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Philip R. Riley, Jr.
Saint Monica Catholic School
Diocese of Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Philip Riley has been the principal of Saint Monica Catholic School for three years but has held leadership positions in the Diocese of Dallas for a total of fifteen years. When he first arrived at Saint Monica—a large, Pre-K through eighth grade school serving 810 students—one of his first tasks was to fix a faulty database system that had been causing profit losses for years. By upgrading to online programs for enrollment and tuition management, Riley has secured an accurate collection process, resulting in extra funds to provide financial assistance for families in need. In his short time at Saint Monica, he has made improvements in nearly every aspect of the school. To ensure student engagement beyond weekly Mass, Riley developed a new service program based on the Catholic Social Justice Teachings which include school-wide rosaries and a Eucharistic adoration. He takes a personal interest in all of his students but is especially supportive of those with special needs. By building a new Learning Center, implementing the Take Flight dyslexia reading program, and having two counselors to work specifically on Individual Education Plans, he has provided every student with an equal opportunity to learn. During his career, Riley has served with several organizations including the Dallas Parochial League and is the acting President of the Elementary Principal’s Association in Dallas. He holds a B.A. from Benedictine College and an M.S. from Texas A&M Commerce.