M.I.Q. School provides an environment in which each student is encouraged to develop as an individual and as a member of the parish community. The resources of the school, parish and local community are used to meet the needs and talents of the students. Students are involved in a variety of community activities and service projects including Food Drive and Coat Drives, Easter Baskets, Smile Train, Nursing Home Visits, and Volunteering at the Local Animal Shelter.
We the students and staff at Mary Immaculate Queen School of St. Peter's Parish are a family of God, where we grow in Catholic faith, character and knowledge that challenge us to promote peace, justice and loving service to all.
We, the Pastor, principal, faculty, staff, school board and parents of Mary Immaculate Queen School are committed to provide an instructional environment which will encourage our students to develop spiritually, intellectually, sociologically and physiologically to fill their full potential. We focus on the formation of true Christian values while recognizing the freedom and dignity of the child as a person. We acknowledge the responsibility of parents as primary educators and teachers as facilitators of learning. We also recognize that the family, the parish and the community affect the student's complete development.
Mary Immaculate Queen School, a non-profit institution, began educating students in 1959. MIQ is located at 884 N. Lemoore Ave, Lemoore, CA. and is the parochial school for St. Peter's Parish, in the Diocese of Fresno.. Msgr. James O'Doherty, our Founder, placed the school in the hands of our heavenly Mother, Mary Immaculate Queen. The school was staffed and administered by the Sisters of Mercy from Ennis, Ireland, through the 1990-1991 school year. The Carmelite Sisters from India, began their ministry the 1991-1992 school year. The Carmelite Sisters were called to assist in communities in more need of their services and MIQ is now staffed by caring, talented and dedicated lay persons.
Our facilities include our Administration Building, 1st to 4th Classroom Building, 5th to 8th Classroom Building, Technology Building, Kindergarten and Pre-K Building, Extended Care Building, Convent / Chapel, and O'Doherty Hall. Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles Church is on the same property and provides a beautiful setting for the school's weekly mass. Also on the same property are the church administration office, Adoration Chapel and Holy Family Chapel.
Rachael Manzo brings a wealth of experience to Mary Immaculate School. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Education and multiple subject teaching credential from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California, she returned to her hometown of Santa Barbara to teach Theology and Student Government at Bishop Garcia Diego High School. During her years at Bishop Diego Rachael held various roles including Assistant to the Head of School, Student Activities Director, Head Cheer Coach, and most recently was the Director of Alumni Relations working on the Advancement team focusing on enrollment growth, fiscal development, and relationship building with those who have graduated from the institution. Having her sights set on being a principal, Rachael returned to school and graduated with a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. As a dedicated leader, Rachael brings a strong connection to her faith and passion for Christ. She believes that it is critical for the next leader to focus not only on academic excellence, but also on building community and communication with all stakeholders.
Rachael was attracted to Mary Immaculate Queen School for its “academic excellence, deep rooted history, thriving parish community, familial atmosphere, and countless opportunities to educate the whole child.” Rachael clearly understands the mission of MIQ and embraces its core values, traditions and potential for growth. She is eager to devote her whole heart into working with the MIQ community to continue to build on the school’s extraordinary heritage and aspirations for the future.
Once school begins, Rachael can be found on the playground at MIQ during lunch periods or in her office, which is always open. If she's not on campus, it is most likely after-hours and she is probably walking her dog Luna or cooking! Rachael is one of six children and maintains strong relationships with her family back in Santa Barbara. She also looks forward to exploring Lemoore and building new relationships!
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