I’d like to introduce you to Mr. Ed, the maintenance person at St. Michael School. Mr. Ed has worked at our school for well over 10 years. He knows the school inside and out. He is here well before the teachers and is going through his daily routine of preparing the school. We are extremely grateful for the work he provides, but more importantly, we are grateful for his Catholic leadership.
Mr. Ed greets our students with a smile each day and he is ready to assist wherever he can. Does he teach in a classroom all day? No. Does he teach our students? Yes. He teaches our students by modeling positive, Catholic behavior. He is compassionate, caring, respectful, responsible, and courteous. If you ever need assistance carrying a box, Mr. Ed will be ready to help you out! If you need some work done in your room, he will be ready to help you. If you ever need someone to talk to, Mr. Ed will be ready to help!
One thing we need to recognize about leadership in Catholic schools is that leaders are not always the administration. Mr. Ed exemplifies this idea. He leads silently. He leads with his actions. In my 1.5 years at St. Michael School, I can tell Mr. Ed is truly committed to Catholic education. Students know him because he is present in the school. He makes sure to acknowledge all of our students and is ready to support them in the education.
Leadership in Catholic education is represented at all levels of the school. Administrators, teachers, staff, and maintenance need to all be on the same page to work for the larger goal of educating students in the Catholic faith. Every member within the school is a leader and needs to promote the Catholic faith. Mr. Ed is a great example of being a leader within Catholic education.