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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Two Spokane Catholic schools welcome new principals

by Mitch Finley, Inland Register staff

(From the July 28, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Two of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Spokane welcome new principals this fall. Cheryl Biehl is the new principal at St. Paschal School, Spokane Valley. Dan Hill shoulders the principal’s responsibilities at Trinity School, Spokane. Both new principals say they are looking forward to helping their respective schools to fulfill the mission of Catholic schools in today’s society.

Cheryl Biehl comes to St. Paschal with a B.A. in Elementary Education from Eastern Washington University and an M.A. in Music from EWU, and is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at Portland State University. She has an extensive background in education, including research, curriculum and instruction, student management, staff selection, supervision and evaluation, and staff development and school/community relations.

In the early ’70s Biehl taught for three years in the David Douglas School District, Portland, Ore., and from 1977-80 she was a Library Media Specialist there. From 1980-1992, she held a similar position in the Beaverton School District, in Oregon. Later, she taught kindergarten and was a vocal music teacher.

From 1999 until 2004 Biehl continued as a media specialist and taught second and eighth grades in Newport, on the Oregon coast. Last school year she was a music teacher at St. Paschal School and an Elementary Orchestra Assistant in the Mead School District. In addition to taking over the principal’s position at St. Paschal this year, Biehl continues as an instructor of flute at Holy Names Music Center, Spokane.

She is married to Alan Biehl, with whom she has four grandchildren. She is active in St. Paschal Parish, and she enjoys playing with the Washington-Idaho Symphony Orchestra and the Oregon Symphonic Band.

“I am looking forward to the coming school year with enthusiasm,” Cheryl Biehl says with a smile. “We have a lot to do here, and I’m looking forward to it. We want to include more music in the curriculum. This school is a really well-kept secret.”

In 1997, Dan Hill became the teacher of grades 7 and 8, as well as athletic director, at Spokane’s Trinity School. For the past four years, he has also been Trinity’s vice-principal. Prior to 1997, Hill taught and/or coached sports teams at public schools in Rosalia, Addy, and Spokane. From 1993 to 1996, he taught grades 7 and 8 and was athletic director at St. Paschal School in Spokane Valley.

Hill received his teaching degree from EWU in 1991, and in 2001 he received a master’s degree and principal certification from Gonzaga University. Hill’s wife, Angie, is a kindergarten teacher. Together the Hills have two daughters, ages 7 and 4, both of whom attend Trinity School.

“I love Trinity,” Hill said. “Since the first time I went to the school’s Christmas program in 1994, I became attached to it.... I like to tell people that it is the best school in the city, and when I say it I really mean it. The kids at Trinity are really wonderful and have been an inspiration to teach.”

Hill is especially happy to become the new principal of Trinity School. “I believe in the school and in our mission to educate children from all socioeconomic backgrounds in a Christian atmosphere. Whether our kids are Catholic or not, we teach them the values of our faith and encourage them to pursue a beneficial life where helping others can give as much joy as helping oneself. We like our kids to know their academics well, but we also want them to know that the church will always be here for them throughout their lives.”

Diocesan schools begin classes Tuesday, Aug. 30.

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