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Holy Family Catholic Schools Announces Administration Changes

Lori Apel

Following the notices of administrative departures and reassignments at the end of the school year, Holy Family Catholic Schools announces plans for new leadership in 2019-2020, including a change to the administrative structure at the middle school level.

St. Anthony Elementary/Our Lady of Guadalupe:
Principal Lori Apel has announced her plans to resign at the end of the school year. During her 34 years of service in Dubuque’s Catholic schools, Apel was the founding principal for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Spanish immersion program, as well as the Clarke Professional Development School at St. Anthony – two programs that were the first of their kind in the state of Iowa. The Holy Family community is truly grateful to Apel for her service.

Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School:
Doug Varley ’82, current Mazzuchelli Catholic assistant principal, will assume the principal’s role in the new school year, replacing Phillip Bormann, who was recently named Holy Family’s next chief administrator.

Varley will serve as the sole middle school administrator upon the consolidation of the principal and assistant principal duties.

Varley graduated from Wahlert Catholic in 1982 and returned to Wahlert in 1994 to teach English and coach basketball and track. He became the assistant principal of Mazzuchelli Catholic when the school opened in 2005.

Wahlert Catholic High School:
After 44 years of service to Wahlert Catholic High School, Assistant Principal Cynthia Wagner has announced her plans for retirement at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. She began her tenure at Wahlert Catholic in 1975 as a chemistry teacher and coach, assisting with women’s six-on-six basketball as well as track and field.

In 1994, Wagner was asked by Principal Don Miller to serve as a school dean. She became assistant principal when Holy Family Catholic Schools was formed in 2001.

Wagner will return as the head coach for the 2019 cross country season, her 43rd year coaching the women’s team.

Lisa Krapfl, current director of personalized learning for the school system, has accepted the position of Wahlert Catholic assistant principal, which will be vacated by long-time assistant principal Cynthia Wagner at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Krapfl joined Holy Family in 2010 as a middle school science teacher. More recently, she has served as the instructional coach for the secondary level, followed by a newly-created role to support teachers and administrators with the effective rollout of Holy Family’s personalized learning education model.

Holy Family Board of Education:
The Holy Family Catholic Schools Board of Education is pleased to announce the hiring of Phillip Bormann to serve as the system’s next chief administrator. Bormann has led Mazzuchelli Catholic Middle School as principal for the past five years.

Prior to Holy Family, Bormann served as assistant principal at the secondary level for the Northeast Community School District where he also began his career as an elementary education teacher. He earned his Specialist in Education degree with superintendent licensure and his Masters in Educational Leadership from Drake University.

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