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Retirement ends for new principal

Carrie Click
Post Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – When a new principal takes the helm at St. Stephen’s Catholic School in July, the appointment will allow a former teacher to return to the classroom, while a retired superintendent heads back to work again.

The K-8 school’s current principal, Roseanne Shepard, is looking forward to returning to teaching this fall when Tom Alby, the former superintendent of Pueblo School District 70, officially heads up St. Stephen’s School.

Shepard, who taught third and fourth grade and had a 12-year teaching career at St. Stephen’s, said she never intended to be the school’s long-term principal.

She said she’s been filling in since December 2000, when former principal Connie Sundling took a leave of absence to help with her daughter’s rehabilitation after a bad car accident. Shepard said Sundling has since moved to Chicago.

Shepard said the school recruited Alby, who moved to Glenwood Springs to retire two years ago. She wasn’t sure how school officials coaxed Alby out of retirement.

“He says he was getting tired of being his wife’s gardener,” said Shepard.

“With Connie’s tragedy, I came in to help,” Shepard said. Now, more than two years later, Shepard is ready to teach again.

“We don’t know yet exactly what I’ll be teaching,” she said. “We’ll have to figure out where I’m needed.”

The Rev. Cliff McMillan of St. Stephen’s Church was not available for comment, and Alby is out of town.

St. Stephen’s School has 71 students, and a preschool with 24 children.

Alby is set to begin his job as St. Stephen’s principal on July 1.

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

cclick@postindependent.com


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