Dear Aquinites, Families, and Friends,
My name is Henry Triana and I am the new Assistant Principal of Aquinas High School. I am honored to be a part of the Aquinas community and look forward to the 2019-2020 school year. I am originally from nearby Washington Heights and attended St. Elizabeth’s School and All Hallows High School. I graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in History and from Mercy College with an M.S. in Adolescent Education. Currently, I am in the dissertation stage of an EdD in Educational Leadership at Concordia University-Portland. Before joining Aquinas, I taught at an all-girls Catholic high school in the Bronx and a charter school in Brooklyn. In my career, I have taught Introduction to Computers, Media Arts, AP Computer Science Principles, and Graphic Design.
Visions and goals are not exclusive to the educational world. Sharing a common vision is paramount to the success of all organizations. It is important to understand, make progress, and assess our visions. My vision for the students of Aquinas High School is to leave Aquinas as educated young women and as citizens that positively contribute to their local and greater communities. Our various communities depend on future generations to empower, seek justice, and create change. My vision for Aquinas High School is to assist in cultivating an atmosphere of higher-learning, community, and strong support for high expectations. As a college preparatory school, it is our duty as educators to provide rigorous course work, an ample amount of resources, and unwavering support to our students.
For over ninety-five years, Aquinas has provided excellent academic education to thousands of young women. In addition to providing academic education, Aquinas has also provided a place where students can embrace and practice their spirituality and faith. Our graduates have gone onto Ivy League institutions, have become trailblazers for future generations, and have created global change. With our expert faculty and staff, seven AP courses, and numerous academic partnerships, we will continue to produce well-rounded generations of Aquinites.
P.S. In accord with their Community Spirit, the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill have agreed to lease a third of its beautiful Aquinas High School Building to the newly formed Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School students, entering Kindergarten and First Grade for 2019-20 academic year. This agreement is only temporary while extra space is available. This agreement was reached based upon the long-standing relationship our Dominican Sisters of Sparkill have with Cardinal McCloskey where over 30 Sisters have served since its inception.