From the Principal

I am so proud and excited to be the new Principal of St. Mary of the Purification Catholic School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition, and a history of producing exemplary students that move on to some of the most elite middle schools in Houston – and eventually to the most prestigious high schools and colleges in this nation. During these past few weeks, I have had many interactions with parents, teachers, students and church parishioners. From these conversations, it is clear there is a collegial partnership between all stakeholders to provide the best possible academic experience for our students. I look forward to fostering these relationships and working with teachers and staff to provide an elite educational experience for each child.

I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than fifteen years with a specific concentration in curriculum and instruction, math and science. My most recent administrative experience has been shaped by a year as a college professor of curriculum and instruction, four years of leadership as a Middle School Assistant Principal and four years as an elementary and secondary mathematics and science specialist.  I am elated to bring my skills as an educational leader to St. Mary of the Purification Catholic School and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.

Along with teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established at St. Mary’s by building strong relationships with parents, students, Father Justin and the parishioners.  We will focus on Christ-like development, use of data and self-made assessments to inform instruction; consistent execution of our PreK-3 through Kindergarten program and the newly adopted small group instruction strategies of the AIM model in grade first through fifth grades.  These new strategies, coupled with modifications to the existing curriculum, utilize a mixture of objectives set by the Catholic School diocese and the Texas Essential of Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), as well as providing exciting and challenging enrichment opportunities for all students.

This year is going to be exciting as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant and builds relationships. As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone —teachers, students, parents, and parishioners—work together as “one family” to ensure the success of our students.  This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun and nurturing environment.  I look forward to working with everyone and feel truly blessed to be the instructional leader of such an awesome school community.

Greetings and Blessings,
Natalie Garrett

St. Mary of the Purification Catholic School