Local News: Bravo: Haefs set to lead Gehlen (1/14/22)


(Submitted Photo) Pete Haefs will join the Gehlen Catholic family on Monday, January 17 as the new 7-12 manager.

MARCH ?? A native of the region returns home to take on a leadership role in the Catholic schools of Gehlen.

Pete Haefs, from Hinton, will start as principal of the school for grades 7-12 on Monday, January 17.

“I am so excited and hope the Gehlen family will join me on a journey to bring God’s plan to our students in a purposeful and united way,? said Haefs.

Haefs spent nearly six years as a secondary school principal at Kuemper Catholic School. Prior to Carroll, Haefs worked as a senior administrator at Remsen St. Mary’s from 2013 to 2016 and taught high school history at Hinton Community Schools from 2006 to 2013.

??Two main factors led me to apply to Gehlen,?? Haefs shared. ??First, I knew they were a good school in a difficult position and I have the ability to help. The other is that I grew up in the area and being close to my family working in a school that is similar in size to the one I grew up in will be amazing.

Haefs holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and History from Briar Cliff, a Master of Science in Instructional Leadership from Wayne State, and is about to complete a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University.

??I have extensive experiences as an education leader, a passion for the mission of our church and how it is carried out by our Catholic schools, and the ability to bring people and ideas together to serve students, ?? Haefs shared.

Haefs and his wife, Mendy, have three children, Bree, 23, and resides in Carroll, Draven, 22, of Des Moines, and Aislinn, 19, who will be moving to Remsen.

Gehlen Catholic Schools president Father Bruce Lawler shared the news of Haef’s arrival with families via email.

“We look forward to welcoming Mr. Haefs to the Gehlen family, ? Lawler said. “He brings his experience in Catholic leadership to help us grow and prosper as a Catholic school. »

For Haefs, he said he was just ready to dive in and get started.

?? Honestly, I’m just looking forward to the work itself. Being able to be a religious and educational leader in an environment like Gehlen is exciting. I will dearly miss my Kuemper family and the work we have done together, but I am excited to start afresh following the next step in God’s plan for me,??? Haefs concluded.


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