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Holy Name hires new principal

Nathan Vande Hey

ESCANABA — Holy Name Catholic School has hired Nathan Vande Hey as Principal beginning in the 2024-25 school year.

Vande Hey is currently serving as Head of School and System President at St. Ignatius Catholic School in Kaukauna, Wis., where he has served since 2019, and has twenty-four years’ experience teaching in the Kaukauna Area School District.

Vande Hey will officially assume the principal position on July 1, but in the interim, will be advising Holy Name leadership on various decisions that will affect the upcoming school year, including the budget, hiring, and curriculum. In addition to being principal of Holy Name, Mr. Vande Hey will oversee Holy Name High School — A Chesterton Academy.

Vande Hey and his wife, Nancy, will be moving to the Escanaba area with their four school-aged children. They have eleven children in total, ranging in age from 9 to 27. Four of their children will be attending Holy Name, two at HNHS — A Chesterton Academy and two at the lower school.

“We want to share the love of Jesus and help build disciples with the families in Escanaba. I believe this school forms virtuous students who will be influential leaders in the community. I look forward to joining the Holy Name School family,” said Vande Hey.

Among his priorities will be enhancing Holy Name’s classical curriculum and faith instruction, increasing student enrollment, and supporting teachers and staff in their professional development.

Holy Name’s pastoral delegate, Very Rev. Tim Ferguson, says he looks forward to working with Mr. Vande Hey in helping Holy Name thrive.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Nathan and his family to Holy Name. Nathan brings to the principal position a wealth of experience both as a teacher and as a head of school, and he is passionate about our classical Catholic curriculum and faith-filled instruction. His exceptional communication and team-building abilities will further unite the school community and strengthen its educational and spiritual mission,” said Ferguson.

Holy Name Catholic School, located at 409 So. 22nd Street, Escanaba, is currently accepting new students for the 2024-2025 school year. For more information, call 906-786-7550 or search “Holy Name Catholic School Escanaba” on Facebook or visit holynamecrusaders.com.

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