HAMDEN – Sacred Heart Academy will recognize Jamie Elizabeth Coady, ’94, of East Haven, for her compassion, commitment to community and contributions to the academy at its Hearts of the Community Mass in the chapel at 8 a.m. on Feb. 2.
“This year’s recipient, a passionate and vibrant woman has unselfishly used her abilities and gifts to impact the lives of hundreds of young children and has served her community and her alma mater in countless ways while embodying the spirit of generosity and goodwill, said Sister Sheila O'Neill, academy president, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. "We feel privileged to acknowledge Jamie and her exemplary leadership.”
The assistant principal of John S. Martinez School in New Haven, Coady is described as a highly skilled instructional leader with a strongcommitment to the academic and social development of her students. Her ability to work with students and parents, assess needs, define preferences and use specific instruction to encourage facilitate growth and learning has taken her from the classroom to her current position. Over her years there, she has been the afterschool site coordinator, summer school building leader, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) school-wide coach and a teacher facilitator and administrative intern.
Coady said that she had always wanted to influence the livesand had envisioned a career in teaching as a child.
"Now I combine my leadership skills with my desire to serve children and give back to the community," she said. "I truly take each day as an opportunity to influence the lives of children; to be a positive role model and to provide a safe space in which my students can develop both their emotional and academic intelligence.”
Coady earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science, Master of Science degreee in urban studies, techer certification in elementary education and a Sixth-Year Certificate in Educational Leadership,all from Southern Connecticut State University.
In addition to serving the Sacred Heart Academy Alumnae Association as recording secretar yfrom 2012 to 2014 and president from 2014 to 2016, Coady simultaneously volunteered as recording secretary, vice president, and president of the East Haven Sons and Daughters of Italy.
Notable achievements include New Haven Public Schools TAPS Award nominee, University Leadership Award, Connecticut General Assembly deputy majority leader legislative intern, and appointment to the Connecticut State University Board of Trustees.