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Lower School's Connor Breen '21 makes some moves as 'Principal-for-a-Day'

Iona Preparatory Lower School 8th-Grader Connor Breen of Scarsdale saw first-hand what it takes to be a school leader during his time as “Principal for a Day.” The event took place as part of a slate of Catholic Schools Week activities. Connor made announcements, directed hallway traffic and instituted a few special rules for the day, including allowing the boys to chew gum as a reward for their hard work. He also gave out ice cream treats to the students during lunch and announced a “dress down” for the following day.

Connor is part of National Honor Society, soccer team, basketball team, and is one of the leads in the school’s drama production. Having been at Iona Prep since Pre-K4, he will be moving on to Iona Prep’s Upper School for grades 9-12.

Iona Preparatory Lower School Principal Joseph Blanco introduced Connor to some of the responsibilities of being a principal. Among their discussions was the balancing act between keeping parents, students and teachers happy, while also maintaining order and ensuring the school day runs smoothly. Connor even suggested limiting homework for the evening so that students could spend additional time studying for tests.

“Connor knows everyone here and is a great fit as a leader,” Mr. Blanco said. “I am sure he will be successful in whatever path he chooses in the future.”

The rising freshman said being a school principal is among his top three dream jobs, along with being a doctor or pilot. All of those professions center around helping people, he said, and as someone who avails himself of the service opportunities at the Lower School through Campus Ministry, helping others is what Connor wants his life's work to be.

Connor even garnered coverage from Christine Corrado of FiOS 1 News and News 12 Westchester.


Source: Christine Corrado/FiOS 1 News