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THE MONARCH
 
August 30, 2019
MAGNOLIA SCHOOL OPENS ITS DOORS!
 
The founding girls of Magnolia School with our first Head of School, Mrs. Annamarie Omanga
What an incredible, historic, and above all beautiful day! Magnolia School's first day of classes began with a ceremonial ringing of Magnolia's vintage style school bell by Mrs. Omanga and our eldest students, a tradition we hope to continue in perpetuity. Classes were held over the course of the morning, and students and teachers began their work of learning and growing in friendship. Smiles and tears were shared by faculty, staff, and parents, as this long-awaited dream finally came to fruition. Our first day ended with an all-school photo and celebratory ice cream, which was enjoyed by all in the Houston heat! 
 
We are looking to many more full days of educating these beautiful girls!
Ringing in the first day of Magnolia School
Magnolia Faculty and Staff Updates
 
Margaret Cronin joined the Magnolia Staff in January of 2019 to coordinate communications for the school. In addition to her work on The Monarch, Mrs. Cronin has assisted with telling the story of Magnolia School and planning the liberal arts curriculum offered at Magnolia. She has a vast background in education, including experience both as a teacher and in administrative capacities. Margaret is passionate about language, the liberal arts, and girls' education and we are excited to announce that she will begin a new role as the Dean of Academics for Magnolia School. 

As Dean of Academics, Margaret will provide educational resources and support to the faculty and parents, ensure the academic integrity of the school, and begin planning for accreditation. She will also remain in the classroom as the Latin teacher for 5th - 7th grade and continue to assist with writing and communications. 

As one of the first team members hired at the end of 2018, Claire Pelletier has been an indispensable addition to our community. When she came to Magnolia, she brought extensive knowledge from her time at Western Academy, as well as experience as a skilled educator. Claire has been working tirelessly to coordinate the admissions process for Magnolia and has been responsible for smoothly migrating so many monarchs to our school!

We are happy to announce that Claire will be continuing this vital work in admissions for this upcoming academic year as our Coordinator of Admissions and Marketing! These two elements of the school are a natural pairing, and we know that Claire will bring the fullness of herself and all of her gifts and talents to these roles. 

Coat of Arms and Artisic Design at Magnolia

We would like offer our thanks to Mr. Jason Hebert, father of 7th grade student Catherine and husband of Melanie, Magnolia's Business Manager, for the tremendous work he completed for us on our Coat of Arms. Mr. Hebert was responsible for both the artistic vision as well as the technical design work involved in producing the truly beautiful Coat of Arms, the Monarch symbols that will be used in various places, the embroidery design on our uniforms, and a scripted, hand-lettered "Magnolia School" logo seen below. Magnolia School would not look the same, in so many ways, without Jason and his family, and we are immensely grateful! Thank you, Mr. Hebert!


 


                        

Meet a Magnolia Teacher

We are happy to introduce Tabitha Madrid, who will be teaching 5th - 7th grade math and 5th grade science. 

Tabitha Madrid graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Mathematics. Additionally, she has a Master's Degree in Pastoral Theology from the University of St. Thomas. She is Texas Certified for first through eighth grade and has taught for seventeen years in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. 

As part of the Lake Houston Science Collaborative, Tabitha completed over 115 hours of inquiry based science and  was honored by the Texas Legislature for excellence in science teaching. She also co-wrote the science curriculum guide for the Archdiocese.

 Tabitha has hiked the Grand Canyon from rim to rim, served as an international volunteer for World Youth Day in Toronto, passed through the holy doors during the Jubilee in Rome, and started an American Heritage Girls troop. She enjoys spending time with her husband Dominic and daughter Gemma, reading, listening to podcasts, growing daylilies, and camping.

Art Niche



 
Girl Reading
Henri Matisse, 1923

Image courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago
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