Educators take on new roles

The cards have been shuffled, the hands have been dealt and 24 schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis have new administrators in place for the 2017-18 academic year.

In all, 27 educators are in new leadership positions, with two high schools — Rosati-Kain High School and Incarnate Word Academy — making changes at both president and principal. However, Rosati-Kain's new president, Elizabeth Ann Goodwin, has a familiar face; she previously served as principal.

Former Rosati-Kain president Sister Joan Andert, SSND, has moved into an emeritus role, as has former president Cathy Fetter at St. Dominic. Though Sister Joan's replacement, Goodwin, is the only administrator to stay at a school but switch to a new post, seven other administrators left schools for the same position at schools elsewhere.

Of the seven openings created by those switches, six have been filled. The search is still on to replace Father Ed Nemeth as president of St. Pius X High School; he's now president of Valle Catholic in Ste. Genevieve.

Four high schools have filled interim roles, and five elementary principals are in the big chair for the first time. In addition, two grade school administrators have joined the archdiocesan Curia: former Holy Cross Academy president Amie Koenen is now the Strategic Planning Coordinator for Parish Administrative Services; and former Our Lady of Lourdes in Washington principal Rick Danzeisen oversees North County elementary schools for the Catholic Education Office.

And there's a new sheriff in town, at the new school in town: principal Laura Hirschmann at South City Catholic Academy.

New administrators | at a glance

HIGH SCHOOLS • New Presidents

Name                              School                      Replacing

David McKenzie               Incarnate Word            i-Sr. Mary Pezold, CCVI

Elizabeth Ann Goodwin     Rosati-Kain                 e-Sister Joan Andert, SSND

Jim Welby                       St. Dominic                 e-Cathy Fetter

(Vacant)                          St. Pius X                   Father Edward Nemeth

Father Edward Nemeth     Valle Catholic              Paul Hinman

e-becomes president-emeritus

i-interim

HIGH SCHOOLS • New Principals

Name                              School                       Replacing

Maureen Lovette              Incarnate Word             Molly Grumich

Molly Grumich                 Nerinx Hall                    Jane Kosash

Tery McNamee                Rosati-Kain                   Elizabeth Ann Goodwin

Pam Tholen                    St. Francis Borgia          i-Rob Struckhoff

Ian Mulligan                    St. John Vianney            i-Kevin Walsh

Father Ian Gibbons, SJ    St. Louis U. High            i-Craig Hannick

Bridget Collins                Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill  Sr. Donna Collins, RSCJ

i-interim

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS • New principals

Name                              School                            Replacing

f-Joanne Hoorman            Christ Prince of Peace        Marlise Albert

* Gregory Densberger       Holy Cross Academy          Amie Koenen

f-Michael Neiman             Mary Queen of Peace         Amy Schroff

Tammi Rohmann             Our Lady of Lourdes            Rick Danzeisen

Kim Vangel                     St. Clare of Assisi               Marie Sinnett

Beth Bartolotta                St. Francis of Assisi           Greg Sturgill

Linda Pahl                      St. Francis Borgia               Michelle Etter

Sr.Mary Sheila Maksim,OP  St. Joseph (Cottleville)     Sr. Ann Hyacinth Genow, OP

Michael Biggs                 St. James the Greater          Julie Hayes

Greg Sturgill                   St. Joseph (Manchester)       Jeanette Dandino

Amy Schroff                   St. Justin the Martyr             Mary O'Connell

f-Denise Brickler             St. Patrick (Wentzville)         Diana Kramer

f-Kelly Kaimann             St. Paul (St. Paul)                 Maureen Lovette

Julie Hayes                  St. Raphael the Archangel      Kim Vangel

Laura Hirschman          South City Catholic Academy (new school)

f-Donald Fingers          s-The Academy at St. Sabina   Jay Persinger

f-first-year principal

s-special education school

* president of Holy Cross Academy school system, which is comprised of elementary school campuses at Our Lady of Providence, St. Dominic Savio and St. Michael the Archangel parishes and a middle-school campus at Annunciation Parish

Source: Archdiocesan Catholic Education Office 

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