IHM wel­comes new prin­ci­pal

The Review - - FRONT PAGE - By Rick Caw­ley For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

ROXBOROUGH » It’s that time of the year again ... school bells will be ring­ing soon.

When the stu­dents at Im­mac­u­late Heart of Mary re­turn to school in Septem­ber, they will en­counter a new pres­ence be­hind the prin­ci­pal’s desk: An­drew Lowry.

Lowry will be tak­ing the helm fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Rochelle Grasso, who left in June af­ter four years at the school to re­turn to teach­ing and pur­sue a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion de­gree.

For Lowry, it will es­sen­tially be his rookie sea­son as a prin­ci­pal af­ter spend­ing 15 years as a class­room teacher. His most re­cent as­sign­ment was at the St. Aloy­sius School in Bryn Mawr. Prior to that, he had an eight-year stint at the St. Mary Mag­da­lene School in Wilm­ing­ton, Del.; five years at Holy Spirit; and one at St. Kevin’s, the lat­ter two in Philadel­phia.

Lowry grew up in the Up­per Darby area, grad­u­at­ing high school from Mon­signor Bon­ner. He did his un­der­grad­u­ate work in ur­ban child­hood ed­u­ca­tion at Penn State Delaware County and later added a masters de­gree in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship from Neu­mann Col­lege in As­ton.

In­ter­est­ingly enough, Lowry is the owner of a Phillies World Series ring from 2008, which he re­ceived while work­ing his sec­ond job do­ing se­cu­rity and ush­er­ing for the Phillies Pre­mium Ser­vices Club at Cit­i­zen’s Bank Park. Of course, he’s hop­ing the Phillies help him “get a sec­ond ring in 2018,” he said.

Lowry will get plenty of time each morn­ing driv­ing along the Blue Route to men­tally pre­pare

for his day as he com­mutes from Walling­ford, Delaware County, where he lives with his wife, Jessica, and twin sons, An­drew Jr. and Joseph.

Lowry has spent the sum­mer get­ting the lay of the land at IHM and meet­ing with in­di­vid­ual fac­ulty mem­bers to lay the ground­work for the up­com­ing school year. Lowry said he has been ex­cited by the warm re­cep­tion he has re­ceived from the “in­cred­i­ble teach­ers” he has met and looks for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity to re­vi­tal­ize the bonds be­tween the parish and the school.

Ed­u­ca­tion­ally, his more im­me­di­ate goals in­clude help­ing to fos­ter “honest and open com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween [him­self] and the IHM com­mu­nity,” as well as pro­vid­ing sup­port for a pos­i­tive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the “amaz­ing stu­dents and teach­ers” at the school, he said.

On a more spir­i­tual plane, part of Lowry’s grand vi­sion would be “to in­spire the stu­dents to be their best selves and let them know that God is there for them,” he said.

Be­fore the school year be­gins, Lowry will get a chance to share his game plan with the IHM par­ent base. A new par­ents night” is sched­uled for Aug. 29, and a back to school night will fall on Sept. 4.

Be­yond that, he said he plans to pe­ri­od­i­cally hold a prin­ci­pal’s cof­fee where a smaller group of par­ents would be in­vited to sit down with him over cof­fee and dough­nuts and open up a dia­logue for shar­ing their ideas for im­prov­ing the school.

RICK CAW­LEY — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

New IHM Prin­ci­pal An­drew Lowry takes a call at his desk.

RICK CAW­LEY — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Go­ing over the day’s agenda are, from left, sec­re­tary Jen­nifer Fin­negan, Prin­ci­pal An­drew Lowry and tech­nol­ogy spe­cial­ist Pauline Craig.

RICK CAW­LEY — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Go­ing over the day’s agenda are, from left, sec­re­tary Jen­nifer Fin­negan, Prin­ci­pal An­drew Lowry and tech­nol­ogy spe­cial­ist Pauline Craig.

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