A View from the President's Office

John O'ConnorDear Friends,

Last September, at about the time Cristo Rey Kansas City launched a search for a new president, an op-ed in U.S. News and World Report by Kansas City’s own Mike McShane caught my eye.  In Weave Together the Social Fabric, McShane wrote,

"In a world where the social fabric is fraying, Cristo Rey weaves it back together. Businesses, schools, churches, families, children, and communities all come together in the mutual pursuit of providing quality education. As a result, students enjoy a more diverse experience than they would get in a traditional educational setting; co-workers get to meet, mentor and learn from students who may come from a different background than their own; support for the school is cultivated in the community; and families are able to afford an education that would otherwise be beyond their reach."

Throughout my career in education, I have witnessed the powerful transformation in young people when a community unites to affect change.  Over the past 24 years – as a teacher, coach, principal, and, now president – I have come to believe that this is the secret ingredient in high performing schools.  I knew that Cristo Rey Kansas City had this, and I was inspired to join this mission.

As I settle in as Cristo Rey Kansas City’s third president, I am grateful for the tradition established by my predecessors – Sister Vickie Perkins and Dr. Kathleen Hanlon. I am eager to get to work and to weave my experience into the fabric of this school that uses a powerful and innovative approach that equips students from economically-disadvantaged families with the knowledge, character, and skills to transform their lives.

Ever forward,

John O'Connor
President, Cristo Rey Kansas City



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