My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.'” It is not easy for us to see or accept the plans God has for us. I want to share my journey with you, and explain the upcoming transition in principal for St. Joseph’s Catholic School.
I remember very clearly, standing in my dad’s farm field helping him irrigate, when I received a phone call from Scott Coulter (then assistant principal at Bishop Kelly High School) asking me to serve as part time speech and debate coach at BK while I completed my MA in English. I don’t know how Scott got my name or my number, but saying “Yes” to that part time position set my life on a course within the Catholic schools that I could not even begin to imagine at the time.
After that temporary speech/debate position at BK, my husband convinced me to take some classes in administration because it would get me closer to a PhD. Even though I had no intention, at the time, of being a school principal, I took administration classes. That administration degree led me to a position as an assistant principal at Bishop Kelly High School, and later to a position as the principal at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. I am currently completing my 9th year in school administration, and six of those years have been in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Boise.
I have been given an incredible opportunity to serve as the next Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Boise, and I have accepted the offer. I will start my new position on August 1, 2017. This is not goodbye! I will return to St. Joe’s on May 9 (after my maternity leave) to finish the school year strong. I will remain at St. Joe’s as a parent and as a superintendent.
I know the search for the next principal at St. Joseph’s Catholic School will begin soon. St. Joseph’s Catholic School is in a great place. We have an excellent, vetran staff that is committed to student learning. Our enrollment is strong, and there is a positive energy at the school. This is a time of transition, but I know God will provide. It will be amazing to watch His plans unfold.