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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Four new principals to helm Catholic schools this year

by Jami LeBrun, Inland Register staff

(From the Aug. 19, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Four new principals have joined the Spokane Catholic School system this year, just in time to get the academic year off to an exciting start on Sept.1, and each of them is brimming with ideas to make this school year great.

Laurene Nauditt • St. Mary School hired Lauri Nauditt as their new principal in May and she has been working all summer to get ready for the students to fill the halls and classrooms in September.

Nauditt has a wealth of experience in education. She got her undergraduate degree at Washington State University before heading to Billings, Mont. where she taught for three years. She left Billings to teach in Washington before settling at Cataldo Catholic School where she taught third grade for 19 years. In addition to teaching, Nauditt also served as Assistant Principle of Curriculum Instruction at Cataldo for the last three years. A few years ago, Nauditt felt a calling to leadership and began attending classes at Gonzaga University where she received her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership through the Leadership Formation Program.

When the principal position opened at St. Mary School, Nauditt said she was “intrigued by the possibility of interviewing” there and after doing some research simply fell in love with the St. Mary community.

Nauditt said she hopes that her service will help to “continue the fine tradition of education and faith formation at St. Mary School.” She also hopes that her extensive experience and background in the development and implementation of curriculum will help the school to improve its already strong academic standards.

“I hope we can further grow as a faith community, especially with community service opportunities for students so we can teach them to be more Christ centered in their thoughts and in their actions,” Nauditt said.

“I’m very excited about the school year coming up and I can’t wait for the kids to get in here,” she said.

St. Mary School offers curriculum programs for pre-kindergarten thought eighth grades.

Dorothy Gallagher • St. Patrick School recently hired Dorothy Gallagher as its new principal.

Gallagher taught math, religion and science at All Saints School for nine years before applying for the position at St. Patrick.

“I knew I was going to be a principle someday before I even started teaching,” said Gallagher.

Though Gallagher had not planned to apply for the position at St. Patrick School because she recently had a baby, she said she felt a calling to apply. Once she was offered and accepted the position, she threw caution to the wind and has been going at her new job full force.

Gallagher has been working with Father Daniel Barnett, the pastor at St. Patrick and St. Francis Xavier parishes, to define goals for the school year. She said that first and foremost, she hopes to work to increase the Catholic identity of the school to where “we truly are Catholic from the inside out.”

Gallagher wants the school to continue to be a big part of the supportive community at St. Patrick Parish and wants to increase involvement between the two entities. She also hopes to increase outreach to the local community, making St. Patrick School “a place where Catholics and non-Catholic can come together for a common purpose.”

“To fulfill that goal, we need to take our Catholic identity and really live it,” she said. “Of course, improving academics is also a goal and the one that should always be assumed.”

Though she only recently began working at St. Patrick School, Gallagher feels right at home because she has many family roots there. Many of her in-laws, as well as her mother and her aunts went to school at St. Patrick.

“(This position) is a vocation,” said Gallagher. “If I didn’t feel it was a vocation, I wouldn’t be here.”

St Patrick School offers pre-school through eighth grade, as well as an Educare program.

Skip Bonuccelli • St. Charles School recently hired Skip Bonuccelli as their new principal. Bonuccelli has spent the last 31 years working in education; most recently as the Public Relations Specialist and Spokesperson for the Central Valley School District in Greenacres.

Bonuccelli received his B.A. in Social Science and his teaching certificate from Eastern Washington State College in the early 1970s. He received his Masters of Education from Eastern Washington University in 1999, closely followed by his Washington State Administrative/Principals Certificate. He has taught a variety of subjects at the elementary, junior high and high school level, and worked at the school administrative level for ten years. He currently is also an adjunct professor in the Education Department at Eastern Washington and, through the Public Relations and Communications Department, at Gonzaga University as well.

Bonuccelli looks forward to his first experience in Catholic schools. He hopes to carry on the traditions of Catholic education, and help to equip each student at St. Charles with the academic and spiritual life skills they will need to be successful.

Kevin Booth • Kevin Booth assumed his duties as the new principal of Gonzaga Preparatory School on July 1.

Booth is from Okotoks, Alberta, and his rich roots in Jesuit education. He was a student at St. Paul High School in Winnipeg, where he later served as Vice Principal. He also served as Principal of O’Grady Catholic High School and most recently as Vice Principal of St. Mary School in Okotoks.

Gonzaga Prep’s faculty, administration and students look forward to working with Booth.

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