Personal Development

  Mr. Michael Smith, M.Ed.
Michael Smith came to Ursuline in 2001. He has taught Spanish I, Spanish II, honors Spanish II, Spanish III and teen leadership. He was born in St. Louis and is a graduate of St. John Vianney High School. Before coming to Ursuline, Mr. Smith completed his undergraduate degree at Saint Louis University with majors in secondary education and Spanish and a minor in theological studies. Mr. Smith also holds a Master of Education degree in administration from the University of Missouri.  

  Ms. Colleen McCorry

Personal Development Curriculum

Statement of Purpose

The Personal Development Department courses help to ensure the well-being of students by teaching beneficial life skills. These skills will contribute to the lives our students will lead in a global society.

Department Goals and Objectives

The Personal Development Department curriculum serves to foster adherence to two of the core values of Ursuline education:
  • Respect for the uniqueness of the individual
  • Development of the whole person
  • Commitment to peacemaking
These goals will be achieved by our course offerings.


Conflict Resolution

This semester course, taken as an elective during junior or senior year, provides students with the opportunity to improve their conflict resolution skills.  Covered topics include commitment, assertiveness, listening skills, difficult conversations, negotiation, and conflict resolution.  Because the course is geared toward experiential learning, assignments will include participation in role plays, class discussions, a group project, and a personal project.  The understanding that each student “owns” her own life is stressed throughout the course.

Conflict Resolution Course Documents

Teen Leadership

This leadership development course will offer students the following skills:  leadership, social, professional, business and problem solving skills; developing a healthy self concept and healthy relationships; the concept of emotional intelligence; public speaking and communication skills; understanding personal image; making responsible financial decisions; understanding the effects of peer pressure; goal setting, both personally and professionally.

Teen Leadership Course Documents

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