Suzi Furtwangler focuses on innovation & inclusion in her new role with the Office of Catholic Schools

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Please join us in welcoming Suzi Furtwangler, recently retired principal of St. Thomas the Apostle School, to the Office of Catholic Schools as a part-time student support and innovation consultant. 


This role falls within the vacant Ed. tech specialist position. Along with two independent contractors, she will offer direct support to the diocesan school leaders and teachers in the areas of continuous improvement and inclusion. She will provide consultation on innovative ways for schools to support students of all abilities and showcase their Catholic identity in new and authentic ways.


“Great talent is a treasure! We in the Office of Catholic Schools feel so blessed to have been able to snatch this great talent from her recent retirement as a beloved school principal and engage Suzi for 15 hours-per-week,” said Dave Faber, Superintendent of Catholic schools. “This part-time, consultant position was created so that our schools can benefit from her broad base of skills and expertise, particularly in the areas of student support and innovation." 


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 6,000 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.

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