Marcelle arrived at Little Flower Academy in the summer of 2003. The Sisters of St Ann were very excited to welcome a highly respected education professional from Ontario, who had experience at two other girls' schools being the first lay head of school. In selecting Marcelle, they set Little Flower Academy on a path of both professionalization and modernization.
The school has come such an incredibly long way since those early days of Marcelle's leadership. Most visibly, we have a stunning new campus. Though trained in school administration and education, she worked with the Board and contractors to ably lead the school through the building process. Apart from the bricks and mortar (or reinforced re-bar and seizmic engineering), it is the evolution of our programs that best reflects her leadership. Vastly expanded co-curricular opportunities exist for our students, with an emphasis on experiental learning--whether the students are helping teach English at an orphanage in Peru or reading to an elderly lady at Balfour House. She guided us through a transformational curricular shift with the introduction of the Advanced Placement program, while maintaining a remarkably diverse course selection for a small high school.
The school had also transformed its communications to students, parents and alumnae. The alumnae program has grown by leaps and bounds. Much of the quiet behind-the-scenes administration has also been modernized, whether it is a new student information management system or the clear policy around student intake that formally embraced sibling and alumnae connections. The school has also embarked on a coordinated advancement program to ensure the school's viability and reputation for the future.