For the first time, faculty from the five North Santa Barbara County Catholic elementary and middle schools were hosted by St. Mary of the Assumption School on October 21st for an in-service training program.  Over 50 teachers and principals, from St. Mary of the Assumption, La Purisima, St. Louis de Montfort, St. Raphael’s, and Notre Dame School, participated in the one-day program emphasizing best practices and curriculum mapping.

“We’re one of the few schools with a campus wide WiFi network integrated with our computer lab,” said Michelle Cox, St. Mary’s School Principal.  “It enabled everyone to work together no matter which classroom they were in.”

“This is the first time we’ve had five north county schools coordinate a professional development program.  It was a tremendous success,” said Carmen Vadillo, Regional Supervisor for the Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  “I hope to continue and possibly expand opportunities for our teachers from different schools to work together.”

“Friday’s in-service provided a tremendous opportunity for all of our teachers to collaborate while focusing on curriculum, instruction and assessment.  Catholic schools are known for academic rigor and this in-service took it to a new level.  We hope this is a new tradition for our schools,” said Limb.

“Catholic schools provide an outstanding education grounded in traditional morals and values.  It was an honor hosting the faculties from five schools.  We’re all focused on doing what’s best for our students and this in-service allowed us to share ideas,” said Cox.

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50 teachers and principals from the five northern Santa Barbara County Catholic Elementary Schools attended a curriculum symposium at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School on October 21, 2011.  This was the first time the schools coordinated their professional development and conducted grade level coordination.

St. Mary of the Assumption School, founded September 14, 1938, is the Santa Maria Valley’s oldest Catholic School with over 1,000 graduates.  Dedicated to providing a multicultural learning environment grounded in Christian values, the Western Catholic Educational Association accredited school serves over 250 students “Learning with Faith” in Preschool to eighth grade.

For additional information contact Michelle Cox at 805-925-6713 or email