Featured in the NAIS Independent Ideas Blog
By Cecilia Nipp
In 1996, Yiru Li, a renowned educator who had survived China’s cultural revolution, was looking for a U.S. girls’ school on which to model her own school in Beijing. She reached out to a former student, Hua Yang, who was living in Dallas and working for Dallas Independent School District, to help her find a school. Yang offered to take Li to visit schools around the United States and in the Dallas area, including Ursuline Academy (TX), where Li and Yang met Sister Margaret Ann Moser, Ursuline’s President.
Li and Sister Margaret Ann did not speak the same language (Yang served as an interpreter), but their shared common values and love for students translated easily, leading them to forge a strong friendship and school partnership—one Ursuline Academy considers its flagship global collaboration. There are hundreds of Ursuline schools around the world—on every continent except Antarctica. All are independent schools with a shared philosophy of service and inspiration from the legacy of the foundress of the Ursuline Order, St. Angela Merici.
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