Principal's Message

St. Ferdinand Community, 

I would like to take this time to say welcome to the Saint Ferdinand community! I am thrilled to be the new principal for this school year and look forward to a year of growing, learning, and praying together. 

I would also like to formally introduce myself, so that you can see how I have arrived to the St. Ferdinand community, where I am blessed, honored, and thankful to serve and lead. My commitment to Catholic education began with my own journey of which I am eternally grateful. As a product of catholic schools, each and every day I understand the sacrifice and commitment my parents made that allowed me this gift. This journey began at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic School for my elementary years and then continued to Bishop Alemany High School. During these formational years I was able to develop into a faith filled and academically focused individual while also becoming involved in various service organizations, athletic teams, and the undertaking of several leadership roles. Following my high school years, I was fortunate to attend the University of Notre Dame where I was able to continue my involvement in service and leadership in order to challenge myself and flourish in this new and rigorous environment. I was confident that I wanted to continue to use my gifts and talents when I returned to serve in the Archdiocese of Los Angles as a member of the PLACE Corps. I was given the opportunity to teach at Saint Bernard Elementary School, where I remained following my two-year commitment while earning my Master of Arts in Education from Loyola Marymount University. In addition to my teaching position at St. Bernard, I was able to serve as the vice principal, athletic director, religion coordinator, Glassell Park neighborhood council liaison, physical education teacher, and CYO coach for several volleyball, basketball, and soccer teams. Beyond my commitment to my school site, I have assisted in evaluating and creating the new religion standards for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, served on several school accreditation teams, presented at the Catholic Communication Collaboration (C3) Technology Conference held at Loyola Marymount University, and been involved in the Los Angeles Fire Department Merit Scholar Program with alumni outreach and program development. My vocation to Catholic schools has now led me to further develop in my leadership role and affirmed that I am doing the work of Christ to serve the students, parents, educators, pastors, and parishioners because we share in the same mission. Most recently, as a member of the Onward Leaders Cohort, I served in the Catholic community of Holy Trinity School where I was given the unique opportunity to grow and learn as a Catholic leader in the areas of faith, excellence, and stewardship. As a resident principal, I was provided guidance from my master principal and the Onward Leader Director; lending to a hands on administrative experience that reaffirmed my commitment to Catholic schools.

God bless,
Mrs. Molly Harding, MA