Welcome from Principal Dodge

Mrs. Lisa Dodge, M. Ed., Ed. S.

It is an honor to be the principal of St. Ambrose Catholic School! My 18 years of experience in both the Archdiocese of Miami as well as the public schools, combined with my degrees and specialties, serve me well in this challenging position of leading our school into the 21st century.    

As I embarked upon my mission as principal in 2013-2014, I had a number of goals set: employ certified, Catholic educators;  improve the technology from its foundation; and provide a safe and secure school for our students. In the past 7 years in this role, each of these goals have been achieved, new goals were set, and each new goal has been surpassed. From an improved and live-monitored security camera system, to 1:1 Chromebook devices in our middle school, 5th and 3rd grades, 1:1 iPad devices in 4th grade, iPad carts and SMART Board in every classroom, to a professional and caring faculty and staff, Saint Ambrose School has grown exponentially. The growth does not stop, even with a pandemic. In mere hours, our school was able to successfully transition into a virtual environment in the Spring of 2020. Since then, we have opened our doors to both virtual and remote students alike, providing simultaneous learning. Our faculty and staff have gone above and beyond in their vocation as teachers, providing a Catholic learning environment, centered on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I believe that education is a lifelong process and we embody this vision as a community.       

The cornerstone of our community of learners is our Catholic identity. Catholic education centers on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ in the formal educational settings that promote the necessary skills, knowledge, and values to become productive and successful members of society.  St Ambrose School recognizes that each child is created by God and every child's possess special gifts and needs which must be addressed in their learning process. As a product of Catholic school myself, and the parent to two wonderful children who are also Catholic school graduates, the significance of the gift of a Catholic education is paramount to Saint Ambrose School. My greatest joys now include welcoming back our numerous alumni, as they share their successes in their lives after graduation.   

I look forward to meeting our prospective families as they seek our community to be there community. Welcome to the Saint Ambrose family!