Title: Retired Principal
Company: St. Francis School
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Joan of Arc Souza, Retired Principal at St. Francis School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in youth ministry.
A graduate of Maria Regina College in Syracuse, New York, Ms. Souza first earned an Associate of Arts in 1967. Three years later, she received a Bachelor of Arts in theology from St. Joseph College in 1970. Furthermore, she secured a Master of Arts in administration of religious education from LaSalle College in Philadelphia in 1976. Ms. Souza also joined the Sisters of Neumann Communities with the Roman Catholic Church in 1961.
At the start of her career in 1963, Ms. Souza was a youth minister for the Catholic Diocese until 1971. Subsequently, she joined St. Peter’s Parish in Riverside, New Jersey as a youth minister for two years, before assuming employment with the St. Francis School in Honolulu as a teacher in 1973. She would later accept the position of a youth minister with IHM Parish in Liverpool, New York, from 1984 to 1991 before rejoining the St. Francis School. Ms. Souza serves as principal of the institution until her retirement in 2018.
During her time with the St. Francis School, she is proudest of being able to help change some of the institution’s dynamics to avoid a permanent closing due to a lack of enrollment. She was able to assist until the school was officially closed in 2018. Now retired, Ms. Souza enjoys gardening, sewing, reading, and walking in her spare time.
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