Youth/School

Jennifer Maune Named New Principal at St. Vincent’s School


Dr. Jennifer Maune, a fifteen year teacher in public education, has been named the new principal for St. Vincent de Paul School, Dutzow, for the upcoming school year. Jennifer Maune, who has taught a variety of grade levels within the public school system for the past 15 years, will assume her new role this summer.
 

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Father Gene Robertson, St. Vincent’s and Immaculate Conception pastor, announced in April that current principal Mark Spann was stepping down as principal at the end of the school year.  Several interviews were conducted and a committee deliberated, “And finally, after a search and interview of prospective principals, I am happy to announce that I have hired as principal for next year: Dr. Jennifer Maune. She is currently teaching at Augusta, is a member of St. Vincent parish, and I think she brings a wealth of experience, innovations, and energy for the service of our school. I am excited she said YES!, and I look forward to working with her next year. We should have an incredible year next year!“ Father stated.
 
Maune responded, “I am extremely blessed to have the support of the school, parents, and parish in this new role. I pray for their continued support as I travel along this path that God has planned for me. This is an exciting time for St. Vincent’s students and families because I hope to bring a different perspective on teaching strategies and continue doing what is best for students. We teach the whole child, not just the academic part because that is only a portion of who they are."
 
Maune said her strengths include a positive attitude, open communication, organization, efficient use of time, strong teaching skills, data driven instruction, and a true love of children. She said, "Learning involves challenging, motivating, and inspiring students to think, problem solve, and explore their understanding of a topic. I believe that education should be student-centered and foster an enjoyment of learning. In addition to student-centeredness, I also believe that school should be enjoyable and occur in a positive environment because students learn more effectively when the learning process is fun, interesting, and highly engaging. I plan to create this sense of enjoyment by modeling for the staff ways to make their lessons authentic and relevant with a proper balance of student and instructor led discussions. We will differentiate instruction to meet the needs of each student without compromising the core standards of excellence in the Catholic school structure."
 
Maune said St. Vincent’s will also continue to develop a rich learning atmosphere that supports students in examining their own understanding and beliefs so that they can work collaboratively as they face and overcome daily challenges. She said, "I have extensive training in the areas of Whole Brain Teaching, Kagen Cooperative techniques, Project Based Inquiry Learning, student engagement analysis, and Growth Mindset. I bring a wealth of knowledge and experiences to meet the needs of each individual student that will positively impact the instructional practices of the school staff.“
 
Maune added that she’s proud of the education offered and excited for the future curriculum enhancements from the Archdiocese coming this summer. She plans to continue to support the teachers and their professional development on current best practices, student engagement strategies, and project based inquiry learning (PBIL). She is also excited to offer Spanish as a class to the middle school students.
 
Maune is a long time resident of Dutzow. She attended St. Vincent’s, along with her four younger brothers, for her elementary foundation. She and her husband Travis have been married for 15 years and have four children, Andrew, Luke, Morgan, and Bailey, who currently attend St. Vincent’s. She earned her Bachelor of Business degree in business management from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Central Methodist University. In addition, she earned her Masters of Arts, Specialist, and Doctoral degrees in administration from William Woods University. Her dissertation was on project based inquiry learning (PBIL) and student engagement. She worked for Boeing for three years as a budgeting and planning specialist for the weapons programs prior to her teaching years.
 
St. Vincent de Paul School is located at 13495 S. State Highway 94. For information about the school, call 636-433-2466.