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Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan Appoints New Principal of St. Pius X High School


Catholic Education Leaders pictured left to right: Sr. Mary Klersey, MPF, new Catholic Schools Superintendent effective July 1, 2004, Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, Mrs. Barbara Rothweiler, new Principal of St Pius X HS effective July 1, 2004, Sr. Michelle Micek, OSF, present Catholic Schools Superintendent, Dr. Mary McLeod, present Principal of St. Pius X HS


Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan today announced the appointment of Mrs. Barbara M. Rothweiler as the new principal of St. Pius X High School effective July 1, 2004.  A search committee comprised of a priest, St. Pius faculty representatives, school administrators and the St. Pius Advisory Board President unanimously recommended Mrs. Rothweiler for the position.

Archbishop said:

I look forward to Mrs. Rothweiler’s new role on the St. Pius X’s Leadership Team. Her professional expertise and proven dedication to Catholic education will continue to strengthen St. Pius X High School’s tradition of strong Catholic Identity, academic excellence, and commitment to its students’ and staff’s well being.  This administrative change will provide a seamless transition from the outstanding leadership modeled  by Dr. Mary McLeod, the present principal to whom  I am deeply  grateful for her many years of dedicated service to the  St. Pius X High School Community.

Dr. McLeod said:

Mrs. Rothweiler is a fabulous administrator.  She is an experienced teacher and counselor who listens thoughtfully and responds.  As an active Catholic and woman of faith, she will serve as a strong role model for the St. Pius X school community.

Mrs. Rothweiler graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in Biology; and the University of Texas with a M.A. in Education.  She also received an Ed.S in Education Administration from the University of New Mexico.  Mrs. Rothweiler, a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor, began her career at St. Pius X in 1992 as a school counselor.  In 1998 she was appointed to the position of Assistant Principal/Dean of Students, and in 2003 was selected to be the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction.   Her professional affiliations include the National Catholic Education Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the American Counseling Association/NM Counseling Association. 

In her position as Assistant Principal, Mrs. Rothweiler has worked closely with Dr. Mary McLeod, the present school principal; and has chaired and coordinated numerous academic, personnel, financial and school community committees as well as overseeing St. Pius X’s development of curriculum and instructional policy, the Academic and Disciplinary Review Board, the Substance Abuse Review Board, and the school’s federal funding budget. Mrs. Rothweiler also developed, administered and implemented St. Pius X’s student behavior policies and has provided Mediation Training to St. Pius X’s students, teachers and principals throughout the Archdiocesan Catholic School System.  She has served as the school’s liaison with other local schools, police and juvenile authorities in matters involving student behavior and discipline.   

As a school counselor, Mrs. Rothweiler organized and administered the St. Pius X’s PSAT, PLAN, ACT, SAT Modern Language Tests, and Advanced Placement testing programs.


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