Signaling the continuation of Mercy tradition and dedication to women’s Catholic education in San Francisco, Sr Carolyn Krohn ’65, RSM, Ph.D. was recently installed as the 15th Head of School after a brief stint as interim at the start of the 20192020 school year.
Proud to be the first alumna in the leadership role, Sr. Carolyn hopes to expand Mercy's Special Programs of Women in: Science and Healthcare, Performing Arts, Technology, and The Arts to include engineering and business. Her own academic history is the foundation for this aspiration.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Sister Carolyn graduated from Holy Name School and Mercy High School where she gained a true love for Mercy’s mission and a passion for learning. Sister earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at Cal Berkeley. Having graduated in from Mercy in 1965, Sr. Carolyn "didn't know [that as a woman] she wasn't supposed to get" an A.B. in Mathematics from U.C. Berkeley.
She went on to earn a master’s degree in Interactive Technology in Education at Harvard University and a doctorate in Curriculum and Teacher Education at Stanford University. Sister Carolyn served as a member of Burlingame’s Regional Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy. She was a faculty member at Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, where she taught in the School of Education and in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
"I am privileged to work with faculty, staff, and administrators who value the Mercy charism and support our students on a daily basis," she said. "We will continue to educate women to pursue lives of spiritual depth, determination, and daring action to improve their world."