Our Alumni

Meet alumni of USF’s Catholic Educational Leadership MA program.

Where Are They Now? 

Photo of Mary outdoorsI began my Catholic Educational Leadership (CEL) master’s program the week before I started in my role as principal! Being in the position, while I learned all that the program had to offer, provided optimal opportunities for me to bring my everyday experiences to the classes and share with others. The program gave me such a breadth of knowledge about the administrative role, covering many aspects of the job. Yet what always struck me was the perspective and approach that this program offered; it really was a very special lens through which I could view my role as the administrator of a Catholic school. It allowed me to consider, at a deeper level, the many decisions that I would have to make, and how these might be influenced by the sharing and learning that happened in the CEL classes."

Mary McKeever
Principal, St. Philip’s School of San Francisco (K-8 Catholic School)

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headshot of alumnus, Monica DobladoMy MA in Catholic Educational Leadership thoroughly prepared me in every way for my current role. From restricted and unrestricted budgets, curriculum development, ensuring admissions criteria are equitable, to making sure our program is aligned with the mission and identity at USF, I have been able to rely on the knowledge and coursework from my graduate studies in Catholic Educational Leadership. I can confidently say that I haven't encountered an area in my job that wasn't discussed or covered in my master's program. It is truly the best investment I've made in myself and for my career!"

Monica Doblado
Program Manager, Honors College at University of San Francisco

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headshot of FrancescaThe Catholic Educational Leadership program at USF challenged me to examine both my own personal lenses, and the institutional lenses of my school and the whole Catholic school system, to strive to live out Catholic mission and identity as agents of peace and justice in every aspect- from admissions procedures, to discipline policies, to curriculum content. With a focus on learning in community with each other, I also was able to build strong relationships and a support system that has lasted beyond my time in the classroom. On a practical level, the program prepared me for the day-to-day tasks of helping to run a school. Overall, my time at USF was invaluable to both my professional practice and personal development."

Francesca Previtali
Assistant Principal, Saint Raphael School, San Rafael

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