Dan Garvey, a Catholic school educator and experienced administrator and teacher, has been named Principal of St. Charles Parish School.
“We are pleased to have Dan lead our exceptional school and bring his vision of academic excellence and strong Catholic faith into our classrooms and into our community,” said Fr. Ken Omernick, pastor of St. Charles. “We believe Dan will continue the great contributions made by our current Principal Mrs. Anderson.”
Laura Anderson, principal of St. Charles Parish School since 2012, announced her resignation in March. She leaves St. Charles on June 30 to become principal at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha.
Garvey begins his new job on June 1. He takes over St. Charles at a time of unprecedented growth where enrollment has doubled in the last nine years to 300 students. In April the school received its third Exemplary Recognition Award in Educating the Whole Child from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. St. Charles was the only Waukesha County Catholic school to earn the honor this year.
Garvey served at St. Anthony School in Milwaukee in a multitude of roles including Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, Athletic Director, Lead Building Administrator and classroom teacher from 2007 to 2016. With more than 2,000 students, St. Anthony is the nation’s largest kindergarten through 12th Grade Catholic school.
Most recently he’s taught 6th Grade at Rufus King International Middle School in Milwaukee in the International Baccalaureate Program.
Jon Ingrisano, chair of the St. Charles School Commission and chair of the Principal Search Committee, said Mr. Garvey’s experience and innovation will lead St. Charles to new heights.
“Given our school’s continued growth and recognition for excellence, Fr. Ken and the Search Committee set a high bar for a new principal. Throughout the search process, Dan demonstrated the commitment to Catholic identity, the warmth and approachability, and the strong leadership and problem-solving skills that are all so important to our community,” said Ingrisano. “With his competitive drive for excellence and clear sense of St. Charles’s mission, I am confident that Dan will lead us in a seamless transition and continue our school’s upward trajectory. Dan is not just the best candidate, but the right fit.”
Born and raised in Appleton, Garvey received his master’s degree from Concordia University in education administration. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a focus on natural science and social studies.
“I feel honored and blessed to begin my tenure at St. Charles Parish School. I truly feel that our Lord has called me to this position! I am excited and thrilled to lead the students, staff, parents, and community of St. Charles and to continue to achieve excellence,” said Garvey. “From my first visit I immediately felt a high level of engaged learning. I am eager to join this strong, dynamic, and dedicated group of educators who truly put children first and who are leaders of our faith by walking in the footsteps of Christ.
“In my role as principal, I will be committed to ensuring that St. Charles is a safe and welcoming environment where all students will feel loved and cared for. Students will be challenged by rigorous academics while growing in their faith. I want to continue the strong tradition of Catholic schools by providing our students with a solid foundation in reading, writing, and problem solving, by using today’s best instructional practices, technology integration, and most importantly the infusion of our faith,” he added. “We will hold the faith formation of our students at the heart of all we do. Honoring and cherishing the faith traditions here, while looking to the future to grow our school’s Catholic culture.”
Garvey and his wife Beth, also an educator, live in Milwaukee. They enjoy spending time with family, going for walks, camping, any outdoor activity and watching their favorite Wisconsin sports teams. They are expecting their first child in the fall.
“I look forward to meeting you and working together to bring our children, and ourselves, closer to Christ. Please hold this school community and parish in your daily prayers,” Garvey added. “As you know, all things are possible through Him! God Bless.”