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New principal opens new school year at Overbrook School
Posted 08/17/2016 03:04PM
Sister Julia Marie, O.P, welcomed students back to school Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2016, as the new principal of Overbrook School.
Sister Julia Maria takes the helm at Overbrook during its 80th year rooting children in truth, inspiring them to wonder and challenging them to give their best to the world.
“When I received my assignment to be the principal of Overbrook School, I experienced a certainty in faith that I equate to the grace I received of finding my religious vocation,” Sister Julia Maria said. “There is a particular clarity and certainty that it is God’s will for me to be here.”
Sister spent nine years at St. Cecilia Academy as a teacher and vice principal of academics. She graduated from St. Anselm College with a Bachelors of Arts in chemistry and went on to study biochemistry in a doctoral program at Boston University. In addition, she has a Masters of Education in Leadership from Trevecca University as well as 14 years of teaching experience.
She has chosen the theme, “Be joyful in hope,” (Romans 12:12) this year at the prekindergarten to eighth-grade Catholic school.
“My dream is for all Overbrook students (past, present, and future) to remember what is most important in life when they think back on what they have learned here,” Sister explained, using the school’s mascot – the eagle – to make an analogy of her plans. “In both times of joy and sorrow, I pray that Overbrook students be inspired to seek truth and choose goodness when they gaze into the sky and see an eagle bathed in light proclaiming the dawn of day that is to come. In such moments, may they receive a clarity that will move their hearts, bring them closer to Jesus Christ, and give them the freedom and courage to follow in his footsteps.
In this, they will be harbingers of the hope and joy of the Gospel in a world thirsting for the love and mercy of God.”
This is Overbrook School’s 80th year, having been founded by the Dominican sisters in 1936. More than 300 students will be welcomed back on to campus by Sister and a faculty of lay teachers as well as six Dominican sisters. Students will begin studying Latin this year in grades three to five and a new Singapore math curriculum is being rolled out this year as well.
“I truly am looking forward to this year and all that we will be doing on campus,” Sister said.