Letters from Leadership

Dear Carrollton Family,
It is with great honor and pride that I begin this journey serving as Carrollton’s Head of School.  Alongside our inaugural President Patrick Coyle, I am looking forward to continuing Carrollton’s legacy in Miami as a Catholic, Sacred Heart, all-girls school of excellence with our long-standing tradition of faith, intellect, service, community, and growth. 
This new leadership model is a true blessing and opportunity for the Carrollton community.  The Head of School and President roles are designed to allow each person time to focus on distinct areas of the school, while collaborating on all areas to ensure excellence. 
As Head of School, I look forward to working with students, parents, faculty and staff in the areas of curriculum and instruction, faculty hiring and development, academic resources, college counseling, student life, athletic, art and extracurricular programs, as well as the health and safety of all on our campuses.  Together, Patrick and I will continue to build a community focused on the mission and rich traditions of Sacred Heart Education, one in which all know they are loved by God and valued by those around them. 
In my more than twenty years as a Sacred Heart student and educator, I have often been asked what I love most about Carrollton.  My answer is always the same: we know who we are and why we are here. We are here to bring God’s love to the world through the service of education.  That we are able to articulate that mission clearly in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Education, enriches the daily experience of all members of the Carrollton community. 
As we embark on this new journey this summer, please join us in prayer and thanksgiving for the girls and young women we serve, their families, and all who grace the Carrollton community with their gifts and talents.
Many blessings,
Heather Gillingham-Rivas '94
Head of School

Dear Members of the Carrollton Community,
I write you today on my first official day as President of Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart.  It is a great honor to serve this remarkable Catholic and Sacred Heart institution.
This is an exciting and important time in the life of Carrollton.  When the Board of Trustees elected to move forward with this new dual leadership model – Head of School and President – it afforded the School a truly unique opportunity to expand our reach and impact on the entire Carrollton community.
While I am new to Carrollton, I am no stranger to the value of Catholic education.  Beginning in my early years, I was formed through the mission and ministry of the Catholic Church.  Education, as a practice, should be the most impactful part of one’s development.  Catholic education has the rare ability to form individuals through the teachings of Jesus Christ and inspire individuals to go out and make an impact on a world that needs leaders.
I know that I am walking into a remarkable legacy – 60 years of Carrollton and over 200 years of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat’s dream of the Society of the Sacred Heart.  For six decades, Carrollton has formed young women who have gone on to help change the world.  I look forward to joining Heather Gillingham-Rivas ’94, Head of School, and the entire Carrollton community to advance this wonderful Sacred Heart institution forward. 
This year, my top objective will be to learn about Carrollton from you.  I look forward to meeting our remarkable students, caring and loyal parents, passionate alumnae, and working with our dedicated faculty and staff.  I am excited and eager to work with the entire Carrollton community to ensure the School’s continued success as an outstanding Sacred Heart institution, enhance our sacred mission and spirituality, and safeguard a vibrant Carrollton for future generations.
I ask that you pray for Carrollton as we enter this next chapter together and for our newest alumnae of the class of 2022.
I hope you and your family have a blessed and relaxing summer.
God bless,

Patrick Coyle
"For the sake of one child, I would have founded the Society."
-Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat