Jacqueline Quiñones Sienkowski was officially installed as Cornelia Connelly School’s new Head of School on Friday, September 13, during the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Among the students, faculty and staff at the Mass were parents, alumnae, friends, representatives from the Diocese of Orange (Superintendent of Orange Catholic Schools, Dr. Erin Barisano and Associate Superintendent – Marketing and Enrollment, Mike Schabert), Connelly board members, and past and present Heads of School from Connelly and Mayfield Senior School of the Holy Child. Following an introduction by Priscila Forbes, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Connelly was honored to have Rev. Gerald M. Horan, O.S.M., preside over the Mass and Installation ceremony, preside over the Mass and Installation. Sister Eileen McDevitt, SHCJ – the Director of the Holy Child Network of Schools, travelled from Philadelphia to perform the installation.
Jackie came to her career in teaching through Teach for America after working with the Office of the Public Defender in San Diego, California. From her own childhood growing up in East Los Angeles, Jackie saw the benefits of a quality education and fought for her own continued education after high school – first at community college, then at UC-Riverside and UCLA. Jackie graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and worked diligently to give voice to those often marginalized in society –many of whom were juvenile offenders. It was through this experience Jackie learned that to make a difference in the lives of our children, we must meet them before they become part of the criminal justice system which, ultimately led her to Teach for America where she was a Connecticut corps member. Jackie taught with the New Haven Connecticut Public Schools before returning to California and joyously finding her way to Cornelia Connelly School of the Holy Child. At Connelly, Jackie has taught freshmen and junior English, Advanced Placement Language and Composition, began the Journalism program and the Connelly Chronicle, and then most recently was the Dean of Students.
Jackie balances a full-time career in education with parenting five-year-old twins. She is an avid reader and loves to travel. She, her husband, her two children, and their Golden Doodle, Charlie, live in Yorba Linda, California.