St. Therese principal earns Golden Apple
April 7, 2017

Phyllis Cavallone-Jurek, principal of St. Therese Chinese Catholic School, received the Stanley C. Golder Award for Excellence in Leadership from Golden Apple.

Golden Apple, a nonprofit that celebrates and develops excellent teachers, on March 23 surprised Phyllis Cavallone-Jurek, principal of St. Therese Chinese Catholic School at 247 W. 23rd St., with the Stanley C. Golder Award for Excellence in Leadership.

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich attended the presentation. In 2004, when Cavallone-Jurek began as principal, the school was on the verge of closure. Under her leadership, the school has grown from 160 students to 300, and has won numerous awards including the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence due to her transformation of the curriculum, instruction, and productivity. TerraNova, Explore, and Aspire test scores now exceed national and district averages.

“Strong school leadership is critical to creating an environment of learning and growing for students and teachers alike,” said Dominic Belmonte, president and CEO of Golden Apple. Phyllis is a shining example of the positive difference that exceptional leadership makes in education.”

“I’m so blessed to be the principal at the most beautiful school and most wonderful family,” Cavallone-Jurek said. “Our students, families, staff, and supporters have helped St. Therese be so successful. We look forward to growing and reaching for even greater goals for our students.”

Cavallone-Jurek will receive $10,000 to be used for her own professional development and a school project of her choosing. In addition, on Saturday, May 20, at the WTTW Channel 11 studios in Chicago, she will be honored at the 2017 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership. Log on to www.goldenapple.org/awards for information on the broadcast dates and times. To contact the school, call (312) 326-2837.

— William S. Bike