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Kevin Beirne Named as New Principal
Posted 04/04/2018 03:49PM

Montini Catholic High School in Lombard is announcing Mr. Kevin Beirne as their new Principal beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Mr. Beirne is replacing Maryann O'Neill who announced her retirement earlier this year after 32 years at the school, fourteen of which she served as principal of the Lasallian college preparatory high school.

Mr. Beirne joined the Montini Catholic family in 2008 as an English instructor. From there he was promoted to the Director of Digital Learning Initiative and was instrumental in rolling out the school's 1-to-1 iPad program in 2014. In 2015 he became Assistant Principal for Student Services, taking over the role vacated by Kathy Filipiak.

As Assistant Principal, Mr. Beirne currently works side by side with Montini's Guidance Department and Deans Office to ensure that the academic and behavioral needs of the students are met. He also works with Assistant Principal of Academics, Sara Lhotka and Principal O'Neill to ensure that Montini Catholic holds itself to the highest standards in their mission to educate the whole child - "heart, soul, mind and body."

Mr. Beirne will become Montini Catholic's 9th Principal since the school's inception in 1966.

"From the moment I walked into the doors of Montini in the spring of 2008, it was clear to me that I would be a part of the community for a long time to come," said Beirne. "Still, when I began at Montini that year as an English teacher and Director of Student Activities, I could not have foreseen the path that would lead me to the Principal's office."

"After those first three years working closely with our creative, diligent, and spirited students, in and out of the classroom, I was presented with the challenge of leading our budding digital learning initiative," said Beirne. "That position provided me the opportunity to work closely with a faculty that I quickly recognized to be incredibly talented, reflective, professional and Lasallian."

"During these last years as Assistant Principal for Student Services, I've had the pleasure and privilege to work alongside Mrs. O'Neill. While assuming the role of principal is both exhilarating and overwhelming, I'm heartened knowing that I have been under the tutelage of the very best. By witnessing firsthand Mrs. O'Neill's expertise, knowledge, insight, creativity, passion, and leadership, I am undoubtedly a much better educator. Just as Maryann is such a part of who I've become, she is also such an integral part of what Montini has become. Her thumbprints are all over the school and she has been a great influence on many people who have passed through our doors during her tenure."

"Mr. Beirne is an enthusiastic, passionate and a well qualified young man. He is more than capable of leading this school," said Mrs. O'Neill when addressing the student body earlier this year upon her retirement announcement.

"Kevin has big shoes to fill as he joins the leadership team in the role of Principal," said President Jim Segredo. "But, I know he has the ability, drive and credentials to build on all that Mrs. O'Neill has accomplished. He will bring a new energy and fresh ideas to this role."

Beirne added, "Ultimately, I'm humbled and honored to help carry forward the important and powerful mission of our school and continue working for our students, faculty, staff, and parents. I'm confident that together we will continue to strengthen our community, provide engaging educational opportunities, and foster an environment where students will grow in their faith."

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