Welcome from the Head of School

This fall will mark my 18th first day of school at Mount Alvernia High School.  When I arrived at 790 Centre Street in the fall of 2000, I could not have imagined what the future had in store for me professionally.  My goal, very simply, was to teach English – although I had accepted a position in the history department for the 2000-01 school year.  As a classroom teacher, I was called to challenge students – but not just rigor for rigor’s sake but rather challenge the young women in my classroom to connect with the curriculum, to realize that each fact, figure or narrative they studied was something that not only taught them about the world they lived in but also taught them about themselves and how they might live in this world.  

It has been my distinct privilege to watch class after class of Mount Alvernia students grow into the young women they were created to be. Women who are able to discern the good and who are effective forces for it in the world.  This statement is more than just Mount Alvernia High School’s mission – it is Mount Alvernia’s reality.  Over the course of the past seventeen years I have met countless Mount Alvernia alumnae who are living the Franciscan values of pax et bonum in a world that does not always encourage peace and goodness.  These alumnae tell me the story of how the Mount Alvernia community influenced the person they became by reminding them that they are called to be instruments of peace.  

I often find myself acknowledging that what distinguishes the Mount Alvernia High School community from any other high school community is that students here are known and loved.  We know a student’s strength and her growth areas – we know her potential and challenge her to work diligently and cooperatively to exceed that potential – not just in her six years at Mount Alvernia but beyond.  The Mount Alvernia experience enlightens and shapes courageous, compassionate and articulate women who believe that life has a purpose.  As I begin my 17th year at Mount Alvernia High school, I look forward to the stories that will animate this year – the stories that will illustrate the ways in which our students, faculty and community live out Mount Alvernia’s mission, the stories of how we are forces for good in the world.  

Pax et bonum,

Eileen McLaughlin

Email: emclaughlin@mountalverniahs.org

Phone: 617-969-2260