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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

Schools’ leadership staffing shifts for 2006-2007

by Mitch Finley, Inland Register staff

(From the sept. 14, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Two of the Diocese of Spokane’s Catholic schools welcome new principals this fall. The new principals are Richard Pelkie Sr., at St. Paschal School in Spokane Valley, and Stephanie John-son at Spokane’s Cataldo School.

In the Office of Education, the new Diocesan Curriculum Coordinator is Katie Rieckers.

St. Paschal’s new principal, Richard Pelkie Sr., served as principal at Cataldo School for 11 years prior to taking over his new position. Prior to that, for more than 30 years he was a teacher and administrator in a Spokane public school system. Pelkie holds an MA in teaching and administration from Whitworth College. He calls his new position “an exciting new challenge.”

Taking over the principal’s position at Cataldo is former Diocesan Curriculum Coordinator Stephanie Johnson. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Johnson received her undergraduate degree in math education and a master’s degree as a literacy specialist from Eastern Washington University, where she also completed her administrative coursework. She taught at St. Mary School in Spokane Valley for nine years, and was vice-principal there for three years.

“I am very excited to embark on both my first year as a principal,” Stephanie Johnson says, “and my first year at Cataldo…. I am a firm believer that the Lord’s plan is perfect, and I can see his hand in the unfolding events that brought me to serve the Cataldo community as principal.”

Prior to taking over the responsibilities of Diocesan Curriculum Coordinator, Katie Rieckers taught 5th grade for 12 years at Assumption School, Spokane. Originally, she came from Reno, Nevada.

“Basically, I work as a kind of liaison between the principals, between school staff, and between Catholic schools and the public school system,” she said, describing her new role. “We do this to find the best curriculum for our schools, and the most up-to-date materials, making sure that we’re following the state guidelines, as well as maintaining our Catholic identity.”

Rieckers holds an MA in Administration and Curriculum, plus dual certification in elementary and special education. “I’m very excited and very energized to take on this position,” she said. “It’s going to be a nice change after teaching for nine years. I’ll miss the kids, but I’m really looking forward to this.”

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