By Carolyn Baldwin
Head of School
In my role as Head of School, I am privileged to meet regularly with other Episcopal school and church leaders. These gatherings are an opportunity to share ideas that strengthen our educational and spiritual offerings for students.
Dr. Dan Heischman, the executive director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, was a recent guest speaker when we gathered for the Central Florida Episcopal Schools meeting. Dr. Heischman discussed our “Episcopal identity,” which values diversity, strong relationships, integrity, respect, and education.
As I consider our mission at All Saints Academy, I am mindful of all the ways we offer meaningful experiences for our students – experiences that will enhance their faith in God and help cement lasting values. As a school community, we are constantly striving to develop principled leaders who seek first to understand, then to be understood – respecting themselves and others.
Like other Episcopal schools, our students benefit from regular Chapel and worship. During their time at ASA, they take part in age-appropriate religious studies, service projects, and other programs designed to build strong character, personal integrity, and independence. Even our youngest scholars have a chance to meet with Father Rick!
All these opportunities pay big dividends. I am proud of the diversity of our All Saints Academy community, and the respectful acceptance I witness every day among its members. This is the true hallmark of a loving Episcopal school community, and I feel blessed to be part of this one.
Dr. Heischman reminded us that Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians offered good advice for today – that the greatest gift is love. Since its inception, All Saints has been a school community based on love for children and love for education. Indeed, the greatest gift is love.
[Chapel photo by Mariah Tsipouras-Clark ’18]