Strengthen in us, O God, the work You have begun in us.
Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat
From Our Head of School
Dear Sacred Heart Academy Community,
I am proud and truly honored to have been selected as the next Head of School at Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr. My connection to the School and its Mission was palpable from my initial conversation with the Search Committee back in November. Each member’s passion for the School and commitment to the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria was contagious. Their thoughtful questioning, paired with my responses, was energizing and full of possibility. I am blessed to be able to continue conversation with them and the rest of the SHA community as Head of School.
I am deeply grateful to members of the Board and Search Committee, especially Melanie McMenamin ‘93, P’26 and Mary Cavallaro ‘86, P’22 who set the tone for my candidate experience and visit before I even stepped on campus. I also appreciate the warmth, time, and perspective each and every community member shared with me over two chock-full days. I could not have felt more comfortable and welcome during my well-crafted (and unexpectedly hybrid!) campus visit.
For over 30 years, my work as an educator and school leader has been a vocation and a calling, never simply a job. I have fully lived every dimension of my work in both independent schools I have served. Viewing every experience as a learning opportunity, I grew my practice and understanding around educational methods, the necessary pathways for a child’s social-emotional growth, devoted teachers and the young people they inspire, parents in partnership with the school, loyal and engaged alumnae, and the ways in which institutions must evolve to remain relevant while honoring tradition. My toolbox is heavy and I am looking forward to the opportunity to share my personal approach and varied experience with the Sacred Heart Academy community.
From my own formative years at a Catholic elementary school in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania through my three children’s experience in a Catholic elementary school in an urban setting in Connecticut, I recognized that authentically leading from my heart would be possible in the service of a faith-based mission-focused school. The ethos of Sacred Heart Network schools and their Goals and Criteria mirror my beliefs and approach to life with their forward-thinking perspectives on faith, service, and humanity. As a woman in STEM and the mother of two daughters, I believe in the power of environments where girls and young women are freely able to develop habits of mind and strong character through an intentional and innovative academic and extracurricular experience no matter which career or leadership path they follow. I found a synergy of what matters to me at my core at Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr.
While the beautiful campus and purposeful engagement permeating every space felt like home, it was the people I met - the girls, the teachers who support them, and all of the other Sacred Heart-affiliated adults - who convinced me that Sacred Heart Academy Bryn Mawr was a place where I could make a difference. I cannot wait to get to know you and our very special School and to give you the opportunity to get to know me. This will happen soon.
Carla Jantos MacMullen
Go on advancing, you are on the true road. Remember, it is not you who have taken it but God who has placed you there. Walk trustfully and may nothing in the world be able to dishearten you. Give your heart, once and for all, to love and trust.
Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat
Accreditation and Associations
Fully accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Membership with Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
Membership with National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Membership with our domestic and international Network of Sacred Heart Schools
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