The Ignatian Inquiry Podcast

The Ignatian Inquiry Podcast

The JSN seeks to be a supportive resource to our member schools, and this podcast is designed to be just that – a carved out space to listen, learn, and engage with issues that matter to our collective work as Ignatian Educators. We are eager to encourage a spirit of inquiry across the many layers of our work in Jesuit education.  We envision our particular brand of Ignatian Inquiry to be….The art of inquiry as seen through our Ignatian lens; asking questions and exploring issues that matter in our schools through the frame of our shared Jesuit mission.

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Reflections of a Founding Principal: Building and Nurturing the Evolution of A “Nativity-like” Model School

A Conversation with Dr. Mary Ann Vogel

In this episode, we’ll explore the experiences of the Founding Principal of one of the newest “Nativity-like” model schools in the JSN, The Welsh Academy at Saint Ignatius High School. In conversation with Dr. Mary Ann Vogel, we will learn from her first-hand experience about crafting the unique culture at the Welsh Academy; about how the dedicated faculty creates a community where her young students grow and thrive; and how secondary school educators can be ready to welcome her students into their settings in the future. With a lens of leadership, we will learn from her efforts of building and nurturing the evolution of the Welsh Academy in Cleveland. This conversation encourages school settings across the JSN to listen carefully to our Nativity colleagues who so skillfully tend to the needs of the students in their care, each and every day.

Dr. Vogel's Biography and Contact Information

Mary Ann Vogel, Ed.D. is the Founding Principal of the Welsh Academy at Saint Ignatius High School.

As Founding Principal, Mary Ann is responsible for the day-to-day operations of creating a school community that lives fully to its mission while being financially sustainable. In her role, she is also part of the Senior Leadership Team of Saint Ignatius High School. Before becoming principal, she was the Implementation Director of the Welsh Academy. In this capacity, she worked with key personnel to plan and execute the process for opening the middle school in August 2019.

Before joining Saint Ignatius High School, Mary Ann was the Chief Educator of the Intergenerational Schools, Founding Principal of Saint Martin de Porres High School, teacher, and high school administrator with the Cleveland Municipal School District, and a consultant for organizations with a particular interest in educational equity.

After attending Regina High School, Mary Ann earned her undergraduate degree at Miami University, her Master’s degree at Cleveland State University, and a doctorate in the Mid-Career Doctoral Program at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She also studied at the Harvard School of Education and Northwestern University Kellogg School of Non-Profit Management.

A life-long resident of greater Cleveland, Mary Ann spent the early part of her life growing up in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood of Cleveland in the shadow of St. Vitus Church, moving then to Euclid before settling into her North Collinwood home. She is active in her church and various Slovenian cultural organizations. She enjoys photography and exploring the beauty of Northeast Ohio. Finally, Mary Ann cherishes time with her family and friends.

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