Ms. Pirih joined the McGivney faculty in 2014, teaching math, physics, theology, and coaching the girls’ volleyball team. She is excited by the opportunity to encourage the students, faculty, and staff in growing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Upon graduating from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Ms. Pirih turned down a job with General Electric’s Aircraft Division to become a full-time Catholic missionary with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). She was sent to university and college campuses in the United States to minister directly to college students, serving at Seton Hall University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and New York University. She led Bible Studies, mentored students individually, and organized large group leadership events.
After FOCUS, Ms. Pirih transitioned to working with the World Youth Alliance, a non-profit NGO committed to promoting the dignity of the human person at the United Nations. She served as the Regional Director for North America, training youth leaders by providing them a philosophical and objective foundation to understanding the human person, as well as organizing programs that offered youth the tools to defend human dignity in their daily lives. Some of her favorite opportunities were traveling to meet youth from Toronto, speaking at Arizona State University, and organizing summer leadership camps for high school students in Saint Lucia.
Ms. Pirih began her teaching career at Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut as a mathematics teacher and coach for track and field and volleyball. She has been a speaker for the past three years at New Evangelization Week, a summer training program for high school youth organized by the Diocese of Portland. And during the summer of 2016, she spent three weeks in Italy, teaching English, art, and physical education to youth from Chioggia.
As Faith Formation Director, Ms. Pirih hopes to show that faith corresponds to a fundamental, original need that all men and women feel in their hearts. She is committed to ensuring that Catholic identity is integral to every aspect of the school. And she believes that through strengthening relationships within the school community, McGivney will continue to be a place where Christ is truly present in everything it does.
To reach Ms. Pirih, you may call the office at 618-855-9010 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.