Dear STA Community,
It seems our entire world has been turned upside down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am very sorry that we find ourselves in this unexpected situation. I believe, however, that the crisis gives us a renewed opportunity to be a community that is prayerful, helpful, and courageous. We have the answers that we need in facing this challenge.
Since the start of 2020, our Campus Ministry team has encouraged our entire school community to be prayerful and to reflect on the question: “Where in your life do you need courage?” The Campus Ministry team invited us to call to mind the courageousness of the Sisters of St. Joseph who faced great peril traveling to the United States from Europe in 1836, ultimately establishing St. Teresa’s Academy in 1866. As we find ourselves trying to survive and make sense of this challenging and perplexing pandemic, we must pray and draw strength and courage from the examples of our founding Sisters of St. Joseph.
Much like many schools and universities across the world, St. Teresa’s Academy is currently conducting classes via online platforms. Out of an abundance of caution and care, and because of Kansas City Mayor Lucas’s stay-at-home order, we find ourselves having to postpone or cancel many beloved events. Through it all we have a renewed commitment to be courageous and strong together. Know that the outstanding faculty and staff of St. Teresa’s Academy is forging ahead to provide excellent education and support, despite the crisis.
I am so proud of our partnership with our students and the parent community who have been so understanding as we have adjusted our educational services to virtual learning. I know our students are feeling anxious and have some disappointments, but all should take comfort in the fact that the faculty and staff of St. Teresa’s Academy can be counted on. We hope to be back together soon, and we are monitoring the guidance of health experts and local officials in determining that decision.
I am grateful for the privilege of leading the STA community as we envision and strategize our next steps. Every STA generation will face change and challenges like this COVID-19 pandemic that may be unforeseen and unanticipated. We should adopt a mindset much like Paul in Phillipians 4:11-13. He stated, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength.”
It is comforting to know that faith and the power of beautiful courage has supported the Academy since its 1866 inception, and these powers will continue to pave the way as we fulfill our mission and dreams.
God Bless You,
Dr. Siabhan May-Washington