Where young women become global leaders

From the Head of School

Pamela Juan Hayes '64

Welcome to our 169th academic year at Sacred Heart Greenwich.  This year, we return to reconnect our energies to the education of youth as members of a vibrant, mission-centered community.   As a school, we advocate for the values of faith, intellectual depth, service, community building, and well-informed decision making.  These are the skills that our students need, as they live in an era of rapid change.  

Our faculty are called to their work to provide intentionally strong relationships with our students, to give them guidance, and to foster within them a vibrant curiosity about learning.  Our teachers are committed to their own ongoing growth as professionals, learning from and supporting each other.  When they model this type of leadership, our students reap the benefits.

Our 2017–2018 school theme is “Crossing Frontiers – 200 Years of Sacred Heart Education in North America – 1818-2018,” which celebrates St. Philippine Duchesne, a French pioneer missionary of the Society of the Sacred Heart, who opened the first Sacred Heart school in St. Charles, Missouri in 1818, which continues today.   This celebration marks a significant milestone in our history.
This school year, Sacred Heart Greenwich will focus on the characteristics that gave St. Philippine Duchesne the courage and determination to leave France and enter into a new society.   We want our students to understand their heritage and imagine the possibilities for improving the world around them.  We will inspire them to approach the acquisition of knowledge not as an endpoint, but as the beginning of a deeper questioning that sparks the evolution of new ideas and captures new ways to problem solve.
We invite all in our school community to join us as together we cross “frontiers,” wherever they may be, and break down the barriers that threaten the peace and dignity of others.

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  • For Pamela Juan Hayes' profile, click here.

    Pamela Juan Hayes ’64 became Head of School for Sacred Heart Greenwich on July 1, 2009. Mrs. Hayes was appointed Head of School beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year. The Board of Trustees reached its unanimous decision following a national search and with the enthusiastic participation of more than 400 parents, alumnae, faculty and staff, students, and friends.

    Mrs. Hayes' experience with Sacred Heart began when she joined the first grade at Sacred Heart Greenwich. After graduation, she pursued a bachelor’s degree at Briarcliff College, and then received her master’s degree in teaching from Manhattanville College. She brings a strong record of experience in the Network of Sacred Heart Schools as a faculty member and administrator for three Sacred Heart schools – Greenwich, New York and San Francisco.

    While at Greenwich, she taught English and drama, served as head of the Middle School, and directed the Middle School’s community service program. In 1996, she became Head of Convent of the Sacred Heart Elementary School at San Francisco. In 2000, Mrs. Hayes was appointed Director of the Schools of the Sacred Heart at San Francisco, a position she held until becoming Greenwich’s Head of School.

    As a member of the Program and Planning Committee of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools (1989-1996), Mrs. Hayes deepened her understanding of Sacred Heart schools as transformational in nature. Her educational philosophy is aligned with St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, the foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart, who said: “I would have founded the Society for the sake of a single child.” She is dedicated to educating girls and young women to become leaders and play transformative roles in society.

Convent of the Sacred Heart

An independent, Catholic school for girls K-12​,​ with ​coed ​Barat Center for Early Childhood Education
1177 King Street
Greenwich, CT 06831
Telephone 203.531.6500