a citizen, who are learning how to make good decisions -- decisions ...

Aren't you happy Jesus is coming?Kathy Mears

Many, many years ago, my first grade class was in charge of the preparation of one of our school liturgies for Advent. It had been a tough year, as our school was going through many changes and some heartache ...

Improving instruction and increasing learning Kathy Mears

In 1936, a 19 year old woman began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. She had 34 students in grades 1-8. In those days, students in the seventh and eighth grades were all required to take an end of the ...

Living the call to 'Have courage ... go forward ... make noise!'Kathy Mears

Approximately four years ago, when addressing a group of youth, Pope Francis told the young adults to, "Have courage....go forward....make noise!" That is what we are working to do in the Catholic schools ...

Lots of good news about Catholic schools in the archdiocese Kathy Mears

In a few weeks, thousands of parents in the Archdiocese of Boston will choose to send their children to Catholic schools. They choose our schools for a variety of reasons. Parents find our schools to ...

A time for leisureKathy Mears

Growing up on a farm, I learned about work. I was taught, from a very young age, that all work is good and that you should always work hard. I also learned that work was seasonal in nature. You had months ...

Giving our youngest Catholic school students a strong foundation Kathy Mears

I became a grandmother two years ago, and it is a joy! I highly recommend it! When my grandsons recently visited, I was reminded of how quickly the time goes and how rapidly our children learn. The acquisition ...