Lindbergh School District resident earns statewide education honor

For her work on Prop R ’08, Lorenz named district leader

Cathy Lorenz

Cathy Lorenz

By BILL MILLIGAN

Lindbergh School District resident and Rockwood Summit High School Associate Principal Cathy Lorenz has been named the Missouri Assistant Principal of the Year.

Lorenz will be honored as part of the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals/Virco Inc./National Association of Secondary School Principals recognition program. She was chosen based upon the impact she makes in providing collaborative leadership; her involvement in curriculum, instruction and assessment; and in personalizing education for Rockwood Summit High School students.

Lorenz will be honored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals at the association’s spring conference March 30.

“It’s been a great year,” said Lorenz, a lifelong south county resident.

After earning her Secondary School Ad-ministration Certification, she was hired in Rockwood as the ninth-grade principal at Lafayette High School before being named associate principal at Rockwood Summit High School.

Her commitment to the Lindbergh School District remains strong as she recently was honored as a Lindbergh Leader for her work on behalf of Proposition R 2008.

Proposition R 2008, a $31 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue, garnered support from 72 percent of Lindbergh voters.

The school board had placed Prop R 2008 on the ballot with the goal of providing a long-term solution to space concerns at Sperreng Middle School.

“She was our original stimulus bill,” said Pat Lanane, Lindbergh’s chief financial officer. “She’s a hero to us here at Lindbergh.”

“My first day of freshman year I was greeted with a smile and a ‘Hey, Holly,'” recalled Rockwood Summit High School student Holly Morrow. “I was wondering how she knew my name … but later on, I learned she knows everything about everybody.”

Lorenz and her husband, Craig, live in Concord with their two children.

In April, Lorenz will represent Missouri at the National Conference of Secondary School Principals in Washington, D.C., that includes a visit to the White House.

Her father, former Lindbergh Board of Education member Phil Carlock, was a Lindbergh Leader 25 years before his daughter.

“My common-sense approach comes from my parents, who were also teachers at Lindbergh,” she said.

Lorenz’s first teaching job was at her alma mater, Lindbergh High School, where she taught world history to freshmen for 11 years. At Lindbergh, she sponsored Student Council, coached tennis and was the Social Studies Department chair.