MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear St. Gabriel Teachers, Staff, Parishioners and Faith Community,
I would like to introduce myself as your new Principal at St. Gabriel’s Elementary School. It is my pleasure to have accepted this position and become part of the St. Gabriel school family. Being of Irish heritage your school and community had a deep attraction for me.
I have secured my Administrator Certification (Licensure) from the State of Illinois Board of Education and have endorsements for Principal and Superintendent. I am impressed with the professionalism, respect, and kindness that I see with each encounter with your school community. I am very thankful to be part of such a positive school environment. I have spent the past five years working on continuous school improvement plans (Advanced Ed., S.T.E.M. Curriculum) and their implementation and producing marketing and recruitment strategies and doing administrative duties, assessment and community relations programs at Sacred Heart Elementary as their servant Principal. We recently, (2013-14 school year), were visited by an Assessment Team from ISBE to be re-certified as a fully recognized non-public school. We received Fully Recognized Status without a single negative remark on our site visit evaluation by the Illinois State Board of Education. A year ago last spring (April 2015), our school was one of forty schools from the Archdiocese of Chicago to be visited by an Advanced Ed evaluation team for National Accreditation as a representative of the school system of the Archdiocese of Chicago. We received many compliments and had an excellent review from Superintendents from Nashville, Tennessee and from Norman, Oklahoma. The exit comment the evaluators made “We would be pleased to have our children attend your school”, was especially rewarding.
I have received the “Polk Brothers Leadership Award” the past four years as an Administrator in the city of Chicago. This has resulted in an award of $48,000 to Sacred Heart School for new technology/programs in pursuit of building our S.T.E.M. curriculum.
I look forward to being your Principal and welcome you all to a new school year beginning August 22 as we strive to excel academically, in the arts and athletics but most importantly in developing young disciples in Christ.
Be Blessed and Be A Blessing to Someone!
Mr. Steve Adams
“Bring the Little Ones Unto Me and Do Not Prevent Them”. Matthew 19:14