SAGINAW - A new academic year is just around the corner and Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Saginaw will welcome five new administrators to its hallways. The leadership appointments are part of an ongoing emphasis on Catholic education by the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw.
"I believe that Catholic education - from cradle to grave - is critical to our mission as an evangelizing Church," explained Bishop Cistone. "I remain deeply committed to education, both elementary and secondary, and will work to ensure that the Diocese of Saginaw has a strong and vibrant Catholic schools program."
Mary Ann Deschaine, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, said these leadership appointments allow the diocese to continue meeting the spiritual and academic needs of Catholic children. "It's going to be a fantastic school year," Deschaine said.
Here are the announced changes:
President of Bay Area Catholic Schools (BACS) and Saginaw Area Catholic Schools (SACS) - Dr. Kimberly Prime has named to the newly created position which leads the two regional systems that support approximately 1,200 faith-filled students. A Bay City native and graduate of All Saints Central High School, Prime most recently taught at the university level and served as curriculum director for Bay City Public Schools. Her years in education include 25 years in the kindergarten through eighth-grade classroom. "I am excited at the chance to serve God and his people in yet another way," Prime said.
St. Cecilia Catholic School (Clare) principal -- Elizabeth Kindermann's experience includes public elementary school teaching and Catholic school administration, as well as higher education instruction and administration. She holds degrees in elementary education, principal leadership, in addition to a second Masters degree in public speaking and interpersonal communication. She and her husband live in Harrison.
St. Michael's Catholic School (Pinconning) principal - Ashley Kanuszewski, who taught for more than six years at St. Michael's, said she is excited to assume the school's helm. The Saginaw Valley State University graduate holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and is pursuing a master's degree in educational leadership. She and her family live in Auburn.
St. Brigid Catholic School (Midland) principal -- Lon Medd taught for six years, including several years at St. Thomas Aquinas in Saginaw, before being hired in May as principal of St. Brigid. Medd came to the world of education after working for many years as a newspaper reporter. He earned his teaching certificate at Saginaw Valley State University, as well as a master's degree in educational leadership. Medd and his family live in Saginaw.
Holy Trinity Catholic School (Bay City)- Starting this year, Sue Grzegorczyk will serve as the principal of Holy Trinity Catholic School in Bay City in addition to St. John the Evangelist in Essexville where she has been principal since 1996. Grzegorczyk first accepted the role of principal at St. John the Evangelist after being a classroom teacher there for many years. Grzegorczyk earned her bachelor's degree from Saginaw Valley State University and her master's degree in early childhood education from Central Michigan University. Grzegorczyk lives in Bay City.
Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Saginaw has 17 schools. These include three high schools, two regional systems, one academy, and 11 parish-supported schools.
The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established by Pope Pius XI on February 26, 1938 and is home to 108,601 Catholics, worshiping in 82 parish communities. Today, it includes Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Sanilac, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. The diocesan 75th anniversary year of prayer and celebration for blessings past and yet to come began on September 8, 2012, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and will conclude on August 15, 2013, the Solemnity of the Assumption, the patronal feast of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.
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