LOMBARD – Montini Catholic High School English teacher Kevin Beirne recently was named the school’s new principal beginning with the 2018-19 school year.
Beirne replaces Maryann O'Neill, who announced her retirement after 32 years at the school, including 14 as principal, according to a school news release.
Beirne joined Montini in 2008 as an English instructor. He was promoted to director of digital learning initiative, and he was instrumental in rolling out the school's 1-to-1 iPad program in 2014, the release stated. In 2015, he became assistant principal for student services.
Beirne will be Montini's ninth principal since the school's inception in 1966.
As assistant principal, Beirne works side by side with the guidance department and dean's office to ensure the academic and behavioral needs of students are met. He also works to ensure Montini holds itself to the highest standards in its mission to educate the whole child, according to the release.
"From the moment I walked into the doors of Montini in the spring of 2008, it was clear to me that I would be a part of the community for a long time to come," Beirne said in the release. "Still, when I began at Montini that year as an English teacher and director of student activities, I could not have foreseen the path that would lead me to the principal’s office."
O’Neill said Beirne is more than capable of leading the school after she retires.
"Kevin has big shoes to fill as he joins the leadership team in the role of Principal," Montini President Jim Segredo said in the release. "But, I know he has the ability, drive and credentials to build on all that Mrs. O'Neill has accomplished. He will bring a new energy and fresh ideas to this role."