Dear friends, families, and partners,
I am a lifelong Milwaukee educator and proud to say, the new President of St. Anthony School. For over 25 years I have served urban schools serving as a Paraprofessional, Teacher, Principal, Regional Superintendent, and most recently, the Deputy Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.
In meeting with St. Anthony faculty and staff, I have been asking colleagues what brought them here. Many replied that their work at our school is a calling. I feel the same way. Like many of our families, I am an immigrant. My parents wanted my brother Raúl and I l to have the best opportunities possible; that’s why we left Cuba in 1966. My father, a government official in Camajuaní, went to work in a factory. My mother, a housewife, also went to work. My parents believed that education would make the difference in our lives and that’s why my brother and I worked so hard to earn advanced degrees. That’s also why I dedicated my career to education.
St. Anthony School is the preferred school for parents who want a Catholic, college preparatory education and post-secondary opportunities for their children. Our two pillars of strength are Academic Excellence and Faith Formation, forming the whole child to raise well-educated, responsible members of the community who live lives of faith, hope and charity.
As the President, I will serve as the CEO and strategic leader of St. Anthony School, leading advancement initiatives to further our mission of preparing students for post-secondary education. The author Anthony D’Angelo once said, “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” I believe we all must continue to learn. As a school community, we will continue to grow and learn from each other.
St. Anthony School has great students, teachers and parents. We will work together to make St. Anthony’s the best school in Milwaukee!
Dr. Rosana Mateo