This appointment was originally made in March.  This announcement comes from the Sacred Heart School.

The St. Vincent de Paul Parish leadership, Sacred Heart School Advisory Council, and the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City are pleased to announce the appointment of Abby Martin as principal at Sacred Heart School in Sedalia for the 2020-2021 school year. In this role, Martin will work as a full-time member of the administrative team in the direction, supervision, and evaluation of the school’s K-12 instructional program.

"Abby Martin has the qualities and skills we are looking for in our three-person administrative team to make a strong impact on our Catholic School now and moving us into the future following the good work of our Strategic Growth Plan," said Fr. Joe Corel, pastor, St. Vincent de Paul Parish.

"We are delighted to be bringing Mrs. Martin on to our administrative team," said Dr. Mark Register, administrator. "She brings strong curriculum and instruction experience at the elementary level. We are especially excited to have her working with our stellar faculty to promote and ensure continued academic excellence at all levels of Sacred Heart School."

Martin has been an educator for over ten years, eight of which have been at Catholic schools. She received her early childhood certificate from University of Central Missouri and State Fair Community College (2011) and her master's in administration from William Woods University (2014). Martin holds certifications in Initial Missouri Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3) and in Administration (K-8).

Martin currently serves as principal at St. Andrew Catholic School in Tipton (2016 – 2020). She previously served as preschool teacher at St. Helen Catholic School in Pearland, Texas (2015-2016); an elementary teacher and art and music instructor for the Harrisburg School District (2012 – 2014); and in early childhood at School of the Osage in Ozark (2009 – 2012).

“I am excited to start my new role as principal of Sacred Heart School," said Martin.  "Challenges motivate me and I look forward to the opportunity to learn and grow with the Sacred Heart School family spiritually and academically. "It is my desire to see the students expand their faith as they grow into servant leaders of our community, seeking the best possible opportunities to glorify God and working together to uphold the traditions and culture of Sacred Heart, while also expanding on that in ways to improve the experience of our students and staff.”

In addition to Martin, Sacred Heart's three-person leadership team includes the appointment of Dr. Mark Register from school administrator to president with Mr. Sam Jones continuing in his role as dean of students.

Under this new leadership structure, as president, Dr. Register's key priorities will include spiritual leadership, operations, development, and building and grounds. Martin and Jones will focus on developing and implementing an effective educational agenda for continued faculty and student developmental success.

"We are excited to reach another major milestone in our strategic growth plan with the implementation of our new leadership model," says Register. "The move better positions us to maximize operational sustainability and enhance our academic offerings. Another unique advantage is that Mrs. Martin, Mr. Jones and I will all serve as teaching administrators which, we believe, enhances credibility as school leaders."