Rev. Troy Nevins, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, is pleased to announce the hiring of Mrs. Holly Lake as school principal. She began her new role on June 17.
Mrs. Lake’s background includes 23 years of teaching at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School in Grand Rapids, where for the past two years she also served as an instructional coach in addition to teaching. Beyond these roles, Mrs. Lake has taken on important administrative tasks throughout her tenure including building the school schedule, assisting with accreditation and leadership within the school improvement process.
Mrs. Lake earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in elementary education from Aquinas College. She is pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership from Cornerstone University. Additionally, Mrs. Lake holds certifications in cognitive coaching and in adaptive schools, which are leadership models for guiding individuals and groups to learn and grow through self-monitoring and self-assessment.
“The faculty and staff at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School are very excited to have Mrs. Lake as our new principal,” said Father Nevins. “We look forward to her leadership as we further strengthen how our students learn to be disciples of the Lord Jesus while achieving their diplomas!”
“I am so excited to join the faithful and vibrant community at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School,” said Mrs. Lake. “I am eager to serve the students, parents, teachers and staff so we can all grow together according to God's plan for the future. What an amazing calling, to prayerfully lead a community that has Christ so clearly at the center along with a beautiful goal of forming students to be His disciples.”
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School serves more than 300 students in preschool through 8th grade. Learn more at ihmparish.com/school.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,550 preschool through 12th grade students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.