Eliza Gonzalez named new principal at St. Ann Catholic School

Meet-and-greet scheduled for Sunday, May 19, 12:00–1:00pm

information provided by St. Ann Parish

LANSING, Ill. (May 18, 2019) – St. Ann Parish is proud to announce the appointment of Mrs. Eliza Gonzalez as the new St. Ann School principal, effective July 1, 2019. The public is invited to attend a casual meet-and-greet on Sunday, May 19, from 12:00–1:00pm on the St. Ann School lawn. (Rain location will be in the School Hall).

Gonzalez brings a wealth of experience to the appointment, and a passion for education. Says Gonzalez, “I have always been a life-long learner, both in my educational pursuits and faith journey. I hope to bring this enthusiasm for learning to St. Ann as we work together to shape the hearts and minds of our young scholars.”

Gonzalez’s own educational background includes an Ed.S from Indiana State University, Terra Haute, Indiana, and a Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. She has previously served as the Alternative Education Teacher/Director at Gary Roosevelt High School, an adjunct professor at Indiana State University, and a teacher of a summer K-8 academic enrichment program for the East Chicago Housing Authority.

A lifelong Catholic, Gonzalez and her husband are certified as Lay Ecclesiastical Ministers and serve as catechists teaching baptism classes at their home parish, Our Lady of Guadalupe, East Chicago, Indiana. “I attended Catholic School during my formative years, and I wholeheartedly believe the quality of my faith-based education propelled my overall success in life,” she says.

Gonzalez looks forward to joining the educational and faith communities of St. Ann. “I am honored to have this opportunity to work with so many dedicated teachers, staff, parents, and outstanding students. As principal, I feel it is important that everyone who steps through the doors of St. Ann School is excited to be here. I have adopted a servant leadership style philosophy, and I welcome your input.”

The St. Ann community wishes outgoing principal Kelly Rojas much luck in her new pursuits. She will continue to serve the school until June 30, 2019.

Located at 3014 Ridge Road, St. Ann School is a pre-K through Grade 8 parochial elementary school that has been serving Lansing and surrounding communities since 1950. Enrollment for the 2019–2020 school year is now underway and open to all. Prospective families are encouraged to call 708-895-1661 for more information, or visit www.stannschoollansing.org.

St. Ann Catholic School is located at 3014 Ridge Road. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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