By Tim Johnson
FORT WAYNE — Tiffany Albertson has been appointed by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades as the principal of Bishop Luers High School effective July 1. Albertson has been the assistant principal of Bishop Luers since September of 2007.
“I feel blessed and excited,” Albertson told Today’s Catholic about the appointment. “The past seven years as assistant principal at Bishop Luers has been a great experience. I am looking forward to continuing to serve the Luers community as principal. God has truly blessed me with the opportunity to work with our students, staff and families.”
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades told Today’s Catholic, “I am very grateful that Mrs. Tiffany Albertson has accepted the position of principal of Bishop Luers High School. She has been an excellent assistant principal at Luers and has great experience in secondary school education and leadership. I am especially impressed by Tiffany’s strong commitment to the Catholic identity and mission of Bishop Luers High School.”
He added, “I am also deeply grateful to the search committee for its hard work and for recommending Mrs. Albertson to me for the principal position. And, of course, I thank Mrs. Mary Keefer for her outstanding service as principal of Bishop Luers for so many years.”
Mary Keefer announced her retirement as principal in April. A search committee was then formed to find a new principal.
“Tiffany is an excellent choice to lead Bishop Luers,” Keefer said. “She is a faith-filled woman, a hard worker and she knows education. She also loves our students. Bishop Luers High School is in good hands.”
As assistant principal, Albertson has a strong sense of the Bishop Luers community.
“The people that I get to work with every day make being at Luers the best job in the world,” she said. “I love the relationships that are formed and the sense of family that we have at Bishop Luers. Our kids are the best. I enjoy watching them grow in their spirituality, as well as their academics.”
Albertson said, “My vision for Bishop Luers is that each and every student God sends to us is able to grow in his or her faith and embody our Catholic identity. I want them to learn to live as an example of being Christ to others and seeing Christ in others. I want our faculty and staff to grow in their faith as well. In addition to spiritual growth, I want all of our students to reach their full potential academically and socially.”
“Bishop Luers is a great place for students,” she said, “and I hope to continue the great Luers tradition of excellence as we move forward. I would love to see our parish families realize the great gifts that Catholic education has to offer and choose to become a part of the Luers community.”
Albertson reflected on what it means to her to be a principal of a Catholic school.
“As a principal of a Catholic school, I value the opportunity to practice and grow in my faith with others in the Luers community,” she said. “We must work on building our relationship with Christ as well as with each other. The Luers family should be a living Catholic community, one in which our Catholicity is embraced by all, young and old, rich and poor, Catholic and non-Catholic, and all races and ethnicities. Being in a Catholic school means that our faith is not something that we keep private, but something we share,” she added.
“Within a Catholic school, Christ-centered principles guide the decisions that I make,” Albertson said. “I frequently take time to pray before making difficult decisions. I will continue to pray for His wisdom in making decisions that are in the best interest of our students, as well as other stakeholders.”
“I want students, as well as our parents and staff, to know that I do see them as precious and love them for who they are,” she added. “When I speak with students, I frequently tell them they are to see Christ in others and be Christ to others. This is not something I would be able to do in a public school. I try to live by this and feel that this embodies Christ’s desire for us to love one another. As a Catholic community, a sense of a caring family should be felt by everyone.”
Albertson holds a Bachelor of Science in biology secondary education from Saint Francis College in Fort Wayne. She has a master’s degree in curriculum and Instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University and attained her principal licensure through Indiana Wesleyan University’s program.
Albertson grew up at St. Mary Parish in Huntington and attended St. Mary School for grades 1-8 and Huntington Catholic High School her freshman year. She and her husband Tim have been married 28 years and have four children.
Albertson is involved at her parish, St. Mary, in Huntington where she serves on the stewardship committee and St. Mary’s Open Door Ministry. She also served on the Huntington Catholic School Board, Christ Renews His Parish, was a youth group sponsor, was a member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Huntington and Whitley Counties and held offices as secretary, vice president and president of the board. She was also a Huntington County Literacy Coalition volunteer.
Albertson was a biology and chemistry teacher at Huntington North High School from 1998 through 2007 and biology and chemistry teacher at Bishop Dwenger High School from 1996 through 1998.
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