New assistant principal plans curriculum upgrades at Jesuit High

Lorraine Paul has been named assistant principal for curriculum and assessment at Sacramento’s Jesuit High School and will begin serving in the position this summer.
Lorraine Paul will take the reins as assistant principal for curriculum and assessment at Jesuit High School this summer. She plans to evaluate every aspect of the prestigious high school’s educational programs. / Photo courtesy, Jesuit High School

Lorraine Paul will take the reins as assistant principal for curriculum and assessment at Jesuit High School this summer. She plans to evaluate every aspect of the prestigious high school’s educational programs. / Photo courtesy, Jesuit High School

Paul, who currently serves as principal at St. Gregory Elementary School in San Mateo, brings more than 25 years of experience in Catholic school administration with her to Jesuit. She has worked as both the assistant principal for academics and the dean of studies at Junipero Serra High School, an all-boys school in San Mateo. During her career, she has served as dean of students at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward; as director of development at both Junipero Serra and Charles Armstrong School in Belmont, a kindergarten-eighth grade school for students with dyslexia; as a high school counselor at St. Paul’s High School in Santa Fe Springs, and as a teacher of social studies and theology.

Paul has a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, a master’s in educational technology, and credentials in social sciences and administration. She also is a member of the board of directors at Mercy High School in Burlingame.

In a phone interview, Paul said she is eager to get to Sacramento and start her new job at Jesuit High School.

“My husband and I moved to Dixon about two years ago, and I’m tired of commuting to San Mateo,” she said. “I had hoped to get back into working at the high school level again, and when this job came open, I knew it was something I wanted to explore. Then at the interview, I came away so impressed with the school and the community that I was really hoping to get this job.”

An educator for three decade, Paul said she was inspired to go into the educational field by some of her high school instructors.

“In high school, I thought so highly of some of my teachers and how hard they worked and how they gave back to their communities, that I knew then that teaching was what I wanted to do,” said Paul.

As assistant principal at Jesuit High School, Paul’s job will focus on improving the school’s curriculum.

“We will be assessing everything, asking ourselves, ‘Is what we’re doing effective for our students?’ Paul said. “We’ll be looking at everything from the classes to the school personnel to the resources available on campus to make sure we come together for the needs of this school in the future.”

Paul said she is particularly eager to start working alongside Brianna Latko, Jesuit High School’s principal.

“I came away from my interview really impressed with (Latko),” Paul said. “She is a woman of vision and commitment and she brings great leadership to the school.”

In a Jesuit High School news release announcing Paul’s hiring, Latko shared Paul’s enthusiasm for their new partnership.

“Lorraine brings extraordinary experience and commitment to Catholic Education,” Latko said in the press release. “She will be a great asset to our community.”

Finally, in other Jesuit news, Jordan Blair, the school’s director of communications, briefly addressed the latest rumors that the all-male JHS might be going coeducational.

“That rumor is not true,” Blair asserted. “We here that rumor a lot, especially with the recent closure of Loretto High School (an all-girls Catholic high school that closed in 2009), but it’s not true. We plan to remain an all-boys school.”