2017 Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award Recipient
St. Therese Chinese Catholic School | Chicago
Cavallone-Jurek is deeply involved in every aspect of the school, from shoveling snow, to serving lunch, to teaching classes herself. She is the heart and soul of St. Therese Chinese Catholic School. Parents, teachers and students seek her sage counsel and comforting guidance. She communicates a clear vision to the school community and leads by example. In 2004 when Cavallone-Jurek began as principal, St. Therese Chinese Catholic School was on the verge of closure, due to underperformance and declining enrollment. Today, the school is at full enrollment with a long waiting list and is much admired by other schools within the Archdiocese of Chicago. Under her leadership, the school has won numerous prestigious awards including the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (2011), due to dramatic transformation of curriculum, instruction and productivity. TerraNova, Explore and Aspire test scores now exceed national and district averages. Parents and teachers say she has never lost touch with the classroom. She knows the names of every student and parent in the school community and cares about the success of everyone.
>> Read "The Transformative Power of Leadership" by Phyllis Cavallone-Jurek
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