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Welcome from Joe Brettnacher, Ph.D.

I am honored to be Scecina Memorial High School’s principal. I want to provide you with some information about my family, priorities, mission, and education philosophy. 

God blessed me with a wonderful wife, two married children, and three grandchildren. My wife, Pam, and I celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary in August 2017; for this I thank God.  

The top three priorities in my life are God, family, and Catholic education and, as a result, I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I feel blessed that you have entrusted the faculty and staff at Scecina Memorial High School with the responsibility to play a subsidiary role in educating your child(ren) in the Catholic faith. Because of our shared responsibility, I consider you as an extended member of my family and I hope you will consider me a member of yours. 

You should know, even though I often fail, my mission is to strive to live up to the example set by Jesus Christ as teacher and servant leader. For this reason, I am excited to be part of a school dedicated to a true servant leader, Father Thomas Scecina, who gave his life to protect our freedom. Father Scecina often asked of others to “Give That Little Extra.” I pledge to do the same. 

My education philosophy has to do with the importance of building positive Catholic relationships with our students and each other. We teach who we are. I have a sincere interest in building a positive relationship with each of you. 

I am proud to be a Crusader! 


Joseph A. Brettnacher, Ph.D.