Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
the mission of Saint Thomas More Catholic Community
is to glorify God by our lives.
Saint Thomas More School Update
Letter from the New Principal, Lynn Volkenant
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Dear members of the St. Thomas More Community,
I am so pleased to introduce myself as your new school leader and I look forward to collaborating with all of you to ensure that we successfully navigate the transition in leadership, and that St. Thomas More School remains a place of excellence for students and families.
I have been an educator for 36 years, spending the last 23 years in Catholic education. I believe I was called to Catholic education because of my love for our church and its children. Expressing my Catholic faith, along with the knowledge that I am helping to develop the whole child in a faith-immersed setting is very fulfilling. I always tell people I have the best job in the world! Every single day brings new opportunities.
My husband, Michael Rock and I are delighted to be returning to St. Paul to live and work. We have five grown sons who now live all over the country. Thankfully they chose great (warmer) places for us to visit. All seven of us are musicians and while the boys were still at home, I am certain that our neighbors found the cacophony of sounds coming from our home all those years a little odd. Now, Michael and I are so happy to be a part of their interesting and creative adult lives.
I have both a BA (1978) and an MAED (1995) from St. Catherine University, and an EDS (2008) from St. Thomas. (I’ll be the first in line when St. Catherine’s develops a doctorate program in education.) I hold a K-6 Minnesota teaching license and a K-12 Administrators license.
Many of my years as an educator were spent as a classroom teacher, primarily in PK-8. These experiences enable me to focus intently on the needs of each student, and on being an effective support and motivator for the teachers. To me, the best part of being an educator is the opportunity to be a life-long learner. I value this in students, myself, and in school faculty and staff. I am always excited to bring new ideas to the table and to hear others ideas. I do everything I can to make sure that resources are available for faculty and staff to continue learning. I really enjoy working collaboratively to find new solutions, and to keep the vision of the school fresh. In recent years, I have been most engaged in customizing teaching strategies to each child’s individual learning style, designing and implementing standards-based report cards and grading practices, and adopting innovative approaches to curriculum and instruction. I also had the opportunity to collaborate in designing and implementing a technology plan for replacing and updating technology resources on a regular basis. I am always searching for ways to acquire new technology resources, and training to effectively use them with students.
In the coming weeks and months, you will hear more from me about the school. I believe honest dialogue and communication are imperative, especially when a school is going through a transitional period.
Thank you, I am so grateful for your invitation to become part of the St. Thomas More community! I am honored that you have entrusted the education of your children to our school.
Lynn A. Volkenant