Archdiocese Scholarship Awarded to St. Agnes Parish School Teacher

by Mark Apple | Aug 17, 2015

Kathleen Doyle receives full scholarship for Marian University graduate program

Kathleen Doyle, a fourth grade teacher at Saint Agnes Parish School in Louisville, will receive a full tuition scholarship to pursue a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership with a Concentration in Catholic Education through Marian University in Indianapolis. The specialty degree is designed to prepare currently licensed teachers to become principals in Catholic schools.

Marian University, a private Catholic institution serving nearly 3,000 students, partnered with the Archdiocese of Louisville in announcing the scholarship and choosing the recipient. Doyle was selected from among six finalists for the award.

“I am delighted that Kathleen Doyle has received a full tuition scholarship to Marian University, and I thank Marian for its generous support of Catholic school teachers,” Leisa Schulz, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Louisville, said. “Kathleen is a dedicated teacher leader at St. Agnes School, and she exemplifies the qualities of a faith-filled leader. I know Kathleen will be enriched by this program, and I look forward to Kathleen sharing her gifts with St. Agnes and the Archdiocese of Louisville as she continues in the leadership preparation program.”

Doyle began her teaching career as a Religion, Technology and Language Arts educator at a faith-based school in Davenport, Iowa. She has taught at the Saint Agnes Parish School in Louisville for the past four years, and has served a leader among the faculty during her brief tenure. Doyle served on an archdiocesan taskforce charged with digesting the Next Generation Science Standards for upcoming adoption, and also chaired a committee to evaluate Saint Agnes School on its compliance with AdvancED Catholic Identity benchmarks.

“Marian University prides itself on developing leaders, and Kathleen is already displaying leadership skills in her school,” Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp, director of Marian University’s Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership, said. “We think she would make a great principal or administrator in a K-12 school, if that’s what she ultimately decides to do. This master’s degree from Marian University will put her on that path.”

Last year, Marian University received a grant from Duke Energy that allowed the university to partner with Greater Clark County Schools to offer a Building Level Administrator and master’s degree to teachers in that district, onsite in Jeffersonville, which is where Doyle will take classes. The university decided to expand the program to teachers in the Louisville Archdiocese earlier this year. Doyle is the inaugural recipient of the scholarship, and university officials are seeking funding to continue the scholarship for at least two more years.

“Honoring God in this moment means embracing the chance to have a larger impact on my fellow teachers, my students, and their parents,” Doyle wrote in her scholarship application. “This scholarship will challenge me to grow in the faith-based career to which I have been called.”

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