Leadership, Health & Wellness

Wellness and Leadership News

We must never try to escape the obligation of living at our best.
Janet erskine stuart

Sacred Heart Schools commit to educate the whole child, to form students of faith, intellect, and awareness, who will use their gifts in service to others. Through an age-based, integrated curriculum, Sacred Heart ensures that every young woman possesses the habits, tools, and knowledge to navigate the challenges life presents. Leadership, health, and wellness are embedded throughout multiple aspects of the early childhood to Grade 12 student experience, designed to focus on helping girls thrive, grow in self knowledge and spiritual awareness, and discover their unique ways to lead. 

The Sacred Heart Greenwich mission is to transform the world one girl at a time. Girls and young women develop commitment and the courage to know they can make a difference in the world and they apply these skills and sense of purpose to their own communities, careers, and the larger world.

“Sacred Heart allows me to have wise freedom and taught me to make good choices rooted in my moral values. The Leadership Academy workshops help me grow as an approachable leader.” - Jacqueline ’23 

“I learned that being on my electronics means having a time limit to help keep my brain healthy. Apps are exciting to use and they can be a creative way to send positive messages.” - Nora ’32

“In wellness class, I learned about the brain and what we need to do to have a healthy mind. I also studied good nutrition for a healthy body.” - Lily ’29

Meet the team

Mrs. Jennifer Bensen

Mrs. Jennifer Bensen

Associate Head of School for Student Life
Ms. Christina Cauliffe

Ms. Christina Cauliffe

Head Athletic Trainer and Upper School Health Teacher
Mrs.  Elisa Kristensen

Mrs. Elisa Kristensen

School Nurse
Dr. Melissa Otero

Dr. Melissa Otero

School Psychologist and Middle School Wellness Teacher
Dr. Lisa Schwartz

Dr. Lisa Schwartz

School Psychologist
Mrs. Kathleen Tiedemann

Mrs. Kathleen Tiedemann

Head School Nurse

Leadership, Health, & Wellness at Sacred Heart Greenwich

Divisional Programming

Students in all divisions engage in age appropriate Leadership, Health & Wellness curriculum exploration designed to provide students with essential skills focused on their emotional, social, physical, and spiritual health development.  Division heads work together to ensure lessons learned are built upon and further development throughout their time at Sacred Heart. This area of curriculum is ever changing and  topics are updated to ensure the curriculum is current and comprehensive. Health & Wellness  are addressed in other disciplines such as science, theology and in the classroom.

Advisory

At Sacred Heart Greenwich we commit to educate the whole child.  We seek to form students of faith, intellect, and awareness, who will use their gifts in service to others. Using the Goals and Criteria as a guide, faculty-student  and peer-to-peer relationships are at the heart of the student experience. In the Lower School the model takes shape as a morning gathering time when students enjoy prayer, reflection and sharing time often guided by a monthly theme. In the Middle and Upper School advisory programs, faculty cultivate relationships with students and between students. In addition students will explore their own growth, develop a respect for self and others while creating a community in which all feel welcomed and respected. 

Speaker series

Sacred Heart Greenwich recognizes that learning takes place in many venues. As a complement to our extensive curriculum, we take great pride in partnering with our community to engage experts in the fields of leadership, health and wellness. Parallel programs and workshops are intentionally designed to align with the work students undertake in all of their other Sacred Heart experiences.  

Upper School Sports Night, held each September, will launch the program each year for all our student-athletes and families. Sports Night programming will include a presentation on the overall vision of the Athletic Department, programming updates, and a different guest speaker each fall.  

Recent speakers include:

Dr. Lisa Damour, Ph.D. - Psychologist, best-selling author, and New York Times monthly columnist, Damour spoke to faculty, staff, parents and students on development, health and wellness. 

Darby Fox, MSW  -  Child and adolescent family therapist, Fox spoke to parents and students on the impact of social media on young women’s mental, physical, and emotional well being.

Commander Rebecca Calder, USNR - Sponsored by Upper School Athletics, Calder, the first female pilot to graduate from the elite U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) spent the day visiting students across all divisions on the topic of "Finding Your why." 

Sharon Greenberger - President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater New York, Greenberger was the inaugural speaker for the 2023 Leadership Academy and spoke to students about the importance of confidence, leadership, and leading with courage. 

Leadership Academy

Designed to guide young women to discover and develop their unique leadership skills, the Sacred Heart Greenwich Leadership Academy is an opportunity for students to further their leadership development in the Upper School at Sacred Heart Greenwich. Students in each grade level completed an end of year culminating experience applying the skills and feedback they have acquired in the program in order to earn the Certificate of Mastery in Leadership.