Lisa Hernandez, center, is the new principal of St. Cecilia School

St. Cecilia Catholic School welcomed a new principal this semester.

Lisa Hernandez came from Cistercian Preparatory School in Irving.

Parent Jake Barclay says Hernandez hired six highly qualified teachers in her first four weeks on the job.

“Morale is up exponentially, and parental involvement is at an all-time high,” he says. “There is a feeling of positive change that exudes beyond the halls of our school.”

Here is an excerpt from Hernandez’s welcome message to parents:

I am honored to begin my first year as the Principal of St. Cecilia. ‘To Serve as Jesus Did’ is not just the motto of our school, but you could say it’s been a life motto for me. I have spent the last 12 years working in schools in our Diocese, work which included five mission trips to Central America. I now get to carry this missionary zeal to the St. Cecilia community, and I look forward to supporting our hard-working teachers and staff so that they can, in turn, provide the best environment for our students. In addition, I adhere to the Catholic belief that parents are the primary educators of their children; therefore, we must seek unity between the home and school environment. As a parent to two children myself, I am acutely aware of challenges today’s parents face, and I am committed to respectfully walking alongside our parents through the bright, and not so bright, moments that define early childhood and adolescence.