St. Michael Catholic School (StMCS) has hired Melissa Ginther as its new principal. Ginther comes to St. Michael from St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta, where she currently serves as a high-school theology teacher and softball coach while working to complete her master of arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame.
She has also worked as a Catholic youth minister and served as a missionary for NET Ministries and Life Teen International. During her time as a NET missionary, she served on the discipleship team embedded here at St. Michael and fell in love with the parish and community.
“Words cannot express the joy I have about this opportunity,” Ginther said. “I recall being a new NET team member sent to serve the youth of Saint Michael and Albertville in September 2007. The joy we encountered here called us to be better disciples, and as we headed home that May, I knew that I was not finished serving in this community. I had no idea that sentiment would abide within my heart and mind for the next twelve years and lead me back to serve Saint Michael Catholic School. I am eager to meet the students and families that call StMCS home and so thankful for the opportunity to serve in such a faith-filled, passionate and zealous parish!”
“We are blessed with more than 140 years of Catholic education here at St. Michael and a history of strong leadership, so we took this decision very seriously,” said Fr. Peter Richards. “We were also blessed with a great pool of applicants, so it was not easy. Melissa has committed herself to being a disciple and making disciples, and her leadership and energy will serve our parish well for years to come. Our school and students are in good hands.”
“I am so excited to work with Melissa as our new principal,” said Fr. Brian Park, our incoming pastor, who also arrives this summer. “She has a tremendous passion for Christ and a deep love for Catholic education. I am confident that her zeal and enthusiasm will be a blessing to the students, teachers and parents of our Catholic school. Let’s all be praying for her as she takes on this leadership role in our community.”
Ginther is expected to arrive in early June, and departing principal Jenny Haller is already connecting with her to assist with her transition.