Aguilar is currently the Assistant Principal of Academics at Louisville. She will replace Mrs. Kathy Vercillo, who is retiring after 33 years at Louisville.
Dr. Aguilar came to Louisville in 2003 and taught in the English Department before being promoted in 2007 to her current position as Assistant Principal for Academics. She holds a Master of Education degree from California Lutheran University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University. She is a woman of faith, rooted in the charism of the Sisters of St. Louis, a strong advocate for women’s education, equity, and for student voice. She will bring a visionary and collaborative leadership style to a school poised for further growth in light of recent strategic planning.
Her educational philosophy is that: “Education is a symbiotic process and it is important for the adults in the school building to remember that students come to school with lived experience, agency, and voice. By creating lessons, programs, and opportunities to help students explore and build confidence in their multi-faceted identities and by building relationships with them, educators have an opportunity to co-construct knowledge with students and demonstrate the value and beauty of embracing diversity”.
Upon acceptance of her new position, which formally begins in July, Dr. Aguilar stated, “I am excited to lead our school’s efforts with intentionality. It is not the absence of boys that makes Louisville unique. Rather, it is the presence of girls and the fact that this unique environment allows us to work so intently and individually with our young women to discover their interests, build their self-confidence, and encourage them to take healthy risks. The question of how we do that is always at the fore of our discussions and decision-making so that opportunities for young women don’t happen by chance, but on purpose. I am grateful to be able to lead in a school community that has the privilege of focusing on and has a vested interest in the advancement of young women”.
Sr. Donna Hansen, SSL '67, President, commented, “Jennifer brings professionalism, care, and a passion for girls’ education to all she does at Louisville. She is inspired by our mission of ‘women who shape the world’ and we are all so excited for this new day for Louisville!”
Alumnae, current parents, and alumnae parents were enthused when the news was announced within the Louisville community, with many contacting the school mentioning what an amazing role model Dr. Aguilar is for the students.
Mrs. Vercillo said of her impending retirement, “From the moment I first set foot on Louisville’s campus in 1988, I knew that I wanted to be a part of this vibrant community that was so evidently devoted to the education of the whole person in a community of faith. I am honored to have worked with so many bright, talented, and creative young women first as a mathematics teacher in the classroom, then as their assistant principal for academics, and finally as their principal. I am confident that Louisville will continue to flourish in the years to come as new leaders step forward to carry out its vision, Women Who Shape the World, and its mission to bring about a world healed, unified, and transformed."
Please join the Sisters of St. Louis, the Board of Directors, and the faculty and staff in welcoming Dr. Jennifer Aguilar to her new position and congratulating Mrs. Kathy Vercillo on a successful career serving the families of Louisville High School.