Patrick O’Sullivan
Patrick O'Sullivan

Patrick O’Sullivan has served the Diocese of Dallas in many educational roles since 1997. As principal of Christ the King Catholic School, O’Sullivan has spent the past five years increasing professional development among teachers, expanding the school’s academic remedial services and gifted and talented program, and leading the school to achieve National Blue Ribbon School status in 2015. A focus on academic excellence permeates the school culture, with teachers encouraged to pursue graduate degrees and bring back knowledge and innovations from professional conferences to share in staff-wide presentations. Math teaching was restructured in 2012 to reflect research showing the benefits of heterogeneous math groupings, and administration and faculty constantly analyze data to devise plans of action that will support each student’s individual needs. As a result, student test scores have remained consistently high for the past five years, with increases in IOWA and ERB scores. Local elementary school principal Darbie Safford describes O’Sullivan as “a role model and resource for other principals” and an educational leader whose strength lies in “his openness to continue to also be a student.” O’Sullivan holds a B.A. in Anthropology and an M.A. in Educational Administration from University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in Teaching from University of Portland, and is pursuing a degree in Doctoral Studies in Catholic School Leadership at St. Louis University.

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