Former SM teacher returns as principal

Monday, July 17, 2006

St.Mary's Principal

St. Mary's School has a hired a familiar face to serve as principal for the middle school and high school. Bev Mach will begin her new duties as principal August 1.

She previously served St. Mary's as elementary educator and later as guidance counselor. Mach comes to St. Mary's from the Alta school system, where she served for three years as PreK-7 counselor.

"I'm thrilled - it's so neat to be here again," Mach said of returning to St. Mary's School. "I'm overwhelmed with the support that's been shown already."

Mach said she started working for St. Mary's 13 years ago as a half-day kindergarten educator, noting that her first students graduated from high school this spring. She also worked as full-time kindergarten educator, and four years as K-12 guidance counselor at St. Mary's before serving the Alta School district.

"Through my counseling positions, it's almost a natural step to move into administration. I will enjoy the leadership component of the job," she said.

She anticipates working with veteran and new faculty. "I'm looking forward to being part of a place where there's so much potential for personal growth. I can grow as the faculty grows. It's a natural progression," Mach said.

The school year begins August 18.

"I know there's challenges and frustrations ahead as well as many joys. But with the quality faculty, staff and students, I won't have to face it alone. And I know God will be with us," she explained.

Mach has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dakota Wesleyan, a Master of Science from Buena Vista University in school counseling as well as her administrators' endorsement from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

She and husband, Tim, pharmacist at Bedel's Pharmacy, have lived in Storm Lake for 25 years. They have two sons, Bill and John, currently attending college.

Ron Olberding serves as St. Mary's School preK-4 principal.

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