Monday, Oct 23, 2017

St. Joseph School’s principal resigns

After 12 years of employment at St. Joseph Catholic School, Mike Shukis will resign from his position as principal. He said although it is difficult leaving, he believes it is time for a change and different challenges, and his moving on to Montini Catholic School in the fall – a larger school in McHenry – will provide not only a new start for him but also for the future principal at St. Joseph School.

“I look forward to everything that Montini has to offer and will lovingly embrace the children, staff, faculty and parents of the school just as I have done here at St. Joseph’s,” he said.

It will be an opportunity, he added, for the future principal to also look at St. Joseph School with a new set of eyes and perhaps implement changes in the school with a fresh perspective.

“Change is never easy, and it certainly can be uncomfortable, especially in the beginning,” Shukis said. “However, in this situation, I really do believe it can benefit both schools.”

One thing he learned during his time at St. Joseph School and a revelation he wanted to share with readers was his feelings about the importance of the school to the church.

“Through the years I have come to know that the spirit of our Lord does not only dwell in St. Joseph Catholic Church,” he said. “He is also present each and every day in our school. We know that our buildings are not connected, and we have a strong desire for our school families to be much more in tune with their faith, but there can never be any doubt that the same Jesus Christ that dwells in our church is also alive and well in the halls of St. Joseph Catholic School,” he continued.

“This is evident for all of us who have taught, worked, prayed and bent down on bended knee to love and care for His children.”

Though a replacement for Shukis has yet to be found, preparations are underway.

“We will certainly miss [Mike] and are in the process of finding someone to take his place,” the Rev. Steven Clark said.

Shukis said his replacement will be blessed to have wonderful students and an outstanding faculty and staff with whom to work. He went on to say that he and his family think of St. Joseph School as their second home, and the students will be what he remembers most about his time at the school.

“There were many tears and hugs all around,” he said, when commenting on his resignation. “.... My physical presence may not be in attendance, but my spirit and love for the children and teachers will never be absent or tardy.

“There are so many children who have attended the school that have blossomed and developed both academically and spiritually,” he continued. “The list is very, very long, and of course all of this has been accomplished through great teaching, children working hard and parents being supportive and loving. I hope there is comfort in knowing that my love for the children, the teachers and the school will not diminish one bit because I am no longer there. I feel very blessed to have been their principal.”