St. Paul's Traditions

from Head of School Andrew Myler

As part our teambuilding last week, our administrative team took the Myers Brigg type indicator and shared the results with one another.  By sharing our types, we (hopefully) developed a better understanding of how to work together.

I am an INFP. As an INFP, it is difficult for me to share my type with the broader community. I am trying to stretch. According to my profile, at work, “my main interest lies in seeing beyond what is present, obvious, or known.” And, I may “have difficulty performing routine tasks.” Guilty and guilty.

Since I tend to focus on possibilities, I am typically exasperated by "traditions." To me, tradition implies resistance to change or provides a readymade excuse for inertia. But, working at St. Paul’s, I have developed an appreciation of traditions. We value community, and our traditions bind us together.

I am looking forward to the first day of school and the return of our many traditions, especially the morning greeting. I asked the members of our program team to share their favorite St. Paul's tradition.

What's yours?

Me, The Pet Blessing

Lisa Jones, Lower School Head, Interim Middle School Head: "Too hard to choose! Pancake breakfast, 3rd-5th grade ice skating trip, Baccalaureate and Graduation, Thematic Unit Culminating Events, helping fund the food program at Holy Cross School.

Ted Van Thullenar, Dean of Students: Chapel

Jill McGee: Director of Admissions: Friday Chapel

Sheila Abio, ECC Head: Chapel, Hooray for the USA!, Greeting in the ECC

Cindy Wissinger, Director of Development: Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day

Daniel Pennington, Director of Finance: Middle School Musical

Colette Rousey: Assistant to the Head of School: Open House (first day of school!)

Shawn Sharpley: Director of Technology: Grandparents' and Special Friends’ Day
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