"The greater the work the more
important it is to establish it on
a solid foundation. Thus it will
not only be more perfect; it
will also be more lasting.”

St. Louise de Marillac

“Be diligent in serving
the poor. Love the poor,
honor them, my children,
as you would honor
Christ Himself.”

St. Louise de Marillac

 

A Joyful Presence

By Erin Reder

S. Juliette Sabo volunteers as a second grade aide at Romero Academy at Resurrection in Price Hill (Cincinnati).

A stroll through the halls of Romero Academy at Resurrection in Price Hill (Cincinnati, Ohio) will quickly reveal the influence S. Juliette Sabo has on the students and staff. Hugs, well wishes and kindnesses are in abundance as she makes her way from one end of the school to the other.

S. Juliette, who ministered as an elementary educator at Resurrection School from 1996 until 2020, chose to return to the school after Romero Academies assumed management the following school year. Prior to the transition, the school at Resurrection parish had been losing money, enrollment was down and it was planning to close permanently. S. Juliette had faith in a burgeoning partnership between Seton Education Partners, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and Catholic Inner-City Schools Education Fund and knew that with committed teachers and staff, students would continue to receive excellent instruction.

The school model at Romero Academy is based on a belief that success is more than academics; it’s about character, faith formation, partnership and how the content is taught. Romero focuses on five key areas: character building education, Catholic values, high expectations, partnership, and personalized learning.

It’s in these personalized learning experiences that S. Juliette is called on. Teachers at Romero instruct in groups of 10-15 students. This blended learning model allows students to receive “just right” instruction that adjusts to the unique needs of the student. S. Juliette is an aide in the second grade and works in small groups or individual situations to help the students learn at their own pace. Her assistance enables the teacher to maximize the amount of time an adult can work with a student.

Sister volunteers at the school three days a week and mostly helps students with their reading and math skills. She says she most enjoys seeing the progression they make, especially those with difficult struggles inside and outside the classroom. “You don’t know the circumstances that they are coming from,” she says. “They keep trying and you can see how loving they are.”

More importantly, and what is visible to anyone observing Sister in the school or the classroom, her presence provides emotional and spiritual support. Catholic values are at the center of all that Romero Academy does. S. Juliette, with her positive disposition, affirmations, and respect for all, builds morale and confidence in the students and staff. Her presence is a guiding light for those she encounters.

Resurrection School was long known as a school that ministered to the underserved and welcomed newcomers to this country. This tradition continues at Romero, and S. Juliette is pleased to see that even though the school has changed, the core values remain. She appreciates the opportunity to help and model acceptance in any way she can. “Immigrant children have an appreciation for learning and for one another,” she remarks. “They take care of each other, and stick together. … I would say in order to help families thrive and maximize their full potentials, it is important that when we are aware of problems, to discreetly help. Don’t make a big deal about it; just help as you can.”

Success at Romero Academy is defined as more than academics. S. Juliette, with her focus on love, joy and the dignity of all, plays a most important role in enabling students to thrive not just academically but in all facets of their lives.

As school principal John Lane emphasizes, “She brings a smile in the hallway. Everyone knows S. Juliette. All the students love her. She is a presence of the charism of the Sisters.”

S. Juliette Sabo works in small groups or individual situations to help the second graders at Romero Academy at Resurrection learn at their own pace.

Contact Us