The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Schools Herald, April 2021

After a challenging year for schools during the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic, the semester is drawing to a close. In this section, the superintendent of Catholic schools looks back on the year. It explores how teacher vaccines have made an impact, as well as what graduations and the fall semester might look like. Principals have continued their educational growth despite the overwhelming trials of the year and schools are saying goodbye to longtime educators, including Steve Wells at Catholic High School. 


Administrators pursue degrees, training to advance skills

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: April 27, 2021   

Catholic principals and vice principals are still working on educational training and degree programs, despite the extra workload brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Each of them who is willing at this point in time, when they’ve been through one of the hardest years that they’ve ever been through, and had more expected of them than ever before, for them to say, ‘Yes, I still want to grow. I know this will benefit my school, children, More... 

Leaders assess successes of 2020-2021 school year

By Aprille Hanson, Published: April 26, 2021   

After a year of mask-wearing, social distancing and an endless supply of hand sanitizer, Catholic schools in Arkansas can see a glimmer of light on the horizon with vaccinations and an eye toward graduation.  Theresa Hall, superintendent for Catholic Schools, said the lessons learned from the 2020-2021 school year during the COVID-19 pandemic will be useful for the future.  “It has made us think what can we do, how can we do things a little bit different. More... 

O Captain, my Captain: CHS’ Steve Wells calls it a career

By Dwain Hebda, Published: April 23, 2021   

Steve Wells remembers his first day as a teacher at Catholic High School in Little Rock. The North Little Rock native had come to the painful decision not to return for his fourth year at Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas and dropped in on his former principal Father George Tribou with the news. It was September 1983.  “Father Tribou had been very supportive of me going into the seminary, and I didn’t want him to hear More... 

Educators dedicate 25 and 50 years to Catholic schools

Published: April 23, 2021   

Fifteen Catholic school teachers, staff members and administrators were recognized in 2020 and 2021 for serving 25 and 50 years in Catholic schools. These honorees are usually recognized by the Catholic Schools Office during Professional Day, but no in-person events were held in 2020 and 2021.   50 years Sister Joan Pfauser, RSM, director of archives and Mercy charism at Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock. She previously served at Mercy High School, St. Louis; St. Alphonsus More... 

Praise for school staff, parents who made school year work

By Theresa Hall, Published: April 23, 2021   

Alleluia! Alleluia! Words that are not said or sung during Lent remind us of the 40 years of the Israelites roaming the desert. Lent is a time to focus on our prayer life. The 40 days of wandering in our own spiritual journey for repentance of our sins and acknowledging our weaknesses and our failures. It is a time to reflect and focus on what we can do to become a better people. Then on the More...