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New Principal Message

Dear St. Joseph High School Community,

First, thank you for welcoming me so warmly! It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the new Principal of St. Joseph High School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition of spiritual strength and academic excellence. During these past few weeks, I have had interactions with parents, teachers, students, staff members, and local priests. From these conversations, it is clear there is a collaborative environment between all members of our SJHS community to provide the best possible academic and religious experience for our students. I look forward to fostering these relationships and working with teachers and staff to provide an excellent educational experience for each child.

To achieve this goal, we will focus on character and religious education competence, rigorous and traditional education curriculum, classical liberal arts preparation for college, AP and SAT preparation, use of data to inform instruction, consistent implementation of core instructional practices to increase students’ achievement, and on providing exciting and challenging enrichment opportunities for all students. We will also be further implementing strategies to meet the needs of exceptional learners; all families who desire a catholic education should have a pathway for success. We will build upon our 3 tier system of college prep, university prep, and honors university prep to meet the needs of all students. This focus is to further our mission that all St. Joseph High School graduates strive to image Christ in mind, heart, body, and soul.

All of us at St. Joseph High School are eager and excited to begin what promises to be a very positive and productive year together. This year we will continue to provide academic and athletic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help our students build their personal relationships with Christ. As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors—teachers, students and parents—know our mission and core values. This attitude of service in the name of Jesus Christ enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive and nurturing environment. We are adding a weekly Mass to our academic calendar to share in the Eucharist as a school community; parents and community members are always welcome at Mass, and I hope that I will be seeing many of you there. Our first all-school Mass will be at 11:24am in honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 8/15/18. Following the first week, please check the calendar, but most weekly Masses are held on Mondays at 11:03am. You may also attend our bi-weekly Adoration in the chapel any time during 7:30am-2pm beginning on Tuesday 8/28/18. If your schedule precludes you from joining us in the celebration of our faith, we ask you to remember us in your prayers.

Please know that I highly value home/school communication here at SJHS; it is vital and plays an integral role in each student’s success. To further open those communication lines, I have added a monthly "principal coffee talk" to our calendar; this is open to all adult community members. We will provide coffee and doughnuts at an informal meeting to share new information, build relationships, and/or answer community questions. I also hope to see you there! Our first principal coffee talk is scheduled for Monday, 8/27/18, at 8:00am in the main office.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or any other member of the SJHS team if/when the need arises, and we will do likewise. We want and encourage our parents to stay in the know about their child’s life here at St. Joe's.

Thank you all for welcoming me to St. Joseph High School. It has been amazing to further observe and integrate into our wonderful, spiritual, professional learning community! I feel truly blessed to be the instructional leader of this school community.

Yours in Education,


Erinn Dougherty, M.A.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.D.(ABD), CPSA
Principal, St. Joseph High School, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
The core value of St. Joseph High School is to image Christ in mind, heart, body, and soul.

“May you know how to put yourself out cheerfully, discreetly and generously each day, serving others and making their lives more pleasant. To act in this way is to practice the true charity of Jesus Christ." -Saint Josemaria Escriva

About Erinn Dougherty

Erinn has been dedicated to the field of education for 18 years; she's worked in Catholic schools, public high schools and middle schools, universities, and arts programs in many capacities: a full-time school administrator, a tenure-track faculty member at a university, a curriculum developer, and an English teacher (both Advance Placement and International Baccalaureate trained). She has maintained these roles in addition to being an adjunct professor in several graduate colleges of education and as an educational consultant specializing in faculty and staff professional development and curriculum design solutions. She is elated to bring her skills as an educational leader to St. Joseph High School and to partner with families to ensure their students' success. Along with teachers and staff, Erinn will strive to continue the success established by previous administration by building strong relationships with parents, students, faculty, staff, Archdiocesan and Josephite religious community, and with community partners. Erinn relocated to the Central Coast with her husband and their 10 year old daughter.

photo courtesy of Whitney Turner Photography © 2018