An introduction ... to new assistant principal Terry Kathol

Terry Kathol (pronounced Kaw’ tul) is the new assistant principal at Pius X High School. The school now has two assistant principals, Kathol and Greg Lesiak, to work with principal Tom Korta. Kathol, who has been working at Pius X this summer, answered questions about education, family, Catholic schools and more.

Where did you grow up, attend high school and college?

I grew up in Hartington, NE which is in Northeast Nebraska. I attended Cedar Catholic High School and went to College at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion South Dakota. My degree was in History Education.

What was high school like for you as a student? What activities did you participate in?

I enjoyed high school. I enjoyed hanging out with friends at school, at school activities, as well as outside of school activities.

I participated in football, basketball, and track in high school.

What hobbies do you have?

I am not sure if this is a hobby, but there is a large lake near Hartington that we spend a lot of time at. I enjoy being out on the lake with family and friends. We have also done some camping there over the years which was really a relaxing time.

The great thing about Catholic schools is that we have the opportunity to combine both the high academic standards and the academic opportunities that we provide for the students here, as well as the ability to teach the students about their Catholic faith, develop a firm faith foundation in what they are going to be doing the rest of their lives.

Talk about your family.

My wife, Amy, is an elementary teacher. She has taught lower elementary for many years in Wynot Nebraska. She will be a resource teacher at Huntington Elementary this next year. She is looking forward to the new opportunity she will have. She is a very dedicated teacher and will have great success. I have two sons, the oldest will graduate from the University of Nebraska on August 11 with a degree in business finance. He will be working at CorTrust Bank in Vermillion, South Dakota after graduation. My youngest son will be a sophomore at the University of Nebraska also getting a business degree. We are a pretty close family and do a lot of activities together.

What subjects did you teach, and why were you interested in that subject area?

I mainly taught American History and Government, but also taught some World History. I enjoy history a great deal and still read books and watch documentaries on historical events.

When did you start to think that being a teacher, and then a principal?

I think I was a junior in high school when I fist started thinking about becoming a teacher. I didn’t consider becoming a principal for quite a while. I was teaching and coaching and enjoyed doing that. Through the encouragement of my wife and the principal at the school I was teaching at I decided to get my administration degree.

What is it about being in a Catholic school that was so important to you as a person and professional?

Personally working in a Catholic School has helped me grow in my own faith life. Attending Mass, participating in Advent and Lenten activities, and other faith activities with the student body have been special times where we have been able to experience the power of our faith.

Professionally, I have seen the work done in Catholic schools as truly being a family working together for a purpose. That purpose within our Catholic schools is to both provide a strong academic education which will allow our students be successful in the future and a foundation in their faith life which will give them an opportunity for success eternally. Most people working within a Catholic school are very dedicated to ensuring the success of the school. This mutual commitment creates a bond for all those involved.

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