Calvert welcomes new administrators

The students, faculty and staff of Calvert Catholic Schools are to get two new administrators, one of whom has been involved with the school for 23 years.

Gearald Schoen, who began as Calvert’s superintendent in July said he has had a supportive and welcoming transition.

“This is a very tight knit family to be a part of,” Schoen said.

Calvert also is to welcome Ted Willman as assistant principal and dean of students.

Willman has taught at Calvert for more than 20 years, in subjects including physical education, health, civics, church history and world political geography and has been a boys basketball coach and athletic director.

“I have had my hand in many different pots,” Willman said. “I was just looking for an overall change, and thought it would be a great opportunity for me to work with Mr. Schoen and a chance to do great things.”

Schoen and Willman are to be working in getting the new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Center running for the new year.

In the 2014-15 school year, Schoen said Calvert is to begin working on a 1-1 iPad program where students in grades 7-12 are to be able to have their own iPad and they are to switch from traditional textbooks to digital textbooks.

Willman said they also are to focus on post-secondary option classes through Heidelberg and Tiffin universities.

“It is important to utilize the resources we have right in front of us,” Willman said.

“Students will have a better opportunity and will be better prepared to make the transition into college,” Schoen said.

Schoen said his vision was to have Calvert as an example to other Catholic schools in the diocese and to educate well-rounded students.

“We want to challenge the children,” Willman said. “We want them to know that it is ok to make mistakes and fail. It is a part of life, you have to deal with it and move on. We want them to get out of their comfort zone and to understand that change is going to happen.”