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 Christine Tax, who is the principal of St. Agnes Catholic School in Phoenix, Arizona. Christine first attended the LEI in 2014 with St. John Vianney School in Goodyear, Arizona. At that time, she served as the assistant principal and, shortly thereafter, as interim principal. During her time at St. John Vianney, Christine helped to nearly double the school's enrollment in just three years, as well as implemented a financial aid program that allowed students to receive over 1 million dollars in scholarships, maximizing the state tax credit system. She also implemented a blended learning program at the school and worked to establish a school culture that elevated student learning expectations. In 2016, Christine became Principal of St. Agnes Catholic School in Phoenix, Arizona, picked up right where she left off at St. John Vianney and bringing everything she had learned during her time as assistant and interim principal to lead St. Agnes School. Within just one year, she managed to substantially grow enrollment, increase scholarship monies, improve the school's academics.
Read the interview with Christine Tax below.