By Beth Nateghi. Delavan, Wisc. – Parents and students will see a new friendly face, John Chovanec, in the principal’s office at St. Andrew Parish School and three new faces will greet them in the Kindergarten, Music and Physical Education classrooms.
L-R: John Chovanec, Brian Wrightson, Susan Pearce, Ryan Fritz
Chovanec served as Principal the past nine years at St. Dominic School, Brookfield. During his tenure at St. Dominic, the school was awarded the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Exemplary Award for Innovative Programs, 2010-2014. Chovanec has initiated many programs and positions at his former school, not the least being Faculty Faith Formation, Technology Coordinator and Guidance Counselor. Prior to becoming an administrator, he was a junior high social studies teacher for 20 years. He also coached cross-country, track, and basketball. Chovanec and his wife recently settled in Delavan.
Susan Pearce spent the last 16 years containing the excitement of kindergarteners at St. Patrick School in Elkhorn and now she is Kindergarten teacher at St. Andrew Parish School. She earned degrees in early childhood and elementary education from Western Illinois University and has been teaching for 29 years. Pearce also enjoys water sports and reading and has said that everyone from the staff to the families have been so nice and welcoming.
Pearce says, “I look forward to working with the kids and providing a positive base for their school years ahead.”
Brian Wrightson received his undergraduate degree in music business from Elmhurst College and his Master in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music. He has had the opportunity to teach in Catholic elementary, middle and high schools throughout Southern Wisconsin. Wrightson will serve as Music Instructor at St. Andrew Parish School and also the Music Director for the parish. His wife, Johnelle McDermott, is also musically gifted and provides a lot of behind-the-scenes support and organization.
Music occupies Wrightson’s free time too as he gives private lessons at The Dance Factory. He also enjoys walks with Mika, his Siberian Husky/Malamute mix.
Last year Ryan Fritz was hired as a long-term substitute and this year he takes the permanent position as Physical Education teacher. He received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and his Master of Education from George Williams College of Aurora University. Fritz stays active with crossword puzzles, movies and coaching JV boys basketball at Williams Bay High School.
“I love the Catholic school environment and staying active with the kids everyday,” says Fritz.
St. Andrew Parish School in Delavan, Wisc. is celebrating its 73rd year of developing students’ moral and spiritual growth, physical and psychological development, academic and cultural advancement to prepare them as useful, productive and caring Christian citizens of the community. For more information visit http://www.standrews-delavan.org or call 262-728-6211.