Meet Our New Principal, Ms. Karen Booth!
Dear St. Emily Families,
My name is Karen Booth and I am excited and honored to begin my new role as principal of St. Emily
I have been extremely fortunate to continue my professional career in the same value based
atmosphere of which I am a product. To me, working in a Catholic school is a wonderful opportunity to
give back to the community that did so much for me. I was raised on the Northwest side of Chicago,
attended St. Stanislaus B & M School and Notre Dame High School for Girls, and then attended DePaul
University and Olivet Nazarene University for my undergraduate and graduate study. I was fortunate to
return to my alma mater, where I spent 23 years as a social studies teacher, volleyball and softball
coach, and Director of Admissions. I joined the staff at Guerin Prep as a teacher and coach, but soon
moved into administration and served as the Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and finally Principal.
I have dedicated my entire professional career in Catholic education to provide students with
opportunities to grow; whether in the classroom as a teacher, on the court as a coach, or as an
administrator pursuing this goal at the school wide level.
Since parents are the primary educators of children, I envision developing a partnership with parents to
ensure that our students experience the best spiritual, academic and social formation that our
community can provide. While I believe that we have the responsibility to ensure that our students are
prepared for the next grade by providing the most rigorous curriculum that addresses their individual
needs, we also have the responsibility to develop caring individuals who believe that each person has a
duty to live a life based on gospel values. The school community plays a significant role in cultivating
responsible young people who are committed to serving others and using acquired skills and knowledge
to improve the world.
I feel very blessed and grateful to have this opportunity to serve the St. Emily community. I look forward
to meeting the families that have made this community, such a special place. I have already met some
of the teachers and have been very impressed with their dedication and devotion to the students of this
school. Today I began my first day at the school and eagerly anticipate welcoming the students on their
first day of the new school year.
Karen Booth, Principal