Sister Mary Paul McCaughey’s Mission is to Save the Chicago Catholic School System

Dressed in black from her nun’s habit to her patent leather flats, Sister Mary Paul McCaughey walks a different path than most school superintendents, and even most Roman Catholic sisters. Instead of a firm handshake, McCaughey, superintendent of Chicago Catholic Schools, greets principals with a big bear hug. Visiting schools across the archdiocese, she bursts into classrooms, praising teachers with high-fives and joking with students about Fat Tuesday. Even in meetings, her colleagues and critics alike are disarmed and charmed by her loud laugh, feisty attitude and courage to speak her mind on how to save Chicago’s struggling Catholic schools.