Two principals will serve Holy TrinityJune 18, 2018
By ALLEN LAMAN
JASPER — Two returning Holy Trinity Catholic School educators will fill the leadership hole left by former principal Tyler Lemen in the 2018-19 school year.
Former assistant principal Jenna Seng and former athletic director and teacher Jon Temple will split the responsibilities of the position, with Seng taking over as principal at the school’s buildings that teach preschoolers through second graders, and Temple taking the helm at the east campus, which educates grades three through eight. Lemen has been hired as principal at Ferdinand Elementary School this upcoming school year.
“They’re both tremendous people,” Lemen said of his replacements. “It’s a true benefit to have people who are tried and true Saints already.”
The new leadership format at Holy Trinity was adopted after the local Catholic school’s principal search committee consulted with the school council and the Catholic Diocese of Evansville. Father Gary Kaiser, the leader of that committee, said the group worked to ensure that the new principals can maximize time in their buildings.
Seng, a Jasper High School graduate who has held the assistant principal title at all three campuses since the 2016-17 school year, will now hold the principal position at the central and west campuses, which are housed on the grounds of Precious Blood Parish in Jasper and St. Mary Parish in Ireland, respectively.
Temple is an Indianapolis native who has more than a decade of experience in teaching, coaching and administration. He served as social studies teacher at Holy Trinity for three years and was the athletic director the last school year and half of the one before that. He will now be in charge of the east campus (located at Holy Family Parish), which includes grades three through eight. The move marks his first to a principal position.
He spoke highly of what the school has accomplished since the Precious Blood School, Holy Family School and St. Mary Preschool merged under the Holy Trinity umbrella in 2015, crediting Lemen’s leadership and the maintaining of positive relationships with stakeholders as key factors in the burgeoning program’s success.
“We are blessed in Dubois County to have a dynamic and supportive group of Catholic parishes and priests,” he said in a press release. “I have witnessed firsthand the tremendous successes and growth our school has achieved over the past three years. Moving forward, we will build on our accomplishments, and always pursue new and creative ways to help foster students’ academic and spiritual growth. This includes working corroboratively with our supporting parishes, priests and Dubois County community. Together, we will continue to live our school mission: ‘Come to Learn, Go Forth to Serve, and Trust in the Divine Providence.”
Temple is married to Jasper native Erin Sendelweck Temple, an anesthesiologist at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. They have four children who all attend Holy Trinity: William, 9, Stella, 8, Camille, 6 and Elloise, 4.
Temple earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hanover College. He has earned an additional 36 credit hours in special education, counseling education and economics from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. In addition to teaching for more than 15 years in Indiana public and private schools, Temple coached boys and girls basketball from 2003 to 2017. Before arriving at Holy Trinity, he taught and coached at Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis, Westfield Middle School and St. Louis Catholic School in Batesville.
Meanwhile, Seng is eager to lead the youngest children in the program. She said that as the school’s enrollment continues to grow — it has ballooned from 478 students two years ago to a projected number of 547 kids next year — it’s important that the principals dedicate direct interaction time to the students.
“I think the big thing is just being able to look more closely at the needs of those specific buildings and being able to focus the time and the dedication towards that,” Seng said of her goals for the year.
Seng and her husband, Anthony, have a son, Barrett, who is 6 months old.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Purdue University in 2008 and earned her master’s degree in counseling and counseling education in 2012 from IUPUI. She earned her license in school administration from Indiana University.
Lemen has years of professional experience at Holy Trinity with both Seng and Temple, and encouraged them to continue embracing the community support as the school moves forward. When he looks back on it, that’s what he will remember most about the school.
“I will remember the wonderful support and the coming together of Holy Trinity,” he said. “It was not easy. Change is not easy, period. Everybody jumped on board, we embraced it and we have created something that is wonderful and will be lasting as we move on. So, I’ll remember the times we had together creating what is Holy Trinity Catholic School.”
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