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Retiring school principals honored

June 5, 2015

Maxie O’Rourke

Principal, Our Lady of the Visitacion School

Maxie has served at OLV for 36 years. As a teacher she taught grades five through eight with her own three daughters as members of the class along the way. She later would be named the first lay principal at OLV. She said: “As the years have passed I have had the privilege of teaching several generations of students. The families at this Daughter of Charity sponsored school are like my own family. I will miss them very much.” Maxie looks forward to spending time traveling and playing with her grandchildren.


Judy Cosmos

Principal, Holy Name of Jesus School

Judy has been a member of the Holy Name School community for more than 40 years beginning as fifth grade teacher and then many years as a junior high English and literature teacher. During this time she earned a graduate degree in educational counseling from the University of San Francisco becoming Holy Name’s school counselor and resource person.

Seven years ago she became principal helping to continue and strengthen “Holy Name’s long traditions of a supportive, loving community and academic excellence,” Judy said. “Through all my years in Catholic schools, I have been supported by people of great faith and have been proud to be a part of the Catholic community.” Judy and her husband are both anxious for the time they’ll have now with their grandchildren.

“I have loved the staff, parents, and students at Holy Name and taken pride in helping all to be their best.”


Mercy Sister M. Pauline Borghello

Principal, St. Gabriel School

Sister Pauline has been principal at St. Gabriel’s for 34 years and an educator for 51 years.

“Working in Catholic education has meant that I’ve been able to be a part of the growth and development of young students by assisting them as they advance through every area of their elementary lives,” Sister Pauline said. “Each day, I have been enriched by them. Each day, I have been gifted by their parents. Each day, I have learned from our school staff. St. Gabriel’s is a loving, accepting community and I will hold wonderful memories in my heart as the future unfolds.” Sister Pauline called it a blessing “to have been able to minister with the many dedicated, generous men and women who have been faculty and staff with me plus by the outstanding pastors and the parish teams I have ministered with: My prayers and blessings to all.”

Sister Pauline looks forward to a less demanding schedule and more time with family, religious community, friends, and assisting the St. Gabriel community as needed.


Kathleen M. Garcia

Principal, Our Lady of Mercy School

Kathie has been a Catholic elementary school educator for 42 years and has taught kindergarten, third, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. She says becoming a principal in 2000 is “certainly one of the biggest adventures” she has experienced and enjoyed it all. “Each day brings its own challenges, surprises, and joys!” Kathie said.

“As I look back on my career I have learned so much about learning, growing, and expecting the unexpected! Being a Catholic School teacher is an amazing experience because teaching and developing happen in an environment filled with the grace of God and the many gifts of the Holy Spirit. Watching my students discover their own gifts is a treasured memory. The bonds made with families and cherished colleagues fill my heart.”

Kathie looks forward to “finding ways to be useful, to learn new things and to enjoy being without a calendar and bell schedule!”

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