Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Calvert named middle school principal at St. Bernard

William Calvert has been named the new middle school principal at St. Bernard Prep School in Cullman. Since 2005, he has served as the principal of Cold Springs High School in Cullman County. Just hours after Calvert’s retirement was accepted by the Cullman County Board of Education, Fr. Joel Martin, Headmaster at St. Bernard Prep School, announced that Calvert had accepted the position of St. Bernard Middle School principal.

Calvert replaces John Tekulve, who has been serving as principal of the middle school which opened in 2007. Tekulve has accepted a position as principal of St. Bernard High School assisting Fr. Joel Martin, the Headmaster.

“We are delighted to announce these two appointments,” Fr. Joel said. “These men are of the finest caliber and we look forward to having them lead St. Bernard in the years to come.”

Calvert, a native of Cullman County, earned his Bachelor of Science Degree at Jacksonville State University and his Masters Degree at the University of Alabama Birmingham. He has worked in the field of education for almost thirty years. During his career he has been a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and principal. A proven leader, he has worked for excellence in every school where he has served. Most recently he instituted programs at Cold Springs High School that helped the students enrolled there achieve the highest math and writing scores in the Cullman County School System.

Along with his skills in academics, Calvert also has a solid reputation in athletics, especially in track and field. While at Jacksonville State, he set the school record in the 3000-meter steeple chase as a senior. During his time as coach at both Cullman and Cold Springs, he has seen a total of 24 of his athletes sign collegiate scholarship. Because of his solid athletic credentials, Calvert was inducted in April 2010 into the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame.

“William Calvert brings years of experience both as a coach, teacher and administrator,” said John Tekulve. “He will be good for St. Bernard. He exhibits good judgment when dealing with students, and keeps the students his top priority.”

Calvert resides in Cullman with his wife Sherry. They have two grown children, Christa Calvert Spratling and Stephen Calvert.

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