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Aug 02, 2016

All Saints’ Head of School Awarded National Honor

The NAES Governing Board has chosen Cindy LaPorte, head of school at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School, Austin, Texas as the recipient of the 2016 Ruth Jenkins Award.


“We are as delighted that Cindy has been recognized for her exceptional work at All Saints as we are for the students and faculty who are the beneficiaries of her experience and expertise,” said the Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison, Bishop Suffragan of Texas.


The award will be presented at NAES' Biennial Conference 2016, November 9–11, in New Orleans. The award honors Jenkins, a founder of NAES, and an advocate for women’s leadership in the Episcopal Church.


“Cindy has made significant contributions to the Episcopal school community, and we are honored to recognize her with this prestigious award. NAES and Episcopal schools are privileged to be recipients of her talents, knowledge and leadership, and our community is richer because of her involvement,” said the Rev. Edmund K. Sherrill II, president of the NAES Governing Board and head of school at the Church Farm School in Exton, Pennsylvania.


LaPorte, recipient of the 2016 Ruth Jenkins Award, has been head of school at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School, Austin, Texas since 2000. She began her career teaching pre-k, kindergarten and middle school language arts in public schools. She later worked 10 years at a public university in Corpus Christi, Texas as a university supervisor of student teachers and as an adjunct professor of education courses. She spent the next 13 years in a variety of positions at St. James Episcopal School in Corpus Christi, Texas with the last nine years there as the Preschool/Lower School Division Head.


All Saints’ was the first stand-alone preschool to be accredited by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES). Under her leadership, the school was recognized for its outstanding community service and the Episcopal identity component of the All Saints’ program has been consistently recognized as a model for other schools. She is a member of the Commission on Education for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas; she serves on the SAES Standards Committee; and is a former member of the SAES board. LaPorte is the author of “Episcopal Early Childhood Education Programs” in the second edition of Reasons for Being, The Culture and Character of Episcopal Schools.