Bonnie Elberson
Freelance Writer
July 28, 2017 // Schools

Queen of Angels School welcomes new principal

Bonnie Elberson
Freelance Writer

Michelle Brandle

Queen of Angels Catholic School, located on Fort Wayne’s near northwest side, will welcome a new principal when classes begin on Aug. 9.

Michelle Brandle is a seasoned educator who began her career as a middle school social studies and religion teacher in the Diocese of Evansville. She received a secondary education degree in social studies in 2004 after studying at Ball State University and University of Southern Indiana. She received her master of education degree in 2009 and then continued on with Indiana Wesleyan to complete a principal licensure program in 2011. A Marion native, she has extended family in the area and said, “I am looking forward to being closer to my northern Indiana family.”

Brandle is a seasoned administrator as well. Her first principal appointment was at St. Gerard Catholic School in Lima, Ohio. From there she served as principal at Precious Blood Catholic School in Jasper, and most recently at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic School in Louisville, Kentucky.

She brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to her new position at Queen of Angels.

“In my experiences as principal, I have learned many important lessons and recognized the gifts that God has given me,” Brandle said. “I believe the most important attributes of a Catholic School principal are staying focused on the most important mission of Catholic education and always being open to the Holy Spirit working in every person.” She continued, “I have learned the importance of communication and building relationships with all stakeholders including students, staff members, parents, parishioners and others.

“Queen of Angels School has a long tradition of excellence in Catholic education and I am very excited about all of the opportunities to continue serving our students in the future,” she added. “I feel I have been given the gifts to nurture a loving, Christ-centered environment in which students can be successful.”

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