Mentor principals have played a critical role in the success of the Latino Enrollment Institute (LEI) since the program’s inception in 2012. The experience, accountability, and personal attention that these leaders provide has been a defining characteristic of the LEI, helping Catholic school principals—and their teams— institute lasting changes.
After schools attend the LEI summer conference, mentor principals maintain regular contact with the 4-6 school leaders in their group through monthly video conference calls. These conversations, which focus on various themes related to Latino outreach, recruitment, and enrollment, are an opportunity for school leaders to learn from one another and receive real-time consultation and feedback from their mentor on some of the things that they’re doing in their school.
The commitment of our LEI mentors, most of whom are still active Catholic school principals themselves, is truly the engine that drives the LEI. These Mentor Spotlight pieces are intended to be a fun way to help you get to know these incredible school leaders—both professionally and personally—who dedicate so much of their lives to this mission.
This month, we highlight Patty Lansink. Patty originally attended the LEI in 2014 as the principal of St. Rose of Lima School in Denison, Iowa. Her school's enrollment growth and her capacity for leadership quickly caught the attention of the LEI team, as well as that of the Diocese of Sioux City. In 2015, Patty became an assistant superintendent in the Diocese of Sioux City, while continuing to serve as the principal at St. Rose of Lima, and also joined the LEI leadership team as a mentor principal. Since then, Patty has worked with 17 different schools as an LEI mentor, and in 2018, became the Superintendent of Schools in the Diocese of Sioux City. As a diocesan leader, Patty is part of a growing number of former LEI school principals who are now spreading the message of the LEI to a greater number of Catholic schools and prioritizing Latino outreach at the (arch)diocesan level.
Read the full interview with Patty Lansink below.