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Norfolk Catholic names new principal

March 20, 2018 GMT

NORFOLK - Amy Wattier of Norfolk has been selected as the new principal at Norfolk Catholic High School, and Dr. Don Ridder couldn’t be more pleased. “I am thrilled about the spiritual, academic and overall instructional leadership opportunities she will bring to Norfolk Catholic,” said Ridder, who is Norfolk Catholic School president.

Wattier currently is teaching at the Norfolk Junior High School and will begin her new duties as of July 1. The announcement of her hiring was made Monday afternoon at Norfolk Catholic. “I am extremely excited and humbled to become the next principal at Norfolk Catholic High School,” Wattier said. “This exciting opportunity allows me to grow in my career while strengthen my purpose on earth.”

Her hiring was the culmination of an extensive search process that included advertising for candidates in multiple media outlets as well as several Catholic dioceses. “We were pleased with the quality of applicants we received and the qualifications of the candidates we interviewed,” Ridder said. An extensive team was put together to interview candidates. This team included representatives from the high school, elementary school, Sacred Heart parish and the Norfolk Catholic school board. “After many hours of interviews, discernment and prayer, the team decided that Amy Wattier was the best fit to take Norfolk Catholic forward”, Ridder said.

“Amy’s experiences as a 7-­12 instructional coach, peer teacher, leader of the school improvement team, and her high expectations will serve our school well as we begin to implement the goals of our five-­year strategic plan,” Ridder said. She will succeed Jeff Bellar, who will continue as head football coach and also become Norfolk Catholic’s new activities director as well as the alumni and community relations administrator. “Now is time to be grateful for the past successes and multiple accomplishments of Norfolk Catholic and at the same time to be excited for what the future holds,” Bellar said.

Wattier, who said she learned much from teaching previously at the Twin River and Norfolk Public school districts, said she wants to “use her gifts of time and talent to advance the strategic plan of the parish and school as we walk together to meet Jesus.”Wattier said she is looking forward to taking the steps necessary to achieve the goals and improvements outlined in Norfolk Catholic’s strategic plan

“I look forward to the leadership opportunity that the Holy Spirit may work through me, guide me and strengthen us all. I am thrilled to work with a talented, respected, spiritually conscientious and caring staff,” she said. “I admire the accomplishments of previous leaders and the efforts of current staff and parish leaders. Thus, I am prepared and eager to serve as I best can to inspire growth and improvement.”

Wattier said she’s excited for this new chapter in her life and career. “My children have enjoyed and reaped many blessings from the opportunity to attend a faith-­based educational system this last year. The Norfolk community has been very welcoming to my family since our move last August,” she said.