NORMAN — All Saints Catholic School exists to teach children to know, love and serve God through academic pursuits and service to others.
But without an official principal for several months this semester, All Saints Catholic School was in need of an administrator that could help fulfill its mission.
After an intensive open interview process by the school’s advisory council, All Saints Catholic School named Dana Wade as its new principal.
“I was so happy when I got the job,” Wade said. “We have a great team and staff who are faith-filled professionals that make All Saints the best in Norman.”
Prior to being named principal, Wade served as interim principal since January. Before that she served as assistant principal for four and a half years. Before working with the administrative side of a school system, Wade worked as a teacher for 17 years in pre-K and kindergarten. Her first teaching job was in Fort Worth. Then she moved to Oklahoma City public schools for several years and then to All Saints.
“I grew-up in Catholic school and something was pulling me back,” Wade said.
As assistant principal Wade said she did a lot, but not as much as she does now, so she is still learning and juggling.
“I’ve been very busy. I’m feeling my way through. I went from juggling 10 things to 100. I’m just trying not to drop anything,” Wade explained. “The parents and staff have been incredibly supportive and already knowing the parents and students has helped a lot.”
Working with the big picture is the most distinct difference Wade has seen in her administration roles compared to teaching positions.
“You have to see the big picture and work with it and balance all the wants and needs of everyone,” she said.
As principal, Wade said she wants All Saints to work toward being named a Blue Ribbon school like it was in 2007. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program signifies academic excellence in public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ academic achievement. Wade said to achieve such a standing a private school has to meet incredibly high standards, but she believes All Saints could achieve such a title again in a few years.