New principal is dedicated to her students and Catholic education

Colleen Kennedy

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As the new principal at St. Michael Catholic School in Schererville, Colleen Kennedy has 257 students to call her own.

“My children are my school children. I love the whole idea of teaching someone something and watching the light bulb go on. It’s an amazing feeling,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy was hired as principal at the Schererville school after working there for four years. She previously worked for a decade as an educator and principal at St. Edward School in Lowell before it closed.

Teaching was something the St. John resident felt drawn to do since the second grade.

“I used to play school with my younger brother, John, and my stuffed animals while growing up. I so enjoyed my adventure of school and my parents nurtured my love of playing school and being the teacher,” she said.

“Attending Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and Bishop Noll Institute helped to prepare me for my commitment to a career in Catholic education.”

Kennedy is enjoying watching St. Michael School in action, and hopes to work with staff this year to further improve operations.

“The reason I enjoy being a principal is I am a witness to the ‘good news’ of a Catholic school. Daily, I see great things happen within our walls. I see the energy, enthusiasm, and the love of learning taking place and shaping our children,” she said.

“St. Michael is a faith-filled Catholic school. We stress responsibility and making wise choices. Besides living our faith, and striving for academic excellence, our students are able to participate in sports, band, clubs, and service projects.”

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