How/Why did you first start or join your business?

I was an elementary teacher at St. Mel’s in Gloucester for 4 years before coming to St. John the Evangelist in 2004. I was the 5th grade teacher there and continued on when the 2 Catholic schools in Beverly (SJS and SMS) merged in 2016. I was working on my CAGS in Educational Leadership through Salem State University at this point. In 2017, I became the full time assistant principal. When the position for Principal opened, I was thrilled to be able to use my degree at the school I loved and had been at for so many years. I am so lucky to be a part of this community.

What products or services does your business provide

We are a co-educational PreK through Grade 8 Catholic School.

 

What makes your business or your product unique?

The Saints Academy provides a rigorous academic program through innovative teaching practices that prepares students for the world in which we live. We offer a strong spiritual foundation, based in the teachings of the Catholic Church, for students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. We endeavor to provide an environment that promotes our five core values of Discipleship, Partnership, Scholarship, Leadership, and Citizenship throughout the school day, and into the lives of our students and school community.

 

What made you decide to become a member of the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce?

We, as a school, wanted to be even more active and also visible in our local community.

How has the current situation with Covid-19 affected your business, and what changes have you made due to the situation?

Due to the current situation, we decided to space out each student 6 feet in our classrooms (social distancing) – this kept classrooms to lower numbers than a normal year. This is one of many safety protocols put in place: using outside spaces as much as possible (classes and lunch), all students and staff wear masks, more hand sanitizing and washing, sanitizing the building daily, not allowing visitors in the building without appointments. We do have some families that chose to livestream instead of coming in person. So teachers are teaching in class and online. We have had to cancel, postpone, or reimagine school events.

CONTACT INFORMATION 

kfernald@saintsacademy.org

https://www.saintsacademy.org/

www.facebook.com/SaintsBeverly/

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The Saints Academy 111 New Balch St. Beverly 978-922-0048