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Dominican Association of Secondary Schools (DASS)
September 2012 Bulletin

St. Catherine's High School - Principal Tom Noonan

Racine, WI - In May of 2012, St. Catherine's High School hired Dr. Thomas Noonan, Ph.D. as principal. Noonan earned his Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership from Marquette University in December 2011. His dissertation research was related to urban education reform. Dr. Noonan came to St. Catherine's from Marquette University High School in Milwaukee where he served as Assistant Principal for Academics responsible for, among other things, strategic planning, academic monitoring, overseeing curriculum, faculty supervision and AP programming. "I'd like to express my sincere thanks to Christopher Olley and the Board of Directors for the trust and confidence they have placed in me," said Noonan.  "I will work to preserve the strengths of St. Catherine's, especially to challenge, nurture, and inspire students to grow intellectually and through faith."

Regina Dominican High School - Principal Meg Bigane

Wilmette, IL - Meg Bigane is one of five girls, all educated by the Sisters of Mercy at Mother McAuley High School in Chicago.  For four generations all of the women in her family have been educated by all women's schools in and around the Chicago area and now on the east coast.  She began her career as an English teacher at Mother McAuley and went on to be Freshman Dean during her 13-year tenure.  In 2000 Meg moved to Trinity High School in River Forest, IL to become Assistant Principal and Dean of Students for six years.  Moving into development for the St. Jude League and Claretian Publications and later managing the office for a global public relations firm, Meg remained involved in education while teaching at Columbia College in Chicago as an Adjunct Professor in the English Department. She holds a BA in English from Loyola University, Chicago, an MA in English from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN and an MA in Education and Leadership from Dominican University in River Forest, IL.

Fenwick High School - President Fr. Richard Peddicord

Oak Park, IL - The Reverend Richard A. Peddicord, O.P. Ph.D., S.T.D., is the new President of Fenwick High School. A native of Howell, Michigan, he received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan with a major in History and a minor in French. He entered the Order of Preachers-Province of Saint Albert the Great-in 1980 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1986. He received the Master of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees from Aquinas Institute of Theology and the Ph.D.-S.T.D. in moral theology from St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. Father Peddicord's first assignment after ordination was to Fenwick High School where he taught theology and French and served as the Chair of the theology department. While pursuing his doctoral studies, he served as adjunct instructor in theology at St. Paul University and adjunct instructor in philosophy at the Collège Universitaire Dominicain. In 1994 after completing his doctoral studies he became a Professor of Moral Theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri.  In 2008 he assumed the role of President at Aquinas Institute and served in that role until 2012 when he was appointed President at Fenwick High School.

Our Lady of the Elms High School - Interim Principal Ruth Friedman

Akron, OH - Dr. Ruth Friedman has been named the Interim Principal of Our Lady of the Elms Middle School and High School for the 2012-13 school year. Dr. Friedman previously served as Assistant Principal in the Aurora City Schools, High School Principal in the Beachwood City Schools and, most recently, Director of Curriculum and Operations for the Beachwood City Schools.  She holds her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Ashland University.  In addition, Dr. Friedman served for six years as a member of the Our Lady of the Elms Board of Trustees during which she was the chair of the academic and technology committees.

Dominican High School - Head of School Leanne Giese

Whitefish Bay, WI - Leanne Giese says Catholic education has been instrumental in her life.  She received her Undergrad Degree from UW-Stevens Point in Elementary Education and her Graduate Degree from UW-Milwaukee in Administrative Leadership. Mrs. Giese taught in the Waukesha Public Schools from 1990-1993. She served as Principal of St. Joseph Parish School in Grafton, Wisconsin from 1993-1999 and later became  Marketing Director for that school. Prior to her appointment as Head of School, Mrs. Giese was Director of Advancement at Dominican High School from 2008-2012.

High School Preaching Conference: Nearly 100 Students Participate in 14th Annual Event

Twenty-five Dominican High Schools participated in the 14th Annual Preaching Conference June 26-July 1 at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. For six days, 99 students and their mentors immersed themselves into the Dominican charism. This collaborative effort involves the Dominican sisters of Adrian, Amityville, Houston, Mission San Jose, Peace, San Rafael, Sinsinawa, and Springfield, and the Dominican friars of the provinces of St. Albert the Great and St. Martin de Porres, along with the Dominican Volunteers, the National College Preaching in Action Conference, and Dominican Young Adults USA. Read more on the Dominican Life Website, including quotes from participants


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OUTLINE OF SR. SHARON HOLLAND'S PRESENTATION was included in last month's bulletin and is also posted on the DASS website, member's only section

Campus Ministry Meeting (sponsored by DASS)
for Campus Ministers and Theology Teachers

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Fenwick High School, Oak Park, IL

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