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August 26, 2009 > New appointments at Moreau Catholic High School

New appointments at Moreau Catholic High School

By Simon Wong

Moreau Catholic High School, Hayward, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lauren Lek '97 as Principal.

Lek takes over as principal as Terry Lee relinquishes his joint role as president-and-principal. She was formerly the school's admissions director and an English teacher before serving as Assistant Principal of Instruction for the last two years. Lek and Lee will work in partnership as principal and president, respectively.

Michael Aquino '91 leaves San Ramon Valley High School, where he was assistant principal, and succeeds Lek having been assistant principal and admissions director at Moreau between 2001 and 2006.

"I stand here not as an outsider but as a Mariner, through and through," stated Lek. "Moreau Catholic has been part of my life for 15 years as a student, teacher and administrator and now as Principal. Moreau is my home, it is my family.

"We're 110-strong in supporting all our students' learning. None of us is solely responsible for the magic that educates the hearts and minds of our students. Together, faculty and staff alike, strive to make a difference in their lives to prepare them for the journey ahead.

"We must ensure our students leave these halls ignorant of nothing in this rapidly-changing, 21st-century world. Technology, communication, global problem-solving evolve constantly and quickly and present challenges for all educators. We're trying to prepare our students for a world whose form we cannot predict with certainty.

"Mariner teachers embrace change finding new and innovative strategies to ensure students are prepared for whatever they might face ahead... We are a school that serves as a model of innovative teaching and learning practices for others. Moreau is a school worthy of renown...

"Blessed Basil Moreau reminds us we should always place education alongside instruction. The mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart. While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall do our utmost to prepare citizens for eternal life. As a community of faith, we are centered on helping students understand those values to develop their own moral and ethical compass to guide them in all positions," explained Lek.

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