Carolyn Jaworski, Mercy High School's longtime principal, has announced that she plans to retire at the end of the 2012-13 school year.
At that time, Jaworski, 66, will have served the school for 43 years, 25 of them as principal.
In a letter to parents, she said she was announcing her plans a year in advance to give the school's board of directors time to organize and conduct a search for a new principal.
“After much prayer and discernment,” she wrote, “I believe the time has finally come to step aside and allow someone else the opportunity to co-lead this wonderful school into a future that is full of such promise and excitement.”
Jaworski graduated from Mercy in 1964. She taught drama and speech from 1973 to 1988, when she became the school's principal. Since then, she has served as co-leader of the school with two presidents, Sister Johanna Burnell and Sister Delores Hannon, who became president in 2009.
Hannon called Jaworski an “outstanding example” of a woman of Mercy. “We are humbled by Carolyn's dedication to the young women of Mercy over the past 42 years,” she said.
Jaworski's brother, Tom Jaworski, retired from Creighton Prep in 2010 after leading its football team for 39 seasons.
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