Our Principal


Welcome to the St. Margaret of Scotland school website and, particularly, to the principal’s page. Having completed seven years as principal at St. Margaret’s, I am excited at our accomplishments.

We continue to fulfill our carefully designed 2009 School Improvement Plan which guides our learning community towards growth in thinking and learning, relationship building with one another and ever closer to God. The School Improvement process is overseen by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and is necessary for maintaining accreditation as an educational institution within the state of Missouri.

Our students, with the guidance and support of an exemplary faculty and staff, have earned numerous academic awards, participated in service activities during and beyond school hours, enjoyed a variety of fine arts opportunities, and have grown in their friendships to one another and God.

Our parents have spread the word that St. Margaret of Scotland Parish School is a community into whose caring hands parents can entrust their children. Our enrollment has continued to steadily grow these last seven years; this past August (2013) when school began we had 386 children enrolled in our preschool through eighth program.  The 2013 school year welcomed 3 preschool classrooms, 3 kindergarten classrooms, 2 each of 1st through 6th grade, and 1 each of 7th and 8th grade classes.   Needless to say we have used every available space without compromising our high quality of teaching and learning.

While our enrollment continues to grow so does our relationships within the community.  August 2013 ushered in the Community Alliance for Education: Expanding and Enriching the Educational Experience.  The Community Alliance is a coming together of St. Margaret of Scotland School and Parish with Cardinal Glennon Hospital, St. Louis University, the Missouri Botanical Garden and Gateway Greening. Initiated by St. Margaret of School and Parish, the members of the Alliance have begun to realize how much they have in common and how their relationships with one another will expand and enrich opportunities for their individual communities.  The Community Alliance for Education is proving to be a benefit to all the members involved.

After seven years, my bottom line goal remains very much the same as it was when I first began – that each child will learn and experience success as a student in a faith-based, learning environment. On this point I am adamant!  Fortunately, I am supported in my goal by a very dedicated and qualified faculty, by parents who truly care about their children’s educational community, and, most importantly, by students who love learning in the safety and comfort of the St. Margaret of Scotland learning enrivonment.

I hope you, the reader of this page, will continue to browse our website, get to know us online and, perhaps even, stop by to meet us in person.  But, fair warning, I am passionate about our school community – I might talk your ear off!

It is with extreme gratitude to my faculty and staff and to our students and their parents that I look forward to another successful school year,


Juliann DePalma Hesed
Proud Principal, St. Margaret of Scotland Parish School



Juliann DePalma Hesed brings a wealth of experience in Catholic education to her position as principal. Previous to her role as principal at St. Margaret’s, she was principal for eight years at St. Mary Magdalen School in Brentwood. As a teacher, Ms. Hesed taught theology at Incarnate Word Academy, an all girls, Catholic High school in north county. A few IWA alum have chosen St. Margaret’s for their children. Before that, Ms. Hesed was employed at St. Margaret of Scotland School where she taught Religion to seventh and eighth graders, planned retreats, taught computer education to Kindergarten through eighth grade and designed and taught a gifted program for children in second through eighth grade.

Ms. Hesed earned her Masters in School Administration and her Masters in Theology from St. Louis University. She also holds a BA in Theology with a minor in English.

Ms. Hesed and her husband Peter, with their children, have loved living in the Shaw neighborhood and being members of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish for over 30 years. Before becoming principal, Ms. Hesed worked closely with St. Margaret’s RCIA team as they instructed non-Catholics in the tenets of the Catholic faith; she remains an active participant in the St. Vincent De Paul Society making bi-weekly deliveries of food to neighbors in need.

When not at school, Ms. Hesed always enjoys just being at home with her family. Second to that she likes zoning away in front of the TV (she boasts having seen every Law and Order made) or reading a good book. Her favorite author is a toss-up between Ann Patchett and Barbara Kingsolver, which doesn’t deny how much she has enjoyed reading the Harry Potter and Eragon series.

More than anything, Ms. Hesed is passionate about children being guided to grow closer to God, to think deeply, and to build and enjoy friendships – and to bring their families along on that sacred journey.

(Please browse the teacher’s web pages to learn more about each of them.)