We are thrilled to announce the incoming Assistant Principal: Ms. Kiera Scarbrough!
It will soon be Back to School time and St. Philomena School Alumna Kiera Scarbrough ’10 is the newly
appointed Assistant Principal at St. Rose of Lima, an Independence Mission School in Philadelphia. After
high school at Bonner Prendergast High School, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Neumann
University with a BA and a Masters of Science. In 2018 while at Neumann she published- Autism: A
Different Way of Being Human in Neumann University’s Catalyst.
Kiera’s dream to be a teacher started as early as kindergarten. She came from a family of educators.
Her Mother, Rhonda, was a teacher and Kiera was even her pupil at St. Philomena’s. Today, Kiera and
Rhonda are co-workers at St. Rose of Lima. She said there was not just one teacher that was a favorite
but many at different stages of her education that inspired her, never doubted her and encouraged her
to be the best she could be. She specifically thanked Ms. Travers, Mrs. Boudwin, Mrs. Scarbrough, Miss
McKenna at St. Philomena’s as well as Dr. McKee and Dr. McLaughlin at Neumann University. Kiera
student taught at St. Rose of Lima and upon graduation started teaching there. Teaching at Catholic
Schools is very important to her as she wants to make a difference to students similar to her own
Kiera’s favorite part of teaching is seeing a student finally realizing that Ah-Ha moment after struggling
and working so hard to get it. On the flip side, the hardest part for Kiera is trying to always reach the
students even when they are resistant. For those just starting in the field of education, Kiera suggests
always asking for help, be open to criticism, finding a mentor and never forget your dream to teach.
A lifelong resident of Lansdowne, she said the first thing she does on a Saturday morning is to drink
coffee and relax. We wish Kiera well with this new chapter of her career as Assistant Principal. She is
excited to keep learning herself and expanding beyond the classroom. She looks forward to now
mentoring new teachers, sharing resources and working with students in a new roll.
We would like to thank you Suzanne Hall for the interview and photos! May God continue to bless St. Rose of Lima and Kiera on her new journey!