Greetings everyone, I'm Jennifer Raes, your new Principal.
I was born in Des Moines, raised in Urbandale and am a graduate of St. Pius X School and Dowling Catholic High School. I'm very pleased to continue my career in Catholic education here at St. Anthony's.
I have spent my career in Catholic education, gaining 20 years of experience in the classroom and nine years in administration - serving 6 years as the assistant principal at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in West Des Moines, and three years as assistant principal at St. Pius X Catholic School in Urbandale, where I also taught middle school language arts, reading, and math.
I also have experience in a sport as well, having coached two or three soccer teams each spring and fall for 22 years.
I hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in educational leadership from St. Ambrose University in Davenport.
I have a daughter in 8th grade. She has been part of our Spanish Immersion Program when it first started and am so thankful to be part of this wonderful program that was introduced to me and my family upon our daughter going into kindergarten. We have been truly blessed with such wonderful experiences from this program. With all of our wonderful Teachers, plus given an opportunity to become host family through Faces and Our Culture. We were able to go to Guatemala and visit, Amber was able to attend school in Guatemala also, had a wonderful experience.
My name is Mary Porter. I am a Catholic wife and mother to three active children here at St Anthony's. I am an active volunteer here at St Anthony's, as well as the community and work full-time as a project manager. I have been a parishioner of Saint Anthony’s since 2005.
I graduated from a Catholic high school, Loras (Catholic) College with a Bachelor’s degree and the University of Iowa (Full-time) MBA program. I am passionate about education and lifelong learning as is evident by maintaining multiple professional certifications and volunteering for many educational institutions. Prior to volunteering at St Anthony's, I had the fortune to demonstrate my passion for education through volunteering as a teen RCIA team teacher and later as an ESL teacher.
My humble request is for the community to pray for the entire Board of Education as we strive to make St Anthony’s School the best it can be.
Thank you to all that so generously give of their time, talent and treasure!
God has blessed me with my Catholic faith and an intimate relationship with Jesus which has been nourished by prayer and a sacramental life within the church. I feel it’s a blessing that children are able to attend a faith based school, that we have financial assistance programs and a parish and educators dedicated to the children. Please keep this school supported through your prayers.
I serve on the United Way of Central Iowa Education Cabinet and previously served on a school board in Pennsylvania for several years. I have a special focus on STEM and hope to help prepare our children for tomorrow's skills.
My husband and I have live in West Des Moines with our three kids (Amelia, Pete and Cordelia). We are members to Sacred Heart and our children attend school there as well. I enjoy reading when I get a quiet moment, walking, and attending sports activities for my kids.
I look forward to working with you this year. Please don’t hesitate to contact me throughout the year if you have questions or concerns.