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June 14, 2017, West Palm Beach, Florida – As the 2016-2017 academic year comes to a close, Rosarian Academy’s Middle School bids farewell to its principal, Sister Donna Baker, OP, and welcomes Linda Tretheway, who will begin serving as principal on July 1.
Sister Donna served at Rosarian for 16 years. She taught English and religion in grades six through eight and has served as National Junior Honor Society coordinator, chairperson for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation committee, and facilitator for religious education and mission development. In addition, Sister Donna served faithfully as Rosarian’s representative on the Adrian Dominican Sponsorship Commission.
Throughout her time at Rosarian, Sister Donna was regarded as thoroughly professional, kind, and generous with her colleagues and unfailingly committed to helping children discover the best within. She worked wonders with countless children, providing sound guidance. She models a life of integrity and care and has brought tremendous joy to work each day.
Though the Rosarian Academy community will miss Sister Donna, they will continue to celebrate the remarkable tenure of an extraordinary educator and person.
Mrs. Tretheway comes to Rosarian from St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Miami Shores, Florida, where she worked as curriculum director, teacher, and school administrator. She was an assistant principal in both the Archdiocese of Miami and Maryland Public Schools for more than 10 years.
Mrs. Tretheway holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in supervision and administration from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She is a doctoral candidate in curriculum development at St. Thomas University in Miami.
A devout Catholic with more than 25 years of experience in public, private, and diocesan education, Mrs. Tretheway brings a great deal of wisdom and experience to Rosarian. She and her husband, Scott, live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and have four children: one son serving in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear engineer, a daughter who recently graduated from the University of Florida, and two sons attending St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
Feature photo (top): Sister Donna Baker, OP, works in her office at Rosarian Academy.
January 30, 2017, Detroit – On the way home from visiting Adrian Dominican Sisters and their ministries in Florida, Sister Elise D. García, OP, General Councilor, heard of a protest at Detroit Metro Airport against President Donald Trump’s refugee policies. She decided to delay her drive home to add the voice of the Adrian Dominican Congregation to the protest. Read the Detroit Free Press article about the protest, in which Sister Elise is quoted. She also took a video of the protest. Sister Elise also posted photos of the protest on her Facebook page.
Click on the links to read further about some of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ ministries in Florida. These include St. Ann Place, a ministry for homeless women and men, in West Palm Beach, where Sister Patricia Leonard ministers; Cardinal Newman High School, West Palm Beach, where Sister Judith Rimbey serves in the Finance Office; and Rosarian Academy, an elementary school in West Palm Beach sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, where Sister Donna Baker ministers as middle school principal.