Building an Ensemble at Cardinal Pacelli and Christ the King

A new school year has begun with a new approach. The faculty and staff of Cardinal PacelliEnsemble1 School and its parish, Our Lord Christ the King joined for a day of instruction, enlightenment, and community. Teachers, Administrators, Parish Office Staff, and Maintenance Staff gathered to participate in a workshop geared toward discovering their personal strengths and growing in their ability to function as an ensemble, working together creating a beautiful outcome for the students of Cardinal Pacelli. With a new principal at the helm, and a faculty and staff composed of long term veterans, as well as recent hires, beginning the school year on a morning filled with everything from creative introductions to activities requiring communication and team work, set the stage for seeing co-workers in a positive light and recognizing the strengths they bring to the campus.

Therese Wantuch guided the ‘Ensemble Building Workshop.’ “In working with the staff and teachers from Our Lord Christ the King/Cardinal Pacelli School, it became blatantly clear, that this is a group of dedicated professionals who have the strengths and talents to bring out the best in their students.” (Therese Wantuch) Before attending the workshop, staff members took an online “Clifton STRENGTHSFINDER” assessment which evaluated each person’s signature themes. According to Lauren Welsh, Junior High Science Teacher, “The seminar was really rewarding because it allowed the teachers to get to know each other on a personal level, not to mention compare strengths as we create the best ensemble for this upcoming year.” The morning also challenged the staff to participate in a few activities requiring the group to use their strengths cooperatively. Whether building a tower or expressing how they interpreted a scenario, the staff engaged each other in ways that opened lines of communication and fostered relationships. “My favorite activity was the ‘Survivor activity’ because it helped us understand that although we might see or hear the same message, we all interpret it differently. We all come from different backgrounds and prior experiences and we need to be sensitive and cognizant of each other’s decisions.” (Margo Parker, Junior High Math Teacher)

Picture:  Kathy Baker (5th grade), Allie Goede (3rd grade), Zach Gagel (Phys Ed), Terri Cento (Principal), Becky Bedel (Music), Ann Custer (3rd grade) – built a winning tower through cooperative work and effective communication

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