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Dr. Neil Quinly has been a teacher and administrator in the Los Angeles Archdiocese for 20+ years. At the start of his career as a 2nd-grade teacher, his principal had a mantra that he has since made his own: "Anything for the students!" This basic philosophy has guided and driven all of his work in Catholic education.

In addition to teaching 2nd grade, Dr. Quinly has taught 7th and 8th grade has served as a Regional Assistant Superintendent, has conducted local and national workshops and retreats, and has taught and mentored in the LMU School of Education. Returning to a school site as St. Monica’s principal 12 years ago, Dr. Quinly has combined his years of varied experiences into an educational vision for the 21st century.

Dr. Quinly earned his BA at CSULA, his MA at LMU, and his Ed.D at LMU. This educational theory and practice have formed him into an educational leader committed to justice, to the belief that Catholic education is some of the most important work the Church is engaged in today, and to the commitment to transformational leadership to make SMCES the best possible school.

When he is not working, Dr. Quinly enjoys his family, reading, and hiking in the Eastern Sierras. He gauges the effectiveness of his work and leadership by the smiles of the children, the readiness they possess to move to their next level of learning and growth, and the faith community of the staff, parents, and students. A devotee of Thomas Merton, Dr. Quinly works daily in Catholic education with the belief that everyone is “walking around, shining like the sun!”