Barbara Welch Learning and Enrichment Center 

Dedicated in 2003, the Welch Center is named for Barbara Welch, long-time educator at Mother Guerin High School. The Center, which is available to all students and faculty, promotes the spirit of academic excellence and unfailing generosity so evident in Ms. Welch’s character. As a member of the Mother Guerin community for 32 years, she fostered a love of learning and a quest for excellence.

The Barbara Welch Learning Enrichment Center exemplifies Guerin Prep’s commitment to a college-preparatory curriculum, while meeting the needs of each individual student.

The center has a two-fold focus in that it provides opportunities for Guerin Prep students to maximize their high school academic performance and enhance their skills in preparation for success in college, career and life. The Welch Center also supports faculty members in their professional development and their continued implementation of innovative teaching strategies. At the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year, the Center became an integral part of the Commons Incentive Program.

HOW THE CENTER WORKS   The center is located in Room 213 of Guerin Prep and is open from 7:30 a.m. until the end of the school day. Students are invited to use the Center before school, during their lunch period and during study periods. The Center encourages individual and group study. Each student must have a directed goal to participate in any of the programs offered by the Center. Interested students must report to the Center before the bell, whether they are coming from study or lunch. It is recommended that students who need a tutor in a specific academic area confer with the director of the Welch Center before the scheduled time period.

OPEN TO ALL GUERIN PREP STUDENTS   The Welch Center welcomes all students, offering individual help from writing college essays to preparing for a difficult test to developing better organizational skills. All students are encouraged to visit the Center and take advantage of its formal programs and informal opportunities to enhance their academic experience at Guerin. Individual tutoring on a short or long-term basis is available from certified teachers and student peer tutors.

SPECIAL SERVICES THROUGH THE WELCH CENTER   Some accommodations for students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) are made, where possible, in collaboration with Leyden Area Special Education Cooperative (LASEC).                                                               

THE WELCH CENTER STAFF   Director Kathleen Hayes, a 2003 graduate of Mother Theodore Guerin High School, began her career at Guerin Prep as part of the finance office support staff in June 2008. She began her career in the Barbara Welch Center at the start of the 2009-2010 school year. Ms. Hayes received a B.A. in English Composition from Dominican University in 2008 and will receive her M.A. in teaching in May 2017. In addition to her duties in the Center, Ms. Hayes assists with the Sullivan program as well as serving as the Moderator of the LEAD student tutors and supervises after school Homework Club. Ms. Hayes can be contacted via e-mail at