Dear Notre Dame Catholic School Community

I am happy to share with you all that our search for an Assistant Principal for Notre Dame Catholic School has come to an end. It involved a lot of prayer and thoughtfulness regarding who would be the best person to serve the school and the Church moving forward. I had the opportunity to receive interest and interview applicants from Wichita Falls, Oklahoma, and Fort Worth. Yet, after interviews with these quality applicants, I did not feel that I had found the right fit. After almost one year as Principal, it has become abundantly clear to me that the job of any school administrator really revolves around decision making. That decision making has to be well reasoned and rightly founded upon our understanding of the Catholic faith. With that as my guiding principle, Melissa Gorley has accepted my request to serve Notre Dame Catholic School as Assistant Principal.

Mrs. Gorley holds a B.A. in Theology from the University of Dallas and a J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law. Her Juris Doctorate highlights her abilities to reach decisions based upon logical reasoning and her Theology degree speaks to her solid foundation in the Catholic faith. Practically speaking, she spent two years in the practice of probate law drafting Wills, Estate Plans, Catholic Medical Powers of Attorney, and Advance Directives. Melissa Gorley has also spent many years in youth ministry and as a Catechist across ages from pre-K to high school in the Diocese of Lubbock, the Archdiocese of San Antonio, and the Diocese of Fort Worth. Along with her husband, she has spent three years as an educator of adults in Natural Family Planning. In addition, Mrs. Gorley spent five years as a Catholic home educator and as a English tutor for grades 4 through 6.

Beyond the paperwork, in the time that she has served Notre Dame Catholic School as Campus Minister, Mrs. Gorley has proven herself more than capable of taking on tasks and seeing them through to successful execution. She is well organized, a good communicator, and above all, someone that I have total faith, trust, and confidence in. I know that she will be a terrific asset in facilitating the successful operations of the school in order to allow our teachers to be the best that they can be in the classrooms.

In her new role, Mrs. Gorley will maintain an office at the Lower Campus and we will meet regularly in order to keep communication flowing between our two campuses. She will also help in many of the day-to-day operations of the school in order for me to spend more time accessing resources for and providing feedback to our teachers as I work in concert with all of the Catholic schools in our Diocese. Mrs. Gorley will begin working this summer in helping to organize things for the 2016-2017 school year, attending conferences, and a host of other activities. I ask you all to pray for her, for her husband, and for her children as their family transitions into this new dynamic. In saying “yes” to serving the Church in this capacity, Melissa Gorley has offered us a reminder of Mary’s “yes” to the Lord to serve as the mother of Christ.

Together, Mrs. Gorley and I ask for your prayers of inspiration and support as we work to lead Notre Dame Catholic School in fulfilling its mission of forming disciples of Christ for years to come.

Thank you all and God bless.

Michael W Edghill
– Principal –