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Maureen Glavin, RSCJ, Head of School, Academy of the Sacred Heart

Maureen Glavin, RSCJ, with students

Maureen Glavin, RSCJ, is in her tenth year as Head of School at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, the oldest and one of the largest private independent elementary schools in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The Academy was founded in 1818, when St. Rose Philippine Duchesne opened the doors of the log cabin school which was situated on the current Academy property.

A native of upstate New York, Sister Glavin began her professional career working as a technical specialist doing research in a pharmacology lab at Upstate Medical Center. After two years of lab work she ventured to East Africa working, teaching and learning as a Spiritan Associate. Having caught the education bug and a vocation to religious life, a return to the United States led her to the Society of the Sacred Heart. After entering in 1988, Sr. Glavin taught math and science in St. Charles and Houston before moving into administration, first as an Assistant Principal at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Houston, Tex. and then as the Junior High Division Director at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, Fla.  

During her tenure at the Academy, Sister Glavin has honored the school’s history of tradition and excellence in the spirit of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat and the Society of the Sacred Heart. In light of a desire to prepare students for the future, Sister Glavin has augmented the Academy’s science and math curriculums, instituted the widespread use of technology, and initiated a K–8 global education curriculum. These initiatives, in conjunction with the school’s deepest goal of inculcating the dispositions of the Heart of Jesus in the heart of each graduate, will, according to Sister Glavin, not only serve students well in their lives of leadership and service, but will serve our world well by providing leaders who will make the world a better place.

Sr. Glavin has been the Society’s representative at the last four meetings of educators of the Sacred Heart in Latin America, has attended the last two International meetings of Heads of Sacred Heart Schools, and hosted an international Sacred Heart Heads meeting in St. Charles. She currently serves on the Network Formation to Mission Committee, the Sacred Heart Commission on Goals and the Board of Trustees at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami.