Dear Sacred Heart Community,
As you know, after nearly 40 years of outstanding service to 91st Street, our beloved Head of the Lower School Pat Hult will be leaving us to retire at the end of the school year. Since the announcement in the spring, the search firm we hired and the committee we formed have conducted a nation-wide, thorough search to find the right person to lead our Lower School.
I am very pleased to report that we found that person within our own community. Amy Pacula has been selected as our new Head of the Lower School, effective July 1, 2017. Of the many excellent candidates, Amy emerged as an individual of exceptional character, possessing the highest level of professional integrity, a deep and sincere love for her students and a profound commitment to the mission of Sacred Heart education. Her career thus far as a teacher, mentor, and administrator has a depth and breadth that make her extraordinarily well-suited to her new role as Lower School Head.
Amy is already well-known at 91st Street. And as an alumna of the school, Amy brings a unique knowledge and understanding of the school from an association spanning over two decades. After graduating with a B.A. from Loyola College in Baltimore, Amy returned to 91st Street in 2005 to begin her career as an assistant teacher before becoming a Head Teacher for the first grade – a role she stayed in for seven years and in which she mentored new assistant teachers joining the school. During this time, she also obtained her master's degree in education from Bank Street College. She then spent a year teaching fourth grade before accepting her current position of Lower School Math Specialist.
It was in her role as Lower School Math Specialist that Amy had the opportunity to take on administrative responsibilities as well as work closely with the Lower School homeroom teachers, all the while maintaining her relationships with both students and parents. In 2015 she became the director of the United Nations Internship Program, a role in which she collaborated with three assistant directors to create and develop learning opportunities for high school and college students from all over the United States and beyond.
In addition to her professional experience and qualifications, Amy has a deep appreciation for Sacred Heart's traditions and values. Her twelve years as an educator at 91st Street have fueled a deep understanding of Sacred Heart's Goals and Criteria; she is committed to cultivating an environment in which students and teachers can grow intellectually, socially, emotionally and spiritually. A dedicated and passionate educator, colleague and mentor, Amy feels called to Sacred Heart's mission of helping each child unearth, develop and share her unique gifts to bring the love of God into the world.
Over the coming months, Amy will be working closely with Pat to ensure a smooth transition in July, and we are already planning events to help our community get to know Amy better this September. In the meantime, I invite you to join me in congratulating Ms. Amy Pacula.
Joseph J. Ciancaglini
Head of School
Dear Sacred Heart Community,