I am blessed and honored to introduce myself to the Our Lady of Refuge community as your new principal for the 2020-2021 school year. My name is Mr. Donnie Green and I am a proud product of Catholic education from my elementary school years through my graduate studies. At Our Lady of Refuge School there is a joy and pride that is alive in the community. It is my privilege to build upon the great work that Father Gerard, the faculty, staff, parents and students have done to create a community that is grounded in faith and focused on the formation of the whole child. I have benefited greatly from my own Catholic school experience and it is my desire to provide that for the Our Lady of Refuge School students.
I have worked in Catholic Education for the last 8 years and in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for the last three. I began my teaching career as a member of the Alliance for Education through the University of Notre Dame where I earned my masters in Elementary Education. During ACE, I taught fourth grade for two years, and then moved on to Archdiocese of Washington DC where I worked as Assistant Director of Campus Ministry at Gonzaga College High School. After two years at Gonzaga, I felt the call to return to the classroom and to Southern California. I returned in the summer of 2017 as the 1st-8th Grade religion teacher at Our Lady of Fatima school in Artesia. After a wonderful year of teaching and coaching, I followed the call to serve a school community in a greater capacity. I joined the Onward Leaders program in the Archdiocese, where I was co-principal with Ms. Angelica Izquierdol at St. Lucy School. After finishing my year in Onward Leaders, I became the principal of St. Sebastian School before moving back to the Long Beach Area. As I take over as interim principal at OLR, I bring with me a collaborative spirit to work with the faculty and staff. I am excited to partner with you all as we educate the minds and hearts of our students.
As principal, my goal is to provide your children with a learning experience that is meaningful and valuable. This learning will allow each child to know and understand the love of God through the love of others and the love of self.