Dear St. Agnes Community,
The motto of St. Agnes Academy is Veritas, and the truth of our Catholic faith is that we are called to honor the dignity of every individual. Each one of us is crafted in God’s image, and we are all worthy of experiencing God’s unconditional love. Catholic Social Teaching promotes the dignity of the individual and our solidarity as one human family seeking peace and justice. St. Agnes models God’s unconditional love and Catholic Social Teaching through the expression of the Dominican pillars of Prayer, Study, Community, and Preaching in all we do, and the Office of Community Culture is an extension of this mission imperative.
I am proud to join the St. Agnes community as the Director of Community Culture as I believe my personal and professional experience has led me to serve in this capacity. I feel fortunate to have been born in Mexico City to a Mexican father and American mother and to have grown up between Mexico and the U.S. This allowed me to grow up bilingual, bicultural, and with a great deal of empathy. I am passionate about ensuring equitable access to a quality education to all students regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic circumstance, gender or sexual identity, and family educational background.
I appreciate the advantage of a girls’ school because I attended Ursuline Academy of Dallas which prepared me for success in my Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and subsequent Master of Science in Educational Leadership with a Catholic Leadership Certificate from Creighton University. My professional background includes social services in immigrant communities, Director of Cultural Competency for the Regional Behavioral Health Authority in Maricopa County, and 16 years in Catholic high school administration and teaching.
As Director of Community Culture, I serve as a member of the Principal’s Team, and I am responsible for oversight of the student Affinity Clubs including:
- Asian Student Union (ASU)
- Diversity Club
- Latin American Youth Association (LAYA)
- Voices of Black Youth (VOBY)
The 2022-2023 Goals for the Office of Community Culture include:
- Provide support and training to students and faculty/staff to engage in supportive and respectful dialogue that celebrates our differences rather than dividing us.
- Conduct a community culture needs assessment through faculty/staff, student, and family interviews to inform the next Community Culture Three-Year Plan.
- Continue the work of reviewing curriculum and pedagogical practices so that all St. Agnes students can feel heard and seen in their classrooms.
I commit to promoting equitable and inclusive practices for St. Agnes Academy’s students, families, and faculty/staff. I am particularly interested in involving more parents representing diverse backgrounds and identities in St. Agnes community life. Please reach out at 713-219-5435 or email@example.com
if interested in learning more.
Monica de la Cerda
Director of Community Culture