The 2017-2018 school year at Mercy High has been filled with many transitions. There is the annual transition of the seniors leaving and each class moving to the next grade, but this year there is an exciting new announcement. Our current principal Ms. Regan is leaving for a consulting position in Florida. Next year we will have a new principal, Assistant Principal Kristi Wessling! Mrs.Wessling is a 1988 Mercy graduate and has been working here for over 20 years. I asked Mrs. Wessling some questions about her new position and this is what she said…
Q: How will your duties change from assistant principal to principal?
A: I will still do many of the same things, like working with the teachers and visiting classes, but some of my current duties will be turned over to the new guidance counselors.
Q: Why did you want to become principal?
A: I love this school’s sense of community and want to continue to further its mission. This school is a special place and I want to uphold its unique characteristics for our current and future students.
Q: What do you feel is most important about staying connected with Mercy even when you graduate?
A: I want all of our Mercy alumnae to know that Mercy will always be a home away from home for them, even though they have graduated. I love when our alumnae come back to sporting events, plays, May Crowning, reunions and other events. I am so excited that many of our alumnae are participating in our job shadowing event for seniors in the fall. We are blessed with a strong Mercy heritage and with the continued involvement of our alumnae, we can foster that growth with our current and future Mercy girls.
Q: What has Mercy meant to you over the course of your life?
A: Mercy has been one of the most important influences on my life. We moved to Omaha right at the beginning of my freshman year, so I didn’t go through the recruitment process many of you went through. I don’t think it was a coincidence that this is where I ended up going to school. I think God helps you land where you need to be at certain times. I learned so much from my classmates, teachers and coaches when I was here. When I graduated from college I knew that there was only one place that I wanted to teach. Luckily, there was an opening that year as a math teacher and here I am 23 years later. During that time, I have worked with an amazing faculty and staff, dedicated administrators, supportive parents, and the best students in the world. Mercy strengthened my faith during my teen years and throughout my life has given me such strong role.
Overall, Mercy wouldn’t give a position this important to a person who couldn’t handle it. We are so excited for what next year will bring!
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