In the winter of 2020, St. Joseph's Academy opened a new student success center, the “Spence Shine Shack,” which supports the various learning needs and styles of all our students. This new program will serve our girls with tools and furnishings that support active learning, collaborative work and independent study. Every girl will be able to utilize this new program and space, which is designed to take them from where they are academically to where they can fully shine with their God-given talents.
Two former classrooms adjacent to the Library have been transformed into a collaborative learning room and an independent study space. This project was made possible by the generosity of the Dave and Suzie Sauer Spence ’82 Family and the generosity of many through our 2019 Auction Fund-A-Need. At the dedication of the spaces, Suzie noted the scripture passage from Mathew 5: 15-16, "You are the light of the world...So let your light shine," relating it to our school as we encourage all of our students’ light to shine.