It was 1987 when I first stepped foot on the Bethany School campus.
I knew immediately that it was a special place--one that was welcoming, one that was warm, one where individuals at every level would be inspired and would grow. With this realization also came an element of surprise, as, having resided in the Cincinnati area for my whole life and being in the field of education for more than a decade, this wonderful little place had never caught my attention. My association with Bethany School and the Sisters of the Community of the Transfiguration began then, in 1987, when I was hired as a classroom teacher, a capacity in which I served for nine years. In 1996, I took on the role of assistant principal. I am honored today to be embarking on my twelfth year as Head of School.
Many people talk about Bethany School as a “hidden jewel”, a place that was found by accident or one of which they had heard, but didn’t really have factual information. But the reality is that once people find Bethany, they tend to stay. Each year about half our eighth grade graduates boast that they started at the school in kindergarten. We experience a very low turnover among faculty and staff as well, with 43% having served ten years or more at the school and 23% with fifteen or more years.
With this website we’ve done our best to give visitors a glimpse of Bethany School, but realize that it is with limitations. We can report outstanding test scores and high school scholarships; we can explain that the Christian environment is the underlying force driving the school mission and vision; we can describe the family atmosphere, the appreciation of diversity, the attention to character values. But until you actually walk the beautiful grounds, until you talk with members of the faculty and staff, until you see the faces of the children in the classrooms, in the chapel, with their teachers and their friends, you will not truly appreciate all that Bethany School has to offer.
Please accept my invitation to personally visit the school, to sense and experience all that is Bethany.
Cheryl L. Pez
Head of School