Sr. Rosemaron Rynn Named National Distinguished Principal of the Year

Principal of Little Flower School in Bethesda, Maryland

January 07, 2010

Sr. Rosemaron Rynn, IHM, principal of Little Flower School in Bethesda, Maryland, has been named a 2009-2010 Distinguished Principal of the Year by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) for her commitment to excellence and continuous improvement, strong leadership and clear vision.

Sr. Rosemaron is one of twelve winners selected nationwide representing different geographic regions. The Archdiocese of Washington is part of the South Atlantic Region. The NCEA’s criteria included how the principal’s leadership has benefited curriculum, staff morale, community support, student interest and the learning environment; examples of service or achievements above and beyond what is expected in the usual school program; ways that the principal has been a force for change; and demonstrating increased or consistently high levels of student achievement.

“It is a great privilege and honor for our parish and school. Sister Rosemaron is as deserving as she is humble,” said Msgr. Peter Vaghi, pastor of Little Flower Parish. “I have learned much working with her and continue to do so.”

Earlier this academic year, Sr. Rosemaron was awarded the Archdiocese of Washington’s Principal of the Year. She was chosen on the following criteria: balancing management and leadership roles; setting high expectations and standards; stressing content and instruction that ensures student achievement; creating a culture of professional development for teachers; using multiple tools to apply and assess instructional improvements; and actively engaging the school community.

In 2008, Little Flower School received the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence under Sr. Rosemaron’s leadership. The school’s outstanding reputation of integrated faith formation and academic achievement is a direct result of her high standards of excellence for herself and those she leads.

“Sr. Rosemaron motivates and inspires teachers with her own expectations of learning. Leading by example, she models openness to ongoing continuous improvement and encourages others to do the same. Sr. Rosemaron is seen as a leader among her peers. Often, she is the standard with which other principals measure their own momentum, pace and quality of implementation,” said Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, PhD, superintendent of schools for the archdiocese.

Sr. Rosemaron has served as principal at Little Flower School for 15 years. The school has 269 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. She and the other award winners will be recognized in April at the NCEA’s annual conference to be held in Minneapolis.

There are 6,288 Catholic elementary/middle schools in the United States. The Archdiocese of Washington serves 29,000 students in 96 schools in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

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