The Ignatian Inquiry Podcast

A carved out space to listen, learn, and engage with with issues that matter to our collective work as Ignatian Educators

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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Women’s Leadership in the JSN: Exploring the Experiences of the First Female President and Principal Team at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington 

In this episode of JSN’s Ignatian Inquiry Podcast, we speak with Cindy Davis, Principal of Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington and Dr. Kelly Goodsell, President of Bellarmine Preparatory School, who together form the first female President and Principal Team at Bellarmine, as well as the first female President-Principal team at a legacy Jesuit school in the JSN. Women’s History Month comes alive in this conversation with two extraordinary leaders in the JSN, and it will be of interest to teachers and leaders across programs and academic disciplines in Jesuit schools.

Biographies and Contact Information

Dr. Kelly Goodsell

Dr. Kelly Goodsell currently serves as the President of Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington. Appointed to the presidency in 2023, Dr. Goodsell is the first woman in history to serve in this role. Previously, Dr. Goodsell was the Director of Bellarmine’s Academic Center of Excellence, a role in which she created, executed, and expanded a multifaceted program offering pathways of scholarship and support to all students.  

Following her undergraduate degree from Pacific Lutheran University, Dr. Goodsell spent time on an AmeriCorps assignment on the South Side of Chicago. She then earned her Master’s in Special Education from the University of Oregon followed by her Doctorate from Seattle University in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Organizational Systems Design. 

Additionally, Dr. Goodsell was a Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Fellow at Georgetown University, studying multi-system integration of care for underserved students and her collaborative work with multisystem involved youth was honored as a Bright Idea Innovation through the Ash Center at the Harvard Kennedy School for Democratic Governance and Innovation. She also holds a Universal Design for Learning Certificate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Working with under-served students and families has been an integral part of Dr. Goodsell’s work, and she has a deep passion and expertise for college readiness and success.  Dr. Goodsell resides in Fircrest, Washington with her husband and four sons. 

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Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been a pivotal figure at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington, since 1984, where she currently serves as Principal. Over the years, she has filled various roles, including Health/P.E. teacher and Department Chair, Math/Science teacher, Dean of Students/Director of Student Activities, Summer School Co-Principal, and most recently, interim President. 

Throughout her time at Bellarmine, Cindy has spearheaded many important initiatives. She was instrumental in developing and implementing a school-wide student assistance program, an anti-bullying, harassment, and intimidation policy, and a school-acceptable use policy. Cindy also played a key role in rewriting the student handbook. Her leadership extends beyond the classroom, as she has mentored and led numerous Bellarmine and national committees and boards focused on educational advancements, professional development, and policy and procedural practices. 

Cindy earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University in 1981, followed by a Master’s in Education and Principal’s Credentials from the University of Washington in 2003.  Her dedication to Bellarmine is further evidenced by the fact that all three of her children graduated from Bellarmine Prep. 

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