Sister Patricia Receives National Honor

Posted: April 23, 2014

At the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Conference in Pittsburgh, Penna., Sister Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D., headmistress of Notre Dame Preparatory School, was the only Marylander top receive one of six Educational Excellence Awards. This award honors Catholic secondary school educators for their service and dedication, their outstanding contributions to Catholic secondary education, and their achievements in Catholic secondary education at the local, diocesan, state and national levels.

“I am deeply honored by this award and recognize that it is one I share with the entire Notre Dame Prep community,” said Sister Patricia. “Being part of NDP, a place which has educated girls for 141 years in the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) tradition to become young women who transform the world, is a great joy!”

Sister Patricia began her career in Catholic education in 1985 as a first-year teacher at NDP, a post she left in 1990 to join the SSND. In 2005, she was appointed the ninth headmistress of the school. Before assuming her headship at NDP, she served as Associate Academic Dean at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and as an administrator at both Bishop Walsh Middle/High School in Cumberland and at The Seton Keough High School in Baltimore.

In her nine-year tenure, Sister Patricia has overseen remarkable growth at NDP, including expanding academic and extra-curricular programs; implementing two strategic plans for the school; renovating the Middle Level and other campus spaces; steadily increasing the school’s annual fund, endowment and enrollment; and continuing to raise the community's awareness of the SSND and their commitment to service and justice in the world. Under her leadership, NDP was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2012; a Top Workplace by The Baltimore Sun in 2011, 2012 and 2013; and a Top Engineering Source School by the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering for the 2012-2013 school year.

Sister Patricia is a graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame; the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (BA; now Notre Dame of Maryland University); Loyola University Maryland (M.Ed. in Educational Management and Supervision); and The Catholic University of America (Ph.D. in Educational Administration/Policy). Presently she sits on the Board of Notre Dame of Maryland University and was named to The Daily Record’s “Circle of Excellence” for Top 100 Women in spring 2013.

Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, NCEA is a professional membership organization that provides leadership, direction and service to fulfill the evangelizing, catechizing and teaching mission of the Church.

Founded in 1873, Notre Dame Preparatory School is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for 760 girls in grades 6-12. The School Sisters of Notre Dame sponsor and operate the school, which is dedicated to educating young women to transform the world.