Fox Cities: TCCES/St. Mary Catholic Schools (SMCS) is pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Zuleger to the role of principal of the new St. Mary Catholic Middle School (SMCMS), which will open for the 2015-16 school year.

Zuleger currently serves as the assistant principal at St. Mary Central High School, and is looking forward to becoming the first principal at the brand new middle school that is being built to replace the current Seton Catholic Middle School. Zuleger will work with current Seton Principal Sandy Ehlers in the interim, ensuring a smooth transition for students, families, faculty and staff. Mrs. Ehlers, who will be completing her third year as principal of Seton at the end of June, has decided that this is the time for her to explore new opportunities.

Zuleger joined the school system in the fall of 2014. Since that time, he has implemented several successful initiatives at the high school including the guided study program to provide additional time and support for students to improve their grades, and has begun the process of implementing a senior leadership program through which senior students will mentor incoming freshmen and take on other leadership roles throughout the school. Zuleger is a product of lifelong Catholic education, having graduated from both Xavier High School and Marquette University. Prior to coming to St. Mary Central, he served as a middle school math teacher for six years at Holy Spirit-Darboy. While at Holy Spirit, Zuleger earned his master’s in administration and supervision from National Louis University, and was licensed as both director of instruction and principal.

Helen Englebert, president of the school system, is pleased to promote Zuleger. “Mike has proven himself to us since coming to the high school,” Englebert reflects. “Mike clearly is a person of deep integrity and faith, and I am confident that he will project and exemplify our goal of academic excellence in everything he does as he embraces this new leadership challenge.” Englebert added, “We also extend our appreciation and gratitude to Sandy for her many contributions to our TCCES community during her 19 years of service as a teacher, principal and parent volunteer. We hope that she is blessed with future success and happiness.”

Zuleger also sees this new opportunity as a great fit, “When I was a teacher I could only reach a limited number of kids in a classroom. As a principal, I will be able to motivate, lead, help and guide teachers in addition to interacting with youth, and will now be able to impact achievement and success for an entire student body,” he observed.

Mike Zuleger will officially assume his new leadership position on July 1, 2015.