Neither rain, sleet, snow, nor lost luggage could keep our incoming Head of School Lauren Mazzari from her scheduled visit to Saint Patrick on January 22-25. This was first of three planned visits for Mrs. Mazzari as she begins getting to know the Wolfhound culture and community, and to familiarize herself with school operations.
Each visit to campus will have a different focus. This campus visit was centered on building knowledge about school finances, immersing in and experiencing the culture and operations of the school, as well as attending the January Board of Directors meeting.
As the agenda for the visit was being built, Mrs. Mazzari requested enough time to visit as many Lower School classrooms as possible. She also set aside time to connect with Middle School students during lunch, recess, study hall, and transitions.
Prior to her visit, Mrs. Mazzari shared her thoughts with us as to why she is so drawn to Saint Patrick Catholic School.
“When I reflect on my decision to join this special faith-learning community, I am reminded of a favorite piece from scripture, Ephesians 3:20. « Glory to God, whose power working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. » I don’t think either my husband Steven or I ever imagined moving to Norfolk, Virginia, but once we visited Saint Patrick Catholic School, we knew we could not have asked for a more welcoming community or a place to call home.
From the moment I stepped on campus, I felt a connection with the School’s extraordinary mission. Certainly, the beautiful, expansive campus and the state of the art facilities impressed me, but what drew me to the School from the start was the mission: Saint Patrick Catholic School educates and nurtures the whole child – mind, body, and spirit - to be a Christ-centered, compassionate, and courageous leader. As a parent, I remember searching for the ideal school that would love my two sons for who they were and what they could become. Saint Patrick is such a place.
During my visit, I witnessed the talent, dedication, and genuine warmth of the faculty and staff; and I met confident, happy children who loved their school. I look forward to working alongside these gifted teachers and young people who have already inspired me with their energy, faith, and passion for learning.
In a world so fraught with unprecedented challenges, we all need a place where heart is just as important as mind, and children don’t just learn to live with each other but for each other. I am so proud to call myself a Wolfhound and cannot wait to begin!”
This letter, as well as her credentials, are featured in the New Head of School brochure available on our website.