A private Episcopal school for primary through high school students in Houston, Texas

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Strategic Planning

From a single preschool class in 1952 to one of the largest Episcopal parish schools in the nation today, St. Francis Episcopal School has flourished over the years with a foundation of faith and an eye toward the future.  

After successfully completing phase one of our capital campaign and opening the doors to our brand new Upper School, we are at an exciting time in our school’s history. A thoughtful path forward will benefit the school for years to come. 

To that end, we have begun our strategic planning process to shape the vision of our school’s long-term future. Guided by outside counsel, we surveyed our school’s constituents—faculty, staff, board members, parents, and students—and spoke with nearly 200 members of the St. Francis community. Their thoughtful input, garnered along several days of facilitated retreats, will guide us through the planning process.

Our strategic planning committees held their first meetings in October and will continue to work through spring. We are grateful to the individuals sharing their time and to our community for their commitment to the future of St. Francis.

Please continue to check back as we will update this page with the latest news and developments.

SWOT Analysis

During our initial SWOT analysis, constituents were asked to identify the school’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The resulting data provides insight along with an initial framework for strategic planning. 


What are our unique attributes that add value? What do we do better than anyone else?


What processes, products, or services could be improved?


What are some potential challenges that we can proactively address? 


Where can we make changes or additions to maximize potential?  


Strategic Planning Committee 2018-19


Kate Denham
Chair, Strategic Planning Committee (Board Vice-Chair)
Michelle Smith
Head of Marketing and Communications, Vice-Chair Strategic Planning Committee
Kelli Calderwood
Primary School Parent
Connor Cook
Head of Middle School
Marjorie Dale
Lower School Parent
 Steve Eisenberg
Head of Technology
Cara Henderson
Head of Upper School
John Madden
Upper School Teacher
Kenny Owen
Board of Trustees
T. Riley
Director of Athletics
Andrea Vogelsang
Parent Group Representative
Curt Wissmiller
Director of Facilities


Steve Lovejoy
Head of School

Fr. Stuart Bates
Rector, St. Francis Church

Carol Christ
Head of Lower School
Melissa Cook
Lower School Teacher
Justin Doran
Chair of Fine Arts
Angie Flowers
Head of Curriculum and Instruction
Don Hicks
Associate Head of School for Programs
Kim Manning
Middle School Parent
Janene Prasifka (Owens)
Primary School Teacher
Steven Scales
Interim Head of Admissions
Amy Whitley
Head of Primary School
Robby Zorich 
Primary School Parent


Joel Moore
Board of Trustees, Chair
Sapna Amin
Lower School Parent
Kelly Cliburn
Head of Development
Laurie Curtis
Head of Educational Services
Molly Edington
Middle School Teacher
Chris Graeter, ’95 
Alumni Representative
Billy Iglesias
Middle School Parent
JJ Oshins
Board of Trustees
Lacy Rieke
Board of Trustees
Mitra Shahbaz
Chief Financial Officer
Susan Wilson
Upper School Parent

Timeline of Events

Strategic Plan 2018 Timeline
May 2018

Surveys were distributed to constituent groups, including—faculty, staff, board members, parents, and students—results were compiled and high-level themes identified. Additional data analysis was performed, evaluating peer group institutions, policies, and practices.

September 2018

Initial visit with focus group constituents—over 200 conversations took place. Collaborative sessions were facilitated by outside counsel and day long committee work meetings identified overarching themes. 

October 2018

Comprehensive review of all data takes place. Committee and school administration continues synchronizing data and identifying opportunities.

November 2018

Visit two takes place. Fine tuning the scope of a potential plan and priorities. 

December 2018

Committee works to prepare priorities for community review.

Early 2019

Summary of draft strategic initiatives distributed to community for feedback. Constituents and committee continue to prepare. 

Spring 2019

Public announcement and release of strategic plan.