As principal of St. Sebastian Catholic School, I feel blessed to be a part of this incredible school and vibrant community. Having grown up in the Milwaukee area, it is a gift to serve within the vocation I love and in an area where my own meaningful experiences in Catholic education shaped me through positive role models and diverse learning opportunities.
My parents met while students themselves in Catholic schools. They ensured my four siblings and I attended Catholic schools growing up from Kindergarten through High School as well. I was fortunate to attend St. Anthony in Menomonee Falls, St. Dominic in Brookfield, and Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee. Thanks to the sacrifices my parents made and excellent teachers over the years, I received a solid foundation in faith, excellent academic preparation, and a multitude of educational opportunities at every level – all benefits that hold true with an education at St. Sebastian Catholic School. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Elementary Education, followed by a master’s degree in Theology/Pastoral Counseling from the University of Loyola-New Orleans during my years as a classroom teacher. In the summer of 2016, I completed a masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame, through the Mary Ann Remick/ACE program. My experiences as a classroom teacher span the elementary, middle, and high school levels, each having offered unique opportunities to learn and grow alongside faculties, families, and students. Prior to coming to St. Sebastian in summer of 2016, I served as assistant principal at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Denver for four years.
When I first stepped into St. Sebastian School, I was immediately moved by the rich diversity of our caring, curious, and well-mannered student body, each child adding his or her unique spirit and gifts to the educational environment. Truly it was an experience unparalleled to any other school I have known. I was further impressed by the caliber and cheerfulness of the faculty and staff, while moved by the warmth of our parents and families. The investment of the parish community, successful alumnae, and Seb’s families – both past and present – collectively speaks to the special community so many have worked to cultivate for over 100 years. As principal, I am committed to preserving this history, while continuing to grow our efforts to ensure excellence in education and life-giving experiences in faith are the standard for the children of St. Sebastian School.
The Church document, “To Teach as Jesus Did” states that, “Community is at the heart of a Christian education, not simply as a concept to be taught, but as a reality to be lived.” Together, we must always value and commit to our partnership in forming students to meet our school’s mission, to grow Saints for God’s Kingdom, and to meet the demands of an ever-changing world – all while in service to others. How exciting it is to continually examine, preserve, and act upon our next steps in the life of this wonderful community, bringing a vision to fruition in creating a more just world for our children and future generations.
We welcome your visit as well as any questions you may have along the way! If you are an alum of Seb’s, we would love to hear from you, know what you are up to, and welcome you home!
Thank you for your support, and may God bless you.
Ms. Heather Grams