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Mother McAuley Welcomes New Vice Principal
Mother McAuley is pleased to announce that Dan Turney has been named vice principal. Turney joined the school in early June, in anticipation of assuming the role from Sister Lois Bromark, SSJ, TOSF who retired July 1.   

In his new role, Turney will oversee the continued integration of instructional technology across the curriculum and within classroom instruction, in addition to directing the curriculum review and professional development plan for the school and faculty. He also will be responsible for developing and directing the implementation of the school’s long range academic plan and ensuring progress toward its goals.

Turney will co-chair the Academic Council, which is comprised of department chairpersons, and serve as a member of the Administrative Leadership Team with the principal, vice principal, dean of student support, and deans of upperclasswomen and underclasswomen, president, chief financial officer and vice president of institutional advancement.

“Dan is a proven educator and leader with a strong understanding of the Catholic secondary educational climate,” said Eileen Boyce O’Reilly ’03, Mother McAuley principal. “He has a demonstrated track record of leading instructional teams and building successful action plans. I’m excited and confident in the fresh perspective and ideas he will bring to inspire our faculty and engage and empower our young women.”

“Instructing today’s dynamic learners requires innovative and creative techniques which complement the curriculum and motivate students to take greater ownership of their education,” said Turney.

“Mother McAuley, as a pioneer in celebrating the differences and strengths in the way girls learn, is leading the way in promoting a collaborative, project-based learning environment. I look forward to becoming part of a celebrated institution and culture that continues to challenge traditional methods of learning."

Turney joins McAuley from St. Laurence High School in Chicago, where he served as the director of leadership and mission integration. In his role he coordinated partnerships and programs to support students and faculty. He previously served as the school’s assistant principal for curriculum from 2013 to 2018, during which time he built the school’s S.T.E.M. curriculum and implemented the school's 1:1 technology program. Turney graduated from Marquette University with a B.A. in English and secondary education and began his career as a language arts teacher and mathematics teacher at St. Laurence High School, followed by teaching positions at Mount Carmel and Plainfield East High School, respectively. In 2013, Turney earned a M.A. in educational leadership from the American College of Education in Indianapolis. He is an alumnus of Mount Carmel High School and resides in Oak Lawn with his wife and two daughters.


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