Sr. Rosemaron Rynn, I.H.M.
Little Flower School
Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
National Catholic Education Association
Bethesda, Maryland

Building a strong sense of community has been a strength in Sr. Rosemaron Rynn’s career as a Catholic school principal for 35 years. “For a Catholic school to be successful, it is vital that all who have a vested interest in it—the parish, pastor, faculty, families, and students—have a sense of belonging and ownership in all that will make the school a vital place of learning,” says Rynn. In each of the four schools she has headed, she has endeavored to lead through example by setting high expectations for herself. She has expected, in turn, that faculty members would follow through in meeting their own professional goals and set high standards for students’ manifold development. She has been principal of Little Flower School since 1994. The suburban pre-kindergarten through grade 8 school boasts 85 percent involvement in its parent volunteer programs. Rynn emphasizes that academic excellence is a high priority for the school. The site was honored as a recipient of the national No Child Left Behind/Blue Ribbon School Award in 2008. Rynn has demonstrated effectiveness in her principalships in part by being open to new directions set by the leadership of her schools. Examples include her embracing standards-based learning and differentiated instruction to meet students’ varying learning needs. She holds a B.A. and an M.S. from Marywood College in Pennsylvania.