Jen Kowieski Head of School

Member of the Saint Columbkille community since 2020

I believe deeply in the transformational power of Catholic schools. As a graduate of Catholic schools, I have benefited from the many ways in which Catholic schools form community, inspire learning, and share faith. Throughout my undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame in psychology, I felt called to teach. Upon graduation, I joined the Alliance for Catholic Education program to teach second grade in St. Petersburg, FL and earned a master’s degree in teaching. I quickly fell in love with teaching and have continued to work in Catholic schools for the past 20 years.

After moving from Florida to Chicago, I founded a service-teaching program at Loyola University Chicago called LU-CHOICE. However, because my real passion lies in working with students, teachers and families, I returned to the classroom as a fifth grade teacher at St. Josaphat School. Specializing in math, science, and religion, I also taught sixth, seventh, and eighth grade at the school. I enjoyed collaborating with my teaching colleagues to strengthen the academic outcomes of my students.

Most recently, I served as the assistant principal at St. Josaphat School and will graduate with a master’s degree in school leadership this summer. I have focused my research on how to use professional development, observations and feedback to improve instructional practice. I am thrilled by the opportunity to work with the talented and dedicated faculty and staff of Saint Columbkille Partnership School.

When I am not at school, I love exploring my new home of Brighton, especially as I run and walk my dog. As an avid runner, I proudly wear my 2018 Boston Marathon jacket whenever possible, and I look forward to lacing up my running shoes for the BC Race to Educate. My dog Teddy makes sure that I take time for scenic walks as well.

University of Notre Dame – B.S. in Psychology