Welcome! As I began to write this letter, it occurred to me that I had so many wonderful things to share with you about our school that what appeared to be a relatively easy task was going to be more difficult than I had originally thought. However daunting the task seemed, it was affirming to have so much to tell you about St. Rita Catholic School.
Our school, a vibrant and viable ministry of St. Rita Catholic Community, enjoys the support of the parish community, as well as local and national recognition as an outstanding Catholic academic institution. Note that I purposely mention outstanding Catholic institution before academic. We are, first and foremost, a parochial school, which does not signify that we do not emphasize academic excellence, but it does mean that we treasure our Catholic values and our ties to the parish community. To paraphrase our current bishop, Bishop Kevin Farrell, any school can be excellent but you can not have an excellent Catholic school without a strong Catholic identity. At St. Rita we strive for and achieve academic excellence, as evidenced by our Blue Ribbon School designation by the U.S. Department of Education. Our Catholic identity is evident not only by the Catholic symbols which greet you as you walk into the school, but also by our commitment to Gospel Values and faith development for our students, as well as for our faculty and staff.
As you search through our website, you will discover more about our school and community. You will see how our mission statement and philosophy reflect our faith values. In addition, you will find that our mission statement drives all our endeavors from our course offerings and extra-curricular activities to the many opportunities available for parents. I could tell you many more ways in which St. Rita is an outstanding Catholic school, but I would like you to see for yourselves. Visit our website and then come and experience St. Rita School in person. We would love to see you.
Yours in Christ’s service,
Elena C. Hines, Ed.D.
Dr. Hines became St. Rita’s first lay principal in the 1991-92 school year. Prior to coming to St. Rita, she served as principal of Holy Family of Nazareth School in Irving.
A native of Cuba, Dr. Hines holds a BA in French from LSU in New Orleans, a Masters in French from Indiana University and a doctorate in Private School Administration from the University of San Francisco’s Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership. Her dissertation research focused on lay elementary school principals’ preparation for faith leadership. Dr. Hines was named a National Distinguished Principal by the U. S. Department of Education in 2007.