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Welcome Letter from Ebony O’Rea
Interim Executive Director

Having started my career at Nativity Academy
in 2007 as a social work practicum student in
the counseling office, I fell in love with the
mission and purpose of serving students
from disadvantaged neighborhoods and giving
them opportunity to access quality education
in our community. I worked alongside Nativity’s
founder, Sister Paula Kleine-Kracht, which left
a lasting impression of purpose-filled leadership
throughout the years.

I remained involved with Nativity by serving on
committees and assisting with recruitment efforts.
This gave me the opportunity to share this unique educational option
with the community. My involvement continued with six years of board
service. After the school counselor was diagnosed with cancer,
I immediately volunteered my time to assist with counseling duties.
During this time, I felt the same sense of passion and purpose
that I felt the first time I walked through the doors of Nativity
all those years ago.

When asked to step in as interim executive director, it made sense, as
Nativity Academy is so dear to my heart. From the very beginning,
I’ve wanted nothing but the best for the staff and the students and
families that we serve, much like our previous leader, Carol Nord, who
recently announced her decision to step down as Executive Director.
This has been a calling for all of us who believe in the mission of
Nativity to help build on the success that we’ve achieved and to help
us grow in the direction of transformational change.

It is amazing how things have come full circle. From where I started
to now, while I did not see leading Nativity in my career plans, I sense
that God knew very well the plans from the very beginning for
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the
Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you
hope and a future.” I am blessed to be able to continue to serve
Nativity at this exact moment to inspire hope for our future. I remain
humble and grateful for your support.

I look forward to what lays ahead as we continue to soar.

 “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Friends and Family of Nativity Academy,

Today we grieve – for the senseless deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, and countless other Black people whose lives mattered, but whose tragic and unnecessary deaths have too often gone unremarked and unvindicated. We grieve for the corrosive effects of a system that perpetuates deep structural and social inequities that are the heritage of 400 years of slavery, racism, and discrimination. We grieve for the pain and losses of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected people of color and compounded the harmful effects of an inequitable system. And we grieve for the gross diminishment of our common humanity that comes from the death or debasement of even one of our Black sisters and brothers. Read more…

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