A high school principal is the backbone of a school. A principal will do anything for their school. McNicholas Principal Patty Beckert dedicates herself to her students 24/7. Whether she is behind her desk or off-site at a meeting, everything she does is for the good of McNick.
Beckert joined McNicholas beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, bringing with her a goal for all to see McNicholas as the school of choice and to create a positive experience for every student. To attain her goal, she dedicates her time every day, with a schedule packed full of meetings and many other
commitments. The Milestone offers a glimpse into “A Day in the Life of Principal Patty Beckert.”
• 6:30 a.m. – Beckert arrives to McNick after a 20 minute commute, ready to prepare for her often busy mornings. Beckert first catches up on e-mails. She receives well over 100 emails in an average day. “On top of emails, I get many visits from students and faculty; all which are welcome. My job is to serve students, faculty, and parents,” Beckert said. Email is very important in her morning routine to communicate with teachers. Beckert then communicates with Director of Curriculum Dan Rosenbaum about subbing assignments for absent teachers. By now it is 7:40 a.m. and it is time to do the morning announcements. After announcements, Beckert interacts with members of the administrative team.
• 10:00 a.m.—By this time, Beckert has made any necessary teacher observations and parent communications. She now completes any principal reports and reports for the Archdiocese that need to be done. Beckert also does some networking with Rosenbaum before lunch. At 12:00 p.m., Beckert takes her lunch break. During this time, she makes herself available to students by eating in the cafeteria among them. “I am most proud of our students and their efforts to be their best in the development of their heart, mind, and spirit,” Beckert said. Some of the staff also eat in the cafeteria, and they discuss a variety of topics. From solving concerns to planning events, Beckert is always working to make McNicholas the best high school possible.
• 2:40 p.m.—The students’ school day may end, but Beckert’s does not. By this time, Beckert makes her office open to anyone who needs to speak with her. After school, she meets with her staff on many days to discuss McNick 360 and recreate job descriptions. McNick 360 sets the strategic priorities for McNicholas High School for the next five years. This is the time of day where Beckert also catches up on e-mails and voicemails. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., she attends meetings that cover a broad range of topics. She also consults after school with McNicholas’s Student Moderator, Gerard Kissel to discuss any behavioral issues or safety concerns. If there are meetings (school board, boosters, etc.), sports events or important decisions to be made, Beckert would leave McNick by 9:00 p.m.
An average day in her life is packed full with decisions to be made and events to be planned. Beckert loves her job and admires the students, faculty, and parents that make McNicholas a great school. “I love working with teenagers and making improvements and growth for an already great school,” Beckert added.