As learned May 2014, Mr. Larry Mock will be retiring from his position as Head of School after this year.
The selection for the new Head of School was announced this December via an emailed letter signed by MND Board of Trustees Co-chairs Tony Reed and Tom Geier.
The letter began, “We are pleased to inform you that we have concluded the Head of School search process with the announcement of Judy Gerwe (MND Class of 1978) as the next Head of School.”
At the assembly that he made this announcement last spring, Mr. Mock stated, “I want to be able to spend more time with my teenage daughter and family.” But, Mr. Mock says that there are actually three main reasons that led him to retiring, after his fall off ladder health hasn’t been quite the same, he wants to spend more time with his family, and the job is changing and moving more into fundraising, which as he states “is what the school needs, but is not a particular strength of mine.” As Head of School the past four years, Mr. Mock has overseen all functions of the school from academics to operations, but paid specific attention to the business functions that go on behind the scenes, including strategic planning.
Mrs. Gerwe will assume Mr. Mock’s role as Head of School on July 1, 2015. She is currently the Principle at St. Pius X Elementary in Edgewood, KY. Before that, Mrs. Gerwe spent 22 years at Notre Dame Academy in Northern Kentucky as a teacher and administrator. Mrs. Gerwe has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Education, and several other endorsements including high school mathematics and K-12 Administration.
The letter signed by Reed and Geier states, “She is very well-rounded and has had experience with all facets of leading an organization, including helping with large capital campaigns. More importantly, she has a love and understanding of the charism of St. Julie.”
Mr. Mock states, “I think Judy and Karen will make a very good, complementary team in leading MND.” Mrs. Jennifer Gallo agrees. She says that her first impression of Mrs. Gerwe was “Wow!”
Mrs. Gallo comments, “I think that she is going to be a great addition to our school. I love the fact that she is an alumna. And, I love the fact that she is so excited to step into Mr. Mock’s shoes.”