Principal’s Welcome

Dear Current and Future St. Laurence Families,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year which is already proving to be one filled with positive steps forward. When I came to meet the St. Laurence family for the very first time two years ago, my main objective was to relay to you my passion in fulfilling my own personal vision for education which is simply to strive to do the very best for every student, every day. I continue to be excited about, and humbled by, the opportunity to be a part of the St. Laurence family and to continue a strong tradition of excellence in education and opportunities to grow in our Catholic faith.

It is my belief that God sends students to us for a reason, but that it is also our mission to spread the word of our faith and invite others to share in all that we have to offer through Catholic education. I am excited to report that our efforts to increase awareness have resulted in a 5% increase in enrollment. While we continue toward the goal of sharing our gifts with the Elgin community, my goal this year is to expand on our partnership with our families to create a positive team. This past summer, our staff read The Power of a Positive Team by Jon Gordon. This book has been the basis for many conversations on how to ensure that we are focusing on a positive team-oriented culture that places we before me.

I come to St. Laurence after 12 years as a Catholic school educator at St. Mary-Elgin and St. Edward CCHS. Education was my second career as I spent many years in the business world. It has been through this shift that I have found that it is true that, if you truly love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. I feel extremely fortunate and blessed.

My family(at home) includes my three children; J.J.(26), Drew (23), and Cory (21) who are all products of Catholic education through St. Mary and St. Edward. Drew and Cory went on to a Marianist university, University of Dayton, as well. A new addition that has taken over a large piece of my heart in just a few short months is my grandson, Zach.  And, finally, a member of my family that is extremely important to me is my yorkie poo, Huntley, who is slightly spoiled. 🙂

My policy since day one has been that my door is always open…if you are part of our family or if you are contemplating joining us, I invite you to come in and let me share with you the gift of our school.

God Bless,

Wendy Kelly 🙂