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Amanda Briones is Named Dean of Students

Ursuline Academy is pleased to announce that Amanda Briones has been named Dean of Students, to start in her new position on July 1.

“Mandy is a true servant leader, and I am excited to see all the ways that she helps us grow our programming in support of student life," said Dr. Andrea Shurley, Principal. "Her faith, commitment to Ursuline, and her deep love for our girls will serve her well as Dean of Students."

An alumna of Ursuline Academy of St. Louis, Mandy is rooted in the Ursuline tradition and mission. She often reflects on the loving support of Ursuline educators during her high school years and her parents’ sacrifices to give her the gift of a lifetime of Catholic education.

"I am grateful for this new opportunity to partner with colleagues, parents, and extended community members on how best to serve our students who are the heart of our work with Jesus at the center of our work," she said.

Mandy majored in Secondary Education, English, and Religious Studies at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. While in college, she worked at summer youth camps, planned retreats for local high schools, and served as a resident assistant in the dorms and young adult leader for a high school youth group – all invaluable experiences in community building and teen ministry.

Since moving to Dallas and beginning her Ursuline career in 2005, Mandy has been active in many facets of campus life. In addition to her 17 years of classroom experience, she has been an assistant Cross Country coach, co-moderator of the Students Reach Out service club, Theology Department Chair, Honor Council Moderator, and Junior Grade Dean. Mandy also brings with her three years of serving on a school Advisory Council for a local elementary school, chairing its Academic Excellence committee.

Among her many roles, the one that has brought the greatest joy has been raising her four children (ages 5-10) with her husband and teammate, Joshua.

“While I’m moving on from the Theology Department, my enthusiasm for spiritual formation and our Catholic mission always will remain at the forefront of my leadership and decision-making,” Mandy said. With Jesus Christ as the anchor of her professional and personal journey, she continues to seek ways to prepare students, not just for college or a career, but ultimately for heaven.