Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp, SP, is a Sister of Providence from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. A native of Indianapolis, she has spent her entire professional life in education, first as teacher of math, physics, and computer science, and then for 30 years as a school administrator. For a decade, she ministered at nationally-renowned Providence-St. Mel School on the west side of Chicago, in one of the toughest areas of the city (where the riots were in the 60’s). She also served as principal of Mother Theodore Guerin High School, which was one of the largest all girls high schools in Chicago.
Sister Jeanne received her bachelor degree in mathematics, with a minor in physics, from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. Her master’s degree in mathematics with a concentration in physics was awarded by Purdue University. She attained an administrative credential from National College of Education (now National Louis University). She received her doctorate degree in Catholic educational leadership from the University of San Francisco. She served on the faculty of the Catholic educational leadership department of the University of San Francisco, was assistant director of the Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership, and was director of teacher education for the entire University of San Francisco system.
In 2005, she returned to Indianapolis to found Providence Cristo Rey High School, a Catholic, coeducational college-prep high school for students from families who cannot afford other private school options. The school opened in July 2007, just south of Haughville. Part of the Cristo Rey Network of 25 schools nationwide, students at Providence Cristo Rey are able to afford Catholic school tuition by working as members of job-sharing teams at leading businesses and corporations in the Indianapolis area. While at Providence Cristo Rey, she served both as president and principal.