Posted on July 9, 2020 · Posted in General, News, Press Release

(BURBANK, IL) St. Laurence recently continued its innovative talent rotation initiative among members of the school’s leadership team. Through the move, Mr. Joe Spano ‘94 will become the Dean of Student Success, while Mr. Mike Madera ‘10 will become the Director of Admissions and Communications.

As the newly created Dean of Student Success, Mr. Spano’s chief objective will be to optimize the student experience at St. Laurence. He will work closely with the admissions team to ensure that incoming students and families are provided the appropriate resources and programming to prepare them for success as they transition to and through high school. Mr. Spano will also work alongside the Student Services team to develop strong relationships with students so that they can navigate any challenges they face and remain on track for graduation.

Mr. Madera, who has served the last four years as Director of Communications, will now also lead the Admissions Department’s efforts as the school continues on its path as the fastest growing Catholic high school in the southland. During his tenure at St. Laurence, he has increased in his responsibilities in the admissions process and will continue to expand the outreach efforts to boost St. Laurence’s profile as the area’s premier option for a modern, Catholic high school education.

“Joe and Mike have made outstanding contributions to the St. Laurence community,” said St. Laurence President Joseph Martinez ‘99. “These two individuals have demonstrated loyalty and commitment to our students, parents and school, and their new roles allow them to continue to do so. I look forward to seeing how their fresh perspectives will benefit our families.”

The initiative aligns with St. Laurence’s strategic imperative of acquiring and retaining high-performing faculty and staff members. A common leadership development practice in the corporate world, talent rotation is known to improve retention of employees. The tactic also fosters new ideas, providing a fresh set of eyes on projects while also giving the opportunity to develop different skills and advance as professionals in education. St. Laurence debuted talent rotation in 2018 and has seen many benefits as a result of the initiative.

Located in Burbank, Illinois, St. Laurence is a transformative Catholic environment that develops courageous leaders, centered on God and driven by academics and athletics. As the first STEM-accredited high school in Illinois, St. Laurence provides a dynamic curriculum built around project-based learning in a team-driven environment, rooted in the Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education. By teaching the whole student and empowering them to serve causes they believe in, St. Laurence prepares young men and women for extraordinary success in college and beyond.