Santa Catalina School has entered a new era with the arrival of Margaret "Meg" Kathryn Bradley, the fourth Head of School, on July 1.
Meg is the first lay person to lead the school since it opened on this campus in 1950. She follows in the footsteps of Sister Claire, who with Sister Christine retired in June after 44 years of serving the school.
Meg, herself a graduate of an all-girls Catholic school, says she felt Santa Catalina's welcoming spirit as soon as she set foot on campus.
"Every single person that I passed stopped and said hello," she says.
She was equally impressed by the learning environment.
"As I explored classrooms there was a kind of engagement and curiosity," she says. "It was very clear that the teachers were very interested in inquiry; it wasn't 'sage on the stage,' it was a real combination of questions and answers and very dynamic teaching."
On another visit, she stopped in a Lower School classroom to engage with the students, and they talked about whether any of them had a job.
"There was a silent, sort of quiet, thoughtful response," she says, "and all of a sudden, one little person put up their hand. And they all realized that their job was being educated."
Meg comes to Santa Catalina after 18 years at Cate School in Carpinteria, where she last served as Assistant Headmaster External Affairs. She has over three decades of experience in education.
"Sister has done a masterful job with a very strong leadership team," she says. "For me what's very exciting is to be able to use the skills I've gained in my 30-plus years in education -- in advancement, in communications, and in the classroom -- and bring it together in an environment that's so welcoming and ready and interested."Meg and her husband, George Choquette, will reside in a new house on campus. The couple has two children -- son Alex, who works in the tech industry in San Francisco, and daughter Sarah, a health care worker in Vermont -- and one grandchild.
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