May 18, 2021 | posted by Today's Catholic newspaper
Providence Catholic School
Elise Denoux was hired as a middle school science teacher at Providence 14 years ago. During the almost decade and a half she has been at the school, she was appointed athletic director in 2008 and in 2018 began her dual role as assistant principal and athletic director.
As athletic director, Elise has built a competitive athletic program that is true to the core virtues of the charism of the CDP Sisters. Her athletic staff supports the school’s mission and puts academic success as paramount.
As assistant principal, she helped transform the academic council from a leader-follower culture to a leader-leader culture by mentoring each department chair. The council started curriculum revisions to include vertical alignment as well as integrate Catholic doctrine and CDP charism. Teachers have begun per classroom evaluations in which they have given each other professional feedback.
While she is passionate about athletics and academics, she has a first love and that is being true to the charism of the Sisters of Divine Providence. Elise has committed herself to the CDP Sisters as an Associate. In order to be a CDP Associate, one must complete a full year in a formal program reflecting what it means to be Catholic, to trust in God, to understand God’s unconditional love, and to fully know the charism of the CDP Sisters. She took this seriously no only for her own spiritual growth but for the school’s spiritual growth.
Elise has used this CDP formation to channel the relationship between the CDP Sisters and the school community. She starts the week with a quotation from the Sisters’ founder, Blessed John Martin Moye.
Denoux is at school “all the time,” arriving long before others and staying long after the last person leaves. She serves as a leader burgeoning with new ideas, working relentlessly for the betterment of the school. She embodies integrity and has the respect and affection of her colleagues. Her work at Providence makes her an outstanding leader.