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New principal for diocesan virtual school

Kristie Meyers, curriculum coordinator at St. Bernadette School in Springfield, is the new principal of St. Isidore of Seville Diocesan Virtual School. She succeeds Leslie Lipovski, diocesan superintendent of curriculum and assessment, who was named interim principal when the school launched this fall.

Meyers has 20 years of experience in education in both public and private schools. She holds a bachelor’s in elementary education with specialty areas in science, social studies and music from Indiana University; a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University; and an educational specialist degree in K-12 School Leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach, where she is pursuing her doctorate.

Meyers has taught students from prekindergarten to college, but the majority of her teaching career has been teaching middle school science. At St. Bernadette, Meyers oversaw all aspects of the school’s testing and standardized assessments, student scheduling and curriculum delivery across all grade levels. Additionally, she spearheaded professional development and professional learning communities for the school’s faculty.

She and her husband, Mark, have two children who attend diocesan schools.

“St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School, an innovation in Catholic education for our diocese and beyond, takes another important step in its maturation with the appointment of Kristie Meyers as principal,” said Joseph Vorbach, diocesan superintendent of schools. “She is a talented and spirited Catholic educator who brings a wealth of experience to the role, including knowledge of pedagogy for online learning. Of course, we could not have made it to this point without Dr. Leslie Lipovski’s creative leadership as interim principal over the past four months. I am so grateful for her efforts.”

“It has been my extreme pleasure to get St. Isidore of Seville Virtual School up and running,” said Lipovski. “I believe we have assembled some of the most talented teachers from both within and outside of our diocese who have expertise in not only pedagogy, but specifically, in online pedagogy. Kristie Meyers comes to us with a plethora of knowledge in teaching and learning in the online environment and will successfully lead the school into its next phase. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity I was given to assist in helping St. Isidore of Seville become a reality for our Catholic school parents and students.”


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