We are very grateful to Principal Cheryl Aviña for the dedication, kindness, hard work and long hours she has put in as Interim Principal. We are also grateful to her husband Oscar Aviña, who has served with such dedication and cheerfulness as a volunteer educational and technical expert in our School for this past year. We are pleased to welcome Mr. Paul Dull as the new principal of St. Raphael Catholic School Mrs. Aviña will continue on staff for the time being and will be assisting Mr. Dull in this transition as we approach the end of the school year.
Please read Mr. Dull’s Principal Welcome Letter HERE.
Paul Dull holds a BS in Biology from the University of Michigan, a Master’s in K-12 Educational Administration from Michigan State University, and a philosophy degree from Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Mr. Dull served as a lay missionary for over ten years. An international expert in spiritual formation, character building, and leadership development in youth, he did campus ministry at the University of Michigan, the University of Costa Rica, as well as the University of the Philippines. He also directed “Tahanan ng Panginoon” an outreach to the youth of the squatter towns of Manila, The Philippines. In each of these ministries, he helped develop, fund, and implement a holistic program founded on a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, forming missionary disciples, character development, and access to excellent education.
In his second career in formal education, he has focused on spiritual formation in education, building positive school culture, growing the home-parish-school connection, and empowering teachers to teach out of their passion and strengths. Mr. Dull has served as a principal for over 15 years, as well as a Consultant and Presenter at multiple professional development sessions for dioceses and schools to help them (re)focus on their core competencies as Catholic schools, with special emphasis on recruitment, school culture, strategic planning, academic achievement, advancement, and goal setting.
While his passion is education, his wife, Rosa, and their two daughters, Rebecca 21 years, and Danielle, 19 years, are the love of his life. He enjoys theological and philosophical inquiry and discourse. He loves language and travel and is fluent in Spanish and Tagalog (Filipino). He likes to read, camp, kayak, play guitar, and paint (water color).