Elizabeth Peters named founding principal of new St. Robert Catholic School:
The Board of Trustees of the new independent Catholic school associated with St. Robert of Newminster Catholic Church are pleased to announce the hiring of Liz Peters as the founding principal of the new school in Ada.
“We are very excited to have such an accomplished educator leading this effort,” said Mike Jandernoa, one of the founders of the new school. “She will bring great leadership to this important expansion of Catholic education to our young students for years to come.”
Mrs. Peters has nearly 15 years of experience in Catholic education in the Diocese of Grand Rapids. She began her career at Corpus Christi Catholic School in Holland, where she taught second through fifth grades for more than a decade. In 2013, Mrs. Peters was hired as the assistant principal at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School in Grand Rapids. She is leaving that position to become principal of St. Robert Catholic School.
Mrs. Peters holds a bachelor’s degree in English language arts and literature with a minor in education from Grand Valley State University. She holds a master’s degree in education from Cornerstone University and certification as an administrator and teacher through the State of Michigan, as well as advanced catechist certification through the Diocese of Grand Rapids.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to bring Catholic school education to families in the Ada and Cascade areas,” said Mrs. Peters. “St. Robert Catholic School will provide a premier Catholic education empowering students to be the person God created them to be. The school will have a STEM focus to help form the next generation of Catholic leaders needed for our neighborhoods, cities and country.”
The new independent elementary school will open at St. Robert of Newminster Catholic Church (6477 Ada Drive, Ada, MI, 49301) this fall. The school will begin with 2-, 3-, and 4-year-old preschool and kindergarten, as well as with before- and after-school child care for these students. The school will add one grade per year through eighth grade.
The opening of St. Robert Catholic School is consistent with the new “Bridging Faith and Future” strategic plan for Catholic schools in the diocese, announced in August 2017, which calls for examining ways to bring Catholic education to areas where families do not currently have easy access to a Catholic school. In our diocese, this will be the first Catholic school to open in more than 50 years where one did not exist previously.
St. Robert Catholic School is currently enrolling students in preschool through second grade. You can learn more about the school and the enrollment process by filling out the form at the bottom of this page, or by contacting Mrs. Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 30 vibrant learning communities (25 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,600 preschool through 12th grade students within a seven-county area of 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.
Diocese of Grand Rapids approves the opening of a new Catholic school in Ada:
Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, is pleased to announce that a new independent Catholic elementary school will open in Ada in the fall of 2018.
The new elementary school, St. Robert Catholic School, will be located at St. Robert of Newminster Parish (6477 Ada Drive, Ada, MI 49301). It will open with 2-, 3-, and 4-year-old preschool and kindergarten, as well as with before- and after-school child care for these students. The school will add one grade per year through eighth grade.
The school will provide a premier Catholic education that empowers every student to develop their God-given potential through a culture designed to nurture their relationship with Christ. An excellent academic curriculum, where the Catholic faith is foundational to every discipline, will prepare students for high school, with a particular focus in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). An array of cocurricular and extracurricular activities will also be available.
“While there are alternatives to Catholic schools, there are no substitutions,” said Bishop Walkowiak. “I am pleased to offer the families in the Ada and Cascade areas this opportunity to provide their children with a Catholic school education which nourishes a child’s mind, body, and soul.”
“It is exciting to see the growth and positive energy which has emerged due to the Bishop’s Catholic Schools Initiative and our new strategic plan – ‘Catholic Schools: Bridging Faith and Future’,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic Schools. “I am grateful for the collaboration of Catholic community leaders, the parish, and the diocese in making this new school possible, and I look forward to working with parents to give their children the best education possible.”
The new “Bridging Faith and Future” strategic plan for Catholic schools in the diocese (announced in August) calls for examining ways to bring Catholic education to areas where families do not currently have easy access to a Catholic school, including in the southeast and southwest suburban areas of Grand Rapids.
In our diocese, this will be the first Catholic school to open in more than 50 years where one did not exist previously. This independent Catholic school will be operated by an entity legally distinct from the diocese and it will ensure that the school gets off to a strong start. The school will meet the requirements for recognition and approval as an independent Catholic school within the diocese.
Plans are underway for the recruitment of a board of directors and the hiring of a new school principal. Enrollment at the new school will begin in the spring.