Carondelet Welcomes New Vice Principal for Mission and Community Development

Concord, Calif. (May 30, 2017) – Carondelet High School has welcomed Dr. Lizette Ortega Dolan to the newly created position of Vice Principal for Mission and Community Development. In her new role, Dr. Dolan will lead the charge on mission integration, ensuring that Carondelet's school programs and policies reflect its mission and that of its founding order, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

"Preparing young women to navigate and thrive in today's world requires both stellar academic programming and values-based education," said President Bonnie Cotter. "Lizette will help administer the school's mission-centered philosophy to ensure that our young women are empowered with significant opportunities for academic, personal and spiritual growth and the knowledge that they can change the world through leadership and service."

As a member of Carondelet's senior leadership team, Dr. Dolan will assist in developing, implementing, and evaluating school-wide programs and policies, and create outreach opportunities with other Sisters of St. Joseph schools around the country with the goal of creating stronger partnerships and a deeper understanding of best practices in Catholic Education.

Dr. Dolan, who has served as an administrator at Park Day School in Oakland, Athenian in Danville and St. Ignatius in San Francisco, will now oversee campus ministry, community service, student activities and personal counseling at Carondelet.

"I am passionate about education, girls as stewards for positive change, and infusing the planet with more kindness, love, and patience," said Dr. Dolan. "I am convinced that significant transformation is needed in our society, and I believe that we can achieve it. I am committed to being a part of this change and am even more hopeful when I see the creativity and vitality of the young women at Carondelet. I am elated to join this community because I admire that Carondelet is committed to faith, excellence, and justice."

A native of San Francisco and a graduate of St. Ignatius College Preparatory, Dr. Dolan earned her Bachelor's in History and Dance from U.C. Berkeley, her Master's in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from St. Mary's College of California.

Now in her 20th year in education, Dr. Dolan began her career with Teach for America/Multicultural Alliance and was awarded a Fulbright Memorial Fund grant to study in Japan. She has been invited to build Design School X and The Field Semester School, and also continues to advise and present for Northern California People of Color in Independent Schools, Our Family Coalition, The National White Privilege Conference, and Aim High. Dr. Dolan has presented internationally, nationally, and locally on issues of teacher excellence, fostering systemic change, the recruitment and retention of people of color within white spaces, and cultivating inclusive learning environments.

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About Carondelet High School

Carondelet High School is a four-year Catholic college-preparatory school serving young women of the East Bay. Since its founding in 1965, Carondelet has carried on a proud tradition of Christian community and academic excellence. Located in Concord, Carondelet has a diverse student population of approximately 800. Carondelet's mission is to inspire excellence by preparing young women to live with heart, faith and courage in the Catholic tradition and the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Its innovative curriculum and personalized counseling, as well as its commitment to service and leadership, prepare students for college, career and life.


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