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New principal's roots, experience are in Indiana

On July 18 I introduced our new principal, Joe Brettnacher, to the Scecina Community. Joe has a wealth of Catholic education experience. He is coming to Scecina from Ohio, where he has been the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Columbus since 2014. 

In reality, Joe’s Hoosier roots are deep. As committed parents, Joe and his wife, Pam, want to live near their family in the Indianapolis area, especially since their newest grandchild is due soon. He’s been a teacher and administrator at Indiana schools for most of his career. He was the principal of Mishawaka’s Marian High School in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and at Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School in the Diocese of Lafayette.

Joe received his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Education from Purdue University. He has a master’s degree in secondary education and he received his Ph.D. in leadership.

I’m very pleased that Joe has chosen to come to Scecina. He will start here on August 7. Please look for announcements about opportunities to meet and welcome him.

As Joe comes in, John Hegarty, who has been principal since 2011, will be moving into his new role at Scecina. John becomes Vice President of Community Initiatives, a position created to grow Scecina’s International Student Program and to expand opportunities such as technical training opportunities for students who want to enter the workforce immediately after graduation.

John already is enthusiastically diving into the new role. He currently is in China, building relationships and introducing prospective students and their parents to Scecina. His work ethic, creativity, commitment to students of all backgrounds, and long association with Scecina will be tremendous assets in this endeavor.

As you can tell, it’s been a busy and productive summer at the school as we instituted these leadership changes and started $400,000 of renovations in 24 classrooms. We’re now counting down the days until we welcome the Class of 2021 at New Student Orientation on August 2 and the start of school for everyone on August 9.

I hope you’re enjoying your summer. I’m excited about the start of a new school year at Scecina!

Joe Therber