PORTLAND, Mich. – Rev. Michael Alber, pastor of St. Patrick Church in Portland, is pleased to announce the hiring of Mrs. Cortney Smith as elementary school principal. She begins her new role on July 1.
Mrs. Smith’s background includes 13 years of teaching experience. Most recently, she served St. Patrick School for one year as kindergarten teacher, and prior to that, she taught for 12 years in Grand Ledge Public Schools.
Mrs. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Central Michigan University.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Mrs. Smith as the elementary principal of St. Patrick School,” said Father Alber. “She comes to us as a parent of current and future students, the spouse of an alum, an active member of our parish, and a teacher in our school. I can see great things for our future as a school under her leadership.”
“I believe education is a partnership of the teacher, parents and student working together to achieve individual goals, and I take great pride in caring for the whole student and their family,” said Mrs. Smith. “St. Patrick School is special in that Jesus Christ is the foundation of everything we do -- and so I am committed to fostering excitement and growth, both spiritually and academically. I will guide and encourage students, parents and faculty, celebrating the self-confidence, skills, and love of learning which form the foundation for continued success!”
St. Patrick School serves 370 students in preschool through 12th grade.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,550 preschool through 12th grade students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.