By Bishop Robert J. Baker, Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama
I am pleased to announce that Margaret Dubose will be joining the diocese as the new Director of the Catholic Schools Office. She succeeds outgoing Director pro tempore Julie Emory-Johnson.
Mrs. Dubose is a product of Catholic Schools herself and has spent a large part of her professional career in Catholic education. Originally from Louisiana, she has been both a teacher and an administrator in both Catholic and public schools in Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama. She was previously the Coordinator of Academic Excellence for the Catholic Diocese of Jackson in Mississippi. Most recently, she has served as the Alabama Reading Initiative Specialist at Clay Elementary School in Jefferson County.
Margaret has many gifts and talents she is eager to share with the schools of our diocese. She is experienced at coaching and supporting teachers and administrators. She has led the formation and implementation of strategic initiatives. Most importantly, she is passionate about her Catholic faith and understands the importance of bringing that faith to the work of educating children.
Margaret wishes to convey the following sentiment:
“I am honored to serve you as the Director of the Catholic Schools Office. I look forward to working with you to support, to grow, and to protect the unique identities of the schools in the Diocese of Birmingham.”
Margaret succeeds outgoing director Julie Emory-Johnson. We thank Mrs. Emory-Johnson for her leadership over the last year. In that time, Mrs. Emory-Johnson guided the Catholic schools in the formation of a diocesan strategic plan, a process that solicited input from over 3,500 participants. She also helped in the creation of C2 Opportunity Scholarships, which uses tax-credit funded donations to offer scholarships to needy children in Catholic Schools in our diocese.
Mrs. Emory-Johnson has accepted the position of Executive Director of Step Up for Students Alabama. Step Up for Students Alabama operates two Scholarship granting organizations, C2 (Diocese of Birmingham) and Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund, as well as an advocacy group that promotes school choice in Alabama. In this capacity, she will continue to be actively involved in the support of our Catholic Schools.
The ministry of Catholic Schools Office (CSO) is an important part of our local church’s mission of education. The CSO supports pastors and principals in their parish schools, offering professional development opportunities, and help with marketing, recruitment, and coaching. The CSO directs compliance with accreditation standards and connects schools to the wider community of benefactors and educational institutes.