Mrs. Katie Kiss has dedicated her entire teaching career to Catholic education, but now she has a new feather in her cap: a doctorate in Catholic Educational Leadership from the University of San Francisco. The program’s stated mission is to “support students who desire to lead organizations based on principles of Catholic Social Teaching, social justice, service and commitment to mission.”

Dr. Kiss receives cheers from her students.

Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, Pastor of St. Viator Catholic Community, says Dr. Kiss embodies those traits in her role as principal of St. Viator Catholic School in Las Vegas.

“Katie brings gospel values, professionalism, compassion, a spirit of collaboration and a sense of humor to our school,” said Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, Pastor. “We are blessed to have Katie at St. Viator School.”

Dr. Kiss received her degree Saturday during a hooding ceremony at USF’s graduation. Upon returning to the St. Viator School community on Monday, she was welcomed by the entire student body, who cheered and held up signs congratulating her.

Vice Principal Paul Mertzman, who is a Viatorian pre-associate, described the doctoral degree to students and how it strengthens Dr. Kiss’ leadership in advancing the school’s mission. Among its many goals is guiding students to become spiritually, academically and socially responsible, and well-rounded members of society, consistent with church doctrine.