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Nicole Foran, Assistant Principal of Student Life
Nicole Foran, Assistant Principal of Student Life
Innovation and student life leaders bring new energy to St. Mary's Academy (Photo) - 07/31/15
Portland, Ore. - New talent and roles are adding to the vibrant growth of St. Mary's Academy this summer. The all-girls' Catholic, college-preparatory high school, located in downtown Portland, welcomes former St. Mary's English teacher Nicole Foran as assistant principal of student life and Shawn Daley into the newly created director of innovation role.

"The exact right people are coming to be part of our community at the right time," said St. Mary's Academy Principal Kelli Clark. "Nicole is already a strong school leader who will ensure the unique culture at St. Mary's grows with our program expansion and continues to serve the needs of young women. Shawn brings sharp insight and a deep familiarity with possibilities for growing best practices in schools in design, technology and innovation."

For the last year as a consultant, Daley worked closely with faculty to integrate technology into instruction. Daley will be consolidating his consulting practice and bringing his time, vision and talent to special projects in the director of innovation role. He will work closely with Principal Clark to envision program design and development as the school plans for campus expansion. In addition to more than a decade of teaching experience, Daley is also interim chief innovation officer for Concordia University and an Apple Distinguished Educator for Higher Education.

"I am excited to continue my work at St. Mary's in this new position, helping faculty, staff, students and parents to envision the new possibilities made available through technology, networking and imagination. It is my express hope to engage the entire St. Mary's community in a vibrant dialogue about creativity and the future of learning," said Daley.

A longtime staff member, Foran brings 13 years of classroom experience as well as skills as a seasoned teacher-adviser, department chair and retreat participant. She holds a master's in education from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Fullerton. "Nicole is a vibrant and passionate member of St. Mary's and is excited to bring her best to serving, supporting and enriching our community," said Principal Clark.

"I plan to work passionately to help cultivate a culture of excellence, creativity, trust and justice at St. Mary's. I look forward to supporting students, holding the charism of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and collaborating with my colleagues. There couldn't be more meaningful work," said Foran.

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St. Mary's Academy is a Catholic high school for young women located in the heart of downtown Portland that provides a challenging college-preparatory education with a focus on developing the whole person. Founded in 1859 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, St. Mary's Academy is Oregon's oldest continuously operating secondary school and offers a supportive learning environment to a diverse student body from more than 35 cities in urban, suburban and rural Oregon and Southwest Washington. For more information about St. Mary's Academy, please visit