I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the West Catholic Preparatory High School community. I am excited to begin this journey and serve as the Principal at such an important time in the school’s history. I have spent the past few days transitioning into the role, meeting colleagues and getting to know the community.
I am a Philadelphia native, having grown up in the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia and graduated from Little Flower High School for Girls. From there, I attended Saint Joseph’s University and earned my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Cabrini University. Regardless of where my career path takes me, in my heart, I will always be an English teacher. I have taught every grade from 7-12 in both Catholic and public schools in the Philadelphia area. My leadership experience includes Director of Education in social service organizations in conjunction with Department of Human Services as well as Assistant Principal for both Student Affairs and Academic Affairs at Cardinal Dougherty and Cardinal O’Hara High Schools.
As I mentioned to the faculty and staff in my opening letter to them, we have a wonderful gift in Catholic education. For our community, school is more than a place to learn Algebra and read Shakespeare. As St. John Bosco said, “Without confidence and love, there can be no true education.” West Catholic Preparatory High School will always be a place where students have the opportunity to grow as compassionate citizens, receive the highest quality of education, develop as leaders and discover their maximum potential.
When I meet with the students, I speak with them about the exciting and challenging work ahead of us. I will ask them one question each and every time we meet: “What do you bring to West Catholic Prep today?” My hope is that they bring their very best selves: in the classroom, on the athletic field, in their activities, and, most importantly, to each other. In turn, I promise, as their Principal, to work with them every day, to be a real and present leader in their lives, and to be open, honest and fair. I have no doubt that our success will be unlimited!
Please know that my door is always open to you. We are here to serve you, our partners in this journey of educating your most precious gift. Thank you for your belief in West Catholic Prep and I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you in the coming weeks and months.
Kelly M. Lanza
Principal, West Catholic Preparatory High School