How to Help Others Grow with Mary Beth Bowling and Amy Nall – PMP330

Will Parker discusses ways to help leaders grow with guests Mary Beth Bowling and Amy Nall in this week's episode of the PMP.

Dr. Mary Beth was named Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Louisville on July 1, 2021 after serving as Assistant Superintendent for seven years. Dr. Bowling has served in the Archdiocese of Louisville her entire career, serving in the role of elementary principal for 25 years. She attended college at the University of Louisville where she received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in early childhood and her administrative endorsement.  She completed her Doctorate in Leadership Education at Spalding University in 2004.  She was honored as the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Principal of the Year for Region 12 in 2005.  In 2020, she received the NCEA 2020 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award which recognizes leadership and excellence in Catholic education. She currently serves on the Board of the Catholic Education Foundation and Spalding University Board of Trustees.

Amy Nall serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Louisville. She has been a Catholic school educator and administrator for 35 years. She began her career as a high school English teacher in 1987 and moved into administration in 2004 when she became an assistant principal at Sacred Heart Academy, an all-girls Catholic school in Louisville. She served in that role until 2020 when she transitioned to Interim Principal during the year of the pandemic. She moved into her current role in 2021. She has an undergraduate degree in English education and Journalism from Ball State University, a Masters in English and Teaching from the University of Louisville and an Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Louisville. Amy has been married for 35 years, and she and her husband live in Louisville and have three adult children and one grandchild.  

She is grateful for the sacrifices her parents made to ensure she received a Catholic education, and she believes wholeheartedly in the value of community, particularly the importance of the Catholic school community where the partnership between parents, children and school support the holistic development of the individual.

Discussion Questions:

1. Can you give a brief summary of the work of the Archdiocese of Louisville schools and accomplishments you’re proud of happening in your schools?

2. What ways you are encouraging ongoing professional growth among your educators, including your leadership?

3. How has been the relationship with Principal Matters benefited you and your school leaders? 

In this episode we also explore:

  • Collaborative visions for providing the best education possible for students
  • How to support a large school community, including 48 schools and 20,000+ students
  • Partnerships, engagement, building trust
  • Michael Fullan’s work on coherence in leadership
  • If you know what your vision is and where you are going, you then focus on professional learning and growth.
  • Developing school leadership teams
  • Merten Leadership Initiative resources
  • New Principals support
  • Grow Leadership Academy offerings with Principal Matters

Contact info:

Amy Nall:

Mary Bowling:

Louisville Catholic Schools

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