St. Michael Parish and St. Michael Parish School are pleased to announce that Mrs. Adrianne Manning has accepted the position of Principal. She begins her position on July 31, 2023.
Mrs. Manning comes to SMPS with an impressive background in teaching and school leadership. A West Virginia University graduate from the PI Reed School of Journalism, Mrs. Manning continued her WVU education earning a Master of Arts in Secondary Education, English. She has sixteen years of service at Wheeling Middle School. At Wheeling Middle, Mrs. Manning served as a curriculum team member and a team leader. Over the years, she worked at the county level on many committees including curriculum development and textbook adoption. She was the 2017-2018 Ohio County Schools Teacher of the Year and a state finalist that same year for West Virginia Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Manning is not a stranger to SMPS, as she and her husband, Jacob, are school parents of three children, Elizabeth, Sarah and Declan. Elizabeth graduated as Eighth grade Valedictorian in May. Sarah will be in seventh grade and Declan will be in Kindergarten. Additionally, the Mannings have served as Parish Festival Co-chairs for seven years and have been active stewards at numerous school events. Manning said, “I’m excited and blessed to pair my passion for education with my Catholic faith and join the St. Michael family as a member of the staff. This is a wonderful school community, and I can’t wait to help nurture the growth of faith, family, and community that is already present here. I want to thank Father Carlos and the search committee for their dedication to our school. I also want to thank Ohio County Schools for encouraging me to grow into the educator that I am today.”
Father Carlos Melocoton remarked, “It is with great joy that I welcome Adrianne as our new Principal. She brings experience, leadership, enthusiasm and a true love of Jesus Christ and our Catholic identity. I ask for you to keep her in your prayers and ask the Lord to bless her and our school. I would also like to express my appreciation for the Principal Search Committee. The committee team reviewed resumes, conducted on-site interviews and carefully evaluated each candidate. I accepted their recommendation which was subsequently approved by Mary Ann Deschaine, Superintendent of Catholic Schools and Bishop Mark Brennan.”
A special reception will be held soon to welcome Mrs. Manning and the 2023-2024 faculty and staff at St. Michael Parish School.